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Orange County Schools Students to Attend Governor’s School in Summer

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 19 MARCH 2018- A total of nine outstanding students from Cedar Ridge High School and Orange High School will attend Governor’s School this summer. The Governor's School is a nearly six weeks long summer residential program academically and intellectually gifted (AIG) students in various disciplines. The curriculum at Governor’s School provides for students to engage in the most up-to-date research and discussion in a particular field, and no tests or grades are given.

“We’re very proud of our students,” offered Sarah Bongarten, the AIG Differentiation Coach for Orange County Schools. “They’ve worked hard to achieve their accomplishments and we are thrilled that they will be representing Orange County Schools at the 2018 Governor’s School,” added Ms. Bongarten.  Only approximately 35% of nominees from school districts are selected each year to attend Governor’s School. The selection rate can vary across disciplines, based on the number of nominations received. This year nearly 60% of the nominees from Orange County Schools were selected to attend Governor’s School.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Governor's School is the oldest statewide AIG  summer residential program in the nation. Governor’s School is open to rising seniors, with exceptions made for rising juniors in the performing and visual arts areas.

The following Orange County Schools students will attend Governor’s School this year:

  • Elizabeth Coates- Visual Art (Orange High School)
  • Grace Dively- Math (Orange High School)
  • Sabria Jackson- Social Science (Orange High School)
  • Andrew Mincey- Instrumental Music: French Horn (Orange High School)
  • Cedelia Obenshain- Visual Art (Orange High School)
  • Dominic Pitocco- Theater (Cedar Ridge High School)
  • Camden Wilder- Choral Music: Bass (Cedar Ridge High School)
  • Lucas Woodley- Instrumental Music: Trumpet (Orange High School)
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