They spent the summer learning, making new friends and becoming leaders.
Campbellsville High School seniors Madison Dial, Alex Doss, Wyatt Houk, Bryce Richardson and Ryan Wiedewitsch attended the Governor’s Scholars Program this summer.
Created in 1983, the goal of GSP is to provide academic and personal growth through a liberal arts program with a residential life experience. Students must complete an application to attend GSP, and those selected attend for free.
CHS Principal David Petett said the GSP application process is extremely competitive.
Each school district is given a specific number of applications it can submit, based on enrollment.
CHS can submit four applications each year, but can ask permission to submit more. This year, five CHS students submitted applications.
About 2,000 high school students in Kentucky applied to attend GSP and a little more than 1,000 were chosen to attend.
Students apply during their junior year of high school, and attend the program the summer before their senior year.
Madison Dial attended GSP at Murray State University and focused on political and legal issues.
“It was a summer that I will never forget,” she said. “The different people, places, ethnicities and regions that were represented showed me that there is always something to learn from someone else.”
Dial said attending GSP helped her learn that everyone has a different story to tell, and everyone’s opinion should be viewed as important.
“Every single person brings something to the table that someone else does not,” she said. “Everyone is important. The explosion that occurred on campus made me realize that life can change in an instant and we must be able to adapt.”
Dial was at Murray State University when a gas leak at a dormitory caused a massive explosion that gutted the building. She, nor the other students attending GSP, were injured.
Meeting new people helped Dial become a well-rounded person, she said.
“ … Through different backgrounds and their knowledge of certain subjects.”
Dial said attending GSP has changed her as a person and student.
“It has given me a new hunger for learning not just curriculum, but in abstract ideas as well.”
Dial is the daughter of Becky Cassell and Billy Dial.
Alex Doss attended GSP at Morehead State University and focused on political and legal issues.
He says his experience was unique and full of fun activities.
His days included attending focus area or general studies classes and free time with friends.
“I learned how to become myself, create conversations and create long-lasting friendships,” he said.
“I also learned that people from different parts of the state have very different backgrounds, not necessarily in line with mine. It really gave me insight into how diverse Kentucky really is.”
Doss said attending GSP helped him grow as a person and become more independent.
“I also believe that I’m a better problem solver now. I feel that while I was gone, I learned how to be me and accomplish more tasks on my own without help from others.”
Doss is the son of Steve and Dee Doss. Mr. Doss is an exceptional child educator at CHS and Mrs. Doss is college and career readiness counselor at CHS.
Wyatt Houk attended GSP at Northern Kentucky University and focused on film studies.
Houk said his days at GSP began early with classes and ended with fun activities such as basketball, racquetball, volleyball and dances.
At GSP, Houk said, he learned that it takes a lot of work to make a movie.
“It is OK to fail, as long as you fail better the next time,” he said.
Houk also learned that, contrary to popular belief, a person can live without a cell phone.
“GSP taught me how to really think outside the box and enhanced my critical thinking skills,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, everyone should be accepted for who they are, not what their situation is.”
Houk is the son of Kristie Graybeal and Josh Houk.
Bryce Richardson attended GSP at Northern Kentucky University and focused on architecture.
“GSP is a five-week utopia that combines the best minds of Kentucky under one roof for a marvelous life-changing experience,” he said.
At GSP, Richardson learned that everyone’s opinion is valid and there are a million ways to solve a problem.
Attending the GSP program, he said, helped him as a student and person.
“It knocks of the stone on one’s heart and opens up everyone to love people better.”
Richardson is the son of Jeff and Marlene Richardson. Mr. Richardson is director of public personnel and food services at Campbellsville Independent Schools.
Ryan Wiedewitsch attended GSP at Murray State University and focused on forensic science.
“GSP can best be described as an open window of opportunity for me,” he said. “I really enjoyed my entire time on Murray’s campus.”
Wiedewitsch said he always had something fun to do and met lots of new people.
He said his GSP experience helped him realize that learning can be fun and being outside your comfort zone is more than just okay.
“I feel like I’m now more open and willing to talk to anyone.”
Wiedewitsch is the son of Mark and Beth Wiedewitsch. Mrs. Wiedewitsch is a guidance counselor at Campbellsville elementary and middle schools.