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COLUMBUS, Miss. – Approximately 50 high school scholars from across the state of Mississippi will attend the 40th session of the Mississippi Governor’s School honors program virtually.

The program, hosted by Mississippi University for Women, began Sunday, June 6 and will run through Friday, June 18. The theme for this year's program, “MGS 2021: The Evolution of Learning.”

“The MGS team has worked really hard this year preparing for these two weeks where the community of scholars will inspire in each other a discovery of self, a love of learning and a desire to use their gifts and talents to improve society. Moving to a fully virtual program created some challenges, but it also allowed us to think outside the box and develop courses, activities and schedule exceptionally motivating keynote speakers,” said Melinda Lowe, director of the Mississippi Governor’s School.

Each summer, MGS brings together high potential learners from across the state for a two-week collegiate experience that blends cultural, academic, social and recreational components into a rich and natural learning environment.

One feature that distinguishes the governor's school model from traditional models of learning is the emphasis on the interaction between formal and informal learning which often results in more autonomous and self-reflective learners. The community of interaction created by the MGS program looks to inspire the love of learning, discovery of self and the desire to use gifts and talents to improve society.

The curriculum for the MGS is developed each year based on course proposals submitted by university faculty and other educators from the across the region.

Lowe said, “The faculty and staff have developed a program where scholars will take rigorous interdisciplinary courses, test the limits of their leadership potential, and create lifelong friendships with the best and the brightest students in Mississippi.”

Using humanities, the arts, science and mathematics and their interrelatedness as a forum, major courses examine the relationships between the application of knowledge and the social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and educational issues facing a changing world.

Courses for the 2021 session include Flora of the Civil War, Soft Skills for Success, Sociolinguistics in America and Designing for Innovation and Change.

MGS was established in 1981 at The W by the administration and faculty and by Gov. William F. Winter. Since its establishment, the MGS has provided more than 3,500 students from across the state with a high-quality educational experience that has challenged them to grow as individuals.


June 9, 2021
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