Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program
The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (KY GSP) was a milestone in my life. This was one of the best experiences of my life! For the first time, I was around people that were as driven and motivated to do something with their life as I was.
KY GSP was created in 1983 to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. The program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.
Below is the full Mug Book with everyone at the Program. This was 1983. Facebook was launched on 2004. You do the math.
I was chosen to represent Grant County High School. In the summer between my Junior and Senior year, I was given a 1 month taste of college life at Centre College. The Program now rotates between all of the state colleges. We had to choose a Major. Because I thought I was going to become a medical doctor, I chose to Major in Biology.
I always pushed myself hard in high school. I knew once I got out in the real world, I would have to compete against all these people who had grown up in the City – with all the advantages that come from that.
There was no formal instruction in the Arts where I grew up, but I did have an aptitude for science and math. My high school did have a great science program and I excelled in it.
I graduated 3rd in my high school. The classes were not weighted, so Home Economics counted the same as Calculus.
The GSP had a Variety Show at the end of the Program for our parents. I thought you had to be a Fine Arts Major in order to be in it. By the time I found out that wasn’t true (that anyone could be in it), the only thing left that still needed people was “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story. I auditioned and got in. It brought back all those memories of performing as a child and the seed was planted that I could do that for a career.
I wore a tight maroon leather jacket with zippers (that was my middle brother’s) and stipple brushed a beard on. My own Mother didn’t even recognize me. My Father told me he had to point out to her which one I was on stage.
While at GSP, I took a Swing Dancing class taught by the Dean Jim Howard of Centre College and his wife, Sallie. Years later, I met their daughter who married one of my Phi Kappa Tau fraternity brothers. I was happy to tell her that I booked a commercial set in WWII because they taught me how to swing dance.
In the Aerobics class, we learned a routine to Prince’s Little Red Corvette. I had heard of Prince before, but this is the summer I developed a deep love for him/his music.
Several friends and I created the Party People (social club). We even had pledges.
I have reconnected with my old roommate – Kenneth Cohen, now in NYC. He taught me a lot about the Jewish religion. Several years later, I was cast in Ira Levin’s Cantorial – a play about a goy who thinks he is Jewish. If I hadn’t met Kenneth, I might not have gotten that show. It is the hardest straight/non-musical show I’ve ever done. I was on stage the entire 2 hour show, except for a brief 2 minute scene.
Kenneth seemed so worldly and different than anyone else I had ever known. He also taught me how to dress stylishly, esp how to combine colors and not in matching prints. 🙂
I would love to reconnect with any other KY GSP alumnae.
Kentucky Education Television (PBS affiliate) produced a 1 hr doc about the Program. You can watch it by clicking here.
I went back for my Senior year in high school and my science studies, but it wasn’t the same. I had changed.
Grant County High School
I studied college-level Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics while still in high school, thru Advanced Placement. My most impressive research was on how aspirin affects the coagulation (clotting) time of human blood. I won the Biochemistry category at the State level.
All through high school, I believed I was going to become a medical doctor, probably specializing in Emergency Room medicine. I am good in emergencies; good at focusing on what has got to be done, regardless of all the chaos going on around me.
I was also asked to join the National Honor Society.
I would have killed to go the School for Creative and Performing Arts High School in Cincinnati , but it was too far away. Sarah Jessica Parker is an alumna. I remember seeing her on The Little Match Girl – an After School Special.
Because I was in the GSP, University of Louisville offered me a full academic Pre-Med scholarship without having to do any more work. I was strongly considering Transylvania University, but that is a private/expensive school that my 2 older brothers went to and they have an excellent Pre-Med program. I would have had to jump thru all these hoops to apply for their William T Young Scholarship.
I am grateful for all the teachers that put their time and energy into the man I’ve become today. Thank you to all my friends and family for your continued support.
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