Radford University welcomed nearly 400 of the Commonwealth's most talented high school students to campus last week for its fourth hosting of the Virginia Summer Residential Governor's Schools in the Humanities and the Visual and Performing Arts.
The 2013 Governor's Schools for the Humanities and the Visual and Performing Arts, which began on June 23 and run through July 20, provide high school students with an early look at the college experience, full of academic challenges and the opportunity to live on campus for a month. The program emphasizes free expression, intellectual curiosity, responsibility, maturity and mutual respect.
Students are accepted based on their academic records, test scores, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, creativity, original essays and teacher recommendations. Nominations may come from teachers, guidance counselors, peers and even the students themselves.
"Governor's School assembles truly outstanding students in their respective disciplines to come to study at an intensive level with other students of similar caliber," said Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Joe Scartelli, one of the event's many faculty supporters and organizers. "The level of instruction and expectations exceeds a typical high school experience, significantly strengthening their preparation for university or conservatory study."