2017-2018 Year In Review

During the 2017-2018 school year...

  • The Governor's School had a front-row seat to the total solar eclipse and celebrated Totality 2017 with educational sessions on eclipse-related topics and a viewing party in the parking lot. 
  • The 2017 Share the Music tour had the biggest reach yet, with Music students performing at 17 schools in six counties across South Carolina.
  • The inaugural Presidential Guest Artist Series featured Pulitzer Prize recipient and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove and critically-acclaimed, multi-media artist Laurie Anderson.
  • Students participated in over 100 performances, master classes and events.
  • The Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra won second place and received a Superior rating in the American String Teachers Association's (ASTA) National Orchestra Festival in Atlanta.
  • The Governor's School broke ground on a new 10,000 square foot music building.  
  • Students in the Visual Arts department joined students from Kingstree Senior High School to participate in the national One Thousand Horses project.
  • The Dance Department, in collaboration with the Office of Outreach, launched the Lowcountry Youth Dance Academy in Summerville to provide a tuition-free, pre-professional dance experience for 7th-10th-grade students.
  • Creative Writing alumna Temnete Sebhatu received the 2018 President's Alumni Award.
  • The 66 Connecting Arts Through Service Club (CATS) members completed over 1,025 service hours in our community and served 25 Upstate organizations.
  • Studio 4 (senior) Drama students performed mainstage productions of The Winter's Tale and Buried Child, and created special outreach performances of each for hundreds of area middle and high school students.
  • Students were highly recognized in local and national arts and academic competitions. View a summary of these honors and departmental achievements here.
  • The Governor's School's beloved founder, Virginia Uldrick, passed away in November 2017. The school honored her life and work during a Govie community program in November and a public celebration of her 89th birthday in January. This school's 2017-2018 yearbook was also dedicated in memory of Dr. Uldrick.

The Class of 2018...

  • included 106 students representing 27 South Carolina counties
  • received over $32 million in scholarship offers 
  • included four 2018 YoungArts finalists and a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • included a Youth America Grand Prix finalist, one of 1400 student dancers worldwide, and a male dancer, one of 12 worldwide, accepted into the Juilliard School
  • saw five Drama students called back in a single day of auditions to the Juilliard Drama Division, a record for a department that has seen over a dozen actors accepted since 2003. 
  • had forty-six students inducted into the National Honor Society
  • included five National Merit finalists, two Palmetto Boys State Delegates, and two Palmetto Girls State Delegates

Students learned from critically-acclaimed guest artists, including...