• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

School board honors Governor’s Scholars

GSP PARTICIPANTS Turner Reynolds and Jared Christian talked about their experiences in the five-week residential program during the Woodford County Board of Education’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 28. From left are Board Member Sherri Springate, Turner, Jared, and board Vice Chair Debby Edelen. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Woodford County High School’s four participants in the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) were honored by the Woodford County Board of Education on Monday night, Aug. 28. WCHS seniors Olivia Back and Samuel Eagen were unable to attend, but seniors Turner Reynolds and Jared Christian did share some of their experiences in the summer residential program with board members. In addition to learning about political and legal issues (her focus area) during five weeks at Morehead State University, Turner got to visit the Capitol in Frankfort. “It was a wonderful experience,” she said. “I got to meet so many people throughout Kentucky … I couldn’t imagine spending my summer any other way.” Her possible future plans include pursuing a degree in communications with a minor in business or Spanish at an in-state school, she said. While Jared was also on Morehead State’s campus, he said his GSP experience was very different from Turner’s. His focus area: biological and environmental issues took his group on field trips every week of GSP. His most memorable experience came while visiting a sustainable village run by college students, he told board members. While his college plans “could easily change,” Jared said he hopes to major in biology on a pre-med track at an in-state college “and see what other great things I can do in the future.” The Governor’s Scholars Program was established in 1983 to encourage Kentucky’s best and brightest high school students to further their education and pursue a career in the commonwealth rather than leave the state. GSP participants are eligible to receive scholarships from in-state public universities.

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