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Three Bladen County students are attending and exploring cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts as the 2015 Session of the North Carolina Governor’s School is underway.
Bladen County students Nikki M. Locklear, Claire P. Parrish and Maria M. Lopez Gonzalez are attending the five-and-a-half week summer residential program along with 647 other rising seniors and some exceptional juniors at two campuses—Governor’s School East (Meredith College, Raleigh) and Governor’s School West (Salem College, Winston Salem).
State Superintendent June Atkinson, who will be speaking with students and touring the grounds at the Governor’s School East campus on Wednesday at 2 p.m., congratulated the students on their selection  “The innovative Governor’s School curriculum will challenge and cultivate their skills and give them an experience that will pave the way for future success in academics, in the arts, and in life.”
Students selected for Governor’s School are first nominated by their local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters.
There are 10 specialization areas for nomination: English, Foreign Language (French or Spanish), Mathematics, Natural Science, Art, Choral Music, Instrumental Music, Theater and Dance.  Students are challenged to discover and explore links between ideas and actions, theory and practice.
Faculty and staff of the Governor’s School include distinguished teachers and professionals from public and private schools, colleges, and universities, across the country.
To help offset program costs, the General Assembly enacted a tuition fee of $500 per student in 2010.
Locklear is participating in the English program at the Governor’s East school.  Parrish is in the same program at the West campus and Lopez-Gonzalez is in the Social Services program at the West school.
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 United States.
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