The Harlan Independent School Board recognized two students, Mathew Roddy and Xiao-mei (Lala) Zheng, for being selected for the Governor’s Scholar program during a meeting on Thursday.
Board Chairman Joe Meadors called the meeting to order, and Superintendent C.D. Morton brought the students in front of the board.
“It’s a great privilege each year for us to recognize some of our best and brightest students,” Morton said. “I’m excited that we’ve got a packed house to witness the recognition of two of Harlan High School’s best students.”
Morton said the two were top students in this year’s senior class.
“Each year, the state of Kentucky has a program called the Governor’s Scholars program,” Morton said. “They go after Kentucky’s best and brightest students. They give them the opportunity to do some things in the summer to enhance their skill set, and get prepared for that next step, college.”
The Governor’s Scholars program website states the Governor’s Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge.
According to Morton, Harlan Independent Schools have had several students selected over the years.
“Tonight, I want to take just a moment and recognize two of our students,” Morton said. “This program is probably the most prestigious program in the state of Kentucky, it guarantees scholarships at many of the universities in the state and puts them in tall cotton. We’re very proud of them.”
Morton introduced Roddy and Zheng to those in attendance.
Roddy told the panel he visited Northern Kentucky University as part of the program, and plans to attend the University of Kentucky.
Zheng headed to western Kentucky for her campus visit.
“I went to Murrey, six hours away,” Zheng said. “I’m planning to go to the University of Kentucky.”
Both students said they have not yet decided on a course of study.
“We appreciate your work and dedication to the school district,” Morton told the students.
For more information on the Governor’s Scholars Program, visit their website at http://gsp.ky.gov/
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