PRESTONSBURG – The Governor’s Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge. Locally, Prestonsburg High School student Faith Thornsbury has been named a Governor’s Scholar.
The selection process is highly-competitive. Students are judged on a written essay in addition to grades and test scores. Floyd County’s best applicants then go on to compete with students from across Kentucky to ultimately be selected as a Governor’s Scholar.
Faith Thornsbury had originally been selected as an alternate in April. However, Thornsbury was notified June 17 that her status had changed from alternate to Governor Scholar. She left Sunday, June 19 to travel to Morehead State University to attend her program.
Five Floyd County students have been chosen to participate in the 2016 edition of the statewide program. The additional Governor’s Scholars are Zach Akers (Betsy Layne High School), Hannah Depoy (Prestonsburg High School), Victoria Johnson (Prestonsburg High School) and Kaylee Williams (Prestonsburg High School).
Thornsbury is also a member of the Floyd County Early College Academy. She is the daughter of George and Andrea Thornsbury and resides in Prestonsburg.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.