ETSU to host 2 Governor’s Schools
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JOHNSON CITY — Sixty-one students from across Tennessee will visit the campus of East Tennessee State University, to participate in two of 12 Governor’s Schools offered throughout the state this summer. ETSU hosts the Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis and the Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage.

These residential educational experiences allow gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit in five weeks of study, giving them an edge as they enter the higher education institutions of their choice.

Gifted, talented high school students earn college credit

Thirty students arrived May 25 for the Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis. This program provides advanced scholarly engagement for students who demonstrate an interest, talent and passion in the pursuit of mathematics and science, according to coordinator Dr. Jack Rhoton, executive director of ETSU’s Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education.

The school covers a wide range of contemporary biological and mathematical topics in such interdisciplinary fields as bioinformatics, computational chemistry and systems ecology.

Model building and data analysis are interwoven in a statistical and biological context, and students learn scientific methods through a series of courses, labs, projects, field trips, seminars, lectures and other activities centered on mathematics, statistics and biology.

The Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, coordinated by ETSU’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, will begin June 1. This program lets students earn credit through two courses in Tennessee history and historical geology. Field experiences, led by ETSU professors and other regional specialists, include forays into environmental studies, historic preservation and paleontology.

The 31 participants will spend time working at the Gray Fossil Site; learning the craft of flint knapping, or shaping flint into tools, decorations or other items; studying historic preservation techniques used by museums; practicing contra dancing; and more.

Prior to their departure from ETSU on June 27, students in both Governor’s Schools will give presentations on their various research endeavors before their peers, families, and Governor’s School staff.

Students attending the Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis include: Myranda Gorman, Blountville; Muhammad W. Feroze, Collierville; Kathryn V. Winston, Cordova; Gracelyn M. Bowers, Culleoka; Spencer T. Edmonds, Dandridge; Brooklyn P. Runyan, Dayton; Michael Y. Lee, Franklin; Abigail M. Scott, Gray; Hanah Brumitt, Hampton; David A. Condra, Nicholas R. Lobo and Ruchi Shah, Hixson; Stephanie N. Alu, Johnson City; Kendra L. Smith, Elizabeth Thompson and Sanchit Wadhawan, Knoxville; Laura Sheets, Louisville; Carrie Romesburg, Maryville; Vijaya R. Dasari, Memphis; Nathan Carothers, Nicole Chandler and Yasmeen A. Murtaza, Murfreesboro; Diana K. Hobbs, Newport; Sophia Cui and Tina S. Wang, Oak Ridge; Michelle Hoang and Nathan M. Liu, Ooltewah; Abigail M. Gregory, Rogersville; Evan R. Majic, Signal Mountain; and Priya Patel, Spring Hill.

Students attending the Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage include: Victoria Shoaff, Arlington; Jessica Moore and Aaron Parkey, Bartlett; Kyle Sills, Brownsville; Aimee Kittle and Whitney Spake, Chattanooga; Skylar Kelley, Cleveland; Nick Harris, Columbia; Luke Hornby, Cookeville; Faith Jackson, Fairview; Valerie Romanko, Franklin; Schuyler Daniel and Will Moseley, Hendersonville; Hailey Ung, Hermitage; Sarah Adinolfi, Kingsport; Sarah Hampton and James Spears, Knoxville; Megan Belcher, Lebanon; Allison Bland, McKenzie; Emily Masters and Shelbi Releford, Monteagle; Paden Robertson, Mt. Juliet; Holly Moran, Rex Parker, Desteni Rivers and Kyla Scott, Murfreesboro; Anwen Wilkerson, Nashville; Shichen Zhang, Oak Ridge; Cheyenne Carpenter, Ooltewah; Hannah Meller, Signal Mountain; and Lily Haskins, Lookout Mountain, Ga.