The Harlan County Board of Education recently honored three Harlan County High School seniors for their selection, participation and successful completion of the 2015 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.
Bayley Hope Amburgey, Jerry Blake Blevins and Logan Scott Burris received awards from the board to honor their accomplishment.
The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home.
Students who are selected attend the program without charge. In the spirit of partnership, the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise come together to provide the financial support for the Program.
The program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. The first class numbered 230 and was housed on one college campus. Since then, the program has enjoyed excellent support and grown to over 1,000 students on three campuses.
Amburgey is the granddaughter of Delilah Amburgey. She attended GSP at Murray State University. She hopes to attend the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University to study English and business.
Amburgey said, “At GSP I met the most diverse group of individuals, and I was privileged to be change because of it. I became a more well-rounded student and more confident as a student. GSP taught me more about myself and those around me.
She is a member of the HCHS choir, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Letcher County 4H Club and the HCHS drama team. Her hobbies are theater, singing, writing and reading.
Blevins is the son of Jerry and Nikki Blevins and Dan and Stephanie Mosley. He attended GSP on the Morehead State University campus. He is a member of the track team, National Honor Society academic team and Beta Club.
Blevins said, “Attending the Governor’s Scholars Program exposed me to more diversity than I have ever experienced. Through this program, I was able to learn from mentors and other scholars on all walks of life. I can honestly say that this program changed my life.”
Blevins is considering the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville for his postsecondary education for a pre-law major.
Burris is the son of Scott and Chrissy Burris. He is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. He is a state champion storyteller and plays several instruments. He enjoys exploring the mountains, playing music and making short films.
He is considering attending Eastern Kentucky University and possibly majoring in deaf interpretation.
Burris said, “The sense of community was inspiring and motivational. My papaw passed away during the program and my GSP family comforted and loved me. The people I met will be with me forever.”
For more information on the program, visit http://gsp.ky.gov/Default.aspx.