From School Reports
The Mississippi Governor’s School is a residential honors program established in 1981 by Gov. William Winter and the faculty at Mississippi University for Women.
MGS is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for rising high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in academics and community involvement, and who show high intellectual, creative and leadership potential.
Each summer, the MGS brings together high-potential learners from across the state for a three-week residential collegiate experience that blends cultural, academic, social and recreational components into a rich and natural learning environment. The community of interaction created by the MGS program inspires the love of learning, discovery of self, and the desire to use gifts and talents to improve society.
MGS scholars, upon completion of the three-week program, are awarded three hours of elective honors credit to apply toward a university degree. The state Legislature provides funding. In order to attend MGS participants must be in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and score a composite of 25 or above on the ACT.
A major part of the MGS experience is the coursework. Unique classes are offered in a wide variety of interest fields from humanities, science and mathematics, to fine and performing arts.
East Webster High senior Jennifer Darce attended MGS during the month of June. The daughter of Lisa and David Darce of Mathiston, she experienced three weeks of packed activities that included studying philosophy and psychology. Participating in Leadership classes was also a highlight of the experience.
Darce will use those skills as she finishes her senior year at East Webster High. Darce has been a member and officer of numerous clubs at EWH including Beta, FCA, Biology Club, Quiz Bowl member and Student Council. She has plans of attending Mississippi State University or Ole Miss.
Darce is thankful to the Mississippi State Legislature and the governor for providing this unique and amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She also feels honored to have been nominated by East Webster High and given the chance to attend MGS.