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Highlands students accepted to summer Governor's programs




(April 19, 2018) Highlands High School (HHS) is honored to announce the students who have been accepted into Governor’s summer programs.


HHS juniors accepted into the Governor’s Scholar Program (GSP) are

Brendan Conley

Austin King

Elizabeth Schwalbach

Margot Seidel

Betsy Sellers


GSP Alternates

Sarah Cayton

Claire Tinkler


GSP is a six-week summer residential program held for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. GSP programs are held on three different university campuses – Morehead State University, Murray State University and Northern Kentucky University.


In order to participate in the program, students must be nominated by their high schools and then compete on a state-wide level. In addition to an academic profile that includes difficulty of course load, GPA, and at least one standardized test score, the application requires an outline of all extracurricular activities, a history of volunteer service, and a list of job positions held. Teacher recommendations include both quantitative evaluation and qualitative descriptions of the student’s performance and potential. The final component of the application is an original essay.


HHS students accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) program are

Sydney Cooper – Creative Writing

Grant Sower – Drama

Donovan Staab – Architecture/Design


GSA Alternates

Katherine Eckerle – Visual Arts

Wyatt Richards – Film & Photography

Maggie Siebert – Vocal Music


GSA students participate in a three-week program located at Centre College in Danville during which the rising juniors and seniors are offered in-depth instruction in one of nine areas: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art or vocal music. The student artists are immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips.




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