The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public School District is honored to have two students selected to participate in the 2018 North Carolina Governor's School. Virginia "Davis" Robertson and Emma Teachey of Northeastern High School are among the rising high school seniors statewide, selected to attend the five-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students. Davis is the daughter of Bracey and Kim Robertson. Emma is the daughter of Danny Teachey and Nicole Giannakopoulos.
Students selected for Governor's School were nominated in one of 10 curriculum areas. Robertson was nominated in Natural Science and Teachey in math. The Governor's School curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests or grades. The 2018 session begins on June 17th and will conclude on July 25th.
The two students selected to attend this year feel that Governor's School will give them an opportunity to grow and learn from students with different thoughts and perspectives. Robertson has spoken with other students from ECPPS who have participated in Governor's School and they reflect fondly of the friendships developed during the experience. She is looking forward to the opportunity to make those connections with students across the state. Teachey credited her interest in Governor's School to Maggie Small, one of the 2015 Governor's School participants from ECPPS. Maggie's experience at Governor's School influenced Teachey greatly and sparked her desire to apply. Robertson and Teachey are friends and applied in hopes of being able to attend together; however, Robertson will attend Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh and Teachey will attend Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem.
When asked what the students would like to share about their opportunity to be a part of the Governor's School experience, Robertson stated, "I am extremely honored and proud to have been nominated and selected for the North Carolina Governor's School. This has been a goal of mine for quite some time and I am looking forward to gaining new knowledge, learning college skills, and meeting new lifelong friends this summer." Teachey expressed, "To me, Governor's School means more than just a great academic opportunity. It is a way for me to grow outside of my comfort zone and expand my horizons. I hope to learn a lot more than just my discipline, I hope to learn necessary life skills that will help me throughout my future academic career."
The Governor's School of North Carolina, founded in 1963 by former Governor Terry Sanford, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. More information about Governor's School is available at www.ncgovschool.org.