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Governor's Honors Program

Siddarth Shrivastava makes an adjustment to a “mine finder” he helped build in HackBerry Lab as part of the Governor’s Honors Program. The device is meant to minimize injuries and deaths from landmines left from wars.

A busy summer on the world’s largest campus was highlighted by Berry’s debut as the new host site for the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program. More than 650 of Georgia’s top high school juniors and seniors – accompanied by nearly 100 GHP faculty and staff members – flowed through the Gate of Opportunity in late June to begin the four-week residential experience.

During their stay, participants attended classes in specific areas of study, showcased their artistic talents in various campus venues, and joined Berry students and staff for a night of service benefiting the local community.

“The Governor’s Honors Program aligns with Berry’s commitment to academic excellence,” said Debbie Heida, dean of students and vice president for student affairs. “It was a great opportunity to share the Berry experience with these incredibly talented high school students. I hope to see some of them back at Berry for a full four-year experience.”

The program will return to Berry in 2018.

The arrival of the GHP students for a new Berry tradition came on the heels of a rite of passage familiar to decades of alumni – Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) – which this year provided more than 500 incoming students with their first taste of Berry life.

Adding to the buzz of GHP and SOAR was a steady stream of summer camps – more than 45 in all – that drew approximately 2,000 participants ages 5-18 for a wide variety of sports and activities.

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Georgia Trend ArticleBerry has a fan in Georgia Trend magazine, which showcased the college’s historic work focus and other unique initiatives – including the creative technologies major and HackBerry Lab – in a prominent January feature fittingly titled, “Gate of Opportunity.” In that same issue, four representatives of the college community – three of them alumni – made the publication’s annual list of Notable Georgians:

  • Eddie DeLoach (74C), Savannah mayor
  • Sara Totonchi (99C), executive director of the Southern Center for Human Rights
  • Roger Tutterow (84C), Berry trustee and director of the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University
  • Maria Saporta, Berry Board of Visitors member and noted business and civic journalist
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