Hickory High students to attend NC Governor’s School

Shown, from left, are Chase Johnson, Tamia Sloan and Aly Linn.

HICKORY — Three juniors at Hickory High School have been accepted to the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina.

Aly Linn, Chase Johnson and Tamia Sloan will attend the six-week program with a short break over the Fourth of July holiday.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students in the nation. With integration of academic disciplines including the arts and unique courses, the curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.

The program, typically open to rising seniors with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts, is located on two campuses: Governor’s School West has been held at Salem College for years, but this summer the program will move to High Point University; and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program began in 1963 and is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, State Board of Education, and Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.

Aly Linn, 17, the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Griggs, will attend the East Campus at Meredith College.

Aly appreciates her English teacher, Madison Yount, as English has become a favorite subject. One day, she would like to use her passion for writing and contribute to a medical journal during her career as an orthopaedic surgeon. “Both of my parents serve in the medical field, so the influence comes naturally. I really look forward to helping others improve their quality of life,” she said.

As a student at Hickory High, Aly has been on the cheerleading team for the past three years. She is active with several school organizations including Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Key Club. Aly also works part-time at The Flower Shop in Hickory and she enjoys spending time with her dog.

Aly desires to provide medical support to a professional baseball team through her career, treating the injured athletes and helping them to return to the field. “I’m interested in the treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles,” said Aly.

Last summer, Aly was honored to attend the Perry Initiative in Houston, Texas where she participated in mock surgeries and listened to engaging lectures from leading women surgeons and engineers. “The experience helped to confirm my future ambitions,” said Aly.

Chase Johnson, 16, the son of Gary and Emily Johnson, will attend the West Campus at High Point University.

This is the first year for Chase to attend Hickory High, as last summer, his family relocated to Hickory from Nebraska when his father accepted a position with Lenoir-Rhyne University. Chase states that his favorite subjects are both English and math.

In the short time that Chase has been with Hickory High, he has already been active with the Key Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, and cross country and track. Chase enjoys distance running and he averages running 40-50 miles every week. He is also interested in starting a debate club at Hickory High. “At my previous high school, we were just one spot away from going to nationals for debate. I really enjoy the process and hope that we can get a new team sponsored here at Hickory,” said Chase.

As for a future career, Chase will leave that decision for later in life. “I am interested in math and philosophy; but for now, my plan is to get accepted into college and make that career decision based on my studies and interests,” he said. Chase says that he actually enjoys all subjects and appreciates all of his teachers.

Chase has one sister who attends Northview Middle and his family has two pets, a dog and a cat.

Tamia Sloan, 17, the daughter of Annie Sloan and the late Tony Sloan, will attend the East Campus at Meredith College.

While Tamia lost her father when she was just 5 years old, she is surrounded by a loving and supportive family with her mom and older siblings.

Tamia loves anything science, and hopes to study biology as she pursues a future career as a pathologist. “I want to help study the deceased — to determine the cause of death. I chose this field as there’s been too many unanswered questions with the loss of some of my relatives. I believe it’s important for families to make that connection when a loved one passes away,” she said.

Tamia is active with several school organizations including Science National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Beta Club, and HOSA (future health professionals). “During next year’s state competition, I look forward to participating in the pathology competition,” she said.

Tamia works part-time at Starbucks and she is also very active with the youth group at New Hope Baptist Church in Vale. “I try to serve as a mentor and leader for the younger students and I enjoy serving through all worship experiences at the church,” said Tamia.

As no surprise, Tamia enjoys her biology class with teacher, Linda Hirsch and she also enjoys English with teacher, Madison Yount.

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