2020 Rising Senior Finalists

To All GHP 2020 Rising Senior Finalists,

As you know, everyone associated with the Governor’s Honors Program is disappointed that GHP 2020 was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic that still ravages the nation and world.

Please know that for weeks, the GHP faculty and staff, and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, tried diligently to explore quality opportunities that we might provide to you in lieu of the traditional summer program. As the pandemic changed, so did we. Determined to offer you a GHP 2020 experience, in a matter of days during the early spring months, we structured a completely online program; ultimately and unfortunately, that effort did not meet our standards for GHP. And while we wanted to provide something, we knew that it needed to meet the exceptionally high goals we set for ourselves and every GHP cohort. With that being said, you will have received emails from department chairs and instructors from your nomination area with suggested reading, study, and other enriching GHP-related opportunities to help bridge that gap.

GHP and Berry College shipped a set of gifts to each rising senior finalist recognizing their inclusion as alumni of the Governor’s Honors Program. The package is a small token of our support for the Rising Senior Finalists of GHP 2020. Included are an official GHP 2020 t-shirt, a special GHP finalist certificate, the GHP 2020 lanyard that each finalist would have received upon arrival in June, a GHP decal, and two items from our partners at Berry College.  These items will hopefully serve as reminders that we have not forgotten about our 2020 rising senior finalists and are steadily working to celebrate your achievements. We are currently working to honor everyone with a GHP Day at the State Capitol in a post COVID-19 environment and will share more news on that event when available at a later date.

Know that you are all a part of a truly resilient and tenacious generation. We know that your summer has not gone as you planned this year. As you begin to prepare for your final year in high school know that GHP is supporting you.