By Thom Potts
Clarke County High School is pleased to announce that junior Tony Shipman has been selected as a participant in the 2012 Governor’s French Academy on the Washington and Lee University campus in Lexington.
Chosen by a statewide selection committee, the students accepted to the Governor’s Academy represent the finest French students in Virginia. They spend three weeks in a total immersion environment, communicating only in French as they take advanced language classes and participate in a full range of cultural, social, and recreational activities.
In speaking of his selection, Mr. Shipman commented that he is excited about the idea of participating in the French Governor’s School.
“Now, after months of anticipation, I still can’t believe I will be obtaining an experience that would otherwise be impossible to find,” Shipman said. “I can’t think of something more enjoyable than pursuing my education in both the French language and culture.”
Mr. Shipman studied French under CCPS teachers Thom Potts and Cari Simon. He is currently an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate enrolled in French V at CCHS. He will be the fifth Clarke County Public Schools student to participate in the prestigious Governor’s French Academy program.