Fairmont State hosting Governor’s Honors Academy in 3-year deal

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont State University will host the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy beginning this year.

The Governor’s Honors Academy began in 1984, in which current high school juniors are offered opportunities to learn about a variety of issues from multiple educators.

Mirta Martin (Fairmont State University)

Fairmont State University will host the academy through 2024 as part of the agreement with the state.

“Our safe, hilltop campus is the perfect place for young scholars to dip their toes into the college living experience,” institution President Mirta Martin said. “Through interactions with teacher mentors, students participating in the GHA will explore their areas of interest, discover new passions, and most importantly, ignite their curiosity and love for learning. Once ignited, the fire of learning burns bright, and these Academy participants will continue to grow and learn.”

The academy is a three-week session; this year’s program will begin June 25.

“The courses this year will revolve around the theme of ‘The World We Will Inherit,'” coordinator Sherry Keffer said. “They’ll take those classes, and they’re taught by master teachers from all over the state.”

Interested students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA or be ranked in the top 10% of their class.

“We are delighted to offer these outstanding students the pre-college opportunity to live and study on a university campus,” State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch said. “The Governor’s Honors Academy has been changing students’ lives and perspectives for nearly forty years, and we are proud to partner with Fairmont State in its latest iteration.”

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