Media release: Six juniors from Floyd County high schools have advanced to the semifinals in the Governor’s Honors Program. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement indicated that over 3,200 students were nominated to the state level GHP competition and nearly 1,700 of them have been selected as semifinalists for state interviews/auditions. The state interviews will be held at Berry College on Feb. 23. The students are:
- Armuchee High School: Shiloh Grace St. Clair, junior, Communicative Arts
- Coosa High School: John Matthew Googe, junior, Science- Chemistry
- Model High School: Micah Paul Veillon, junior, Science- Physics; Barton Walter Sopata, junior, Music- Brass: Trumpet; Carla Alexandria Wilson, junior, Visual Arts
- Pepperell High School: Calysta Cheyenne Long, junior, Visual Arts
The Georgia GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders. Governor’s Honors will take place on the campus of Berry College for the third time this summer.
Rome High School has four juniors moving on to the next round of the Governor’s Honors Program. The semifinalists are:
- Bronwyn Matlick (Social Studies)
- Lillian Hubbard (Theater)
- Guillermo Ramirez (French)
- Ewan Parker (Social Studies)
Sara Grace Abernathy, a sixth-grade student at Model Middle School, has won the 2019 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest. The oratorical event was started in 2009 to allow gifted students to display their academic skill and connect with other students. The 2019 contest was the 10th annual competition and used the speech theme “Is there a fine line between optimism and reality?”
Abernathy and participants from Armuchee Middle, Coosa Middle, Model Middle and Pepperell Middle participated in the 10th annual oratorical contest on Friday at the Floyd County Board of Education’s central office on Riverside Parkway.
Gifted students competed at the school level to represent their school and advance to the system contest. The top two school qualifiers from each middle school participated in the system contest for 6th, 7th or 8th-grade gifted students in Floyd County Schools. The contest was judged by members of Toastmasters of Rome and the contestants were scored on poise, speech content, delivery, and overall effectiveness. The speech could be no more than five minutes.
The winners of the contest were:
First place: Grayson Perry, seventh-grade
Second place: Elan McClain, sixth-grade
First place: Claire Gilreath, seventh-grade
Second place: Colton McBurnett, sixth-grade
First place: Sara Grace Abernathy, sixth-grade
Second place: Natalie Long, sixth-grade
First place: Gracie Hutcheson, seventh-grade
Second place: Violet Lefevers, seventh-grade
First place: Sara Grace Abernathy, sixth-grade, Model Middle
Second place: Gracie Hutcheson, seventh-grade, Pepperell Middle
Third place: Natalie Long, sixth-grade, Model Middle
Broadway stars of “Wicked” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will perform Tuesday (Jan. 29) at Berry College’s Sisters Theatre. The Berry College Theatre Company welcomes Lindsay Northen and Jared Bradshaw as they perform “Broadway at Berry,” at 7:30 p.m. This performance is free and open to the public. Northen currently stars in the Tony award-winning musical “Wicked,” as a member of the ensemble and appears regularly as the understudy for Glinda the Good Witch. Bradshaw appeared as Jerry Jubilee in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and was the understudy for Willy Wonka. The Broadway stars will be joined on the piano by Julie Bearden Carver, the musical director for Berry’s upcoming production of “Dogfight.” Bradshaw and Northen will also work with theatre students in a masterclass and select students to join them onstage for the evening’s performance.