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HCA Sends Three Students to Georgia Governor’s Honors Program

David Beall

DACULA, Ga. - The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) has selected Hebron Christian Academy students Joseph Gourdine, Amelia Jemal, and Ian McNeely to take part in its four-week instructional program this summer at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

The GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors. The program 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.

“The Governor's Honor program is an elite program reserved for the very best of the best,” said HCA Head of School Dr. James Taylor. “It is not uncommon for schools to receive no nominations in a given year, so HCA having three students in one year is a testimony to the enormous talents of these students and a confirmation of the academic excellence of Hebron Christian Academy. We could not be more proud of these students.”

Only 1% of all sophomores and juniors in the state of Georgia are even nominated for the program, and HCA had five nominees. Along with the selected participants, sophomore Aiden Barton was nominated, while junior Peter Lee was a semifinalist and participated in the interview process.

The GHP will be held mid-summer as a residential educational experience at Berry College. Students will attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening. Gourdine will concentrate in Jazz Piano, Jemal will emphasize Mathematics, and McNeely will focus on Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.