COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA)- Mississippi Governor's school kicked off its summer program last week.
For most students, school's out for summer, but for a select group of juniors and seniors, the books are still open.
Mississippi Governor's School is an honors program designed to teach not only academics but leadership skills to deserving high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities.
"We learn how to be better leaders, better students and basically how to lead and follow and bring out our natural talents," said Neva Catlett, student and resident of Lucedale, Miss.
The school is held three weeks during the summer, but some don't mind it consuming their break.
"I'm learning so much already," Catlett said.
Student Dustin Wright said, "I like the fact that you can come here and still have fun in the summer but learn at the same time. It's a great combination."
He said unlike high school, everybody is there to learn.
"Everybody here wants to learn, we do learn," Wright said. "That's the great thing about this being a summer experience."
Students are required to pick a subject to learn and give projects on a certain topic. Dillon Moore chose economics.
"I'm doing a video that will be shown to the Secretary of the Treasury," Moore said."We will also be doing interviews with the Salvation Army."
For leadership teacher Claire Reid, the best part of the program is the scholars.
"That's really cool to see in front of your eyes that they really understand," