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by Natalie Gibson

Ian T. Hall, the son of David and Cindy Hall of Raven, has been accepted for the 2013 Governor’s School for the Arts in the area of Creative Writing. Out of over 1,000 applicants to the GSA program from across the state, fewer than 250 were selected for this prestigious program. Ian will be completing a three-week program on the campus of Transylvania University. GSA estimates the cost of the program per student is $2,800, but students who are selected for the program pay nothing to attend. For this reason, the application process is extremely strenuous.

In addition to the application, Ian had to submit letters of recommendation from teachers and samples of his writing. Following this, he was selected for an interview with GSA faculty members before being chosen to participate in the program.

Aside from the wealth of knowledge Ian will gain from the program, GSA will open other doors for this talented young man.  Multiple college scholarships are awarded to GSA students, and GSA even offers a special college interview day for participants.  Additionally, GSA students leave the program with a strong network of peers and mentors to help them in their future endeavors in the arts.

Ian is currently a junior at The June Buchanan School, where he is a member of the varsity basketball team and the Academic Team. He has taken multiple college-level English classes through the Caney Honors and Achievement Program at Alice Lloyd College, and his short stories have been published in several magazines from across the state.