Irina Buznitskaya was one of three local students selected this year to attend the Governor’s Honors Program, a four-week academic summer program at Berry College. Emily Gray, from Loganville High School, and Irina, from Walnut Grove High School, will both attend with visual arts as their academic major, while Kevin Pietruszka, from LHS, will attend with a focus on mathematics.

Three Walton County School District students have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program, a residential summer program for gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors.

Irina Buznitskaya, of Walnut Grove High School, Emily Gray and Kevin Pietruszka, both of Loganville High School, were selected to attend the four-week summer program this year.

“I commend these students for their hard work, which has afforded them the opportunity to participate in the Governor’s Honors Program,” WCSD Superintendent Nathan Franklin said. “This experience will allow them to showcase their talents while continuing to pursue excellence in their respected areas of study. We are proud of them and know they will represent us well at the state level.”

Over 3,000 students from across the state were nominated and 1,600 students participated in the interview/audition process.

Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend. Students from across the state will spend four weeks at Berry College exploring topics not usually found in the typical high school classroom within their major area of nomination.

During the afternoons, students choose one of the other areas in which to study.

Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts and performances.

Each student was selected for a certain academic concentration, a “major.” Irina and Emily were both selected for visual arts, while Kevin was nominated in mathematics.

News Editor

Stephen Milligan is the news editor of The Walton Tribune. He lives in Monroe and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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