CAK students heading to Governor’s Schools

Sandra ClarkWest Knox

Three Christian Academy of Knoxville students will participate in one of the Tennessee Governor’s Schools programs occurring this summer at a variety of universities across Tennessee.

Aaron Frazer, sophomore, will attend the Governor’s School for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The GSIE experience is designed to expose 30 of the best and brightest Tennessee high school juniors and seniors to a variety of innovation and entrepreneurial concepts ranging from business plan writing to organizational management. The program requires students to work in teams to form their own businesses and pitch their idea in front of a panel of judges. Frazer will attend the GSIE at Tennessee Tech from May 26 through June 23.

Eli Oaks, junior, will attend the Governor’s School for the Humanities. The GSH offers rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn three semester credit hours. According to the GSH website, the program “celebrates who we are, what we believe, how we know what we know, where we’ve been as a society, and the power of originality and ideas in creating shared communities.” Oaks will attend the GSH at UT Martin from June 3-30.

Thomas Paterson, junior, will attend the Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering. The GSSE provides advanced study in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. According to the GSSE website, students accepted into this program are expected “to display very high standards of scholarship, desire for learning, reliability and deportment.” Paterson will attend the GSSE at UT Knoxville from June 3-30.

The schools provide programs for gifted and talented high school students in 11 areas. These programs are academically demanding and require students who are high achievers. Eligible students typically rank in the top of their high school class in academic performance/capability, according to the CAK press release.

Students accepted into the Tennessee Governor’s Schools programs were nominated by a faculty member at his/her high school who identify the student as talented, highly motivated and mature. Letters of recommendation and verification of the student’s academic record were required.

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