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by Savannah Weeks
September 06, 2012 09:57 AM | 1484 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Madison Craig is a stellar student inside the walls of North Paulding High School, as well as in the outside world.

Craig, a senior, attended the Governor’s Honors Program this summer. She concentrated in math, with a minor in communicative arts.

The senior said communicative arts is like language arts, but focuses more on discussion and debate than writing.

“I went down there thinking the two things I wouldn’t do were communicative arts and social studies, but I ended up doing communicative arts, and it was amazing,” she said.

Craig took a class about the evolution of the way vampires are portrayed in literature and the media.

While she did enjoy communicative arts, Craig said math is her strong point. She is taking both Advanced Placement statistics and Advanced Placement calculus this year.

Outside of school, Craig works part-time at Superhero Yogurt and tutors other high school students in math.

“It’s cool to see them going from making failing grades in math to B’s,” Craig said. “When they start understanding math, it can change a lot of things for them.”

As for life beyond high school, Craig plans to attend Georgia State University and major in actuarial science.

Craig said the university’s program is ranked first in the country and third in the world.

“It’s the only school in Georgia that offers actuarial science as a major,” Craig said.

Craig said actuarial science is a statistics-based program. Graduates of the program typically move on to work at insurance companies, where they calculate premiums based upon the chances of someone developing health conditions, according to Craig.

“I’m really excited for college,” Craig said. “It’s going to be awesome.”

Craig said Governor’s Honors made her feel less scared and more excited about leaving home for college.

“I was so scared to go to college before [Governor’s Honors],” Craig said. “It was good, because they gave you more freedom than you were used to, but it was still structured. You knew you couldn’t stay up late every night and still get your work done.”

The senior also attributes the program to giving her the option of majoring in actuarial science.

“I wasn’t planning on taking A.P. [statistics],” she said. “[Governor’s Honors] makes you thirst for knowledge, though. I’m really glad I took both [statistics and calculus], because it helped a lot with figuring out what I want to do.”

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