Polk County High School junior Kendall Hall has been selected to attend the 2017 session of North Carolina Governor’s School in Winston-Salem.

Hall was one of 670 students from around the state chosen to attend the session, slated for June 18-July 26 at Salem College. She will study natural science.

“Governor’s School challenges our brightest and most creative students to develop their academic and creative skills in new ways,” said North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer Maria Pitre-Martin. “The experience of Governor’s School helps these young scholars and artists see new opportunities that can shape their lives after high school.”

Local school superintendents, along with directors of charter and private schools, initially nominate students to attend Governor’s School. The program is open to rising seniors only with exceptions made to include rising juniors in selected performing arts areas.

Each school system, charter school and private school is allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th- and 11th-grade populations. There are 10 specialization areas for nomination: English, foreign language (French or Spanish), mathematics, natural science, social science, art, choral music, instrumental music, theater and dance.

Faculty and staff of the Governor’s School include distinguished teachers and professionals from public and private schools, colleges and universities across the country. Others are independent artists and scholars. To further enrich the students’ experience, many faculty members are in residence on campus as well.

Gov. Terry Sanford founded the Governor’s School of North Carolina in 1963. The program, which does not involve credit, tests or grades, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.