Four Jackson County School System students have been named finalists for the Governor’s Honors Program this summer.

At Jackson County High School, Justin Smith was selected for music (jazz: acoustic or electric bass) and Kellen Salom was chosen for social studies after initially been selected as an alternate. Cassidy (Gus) Weed and Jean Aguilar-Jimenez were chosen as alternates.

At East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Jacob Buell and Maggie Strickland, were named finalists for the GHP summer residency.

Students selected as finalists will spend four weeks at Berry College, attending classes and participating in a variety of social and instructional opportunities.

According to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, of 3,200 nominees, approximately 1,400 students were selected for an interview at the state level. Approximately 700 were then chosen as finalists. The program, open to rising juniors and seniors, offers instruction that is “significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.”


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