Polk County High School rising senior Kristen Hall earned selection to attend the 2020 session of North Carolina Governor’s School this summer in High Point.
Except, of course, Governor’s School didn’t happen this year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Hall was chosen to attend Governor’s School West at High Point University in Natural Science.
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.