Sixteen Atlanta Public Schools Students Selected for 2016 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program

By Kimberly Willis Green

Sixteen Atlanta Public Schools students were selected to participate in the 2016 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) on the campus of Valdosta State University (VSU) this summer.

The GHP is a four-week, summer residential program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Georgia high school sophomores and juniors in public, private, and home schools are eligible for nomination in one of 20 curriculum areas. In its 53rd summer, the GHP is the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation. The following APS students selected to participate in the 2016 GHP are:

Agricultural Sciences

Sydney Stepney   Benjamin E. Mays HS

Communicative Arts

Mei Nathan   Henry W. Grady HS


Alexandra Schneider   Henry W. Grady HS


Walden Jones   Henry W. Grady HS


Anh Thu Nguyen   North Atlanta  HS

Social Studies

Carolyn Capelouto

Bailey Damiani

Gregory Fedorov

Sam Lombardo

  Henry W. Grady HS

Henry W. Grady HS

Henry W. Grady HS

Henry W. Grady HS

Theatre Performance

Maximillian White   North Atlanta HS

 Visual Arts

Christian Alexander

Erin Jimison

  Charles R. Drew HS

North Atlanta HS

World Languages


Nicolas Delporte

Daniel Hamm

Orly Mansbach


Kendall Stroud (Alternate)


Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese




North Atlanta  HS

Maynard Jackson HS

Henry W. Grady HS


Henry W. Grady HS

Students will reside on the campus of VSU June 19-July 16, 2016, where they will start their mornings in their major area of nomination and explore topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons, students will select one of the other challenging and engaging curriculum areas to study. They will conclude their days with evening seminars, activities, concerts and performances. All of the activities offered are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners. The summer program will end with a culminating activity for all participants.

Over 3,000 students from across the state applied for the GHP, semi-finalists were identified to interview and audition in February, and from those nominees, and finalists were selected to participate in the program.  Since the GHP is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.

More information about GHP can be found on the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement website at


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