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FCHS Boasts Seven Governor's Scholars
In school record-breaking fashion, all seven FCHS applicants have been accepted into this summer's Governor's Scholars Program. The Kentucky Governor's Schoolar Program was established in 1983 in order to provide the state's top high school juniors with academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. In order to participate in the program, students must be nominated by thier high schools and then compete on a statewide level. In addition to an academic profile that includes difficulty of course load, grade point average, and at least one standardized test score, the application requires an outline of all extra-curricular activities, a history of volunteer service, and a list of job positions held. Teacher recommendations include both quantitative evaluation and qualitative descriptions of the student's performance and potential. The final component of the application is an original essay. Seven students from Fleming County High School were nominated to compete at the statewide level: Dabney Crawford, Celena Wagner, Nick Conway, Alivia Faris, Kelli Carpenter, Mollie Todd, and Nathan Doyle. The applicants endured four long months waiting for the letters to be sent out. Then, on April 13th, it was confirmed that history had been made; all applicants from Fleming County High School had been selected to attend GSP. The students who were selected expressed feelings of honor, gratitude, excitement and relief.
"I'm extremely excited to be chosen for the Governor's Scholar; this not only gives me a great opportunity to be a part of this summer but also helps me pay for college. noqw, all I'm looking forward to is getting out of school and summer being here because I know this summer will be a blast," Mollie Todd said of the good news.
"It feels great because I know it's a huge honor to receive this opportunity. Not many students get seleted and the fact that I was selected feels amazing," Nathan Doyle added.
Interim Principal Jesse Bacon said of the students' accomplishment, "It is such an amazing accomplishment for seven of our students to be accepted into the Governor's Scholars Program. All seven are outstanding young men and women and we are so proud of them. I know each of them will represent FCHS with dignity and class. I think it also serves as confirmation that great things are happening in the Fleming County School District."
Like other Scholars, Alivia Faris feels pride in herself and her school: "I was truly honored to be selected as a Governor's Scholar and I am proud to be representing Fleming County this year at GSP. I am thankful for all the support and feel very blessed to be able to have this opportunity."
Now that the students have been accepted, they will each receive a letter from Governor Beshear and then will receive a packet from the Governor's Scholar Program office. The packed will be filled out and sent back to the office by May 3rd. After all the packets are turned in, the process of picking the campus and focus area assignments will start. Focus areas range from Astronomy to Visual Art and everything in between. No matter what focus area the students are assigned, they are grateful for the dchance and sure to make the most of this opportunity.
"Words cannot express my awe and gratitude fo being chosen for this program. God obviously has something great planned for my future, and GSP will be a part of that; I'm so thankful," Celena Wagner said.
The seven will attend the program for five weeks at Centre College, Bellarmine University, or Murray State University. Over the five weeks, a select group of supportive high school and college teachers works closely with the Scholars in classes, seminars, and co-curricular activities. Well-known speakers and performers as well as films, field trips, special events, and a wide range of recreational opportunities offer an array of stimulating activities that provide fun and enjoyment...