• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Students share GSP, GSA experiences with board

GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARS PROGRAM participants were recognized by the Woodford County Board of Education on Monday night. From left are board member Sherri Springate, Regan Martin, Caleigh Evans, Caylee Marshall, Peyton Popp and board Vice Chair Debby Edelen. Not pictured, but also a GSP participant, is Maggie Sunseri. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

CHARLES ADAMS, a participant in the Governor's School for the Arts program this summer, is pictured with board members Karen Brock, left, and Sherri Springate, right. Also GSA participants, but unable to attend Monday night's board meeting, were Nicholas Adkins and Hannah Iglehart. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Eight students from Woodford County High School talked about their experiences during two summer enrichment programs at Monday night's Board of Education meeting. Caleigh Evans, Caylee Marshall, Regan Martin, Peyton Popp and Maggie Sunseri spent five weeks in the Governor's Scholars Program (GSP), but Regan and Caleigh agreed that it's difficult to explain their experiences at Morehead State University in words. "All the memories meant so much more than what it sounds like," said Regan, a WCHS senior. She especially enjoyed hanging out with and getting to know other students from across Kentucky in the residential program. While Caleigh also could not fully explain the many social benefits of GSP that have now enriched her life, she did tell board members that she was blessed to learn about forensic science as her focus area of study at GSP. At Northern Kentucky University, Caylee got to explore modes of mathematical thinking as her area of study. "It was a lot different than your regular math class," she told board members. In addition to learning different approaches to using math, Caylee appreciated being able to meet students from across the state while participating in knitting and swing dancing clubs. Peyton spent many hours watching movies during his five weeks at NKU, where his area of focus was film studies. He also participated in discussions on how to make "the world a better place" in his general studies classes. Helping out at a homeless shelter was eye-opening, but his best memories happened while becoming very close to other GSP students as they "explored who we were," said Peyton. The WCHS seniors were chosen to participate in GSP - at no cost to their families - after a rigorous selection process. Also this summer, Charles Adams, Nicholas Adkins and Hannah Iglehart spent three weeks in the Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) at Centre College in Danville. The WCHS seniors were among Kentucky's finest young artists who participated in fun and intense instruction in architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, new media visual art and vocal music. Charles said GSA students studying different art disciplines were encouraged to work together on projects. "It was amazing working with different artists," said Charles. The WCHS senior was awed by a trio of musicians who improvised live background music for his group's dramatic performance. He was equally awed by a GSA alumnus who could whistle a song - sounding like a bird. Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins encouraged this year's GSP and GSA participants to tell other WCHS students about their life-changing experiences this summer so other rising-seniors will apply for these "worthwhile" enrichment opportunities. "Both of these programs are highly competitive, and we are so very proud of the fact that we had eight students who attended these outstanding summer opportunities," said Hawkins.

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