By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
Mauli Desai, a Morgan County High School junior, appeared before the Morgan County School Board on April 14 to share about her selection for the Governor’s Honors program. According to the website for The Georgia Governor’s Honors, the program is a four-week, summer residential program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.” The program celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Desai is the only Morgan County student to be chosen for the Governor’s Honors this year. She will spend four weeks at Valdosta University studying social studies and participating in other college-level activities. According to the Governor’s Honors website, only one percent of Georgia sophomores and juniors are nominated for the program. The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly and operates at no cost to participants. Desai is looking forward to the experience primarily for the diversity she will get to experience.
“You get to learn about different perspectives and learn how to tolerate the opinions you disagree with,” said Desai. Desai thanked MCHS Principal Jim Malanowski for encouraging her to apply for the program. Desai is currently heading up a recycling committee at MCHS, compiling a list of what can and cannot be recycled to help students recycle correctly. Desai said she has a passion for politics and cannot wait to learn more about it during her time in the Governor’s Honors program. “We want to congratulate you for all you have accomplished. We wish you well and I know you will represent Morgan County well.” said Nelson Hale, chairman of the board.