Governor’s School students arrive at ETSU


JOHNSON CITY (May 28, 2013) – The Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University is welcoming 30 high school students this week for the 2013 Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, which continues through June 28. Students from 14 Tennessee counties are participating in the five-week summer program.

Governor’s School is a statewide initiative in which gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors are invited, at no cost to the student, to attend one of 12 Governor’s Schools across the state. With the waiving of housing, food, tuition, and materials fees, selection into Governor’s School equates to a substantial scholarship for the student.

Students who complete the Governor’s School coursework will receive six college credit hours through two courses, “Exploring Geology,” taught by Dr. Mick Whitelaw, an associate professor in ETSU’s Department of Geosciences, and “History of Tennessee,” taught by Dr. Tom Lee, ETSU assistant professor of history. Students also explore the disciplines of paleontology, historic preservation, and museum studies through one of three hands-on field experiences.

Students experience the region’s history and culture with visits to the Exchange Place in Kingsport; Morril’s Cave near Bluff City; and Roan Mountain State Park in Tennessee; Natural Tunnel State Park near Duffield, Va.; Saltville, Va.; and Cherokee, N.C.

Other activities include instruction in flint knapping and contra dancing.

Dr. Roberta Herrin, the director of the Governor’s School program at ETSU, said, “Today’s bright high school students are looking for academic challenges before they enter a college or university. This program provides those students with this opportunity.”

To learn more about the Governor’s School program, visit the Tennessee Department of Education website at

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