Wayne County High School student Colton Morrow had an interesting summer, representing Wayne County Schools both on the RECC Youth trip to Washington D.C. and at the Governor’s Scholar Program.
Colton attended GSP with his focus area being healthcare. Colton also had two other classes – general studies and a seminar. The summer intensive program took place at Morehead State University. While there, he participated in a series of activities with the friends he made during the program. Attending for healthcare, he was given the chance to watch doctors perform surgeries and do dissections among other related trips. They examined organs at the University of Kentucky and learned several medical techniques.
Colton was thankful for his time there. The students were given plenty of opportunities to get to know one another. In fact, Colton said, “My favorite part of GSP was meeting people I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Me and my new friends spent a lot of time at the gym together.” Those who attend GSP build life-long bonds over the course of five weeks with like-minded students.
Colton intends to follow up with his GSP focus area outside of the program. His current plans are to attend either University of Kentucky or University of the Cumberlands for pre-med. He participates in a variety of high school extracurricular activities, including wresting and Beta. He is also an Eagle Scout in his Boy Scouts Troop.
Wayne County High School juniors who would like to apply for the 2019 GSP summer session can check with the Counselor’s Office for more information or download information from the GSP website in late September. In order to participate in the Program, students must be nominated by their high schools and then compete on a state-wide level. The number of nominees each district may submit to the statewide process is based on the district-wide junior class enrollment. Over 2,000 applications are received at the state level each year, with approximately 1,000 students selected to attend.
Selection for the program is highly competitive, with an application process similar to that of prestigious colleges and universities. 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. A Teacher recommendation which includes both a quantitative evaluation and qualitative descriptions of the student’s performance and potential; as well as a Community Recommendation which shows how a student performs in a community setting beyond the high school are also required. The final component of the application is an original writing entry.
?The Governor’s Scholars Program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home. Students who are selected attend the Program without charge. In the spirit of partnership, the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise come together to provide the financial support for the Program.
The Program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. The first class numbered 230 and was housed on one college campus. Since then, the Program has grown to over 1,000 students on three campuses.
The core curriculum for these summer sessions is threefold:
Focus Area: Courses that allow a student to pursue a topic in-depth as a member of a small group stressing the development of ideas in the chosen discipline, with the option of additional independent study.
General Studies: Classes the emphasize inquiry, service-learning, community leadership, and resolution development.
Seminar: Personal development seminars that stress concerns and problems faced by students, including such subjects as values clarification, career choice, and interpersonal relationships.
Faculty and staff also invite a variety of speakers and performers from a range of disciplines and pursuits to visit campus. Carefully organized field trips, special events, and a film series also contribute to the comprehensive educational atmosphere in which scholars are challenged not only to examine, but, more importantly, to nurture their sense of learning and leadership.
Colton Morrow with his friends from GSP
Colton learned several medical techniques at the program
Colton's with his focus-area team
Campus Director Bryan Rich awarded the students their certificates
Colton was proud to have been attended GSP