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Nine Highlands Students Accepted to Governor’s Scholars Program

Nine Highlands High juniors have been accepted to attend the 2020 Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program. 
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By Robin Gee

A total of nine Highlands High School juniors have been accepted into the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program for 2020. Students are nominated by their schools for academic achievement as well as extracurricular activities. Overall, the program seeks applicants that show well-rounded promise for their senior year.

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This year’s students are Kayla Bolling, Alexandra Crawford, Peter Laskey, Corina Mills, Sarah Redden, Ellen Rowland, Julianna Russ, Margaret Stieby, and Ethan Stuart.

Applications are competitive. In addition to information on academics and activities, students must also submit an original essay. The program accepts only half of the 2,000 applications received each year from across the state.

The program normally runs for five weeks over the summer with students divided among three college campuses —Bellarmine University in Louisville, Centre College in Danville and Morehead State University. In years past, Highlands students were split up with one-third going to each institution.

Plans continue for 2020 as organizers monitor health and safety guidelines

At this time, organizers say the Governor’s Scholars Program is scheduled to proceed as planned, but they are monitoring the situation. The time frame being considered is the last few days of June and the month of July.

In a memo issued this week, Executive Director Aristofanes Cedeño said, "The circumstances facing our world and the uncertainty of the foreseeable future force us to diligently work with our host campuses and staff to create a plan to convene the 2020 class prioritizing our first area of concern every year, the safety and well-being of our scholars. At this time, we are planning on a summer program taking place, with potential dates slightly different from those originally announced and considering the possibility of shortening the originally planned five weeks."

He noted more information will be made available soon and for participants to check the program’s website often.

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