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21 selected to participate in summer Governor’s Schools Programs

Eleven students from the Boyle County High School and 10 students from the Danville Independent School District have been selected to participate in the Governor’s Scholars Program and the Governor’s School for the Arts.

That’s the largest number ever from the two districts, which includes every student submitted for consideration from the schools. Students apply within the schools and each school selects candidates to submit to the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) and the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA).

“It’s awesome. Both GSA and GSP represent such wonderful opportunities for students,” said Danville Superintendent Keith Look. From Danville, Grace Crawford, Eve Kinkade, Rachel Matherly, Emma Merryman, Sarah Schalkoff, Claire Strysick, Morgan Vest and Peyton Young were selected for the Governor’s Scholars Program; Lina Morales and Barrett Minks were accepted to the Governor’s School for the Arts.

Boyle County Schools Gifted and Talented Director Mary Jane Hall said there were 23 applicants at the school level in the Boyle district, of which nine were selected to submit to the GSP program. Those nine are Abby Carter, Jackson Cox, Vanita Fitzwater, Ben Hatfield, Will Imfeld, Susanna Moore, Farhan Muhammad, Jack Stomberger and Jaelyn Young.

“Each year we continue to be amazed as we read the impressive resumes of our students, who are leaders in our school, community and state,” Hall said. “Selection to GSA requires a lot of independence, tenacity and talent. Our two GSA students certainly portray those qualities.”

Those two are Mary Isola and Seth Stomberger.

Both GSA and GSP are residential programs for students offering intensive learning experiences in their areas of interest. GSP is a six-week program held at three colleges: Morehead State University, Murray State University and Northern Kentucky University; GSA is a three-week program held at Centre College.

“We’re extremely lucky to have such a talented group of young adults representing Boyle County at GSP and GSA. Their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence are commendable and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Boyle County Superintendent Mike LaFavers.

Look said, “This obviously is a class of extremely capable students.”

He said he wished every student could participate in the program.

“These are experiences you can’t replicate in any way. We would love all of our students to be able to participate. We’ve not had this many students go before. I would love to think this could be a trend of the talent we have been developing,” Look said.

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Grace Crawford, Eve Kinkade, Rachel Matherly, Emma Merryman, Sarah Schalkoff, Claire Strysick, Morgan Vest and Peyton Young were selected for the Governor’s Scholars Program.

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Lina Morales and Barret Minks were accepted to the Governor’s School for the Arts.

Nine students from the Boyle County Schools were selected for the Governor’s Scholars Program. Front row, from left, Vanita Fitzwater, Jaelyn Young, Abby Carter, Susanna Moore. Back row, from left, Ben Hatfield, Farhan Muhammad, Jack Stomberger, Will Imfeld, Jackson Cox

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Mary Isola and Seth Stomberger, the two Governor’s School for the Arts attendees from Boyle County High School.