Northampton duo chosen for Governor’s School

Published 10:51 am Monday, April 11, 2011

JACKSON — Two Northampton County juniors will be making their way to Governor’s School this summer.

Keisha Garner of Garysburg and Andre Rowe Jr. of Rich Square were recently selected to attend the prestigious program that takes place at two different college campuses. Last week, the Northampton County Board of Education recognized Garner and Rowe for being selected.

According to the Governor’s School of North Carolina website, the six-week residential program for intellectually gifted high school students integrates academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.

Rowe, a student at Northampton County High School-East, will be attending Governor’s School West located at Salem College in Winston-Salem for mathematics.

Rowe said he is excited about the experience.

“I’m excited to preview the college life,” he said. “Math has been one of my favorite subjects since I could remember.”

He added his mother, a guidance counselor in Halifax County is the one who first told him about the opportunity. Rowe made sure to check in with his guidance counselor at East about the program.

For Garner, a student at Northampton County High School-West, it was her guidance counselor as well that told her about the program.

Garner will be attending Governor’s School East located on the campus of Meredith College in Raleigh for mathematics.

“I’m just looking forward to it,” she said. “It’s something new.” Garner’s favorite subject is math, which she describes as “easy.”

Rowe and Garner plan to attend college. Rowe said he is interested in East Carolina University and would like to become a pharmacist. Garner said she would like to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Virginia State University and become an accountant or an optometrist.