Notre Dame Academy students to participate in 2022 Kentucky Governor’s programs 

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Notre Dame Academy (NDA) announced last week that it had 23 juniors and seniors participating in the 2022 Kentucky Governor’s Programs.

Seven students were accepted into the Governor’s Scholars Program, fourteen were accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts, and three were accepted into the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.  

The Governor Scholar’s Program strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders, according to its website.

The first group of students were accepted to the program after an application process that lasted most of the school year. Those selected attend the program free of charge.  

The following NDA students were accepted: 

  • Caroline Boehmer 
  • Lizzie Chun 
  • Megan Chun 
  • Abby Hardin 
  • Kira Kent  
  • Riley Maddox 
  • Bella Marita  

They are spending five weeks this summer living on college campuses around Kentucky, including Bellarmine University, Centre College, and Morehead University. While on campus, they will study various topics, go on field trips, listen to keynote speakers. and work on service-learning projects.

The next group of students accepted into GSA are spending three weeks on the University of Kentucky’s campus with other students across Kentucky.

GSA auditions and reviews high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture, Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film and Photography, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Visual Art, and Vocal Music. GSA is an arts education program of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and students can attend free of charge. 

The students participate in daily seminars, master classes, lectures, workshops, and field trips. Each student specializes in one of the art forms. All students participate in structured, interdisciplinary art experiences designed to familiarize them with specialties other than their own. 

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 Notre Dame Academy’s GSA students are: 

  • Ava Middendorf  
  • Caroline Colvin  
  • Gabrielle Epplen 
  • Gabrielle Puglisi  
  • Keira Schneider  
  • Natalye Nguyen 
  • Gabrielle White  
  • Sophia Stacey  
  • Monica Geiman 
  • Claire Coppage  
  • Janie McManus  
  • Josie McManu 
  • Tessa Schulte  
  • Ava Voelker 

NDA also had three students accepted into the 2022 Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs. GSE gives students an authentic glimpse into entrepreneurship and continues to develop them along their entrepreneurial journey.  

According to their website, the program immerses students in a creative space and arms them with the tools needed for their entrepreneurial skills. 

These students spend three weeks on Northern Kentucky University’s campus developing business models, designing prototypes, and learning emerging technologies with other students across Kentucky. They then have the chance to pitch their startup to a panel of potential investors with the prospect of winning thousands of dollars.  

Notre Dame Academy’s GSE representatives are: 

  • Gabrielle Epplen  
  • Katie Thomas 
  • Gabrielle White

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