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UCPS students selected to attend 2023 Governor’s School

Twenty-one Union County Public Schools students were selected to attend the Governor’s School of North Carolina summer program held from June 18 through July 15.

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 will participate in a five-week program that integrates academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses. The curriculum focuses on exploring the most recent ideas and concepts in each area, and it does not involve credit, tests or grades. Selected students underwent a competitive process after a nomination process.

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

Congratulations to the following selected students. This list includes their area of study.

Central Academy of Technology

Lily Alterman, Mathematics

Sophia DiBella, Social Science

Christian Milhone, Natural Science 

Eliana Smith, Social Science


Cuthbertson High

Isabela Hoechster, Visual Art


Marvin Ridge High

Olivia Bang, Visual Art

Lauren Berkley, Theater

Anna Gibson, English

Laine Svonovec, English 

Shiyu Tian, Instrumental Music 

Shlok Patel, Mathematics 

Devin Pollino, Theater


Piedmont High

Bhanuja Ganni, Mathematics


Porter Ridge High

Jacelyn Davis, Mathematics


Sun Valley High

Kamri Banks, Mathematics

Siddhartha Gupta, Natural Science


Union County Early College

Arya Patel, Natural Science


Weddington High

Matthew Pak, Instrument Music 

Noyonika Parui, Spanish

Shaan Patel, Mathematics

Eva Vila, Theater