Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program is scheduled at Valdosta State University from June 23 to July 20.
Hiram High School’s Alex Parker, 16, son of Marianne and Scott Parker of Dallas, is scheduled to attend the program.
Parker, who will enter his senior year at Hiram in August, will study his major area of technology and a minor area which he will choose once he arrives in Valdosta.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting other people, and [finding out] how they work,” he said.
Parker has a background in leadership from being an Eagle Scout. He said he wants to combine his leadership and technology skills together to get the most out of the program.
“I’m going into it like they are college courses,” Parker said.
While in school he has excelled in activities to prepare him for engineering, and would like to have a career dealing with airplanes. He said he hopes to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
“I think that will be the best way to get an engineering education,” Parker said. “The Navy offers the opportunity to build things, break things and see how they work. Engineering is knowing how things work.”
He plans to work toward becoming a fighter pilot if accepted into the Navy. Parker is working on the application process.
No matter where he goes to college, Parker wants to work with and fly planes, he said.
While holding a 3.9 grade point average he has taken advanced placement course, which can earn him college credit. Also he has been a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of manufacturing in the Engineering Club and is in his second year as a varsity cheerleader at Hiram.
Parker has been a cheerleader for four years and is a member of the All Star Cheerleading team C4 Longhorns Senior Onyx, based in Dallas.
He did gymnastics when he was younger, which he said led him into cheering, Parker said.