Darlington School: Mayes announced as semi-finalist for Governor’s Honors Program
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Mayes announced as semi-finalist for Governor’s Honors Program

February 3, 2021 | 295 views

Semi-finalists for the statewide Governor’s Honors program have been announced and current junior Eli Mayes has been selected to advance in the Chemistry category. 

"We are very proud of Eli for being selected as a semi-finalist in Chemistry for GHP,” said Chad Woods, Upper School director. “One of Eli's many strengths is his ability to think critically and analytically, which makes him perfect for this program.”

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement indicated that approximately 2,700 students were nominated to the state level GHP competition and nearly 1,200 of them have been selected as semifinalists for state interviews/auditions. Virtual interviews for most categories will be conducted  on Feb. 27 and finalists and alternates will be notified March 26.  

A day student who has been enrolled at Darlington since third grade, Mayes has taken 16 Honors and AP classes during his high school career, with some courses starting in eighth grade. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, and Tri-M Music honor society. As a freshman, Mayes was a recipient of an E.L. Wright Award in Geometry Honors and as a sophomore he received the  A.J. Huffman ‘67 Memorial Award. 

“Eli's passion for learning and specifically his passion for seeing chemistry in everyday life makes him the perfect candidate,” said Jennifer Rundles, Mayes’ chemistry teacher and Associate Director of Upper School. “I know he will learn a lot and have so much to offer to the program at the same time and  look forward to the opportunity to read excited emails from him about the new and different things he is learning in the field of chemistry if he has the opportunity to go."

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program.  The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

Mayes is a day student from Rome, Georgia and is the son of Laura and Luke Mayes.