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The Governor’s Scholars Program is a 5-week, residential summer program for outstanding Kentucky students completing their junior years in high school. The majority discussed their area of interest at GSP, school activities, and greatest accomplishment.
Shelby County High School
Lauren Elizabeth Dale, daughter of Steve and Lisa Dale. Governor’s Scholars has been one of her high school goals. “It provides a great opportunity to meet more teens in Kentucky who have similar goals as mine as well as offering great scholarship opportunities.” Focus areas are modes of mathematical thinking, Spanish language and culture, and engineering. “I hope to learn about career opportunities and gain a deeper knowledge into what these fields offer.” Lauren is captain of SCHS Dance Team, and member of National Honor Society, 2013 Class Committee, Prom Committee, Diversity Club, Archdiocese of Louisville Youth Advisory Board, and Church of Annunciation youth group; volunteer for Religious Education Program; and student at Capital City Dance Studio. She is proud to report maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school while participating in many activities and “even more importantly being selected for the Governor’s Scholars Program as well as the 2011 Class of Kentucky top sophomore for Shelby County High School.”
Stuart Orange, son of Terry and Renae Orange. In regards to applying, Stuart said, “I love to learn and who doesn’t want college paid for?”, referring to the scholarship awarded to scholars participants. He signed up for mathematical thinking because he loves math and “I just want to do it for fun.” At Shelby County High, he is in soccer, track, choir, mentoring program. He also goes on mission trips, which he considers his greatest accomplishment: “I went on a week-long trip to Guatemala and it was the most moving trip I have been on.”
Abigail Siegel, daughter of Eric and Donna Siegel. She applied “in hopes of discovering God’s plan for my fast-approaching future. I am interested to see the different career opportunities that connect with my area of study and talents. Plus, I want to get the best glimpse of college like I can before I actually get there!” Her top choice of study is international relations where she wants to learn about “the diversity of different cultures within our world and how I can help those serving there.” She is a member of Shelby Christian youth group, involved in varsity cheerleading and varsity track at Shelby County High, president of junior class as well as SCHS FCCLA Chapter, treasurer of National Honor Society and vice president of Region 6 Peer Education for FCCLA. Abby also serves as a mentor at Wright Elementary third-graders, head of the Prom Committee, and 1st Sergeant of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC. Her mission trip to Guatemala during spring break tops the list of accomplishments. “It was incredible seeing God’s love shown through a smile of rotting teeth and a universal game of Tic-Tac-Toe played on a dirt road... The joy that filled the lives of the Guatemalans we encountered was such as encouragement to me. I’m already looking forward to serving on next year’s trip!”
Taylor Webb, daughter of Julie and Brian Webb. She thought Governor’s Scholars would be “a good experience to meet new people and learn about new things. Scholarship opportunities were also a big reason I applied.” She wants to study “subjects I usually wouldn’t and hope to become a more well-rounded person,” selecting psychology, cultural anthropology, and communication and social studies. Taylor is a member of Simpsonville Baptist, track, cross country and Youth Agriculture Board. Being accepted into Governor’s Scholars is “by far my biggest accomplishment thus far. I am very excited to go and can't wait until this summer!”
Collins High School
Landen Trent Bates, son of Mark and Michele Bates. He said, “I applied because of the scholarship benefits and the opportunity that is given to spend a summer at a Kentucky college campus. It's been such a good program for friends older than me, and I didn't want to miss out on the chance to make new friends and try new things.” Landen selected Drama, Music, and International Relations to “gain knowledge in any of the areas I have chosen, and would love to become more aware of the environment around me.” He is President of Beta Club for the 2012-2013 school year and is also involved and play leading roles in the Drama, Choral, and Swimming programs at Collins. He also participated in Shelby County Teen Court, as a Lifeguard at the FAC, and in shows at the Shelby County Community Theatre. He said, “The biggest event that made an impact on me was the splitting of the schools after my freshman year. I love Collins High School and am very proud of all of our academic and athletic accomplishments. My personal greatest academic accomplishment is obviously being selected as a 2012 Governor’s Scholar.”
