Governor’s School includes OC student
Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 6:00 pm
The Messenger 05.28.12
Obion County Central High School student Zach Tucker of Union City is among 59 high school students from across Tennessee who have arrived on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City to participate in two of 12 Governor’s Schools offered throughout the state.
ETSU hosts the Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage and the Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis.
Tucker, the son of Donnie and Kathy Tucker of Union City, is attending the Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis. He will be a senior in the fall at OCCHS.
The students arrived on the ETSU campus Sunday.
These residential educational experiences allow gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit in five weeks of study, giving them an edge as they enter the higher education institutions of their choice.
The Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, coordinated by ETSU’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, lets students earn credit through two courses in Tennessee history and historical geology.
The Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis provides a program of advanced scholarly engagement for students who demonstrate an interest, talent and passion in the pursuit of mathematics and science, according to coordinator Dr. Jack Rhoton, executive director of ETSU’s Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education.
It covers a wide range of contemporary biological and mathematical topics in such interdisciplinary fields as bioinformatics, computational chemistry and systems ecology.
Prior to departing ETSU, students in both Governor’s Schools will give presentations on their various research endeavors before their peers, families and Governor’s School staff.