Six high-achieving students from York County have been admitted to the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, a residential public high school for academically talented and motivated juniors and seniors.
The local juniors - from Rock Hill, Fort Mill and York - make up the second-largest group of students from any county admitted to the school this year. Florence County had eight students admitted .
"Historically, York County is one of our strongest counties, where we consistently meet some of the brightest students in the state," Governor's School spokeswoman Devon Copeland said.
In all, 72 of the school's alumni are from York County, the third-highest number.
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Enrollment at the Governor's School is competitive. The campus, attended by 128 students, is consistently rated "excellent" by the state and was named one of America's elite high schools by Newsweek.
Students pay $1,800 to attend. Each takes college-level courses and conducts research. Most students do their work at a university or industrial research facility with help from scientists or engineers.
This year's group of York County students are:
Rock Hill: Kemper Fagan
Fort Mill: Alexander Ward Neal and Virginia Tkacik
York: Lydia Colvin, Ryan Pubentz and Kate Lohman