Maria Cozzens, daughter of Charlene and Chris Cozzens. Governor’s Scholars will allow her to meet new people and live on a college campus while “discerning college majors. The possibility of earning free tuition was a plus!” Health sciences topic was chosen as a field of study because she wants to “learn about the human body and determine whether or not that would be a good career for me.” She is involved in cross country, track, swimming, National Honor Society, Shelby Prevention Youth Council, Leo Club and Beta Club. Maria is proud that she participated in her first cross country season last fall and advanced to state with the team. “I had a great time finishing in 16th place, making all-state and bonding with my teammates.”
Erin Daugherty, daughter of Kevin and Lisa Daugherty. She wanted to be in Governor’s Scholars to “have an experience of a lifetime by enhancing leadership quality, meeting wonderful people and taking home memories that will last forever.” She hopes to gain knowledge in engineering. Her activities are Beta Club, National Honor Society officer, FFA, FCA, swim team (both high school and club), CCO volunteer, lifeguard and swim coach. She enjoyed her time in the Young Leaders Institute as a sophomore, “able to see parts of Shelbyville I didn’t even know existed. I had a wonderful time and learned a lot.”
Lauren Daphne Greenwell, daughter of Lisa and Benny Greenwell. Governor’s Scholars offers a “unique experience to grow academically, personally and provides an educational experience of a lifetime.” She wants to study music, psychology and the health care industry to give her a “better understanding of my future career choices.” Her involvement includes lacrosse, color guard, orchestra, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Drama Club, Bagdad Baptist Church youth group and a volunteer at Shelbyville Physical Therapy and Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. Lauren loved participating in the People To People program as a youth ambassador to England, France, Italy and Monaco during summer 2010. “I repelled from the roof of a castle in Italy and had the privilege to see the Queen of England. I also walked the beaches of Normandy.”
Leslie Hobbs, daughter of Trisha and David Hobbs. She was interested in Governor’s Scholars because she “wanted to challenge myself to try new things and meet new people that I wouldn’t have done in a summer in Shelbyville KY.” She picked psychology to “expand my knowledge in this field of study so I will better understand the human mind-set that will help me in my future occupation.” Leslie is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Exceptional Child Internship Mentor program, soccer and Centenary United Methodist youth group. During her sophomore year, she was accepted into the Young Leaders Institute, which she said was “overall a great, eye=-opening experience. Now I would have to say, for my junior year, being accepted into Governor’s Scholars! I look forward to all the new people and experiences I will be exposed to.”
Marysa Maier, daughter of Paul and Johnna Maier. “My friends, my older sister, and even some of my favorite teachers went to GSP after their junior year and encouraged me to apply. It also seemed like a great opportunity and if I didn't make any effort to be a part of GSP, I would greatly regret it.” She checked engineering on the application, “because that is what I want to do with the rest of my life... I selected physics because I love math and science and physics is the best combination of both; it also has practical applications that apply to life. I also selected Business/Economics because I have always been interested in Business but I never get to explore the subject area.” Activities she is involved in: Varsity Soccer, Lacrosse, Academic Team, Girls in Engineering Math and Science, Technology Student Association, Student Technology Leadership Program, Kentucky United Nations Assembly, Kentucky Youth Assembly, Y-Club, Shelby Prevention, Prom Committee, Class Treasurer, National Honor Society (next year's vice president) and Beta Club. “By far, my greatest accomplishment has been being accepted into GSP. I am thrilled for this summer and all the experiences I will gain because of it.”
Miranda Maier, daughter of Paul and Johnna Maier. “I applied to Governor’s Scholars because I wanted to participate in an amazing program, have new experiences, and make new friends and memories.” Her GSP interests were Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Architecture because “I hope to narrow down the fields I want to pursue.” Miranda is President of Y-club and Historian of National Honor Society, a member of Beta Club, Technology Student Association, junior engineering technical society, Girls in Engineering Math and Science, Prom Committee, Varsity Soccer and lacrosse. My most exciting accomplishment so far has definitely been being accepted into GSP. I am looking forward to such a wonderful experience!
Abby Munsterman, daughter of Kim and Dave Munsterman. She applied to Governor’s Scholars mainly for the “fun experience and scholarships.” She chose psychology, engineering and astronomy as fields of study and hopes “the class I take will help me figure out what I want to study in college.” Her interests are Beta Club, National Honor Society, Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS), CHS swim team and Shelby Stingrays swim team, as well as competitive gymnastics. Her greatest accomplishment is being accepted into Governor’s Scholars.
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Alternates: Anna Collinsand Casey Hill