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High school students selected for N.C. Governor's School program

Posted on 3/30/2023

Nine students from Sampson County Schools have been selected to attend the 2023 summer session of the prestigious North Carolina Governor's School.

Held each summer at two sites, Governor’s School East is at Meredith College in Raleigh and Governor’s School West is at Winston-Salem State University.  The program runs from June 18 through July 15.

The following students from Sampson County Schools were chosen to attend the Governor’s School this summer.  The list includes their high school and area of study.

Governor's School East
Mia Paz-Martinez, Union High School - Spanish
Lana Rhoads, Midway High School - English
Brady West, Midway High School - Choral Music Bass
Dakota Williams, Union High School - Theatre
Jerrod Wise, Midway High School - Instrumental Music Percussion
Shelya Hernandez Zelaya (Superintendent's Choice), Sampson Early College High School - English

Governor's School West
Jaylan Barbour, Midway High School - Choral Music Soprano 2
Anna Cashwell, Lakewood High School - Social Science
Gladys Rodriquez-Prado, Union High School - Spanish


The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students in the nation. The program is administered by the State Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) through the Office of Advanced Learning & Gifted Education. Each summer, selected students are invited to the Governor’s School to help build a learning community during a four-week residential session. Students are encouraged to explore and ask questions, with the purpose of learning for its own sake and discovering new possibilities that complement their high school instruction, without the regular pressures of tests, scores, and grade point averages. The Governor’s School emphasizes collaborative efforts in all disciplines. A distinguished faculty chosen from public and private schools, colleges and universities, and private businesses and organizations serve as teachers in the program. Nationally-recognized consultants also provide instruction.


The academic disciplines include: • English • Spanish • Mathematics • Natural Science • Social Science.

The arts disciplines include: • Art • Choral Music • Instrumental Music • Dance • Theater 

Nominations for Governor’s school are made by each local high school, reviewed by a local committee, and submitted to a state committee for final selection. The process is extremely competitive.  Students are chosen based on academic standing or the ability to perform in an area of concentration.

Click here for more information about the North Carolina Governor’s School program.