Isaac Charles Watkins (right), a junior at Oxford Prep, has been chosen to attend N.C. Governor’s School this summer.

OXFORD — Isaac Charles Watkins, a junior at Oxford Preparatory School, has been selected for the N.C. Governor’s School of 2021.

Isaac lives in Oxford with his parents, Chris Cox and Kelly Watkins. His selection for this honors program is based on his academic performance in the social sciences. He excels outside of the classroom as well. In 2020 Isaac was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. He is an accomplished musician and a member of the OPS Jazz Band. He participates in swimming and cross country.

During his spare time, Isaac finds many ways to give back to his community, including things such as building a prayer garden at his church where people can go to reflect and spending an enormous number of hours helping at the CCM hut. He often joins together with members of a band he co-founded, The Palm Trees, to provide entertainment for various events at the Oxford Senior Center.

The N.C. Governor’s School is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.

The Governor’s School is the nation’s oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is on two campuses of up to 335 students each: Governor’s School West at High Point University in High Point, and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.

The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A board of governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.