The Governor's Program for Gifted Children

GPGC 2024 | JUNE 9 – JULY 20

Weekly Reports – 2024 Week Four – Afternoon Classes and Dorm

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Afternoon Classes:

Choir (Colette Tanner, Instructor)

In Week 4, we focused our attention on the last “NEW SONG MATERIAL.” The following songs were handed out: CHASSON POUR LES PETES ENFANTS, TODAY’S HOPE, 3-Part Arrangement of QUIET SEA, LET THE RIVER RUN, and the Traditional songs.

Critical Thinking (Robert and Jessica Markstrom, Instructors)

This week the students played Axis and Allies.  The Allies regretted not sinking the Bismarck.

Debate (Robert and Jessica Markstrom, Instructors)

This week students continued researching and writing prepared speeches and debated the resolution that the U.S. would defeat Russia in a conventional war.

Mixed Ensemble (Brandon LaFleur, Instructor)

This week we began working on the Stardew Valley Overture, transcribed and arranged by one of our musically gifted students! The original and transcription are in a fairly difficult key, and requires some ‘woodshedding’. We worked through the first 16 bar chunk successfully and will continue with this next week. We have isolated a few higher level musical issues with some of the more comfortable pieces to continue working through as well. Overall great progress and the performance should be of very high quality.

P.E. (Ancil Delaney, Instructor)

The students played pool and racquetball.

Storytelling Through Documentary (Julian Quebedeaux, Instructor)

This week the students got a chance to actually get behind the camera and ask some questions! As well as combining all of the topics we discussed this summer to shoot an interview!

Dorms (Kathy Barrios, Coordinator of Housing)

To be updated.

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– Cashman P., Alumnus