HPU Welcomes Governor’s School West

335 students moved in yesterday, classes officially began today.


HIGH POINT, N.C., June 17, 2019 – More than 50 students filled HPU’s Hayworth Fine Arts Center stage this morning for their first instrumental music class in the Governor’s School West program.

Orlando Cela, an experienced conductor from Boston and music director of Governor’s School, stands in front of his class with his baton and instructs his students to play.

“The first day of classes is exciting,” said Rodney Allen, director of Governor’s School West. “The faculty are getting to know their students, and the students are acclimating to their classes. The faculty come back each year because they get to work with these amazing students.”

HPU welcomed 335 intellectually gifted high school seniors from across the state to campus on June 16 for the start of Governor’s School West. This is the first year HPU is hosting the program after being selected in March. The move to HPU positions the Governor’s School for the growth necessary to meet the ever-increasing demand of the outstanding students in North Carolina’s K-12 education public and private schools.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a summer residential program that integrates academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses on two campuses in the state.

“HPU is proud to welcome this group of outstanding high school students to our campus,” said HPU Provost Dr. Dennis Carroll. “As someone who has been directly involved in the program in years past, I fully support the education and values Governor’s School provides to our youth. This is a wonderful partnership between HPU and Governor’s School.”

For the next five and a half weeks, students will attend classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will focus on one of five academic disciplines in English, math, social science, natural science or Spanish, or one of five arts disciplines in choral music, instrumental music, dance, theater or visual art. Students are also engaged in classes other than their particular academic and art classes.

Each evening, students are invited to participate in various events such as a guest speaker series, orchestra and chorus concerts, theatre performances and more.

“We really appreciate what HPU has been able to do to help kick off Governor’s School West,” said Allen. “Yesterday, we were over in front of Cottrell Hall enjoying the students’ company and snacks, and it was such a beautiful location. I think the students are settling in nicely, and this will be a great opportunity for them to build on their education.”

Governor’s School East is located at Meredith College in Raleigh.

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