COLUMBUS, GA - Over the next couple of months, dozens of students from the Muscogee County School District will be preparing for interviews for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program.
Kendrick High School Junior Moriah Epps is hoping to get a spot in the 2013 Georgia Governor's Honors Program this summer.
"It would mean that my art has gotten to that place where everyone sees my vision," said Epps.
Epps joins 54 juniors and seniors from the Muscogee County School District who were nominated for the summer program at the campus of Valdosta State University.
"GHP is just so big to me. It is a very big opportunity," said Northside High School student Juliana Cowart.
The students who were nominated are preparing for state level interviews and auditions over three weekends in January and February.
"I just have to be prepared for what kind of questions they are going to ask me. Probably what I want to do after high school after I graduate," said Morgan Harrell, a Northside High School student.
Many are practicing questions or going through auditions with parents or teachers. They say this support lets them know they are not doing this alone.
"She got me to where I am like being able to be nominated for it. She got me to like focus on school work and focus on what I am doing at the time," said Jennifer Kolwicz, a Northside High School student.
If chosen to participate, students will explore their major area of nomination like mathematics, chemistry, or theatre design even more in depth than in a regular high school classroom.
"You learn not just your major, but they give you other little classes to help you with other things," said Northside High School student Jacob Taylor.
"I hope to learn more about chemistry than what I can in school because I want to be a chemistry teacher," said Brendle Moyer, a Northside High School student.
Some students say the program can also help them in their future.
"Hopefully it will help me get into a big technical college like that and give me more experience under my belt," said Briana Henthorn, a Northside High School student.
Many of the students say even if they do not get accepted, being nominated is an honor and teaches them about hard work.
"It kind of encourages you to keep going in that area and to do your best," said April Merritt, a Northside High School student.
More than 2900 students from across the state will go through the interview process for the program. As many as 690 finalists will be chosen from the nominees to participate.
There is no charge for the students to attend.