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2012 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) Finalists Selected

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March 23, 2012 -- The Georgia Department of Education today released the list of finalists for the 2012 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP). The list can be accessed on the GHP webpage at
The Governor's Honors Program is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.  Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.  GHP is fully-funded by the Georgia General Assembly, and operates at no cost to the participant. 
More than 2,900 students from across the state, representing 1% of all sophomores and juniors of public, private, and home schools, were nominated last fall by their schools in twenty separate majors.  These nominees attended state-level interviews in January and February, where panels of judges and interviewers applied the program’s selection criteria to select 690 finalists.
The finalists will attend the program this summer at Valdosta State University, from June 24 through July 21.  They will attend classes in their major, select another area for their minor, and participate in seminars, activities, and performances.  The intensity of the experience is almost universally described by its alumni as “life-changing.”
This summer will be the 49th program, which began in the summer of 1964. Georgia’s program is the longest continually running summer gifted program in the nation.
For more information, see the GHP webpage or contact Dale Lyles, director of GHP, at