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Governor’s Honors Program finalists include 13 Hall County school system students and three Gainesville school system students for the summer of 2015.

GHP is a residential program for talented high school juniors and seniors, administered by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and funded by the state.

Nearly 3,000 students interviewed and auditioned over two weekends in January and February and 817 finalists were chosen.

The following students are from the area:

  • Kayla Krauth, Chestatee High School, communicative arts
  • Robert Morgan, Chestatee, voice
  • Kelsey McQueen, Flowery Branch High School, communicative arts
  • Collin Beck, Flowery Branch, math
  • Amanda Rockenbach, Flowery Branch, voice
  • Shannah Blackwell, Flowery Branch, voice
  • Jake Shewbert, Flowery Branch, science
  • Matthew Antoci, Flowery Branch, theater
  • Lauren Hill, Flowery Branch, theater
  • Pramoda Karnati, Gainesville High School, math
  • Maxwell Sumner, Gainesville, social science
  • Pratyusha Karnati, Gainesville, science
  • Melissa Hernandez, Johnson, math
  • Katherine Dionne, North Hall High School, Chinese
  • Melissa Riley, North Hall, Chinese
  • Chad Newstrom, West Hall High School, social studies

Hall County alternates chosen include:

  • Rebecca Braun, Chestatee, communicative arts
  • Elijah Segraves, Flowery Branch, technology

The program is held for four weeks beginning June 21 at the campus of Valdosta State University.

Students spend mornings in their major area of nomination and afternoons studying a topic of their choice.


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