This summer, 670 of North Carolina’s most academically gifted rising high school seniors will explore cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts as part of the 2017 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School. Over 1800 applications were considered for the 2017 session which runs from June 18-July 26. Three students from Caldwell County have been selected for this prestigious honor. Laurel Crisp, daughter of Amanda Crisp and Larry Crisp; Fiona Docherty, daughter of William and Jill Docherty; and Benjamin Masters, son of David and Tricia Masters will represent the Caldwell County School District. All are students attend South Caldwell High School.
Local school districts nominate students to attend Governor’s School. The program is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made to include rising juniors in selected performing arts areas. Each school system is allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th-and 11th-grade populations. There are 10 specialization areas for nomination, including English, foreign language (French or Spanish), mathematics, natural science, social science, art, choral music, instrumental music, theater, and dance.
Faculty and staff of the Governor’s School include distinguished teachers and professionals from colleges and universities across the country. Others are independent artists and scholars. To further enrich the students’ experience, many faculty members are in residence during the entire summer session.
The late Governor Terry Sanford founded the Governor’s School of North Carolina in 1963. The program, which does not involve credit, tests, or grades, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.
Governor’s School is located on two campuses: Governor’s School West is served by Salem College in Winston-Salem; Governor’s School East is served by Meredith College in Raleigh. Laurel Crisp will be attending Governor’s School East and will study English; Fiona Docherty will be attending Governor’s School West and will study Natural Science; and Benjamin Masters will be attending Governor’s school East and will study Mathematics.