Carter County students selected for prestigious Governor’s Scholar Program

Congratulations to our future Governor’s Scholars from East Carter and West Carter High School! Tristen Sexton, Ella Kiser, Anna Salyers, and Evan Barney were selected for the competitive Governor’s Scholar Program. GSP strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders! We got to sit down with these scholars to hear about their stories – read more below:

The path to GSP is different for everyone, so we asked what motivated these students to apply. Ella Kiser pointed out that after participating in GSP, there are more scholarship opportunities for college. These scholarships can make a huge difference in making a college education more affordable. Ella was motivated to apply because she didn’t want her parents to worry about the cost of her college education! Anna Salyers said that she is excited to meet new people from across the state and get to know students with different backgrounds. Tristen Sexton is really looking forward to experiencing campus life and taking different classes that could help him decide what she might want to pursue in college. He described GSP as “too good of an opportunity to give up!” Evan Barney was motivated to apply because of his desire to better himself for college and to get an early college experience!

The application process can be tricky, so we asked how it went and if they had any advice for other students who would like to apply. All of the students underscored the need to start the application early. They also advised to keep track of any community service and try to be creative in the essay portion! Tristen noted that ACT scores count a lot on the rubric. Tristen has been participating in the free ACT tutoring offered to all Carter County students and his score has shot up! As for support, Ella, Tristen, and Anna credited Mrs. Tiller from East High in helping them with their applications. Anna added “If my teacher is this excited and supportive of the program, it’s easy for me to get excited too.” These students were also thankful for Mr. Brammell and Mrs. Hensley. Evan Barney advised prospective scholars to work on the application over time and not to try to complete all of the application at one time to avoid being overwhelmed. They all noted that although the application process was difficult, it is definitely worth it. Congratulations again to these students for this great accomplishment!

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