2016-04-02 / The Bullhorn

Two Bulldogs accepted to Governor’s School

By Delaney Sullivan
Bulhorn Editor


Julie Jones (left) and Kailey Oakley Julie Jones (left) and Kailey Oakley Roxboro Community School (RCS) juniors Julie Jones and Kailey Oakley were accepted into Governor’s School of North Carolina on Friday, March 5.

Jones was nominated by theatre teacher Christine Morgan for theatre, and Oakley was nominated to attend for social sciences by RCS guidance counselor Dr. Sandy Acheampong, due to Oakley holding the number one rank in the junior class.

Last year, now senior Alycia Parker, the 2016 Distinguished Young Woman of Roxboro, was the first RCS student to get an acceptance for Governor’s School.

Jones and Oakley received the application in November, one day before it was due.

About the application process, Oakley said, “The application had a big information session, one free response, and two essays. It was very hectic and I stayed up all night writing my essays and then half of the next day getting them edited by various teachers.”

“We had to ask two teachers to write recommendation letters for us, which was rushed but exciting,” commented Jones.

Governor’s School starts June 17 and lasts through July 27 with a break starting on parents’ day, July 7, and continuing until July 10. The summer program will take place at two college campuses, Meredith in Raleigh, and Salem College in Winston- Salem. Both Jones and Oakley will be staying at Salem College during the summer.

Jones said that she felt all of the odds were against her.

“Speaking to other students auditioning, I realized how unprepared I really was,” she said. “Not only did I only have a day to prepare my application where other students had months, I also had very little experience in the theatre class setting. Other students were in their second year of ‘advanced theatre’ and I had only had the opportunity to take one high school theatre class due to scheduling issues.”

Oakley commented, “I was so excited when I found out that I was accepted. I’m so excited for this new adventure and incredibly grateful to my school for nominating me and supporting me.”

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