Monday, January 27, 2014

intellectually gifted and artistically talented…

intellectually gifted and artistically talented …

of course we think all our kids and grandkids come under this heading, but we have one in particular that actively pursues anything academic or challenging or that might get her a scholarship or might look good on a college application or resume…

and that is Madison

who earlier in the school year was nominated for the Governors Honors Program:

The Governor's Honor Program is a four-week, summer residential program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities.

Madison's winning essay took her to the next level, the personal interview. On Saturday hundreds of students gathered at a high school in the middle of the state for their interviews. The crowds waiting were told - if you made it this far, you have a 1 in 3 chance of going forward to the final goal.

The 4 week program is located at Valdosta State University, where the students will be in classes Monday through Saturday. Outside of instructional time, students have a wide range of activities including seminars, concerts, recreation, sports and other events in which to participate.

After the interview session on Saturday, and when asking how the day went, I learned two things - there will be no WiFi in the dorms (!) and the 4 weeks of classes do not go toward college credit.

Kyle, the big brother and experienced college student: "So you want to go to summer school classes 6 days a week for 4 weeks just for the fun of it?"

The results of the interview will be March 28th, to see if she gets to go to the summer program. With the dreaded interview behind her, her mom said now she can relax a little, take a breath. But no, in the meantime she is studying for the SAT and applying for other programs and scholarships, and getting ready for the upcoming state robotics competition.

Needless to say we are proud of all our offspring :) and it is so much fun watching them scatter in different directions and learn new things!

Madison is 16, in the 11th grade. Right now her plans are to start out at Berry College, then to Georgia Tech, aiming toward being a forensic engineer.

1 comment:

Linda J said...

She could not have any better support system than her family! Hope this works out for her as this girl appears to be going for it whatever IT might be.