September 18, 2020

    Dear Walton Community,

    The state released information about the 2021 Governor’s Honors Program, so we are promptly beginning the process of nominating students to attend next summer’s program.  This is a four-week college-like program for the most talented students in our state, offered free of charge for students who earn one of the coveted positions! 

    There are several majors that students can apply for:

    -        Academic: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Communicative Arts (English), French, Spanish, Latin, German, Mandarin Chinese

    -        Careers & Technology:  Design, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering

    -        Fine Arts: Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts

    What IS GHP? 

    -          State GHP Info Page:

    -          Review the GHP website to determine which area your student might be interested in studying. 

    Below you will find dates and links that will provide general information about the GHP program and the student application process.   All questions regarding the GHP Nomination Process at Walton should be directed to Jasenda League ( 

     Department Coordinators/Interviews

    Each department will conduct its own interviews and selection process. 


    Contact the department coordinator for your area of nomination for more information about deadlines.


    Contact Person


    Maria Silva


    Foreign Language (Spanish, French, Latin, German, and Mandarin Chinese)

    Tobie Hendricks (


    Melissa Tatman (

    English (Communicative Arts)

    Erin Guthrie (

    Social Studies

    Joe League (


    Whit Hubbard (

    Business (Architectural, Graphic, & Industrial Design; Technology; Agricultural Science)

    Perry Holbrook (

    Fine Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts)




    Last year’s finalists

    • Last year’s GHP finalists received a set of gifts, and the state is still working to honor all of the rising senior finalists with a GHP Day at the State Capitol in a post COVID-19 environment.
    • Each 2020 rising junior finalist will be part of GHP 2021. They do not have to reapply or go through the selection process.


    This year’s selection process:

    • All Cobb County interviews will occur remotely via Microsoft Teams or Zoom during the first week of November.
    • GHP will simultaneously prepare for a physical and virtual program for summer 2021.   
    • Candidates MUST be able to commit to all of these dates as there are NO makeups:

    *Semifinalists will be required to attend the interviews/auditions on Saturday, February 27, 2021. 

    *The 2021 session of GHP will be held June 13 – July 10, 2021 at Berry College

    in Rome, GA.


    Walton’s Schedule

    • Students interested in applying for an Academic or Foreign Language area must express interest via email to the department coordinator by Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:59PM.
    • Academic and Foreign Language interviews will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, via Zoom.
    • Fine Arts Auditions & Applications will be due virtually by Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:59PM. Applicants need to let their ensemble director know of their interest. 


    Application Tips

    • You should fill out your part of the application completely!  Do a very good job and give thoughtful, detailed answers.  This part REALLY matters.
    • The teacher recommendation should be sent to a teacher who knows you well as a student in your major content.  You might need to help them with information about awards and leadership.  Make sure you give them enough time to do a good job – interviewers will make decisions about you based on what your teachers write/don’t write about you.
    • Do not ask for a copy of your PSAT scores or transcript from the records room. The school GHP coordinator will do this for you.
    • Please follow the directions carefully and take the time to polish it accordingly, including the directions to sign in blue ink and a consistency in fonts.

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