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Students gather in Valdosta for GA honors program

Georgia Education
Posted at 6:28 AM, Jul 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-11 02:36:23-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Nearly 700 gifted high school students from around Georgia are spending four weeks of their summer at Valdosta State University as part of a state-sponsored enrichment program.

State officials said this week that it's the 50th anniversary of the Governor's Honors Program. Gov. Nathan Deal says the students selected for the program are "among the best and brightest of our state."

Some 3,000 students are nominated each year by their schools and are chosen after an intensive interview process.

Students spend six days a week in classes focused around a topic of their choosing, ranging from theater to mathematics.

Funds for each student's tuition and room and board are appropriated by the General Assembly as part of the state education budget. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses.