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June 29, 2014

Students gather for Governor's Honors Academy at FSU

FAIRMONT — Around 200 of West Virginia's best and brightest high school students gathered at Fairmont State University Sunday for the first day of the Governor's Honors Academy.

The program is targeted for gifted students who want to heighten their critical thinking skills and learn new academic and cultural concepts.

"The idea there is to get them to broaden their horizons a little bit," said Dr. J. Robert Baker, dean of GHA and the director of the honors program at Fairmont State.

Students will stay on the FSU campus until July 19.

During their stay, they will attend two classes every day - a lengthy morning class related to the student's primary area of interest (which they declared when they applied), and a shorter afternoon class outside that area of interest.

Classes are made to challenge the students to think autonomously and creatively, said faculty member Dan Hollis, who is teaching a class on the First Amendment this year.

Find the full story in Monday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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