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Terry, Yarbrough and Hobbs named Governor's Honors Semi-finalists

February 8, 2013
By Deedre Rice of Douglass High School

     Three FDHS students, Darryl Terry, Nihjur Yarbrough and Jamariel Hobbs, have become Governor’s Honors Semi-Finalists. They await final interviews to determine whether they will become finalists. According to the Department of Education website, the Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is a six-week summer residential instructional program (four weeks in 2013) designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. 

    Sophomore semi-finalist Darryl Terry says that his first time using the computer was at the age of four.  Since that time, he has developed a passion for technology that caused Engineering teacher, Mr. A. Campbell, to nominate him for Governor’s Honors. Terry was selected as a semi finalist and is scheduled to be interviewed at the state level.  He admits that his favorite aspect of technology is learning new programs; however, he has more fun building computers and robots.  “I know the subject matter and am hopeful that I will be chosen as a Governor’s Honors Finalist.”

      “I live by the quote, ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.’ The quote reminds Me to keep pushing and to always do my best. My advice to others is to try harder. Nobody should ever stop trying. you can get where you want to be. It just takes time.”

     A true music prodigy, sophomore Nihjur Yarbrough plays the tuba, piano, electric guitar, mellophone, bass guitar, french horn, xylophone and  acoustic guitar, but his skill at playing the trumpet has given him the distinct honor of being named a Governor’s Honors semi-finalist in the area of music. “This experience has been amazing and has taught me how to trust in my natural ability. I hope to become a finalist and add this accomplishment to my resume.”

     “I am excited to be one of the top students in my class because it proves that my hard work is paying off. I encourage students younger than me to aim for the same type of success. I plan to continue to strive for the same accomplishments in the future,”

     Like Terry and Yarbrough, junior Jamariel Hobbs has also demonstrated competence in a specific subject area. In this case, however, the subject is math. A true academician, Hobbs finds math very challenging and rewarding.  He feels that mastery is more important than merely making a grade to pass the class. Hobbs believes that to truly excel, one must take the initiative to enhance one’s knowledge and skills.  His performance in his mathematics class provided the basis for which he was nominated for the program. Governor’s Honors offered the perfect opportunity for him to demonstrate his passion for the subject he enjoys most. ”Once you have a passion for something, great performances are inevitable.”

    “Seeing other people achieve great things gives me motivation to work harder and more diligently. My future goal is to inspire my classmates and the younger generations to achieve greatness in everything they do as they venture into the real world.”

Upon becoming GHP finalists, students will be able to:

  • Take part in an exceptional summer enrichment program
  • Spend six weeks of study (four weeks in 2012) on a college campus in Georgia
  • Be taught by outstanding high school and college instructors
  • Study in-depth their academic or artistic field of interest
  • Enhance interpersonal skills through peer group living

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