Johnston County Schools is sending six of its best and brightest students to the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina. The names of the selected students along with their area of concentration and their high school are as follows: Robin Braswell, Johnston County Early College Academy (Social Science); Mitchell Burleson, Corinth Holders High School (Instrumental Music); Melaine Hardee, South Johnston High School (Natural Science); Isha Henry, Clayton High School (Instrumental Music); Noah Kiser, Smithfield-Selma High School (Instrumental Music); and Maya Palmer, Cleveland High School (English).
Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
Principals, school counselors, and teachers, nominate applicants and send their names to the superintendent. A district committee then determines which of the school nominees will be sent for final selection at the state level. There are 10 curriculum areas: art, choral music, dance, English, foreign language (French and Spanish), instrumental music, mathematics, natural science, social science, and theater.