Welcome, Class of 2013!
all been there Ė the last day of Governorís School is an emotional,
challenging day for us all. But if you are wondering, well, what now, we
have the answer. Youíre not just leaving Governorís School,
youíre entering a network of over 33,000 Governorís School alumni.
Beginning in 1963, the GSAA boasts some of the most successful people in
North Carolina. And now, you are members of that group. Need information about
colleges? Many GS alumni are college professors, and they have attended
colleges from the UNC system to the Ivy League. Interested in a particular
career? We have people whoíve been there, and who are there now. Take
advantage of the opportunities to learn from some of the best that North
Carolina has to offer. Welcome to the GSAA.
missed us on campus Closing Day, you can become a full voting member of the
GSAA the link above. To engage with alumni from 1963 to 2012, join the Governor's School
of North Carolina Alumni group on Facebook. To help us
provide funding for scholarships and special programs on the campuses, and
to support our efforts to keep Governorís School funded by the legislature,
check out our sister organization, the Governor's School Foundation.
also help us by telling your representatives in the Legislature how much
you enjoyed your summer. Scroll down to see how you can contact them.
that youíll miss the rare, stimulation, intellectual atmosphere that youíve
enjoyed the past five weeks. And youíll miss the friends youíve made Ė
friends who will last for a lifetime. But take heart Ė youíre now taking
the first step into the wider Governorís School experience. Be prepared to
Join Our Facebook Group
GSAA is on Facebook. Connect with other alumni at the Governor's School
of North Carolina Alumni group.
Write Your Legislators!
you have just returned from Governor's School, the GSAA asks that you write
your state legislators and tell them what you thought of the program. Every
year, Governor's School has to prove its value to the people who fund it,
the state government. Your letters go a long way to convincing them that GS
is worth keeping. You can find out who represents you at The General Assembly Home
Page. Look on the right for the Who Represents Me lookup, find
out who your representatives are, and write them. It's the best thing you
can do for the Governor's School, so please, write them today.
GSAA Alumni Impact Survey Results
March 2012, GS alumni told us all about themselves, what they do, and how
GS made a difference in their lives. You can see what GS really means to
those who attend by looking through our Impact
Looking for Fresh Content
all alumni, we are looking for new, fresh content for the NCGSAlumni site. We are looking for
digital photos and even digital videos. We are looking for your stories and
memories. We are looking for success stories, and we are looking for
your article on what Governor's School meant to you. Please contact Sam Sanders (Art 71) to learn how to
submit your material.
Update Your Information in the Alumni Database
us keep in touch with you! Please update your contact information in our Alumni Database. Everyone is in there,
whether you joined the GSAA or not. From 1963 to now, you can find
long-lost friends, and help them find you!
North Carolina Governorís School Alumni Association is a service
organization comprised of people who once attended the NC Governorís
School. It is not a non-profit organization, and it is not a registered
political action committee, though it does have as its core goal to support
the Governorís School through contributions and raising public
What Does the GSAA Do?
purpose of the GSAA is threefold:
promote and raise public awareness of the Governorís School.
Carolinaís Governorís School is the oldest Governorís School in the nation.
It is a part of our statewide heritage. Today, there are over 50 governorís
schools in over 35 states, many of which were modeled on the North Carolina
concept. Despite that heritage, many people in our own state have never
heard of the Governorís School, and many who have heard of it do not know
what it is. Particularly, many members of the Legislature have never heard
of it. So part of our goal is to make our state aware of the Governorís
School and to focus attention on this excellent program among the
legislators who provide the funding for the School. We do this through
letter-writing campaigns and by promoting GS among high-school guidance
counselors. Several attempts at wider-ranging media coverage have gone
nowhere, as GS is simply not controversial enough to attract the attention
of the papers and television.
To provide funding for the Governorís Schoolís student activities.
the shrinking budget for GS, many programs related to student activities
were cut from the budget in the mid-1980ís. These
programs, while not essential to the mission of the School, were considered
essential to the sanity of the students and faculty. Simple things, like
music for parties, social events, ice cream and lemonade, and gas for the
bus would not be available if the GSAA did not make a donation each year.
Even with our support, the funding for these events has been scant for the
past few years. So a large portion of our proceeds goes to this. In a way,
the students from each class are given the opportunity to provide support
for the class that will follow after. Without this support, the social
interaction of GS would dwindle, and along with it the opportunities for
students to make new friends and interact with their peers. The GSAA believes
that this social growth is equally as important as the intellectual growth
that GS fosters.
3. To provide a forum through which
alumni can stay connected.
primarily accomplished via our web site, and secondarily via our annual
Alumni gathering. Our goal with the web site is to keep track of all GS
alumni and make contact with those who have been lost over the years. We
want to provide a place where all alumni can come and make contact with one
another, find long-lost friends, connect with their classmates, and stay
informed on the news about Governorís School. Since we get very little
media attention, the web site is probably the only place to get news about
GS. On Alumni Day, we try to provide the alumni with an annual return to
Governorís School, so that they can re-experience the atmosphere that
changed their perceptions of themselves and their environment. For many, GS
was a life-changing experience. Through alumni gatherings, we attempt to
let alumni experience that again.
with these primary goals, the GSAA also selects the members of the GS
Foundation Board and assist with setting policy for the Governorís School
via their permanent position on the Department of Public Instructionís GS
Board of Governors.
more at GSAA Membership page.
Check out the GSAA News!
Attention All GS Alumni!
GSAA was founded in 1986. However, the school itself began in 1963.
Therefore, there are thousands of potential GSAA members with whom we have
lost contact. If you are one of these members, please let us know where you
are by e-mailing us or
updating the Alumni Database with your
new contact information. Please include the year and school you attended,
your Area I, and your maiden name.
Links to the Yahoo discussion groups to communicate your comments to other alumni readers.
Memories: stories and flashbacks of
Links to websites managed by the state
Email addresses of alumni
Forms to submit your contact information
or website URL's
Current news from staff and alumni.
GSAA organization information
Campus visitor information
detailed information on Governor's School of North Carolina, take a look here.