COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) -Some of the brightest young minds in Mississippi are getting a fun and informative look at college life. More than 100 teens are taking part in Governors Schools at Mississippi University for Women.
“It seems like an opportunity to learn new things, meet new people,” said senior student Dominique Lewis.
“My major course helped me learn how to play piano and my interest course taught me a lot about making movies,” added senior Kayla Morris.
Junior and senior high school students in Mississippi have been getting a feel for college level courses for the last 3 weeks. Governors School has been a Summer-time tradition since 1981.
“It’s really important to the community because we’re fostering the next generation of leaders in our state. The reason why governor school started was to kind of prevent what has been referred to as the brain drain of the state where the most gifted and talented in our state were leaving, were graduating high school and leaving and going to out of state schools. And so that was the initial kind of motivation to start the program,” said Leadership Facilitator Claire Reid.
Teamwork is an important part of the learning process here.
“You join teams, you help each other, you learn from each other, you just do everything together and you learn how to be a better person all around,” added senior Anthony Hill.
Ballroom dancing is just one of many courses students are able to take in governors school, that teaches them communication, trust and respect.
“They learn a lot about non verbal communication because they have to learn how to tell their partner what they’re getting ready to do. What position they need to be in, what turn they’re going to do. I was a scholar here, This is my 4th year teaching here and I love it. It’s such a wonderful program, it teaches so many valuable skills,” said Dance Instructor Abigail Voller.
Other courses include math, engineering, entomology, fencing and much more. But ballroom dancing seems to be a big hit.
Governors School is free to attend, but the admission process is competitive. Governors School graduates tend to become more involved in their communities.