Friday, March 23, 2012

Dunwoody High Students Named 2012
Governor’s Honors Program Finalists

Congratulations to the following Dunwoody High students for being selected to the 2012 Governor’s Honors Program:

  • Ellen Bertschi
  • Graham Boling
  • Sara Cronan
  • Hardika Dhir
  • Aasees Kaur
  • Chen Kirshenbaum
  • Leah Shedrow
  • Rebecca Shoenthal

In all, 42 students of the DeKalb County School District were chosen for this honor.  Click here to see the complete list of finalists.

The Governor's Honors Program is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.  Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.  

More than 2,900 students from across the state, representing 1% of all sophomores and juniors of public, private, and home schools, were nominated last fall by their schools in twenty separate majors.  These nominees attended state-level interviews in January and February, where panels of judges and interviewers applied the program’s selection criteria to select 690 finalists.

The finalists will attend the program this summer at Valdosta State University, from June 24 through July 21.  They will attend classes in their major, select another area for their minor, and participate in seminars, activities, and performances.  The intensity of the experience is almost universally described by its alumni as “life-changing.”

This summer will be the 49th program, which began in the summer of 1964. Georgia’s program is the longest continually running summer gifted program in the nation.


  1. I counted. It actually looks like there were 41 students from Dekalb. Dunwoody did very well, accounting for 20% of the finalists from the county, and only one school had more finalists than Dunwoody.

  2. Thank you for the correction!! I went back and re-counted and DCSD had 42 students named to the Governor's Honors Program. Good job!

  3. Dunwoody Mom, I really appreciate the way you post good news about student achievement. If I had to wait for DCSD to post it I would never know.

    I think it is absolutely crucial for DCSD to get out all of the good news that it can. First, it is important for the students to know that their hard work is recognized. Second, how else can we counteract all of the bad news in the press? If we want current families to stay in the public schools and others to actually consider public schools we must let them know that achievement is still occurring, in spite of the "drama" of the grown-ups.

  4. Congratulations to all the 2012 GHP Finalists.