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Five students named GHP finalists

Five students from Oconee County Schools have been named finalists and will be attending the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A function of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, it will take place on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Ga.

“Congratulations to our five exceptional Governor's Honors Program finalists, as well as to our alternates, for this prestigious honor,” said Superintendent Jason L. Branch. “These students have worked incredibly hard, and have been supported along the way by world-class teachers and parents. Each scholar embodies what we strive for in Oconee County Schools – sustained excellence and continuous improvement.  I wish them all the best during the enriching experience that awaits at GHP.”


Over 3,000 students from across the state were nominated, and from those nominees around 700 finalists were chosen to participate in the 2021 program. Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend. Students will attend the program in June and July, and they will spend the morning in their major area of nomination. During the afternoons, students choose one of the other areas in which to study. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.


Oconee County Schools’ finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program are:
Hannah Carter - NOHS; Social Studies
Carolyn Day - OCHS; Visual Arts
Krish Patel - NOHS; Mathematics
Carole Pritchard - OCHS; Agricultural Research
Vivian Sekandi - OCHS; Social Studies


OCS’ alternates named are:
Cameran Butryn - NOHS; Music
Paige Hackleman - OCHS; Engineering
Victor Huang - OCHS; Mathematics
Catherine Oh - NOHS; Visual Arts
Haruki Takeuchi - OCHS; Science