GF junior headed to Governor's School

Friday, June 14, 2013
Collin Kilbourn

GREEN FOREST -- Collin Kilbourn, a junior at Green Forest High School, has been selected to attend the thirty-fourth annual Arkansas Governor's School in the area of Mathematics.

He will be attending the six week summer program held at Hendrix College in Conway along with 399 other seniors from across the state of Arkansas.

He is the son of Mary Ann Kilbourn and Cary Kilbourn.

In addition to academic studies, Collin is active in Art Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Book Club, Renaissance Academic Program and served as President of the Junior Class.

Arkansas Governor's School is administered by the Arkansas Department of Education, Office of Gifted and Talented and Advance Placement. It is a unique experience for a select group of Arkansas' best students -- the potential leaders of the 21st century. Students are selected to attend the Governor's School on the basis of their abilities and interests in a particular intellectual discipline or artistic field.

Students are exposed to leading figures in the arts or sciences, intellectual films and field trips. Selection is based on a combination of ability and interest and is highly competitive. Nominated students submit applications that include accomplishments, teacher recommendations and several essays.

The curriculum is designed as a unique supplement to the usual high school curriculum. It is neither an acceleration of high school nor an anticipation of college curricula. Students are led to explore cutting-edge theories in the arts and sciences and to develop a greater understanding of how art, culture and knowledge change with time.

They are challenged to develop the rigorous creative and intellectual skills that will be critical to making positive contributions to their communities and to society at large. Behind the AGS curriculum is the assumption that these skills will be universally important, no matter what career path a student may choose.

More information about the program -- including past curriculum, speakers, and films -- may be found on the AGS website,

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