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Seven Richmond County students nominated for N.C. Governor’s School

Four students from Richmond Early College High School and three from Richmond Senior High School have been selected as nominees for the Governor’s School of N.C. Pictured, from left, are the REaCH students: Jace Bendell, Yesenia Garcia, Savannah Shepard and Sylvester Harding.

HAMLET — The Richmond County School System is proud to recognize the following students as state nominees for the Governor’s School of North Carolina:  

  • Richmond Senior High School Candidates – Caden Gainey, Caroline Hunsucker and Ashley Ryals.
  • REACH Candidates – Jace Bendell, Yesenia Garcia, Sylvester Harding and Savannah Shepard.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students in the nation. Selected students will enjoy four weeks of concentrated study in a specific academic discipline or performing/visual arts area on two college campuses: Governor’s School West at a site to be determined and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.  

“We are honored to have seven qualified applicants to elevate to the state level for consideration for the 2022 Governor’s School. The diverse talents of this group represent our district well. They are exceptional candidates with bright futures ahead of them,” said Nicole Pait, director of English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Gifted Education. “Their achievements thus far make us at RCS very proud.” 

Students will be notified by the Governor’s School in mid-March of their selection into the program. If students are chosen as a state finalist, they will attend Governor’s School in the summer of 2022. 

The program is administered by the State Board of Education and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction through the Division of Advanced Learning & Gifted Education. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.  


For more information about NCGS, please visit their website: dpi.nc.gov/students-families/enhanced-opportunities/governors-school-north-carolina

Caden Gainey

Ashley Ryals

Caroline Hunsucker

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