17 Local Students Nominated for Governor's Honors Program

DeKalb County Schools nominated 143 students in all.

Of the 143 students from 16 high schools nominated by the DeKalb County School District for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP), 17 students come from five schools in Stone Mountain and Lithonia.

The Georgia Department of Education program, described as a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors, takes place at Valdosta State University.

The local students nominated are:

From Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia -

  • Ariana  Cherry 
    GHP major: Agriscience/Environmental Science
  • Ellis  Walton
  • GHP major: Agriscience/Environmental Science
  • Amera Dixon  
  • GHP major: Chemistry
  • Brandon Long    
  • GHP major: Mathematics
  • Kayla Turner 
  • GHP major: Mathematics

From Martin L. King Jr. High School in Lithonia -

  • Nicolas Banks  
  • GHP major: Executive Management
  • Isaiah  Mack   
  • GHP major: Executive Management
  • Marcco  Smith II       
  • GHP major: physics

From Miller Grove High School in Lithonia -

  • Erika Johnson
  • GHP major: Music/Voice (Soprano)
  • Tramauh Caraballo 
  • GHP major: Visual Arts

From Redan High School in Stone Mountain -

  • Cle'sean  Harrison 
  • GHP major:Mathematics
  • Dewayne Shelton
  • GHP major: Music/Percussion
  • Cori Mbonzo
  • GHP major: Spanish

From Stephenson High School -

  • Alyssa  Thomas
  • GHP major: Music/Brass (French Horn)
  • Isaiah Hill   
  • GHP major: Music/Jazz (Jazz Piano)
  • Janay Charles
  • GHP major: Visual Arts
  • Manuel Renteria
  • GHP major: Visual Arts

The four-week GHP goes into its 50th summer in 2013, so it is longest continually running program of its kind in the nation, according to the release from DeKalb schools.

Nearly 3,000 students across Georgia will be interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February. The press release states:

From those nominees up to 690 finalists will be chosen to participate in the 2013 program. Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.


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