PROGRAM PARTICIPANT - A Fulton City High School junior will spending a portion of his summer participating in a statewide learning program.
Nicholas Lucy found out recently that he will attend the Governor’s Scholars Program at Murray State University, one of the three sites where the program is held each summer.
According to the program’s web site, the Governor's Scholars Program “strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge.”
Applying for the program was a lengthy procedure according to Lucy.
“The process (for joining the program) was completing a very long application,” Lucy explained. Lucy added that the program has been collecting other items for his possible entry including GPA and ACT scores.
It was a friend who encouraged Lucy to attend the program.
“My friend, Hallie Carter, was chosen to be a Governor’s Scholar and she loved it,” Lucy said. “She is still in touch with many of her friends from there.”
Lucy is well-known among his peers as being a good student.
“I’ve always taken pride in doing well in the classroom and striven for success,” Lucy explained. “Despite what many of my classmates may think, it didn’t always come easy for me. I was one of the slower learners when I first started out in school. Because I applied myself early on, it allowed for the following years to be easier.”
Being successful in school is aided by supportive parents. Lucy’s parents, David and Lea Lucy, are very supportive of his academics.
“They would help me with any questions that I have and always congratulate me on any achievement that I hit,” Lucy said.
The junior believes one thing is vital to being outstanding in academics.
“Really all you need to do to be successful in school is to pay attention,” the junior said. “However, I understand that school comes easier to some than others and I have been fortunate enough to be the type of person that school comes easy for. I would like to say, though, that even if you do badly in school that doesn’t mean that you will do badly in life.
“Understand that while I may be at the top of my class in academics, there are many people that could run circles around me when it comes to mechanics or welding,” Lucy added. “So if you are not good at academics, just know that you are not stupid. You just need to find what you are good at and enjoy it. Nobody is stupid; anybody can learn.”
Currently Lucy has no definite plans for the years after high school graduation.
“I don’t know where I will attend school, but I would like to major in computer software engineering,” Lucy said. “I have always had an interest in computers and have always been good with computers.”