JCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program


From left are Governor's Honors Program finalists Julia Doan and Noah Avrett, and alternate Savannah Van Buren.

From left are 2018 Governor’s Honors Program finalists Julia Doan and Noah Avrett, and alternate Savannah Van Buren.

Two Jackson County School System students have been invited to participate in the highly-selective Governor’s Honors Program and another has been named as an alternate, according to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. 

Julia Doan, East Jackson County Comprehensive High School, and Noah Avrett, Jackson County Comprehensive High School, are among just 671 finalists for the four-week program at Berry College in Rome, Ga., June 17-July 14.

Julia will take part in the science program, and Noah will participate in the music program in his specialty, percussion.

Julia, who attended Maysville Elementary School and East Jackson Middle School, is the daughter of Duc Doan and Thi Nguyen of Commerce. Noah is the son of Jennifer and Walter Avrett of Hoschton. He attended West Jackson Primary School, Gum Springs Elementary School, and West Jackson Middle School. Both are members of the Class of 2019 at their respective schools.

Savannah Van Buren, a JCCHS French horn player, was selected as one of 59 alternates. She was nominated in the music program’s brass category. A sophomore at JCCHS, she attended East Jackson Elementary School, GSES, and WJMS. She is the daughter of Margaret and David Van Buren of Jefferson.

More than 3,200 sophomores and juniors were nominated across the state for GHP, a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will participate in the program as rising juniors and seniors. In addition to the music and science programs, other areas include agricultural science, communicative arts, dance, engineering, mathematics, social studies, theatre, visual arts and world languages.

According to GOSA, the honors program was founded in 1963 and offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom.

“It is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders,”  according to GOSA’s website. Appropriations made by the Georgia General Assembly cover room-and-board costs and tuition for the program.

This year’s program will mark the 55th consecutive summer session, making it the longest continually running program in the nation, according to the GHP office.

Students’ mornings are focused on study in the major area of their nomination, exploring topics not typically found in their regular high school curriculum. Seminars, concerts, live performances and other activities fill the evenings.

Learn more about the program online at https://gosa.georgia.gov/governors-honors-program.