MONROE — Twelve Union County Public Schools (UCPS) students are attending the Governor’s School of North Carolina this summer, according to a report from UCPS

The summer program for gifted and talented high school students will be held in person at Meredith College and High Point University from June 20 through July 24.

Program organizers worked with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to develop a plan that will provide safety measures for all participants against the COVID-19 pandemic that has been responsible for the deaths of more than 13,000 North Carolinians over since March of 2020.

As the nation’s oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted high school students, Governor’s School is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas.

Students are participating in a five-week program that integrates academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and it does not involve credit, tests or grades. Students are selected to attend through a process after being nominated.

The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.

Cuthbertson has the best representatives from Union County with five, followed by Central Academy with three.

The following students are attending Governor’s School this summer. This list includes their area of study.

Central Academy of Technology and Arts

Mackenzie Cochran — Natural Science

Laysa Kandukuri — Natural Science

Kendall Pixley — Natural Science

Cuthbertson High

Alexandra Fountain — English

Darby Burgett — Instrumental Music

Keira Howald — Instrumental Music

Kate Murray — Natural Science

Khamyla Lega — Social Science

Marvin Ridge High

Harrison Bellamy — French

Kerry O’Neill — French

Sun Valley High

Efupom Fang — English

Weddington High

Tulsi Paten — Natural Science