AGS Begins 45th Session With Opening Ceremony

    Arkansas Governor's School 2024 Opening Ceremony Speakers
    Speakers at the opening ceremony for the 45th Arkansas Governor's School were (from left-to-right): Dr. Jacob Grosskopf, AGS co-director; Lupe Pena de Martinez, director of student support services, Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education; Dr. Russell Jones, Arkansas Tech University president; and Dr. Peter Dykema, AGS co-director.

    Arkansas Tech University welcomed 383 rising high school seniors from around the Natural State to the 45th Arkansas Governor’s School during an opening ceremony at Tucker Coliseum on Sunday, July 7.

    Founded in 1979 by Gov. Bill Clinton, Arkansas Governor’s School serves selected students from around the state during the summer before their senior year in high school. The Arkansas Department of Education Gifted and Talented Programs administrator supervises Arkansas Governor’s School with assistance from an advisory council appointed by the governor.

    The four-week learning experience is based, in part, upon the students’ demonstrated aptitude in one of nine areas of specialization: choral music, development engineering, instrumental music, drama, English/language arts, mathematics, natural science, social science or visual arts.

    Those nine disciplines constitute what is defined as AGS Area I. AGS Area II is a study of the nature of knowledge, while AGS Area III is focused on the personal and social development of students.

    ATU faculty members Dr. Peter Dykema and Dr. Jacob Grosskopf serve as co-directors for AGS. This is the sixth consecutive year that Arkansas Tech has hosted Arkansas Governor’s School.

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    Arkansas Governor's School Opening Ceremony 7/7/24