Governor’s Scholars share final thoughts about their time at Centre
August 5, 2010 By Marla Sweitzer
July 31, with a closing ceremony in Centre’s Newlin Hall.
To see the photo album from the final week, click here.
After spending five weeks on Centre College’s campus, 352 Governor’s Scholars now find themselves back home gearing up for their last year of high school. More than merely getting away from mom and dad for five weeks, GSP was a chance for the rising high school seniors to step outside their comfort zones and get a taste of college life.
Atticus Gurley of Kenton County says what encapsulated his experience was “bonding with students in an intense educational environment and expanding the mind, as well as forging relationships.”
Courses challenged students in a variety of subject areas, from Hispanic literature to cultural anthropology to visual arts.
“I kind of have more of an open mind now because of my philosophy class,” says Randy Vennemann of Alexandria. “I’m questioning more things.”
Many students came away with a rekindled love of learning.
“It made me want to learn instead of just having to,” says Aubrey Vankemper of Fort Thomas.
Throughout the program, scholars heard from a number of distinguished speakers, from Kentucky native and Nobel Prize winner (in physiology or medicine) Philip Sharp to Secretary of State Trey Grayson (an ’89 Governor's Scholar).
Class trips to the Louisville Zoo, Shakertown, the Abbey of Gethsemani, and other landmarks connected scholars to the immediate Danville area and Kentucky.
In addition to expanding their minds, scholars expanded their social networks by interacting with individuals from across the state.
“The people make the experience more than anything else,” says Dawni Dettart of Wolfe County.
To relive the GSP at Centre experience, check out the Facebook fan page, which includes a new photo album with shots from the final weekend!