Haylie Heller headed to N.C. Governor’s School

Haylie Heller, daughter of Robert and Hollie Heller, who is a senior at Princeton High, will attend Governor’s School at Salem College this summer. She’s pictured with Johnston Schools Supt. Ross Renfrow.

By Steve Reed


Haylie Heller, a rising senior at Princeton High School, will attend the N.C.’s Governor’s School at Salem College in Winston-Salem June 17-July 25.

The Governor’s School is a summer program for gifted and talented high school students.

She is the daughter of Robert and Hollie Heller. Heller is band and choral director at Princeton High. Mrs. Heller taught music and directed the Melody Makers choir for years before transferring in 2017 to Greene Central High School in Snow Hill.

“I’m interested in science, in the medical field,” said Haylie. “My guidance counselor encouraged me to apply for Natural Science and I got my letter of acceptance in March.”

In her application, Haylie had to submit two essays, one about a scientific discovery and one on how the world works.

“I wrote my second essay on ‘Why is the Idea of Power So Intriguing,’” said Haylie. “Why does power consume leaders?”

Haylie was one of 15 students considered for this year’s Governor’s School. The applications were sent to the Johnston County School Board’s central office and Haylie was selected to represent Johnston County.

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