Paducah Tilghman High School juniors Isaac Galliher and Emery Wainscott have been selected as participants in the 2017 Governor's School for the Arts (GSA). Students from around the state audition for various art disciplines for GSA.
Galliher has been chosen for Musical Theatre and Wainscott has been chosen for Creative Writing.
In addition, two Tilghman students have been designated as alternates for Governor's Schools for the Arts: Sarah Katz (Musical Theatre) and Anna Grace McGee (Creative Writing).
Wainscott is a member of the National Honor Society, the speech and debate team, the student council, and the concert choir. She competes on the academic team and future problem solvers team, and she is a staff writer on the Tilghman Bell. Wainscott volunteers as a peer tutor at Tilghman and is a member of the Lourdes Hospital Teen Volunteer Program. She is the daughter of Jodi and Britton Wainscott.
Galliher is a member of the distinguished Tilghman concert choir and chamber choir. He also sings with Prime Rib, PTHS' male a cappella group. He is active at the Market House Theatre, where he is a teaching assistant for the Footlights youth program. In addition, he is a member of Market House's "HA!" improv troupe. He is a volunteer at the Victory Assembly Worship Center. He is the son of Amber Galliher.
Katz is a member of the National Honor Society, the Kentucky Junior Historical Society, the concert choir, and Concordia, PTHS' female a cappella group. She competes on the mock trial team and is a staff writer on the Tilghman Ball. She serves as a student intern on the Paducah Human Rights Committee and is a recent graduate of the Paducah Youth Lead program. She is the daughter of Mary and Brian Katz.
McGee is a member of the National Honor Society, the Kentucky Junior Historical Society, and the Interact club. She competes on the academic team and the mock trial team, and is a staff writer on the Tilghman Bell. McGee serves as a student intern on the Paducah Human Rights Commission and volunteers at Baptist Health Paducah. She is the daughter of Laura and Raymond McGee.
Governor's School for the Arts provides hands-on arts opportunities for promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine arts disciplines: Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theater, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music. The three-week program is hosted by Centre College in Danville.
Fourteen hundred students auditioned for the program this year at various sites across Kentucky. Approximately 250 students were selected for GSA, an honor that includes full tuition, room and board to attend the program; the opportunity to learn in a supportive community of distinguished master-teachers; the chance to audition for scholarships before the nation's top colleges and universities; and participation in the Student Performance Festival at the conclusion of the program.