Governor's Honors Academy Opens at Bethany

BETHANY, W.Va. — Opening ceremonies for the 2008 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy will be held at noon on Sunday, June 29 at Bethany College’s Commencement Hall, located in historic Old Main on the Bethany campus. A total of 181 rising high school seniors representing each of the state’s 55 counties have been selected to attend three weeks of classes and activities. The Governor’s Honors Academy runs through July 20.

During their time at Bethany, students will choose from classes on topics ranging from Shakespearean theater, Religious Studies, Steel Drumming, Journalism, Mathematics, Conservation Biology and many more. They will also be given the opportunity to work with the NASA flight simulator at Wheeling Jesuit University, experience local musical groups and participate in a geo-caching activity. Faculty members working with the students include a number of Bethany professors along with instructors brought in from as far away as California.

The Governor’s Schools are a collection of state-run programs designed to provide advanced educational opportunities for artistically and academically talented students throughout West Virginia. They are funded by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

The Governor’s Honors Academy has been an annual event since its inception in 1984 with West Virginia colleges taking turns as host institutions. This is Bethany’s first opportunity to serve as host. The College has also been selected to host the 2009 and 2010 events.

Bethany College is a small liberal arts college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in West Virginia.