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Hall County Schools names nine students as finalists, alternates for Governor’s Honors

Chestatee High leads the way among Hall County Schools with four finalists for this year’s Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.    

The residential summer program, funded by the state at no cost to students, serves “gifted and talented” high school juniors and seniors and takes place on the campus of Berry College in Rome.

According to a Hall County Schools press release, “For four weeks, students will spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons, students choose one of the other areas in which to study. The curriculum in all the areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts and performances.”

Nine students in all from Hall County Schools have been selected as finalists or alternates for the honors program.

The Chestatee High students include Caroline Barber, a finalist in the musical voice category; Camryn Spence, who is nominated for communicative arts; David Woodard is a finalist in physics; and Trey Grimsley has been nominated for biology.

At Johnson High, Lydia Ebbs has been nominated in social studies and Cindy Aguilar for Spanish.

At West Hall High, Ashley Alcantar Magana was nominated in Spanish.

Garrrett Plumlee from Flowery Branch High is a finalist in the engineering/mechanical design category.

And Matthew Hawn from North Hall High has been named an alternate in mathematics.

Over 3,200 students from across the state applied and nearly 1,600 students interviewed and auditioned in February.

To learn more about the Governor’s Honors Program, visit