Candace Barclift, a senior at Northeastern High School, was selected to participate in the 2019 North Carolina Governor's School. Each year, rising high school seniors are selected to attend the five-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students. Barclift is the daughter of Wayne and LoraAnn Barclift.
Students selected for Governor's School were nominated in one of 10 curriculum areas. Barclift was nominated in English and attended Governor's School East in Raleigh, North Carolina. 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 2019 session began on June 16th and concluded on July 24th.
Prior to attending Governor's School, Barclift felt that Governor's School would be a good experience and an opportunity to further her education; however, she did not realize the profound impact the experience would have on her personally. Reflecting on her time at Governor's School, Barclift learned to "never be afraid of who you are," sharing that everyone could truly be themselves. She also shared that she will forever remember fondly, the opening of each day with "Today is the happiest day at Governor's School East." Barclift feels that her writing skills were strengthened greatly through the classes she attended, as well as her vocabulary. When asked why she applied for Governor's School, she said it was because of parent and teacher influences as well as the experiences shared by those who have attended previously.
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.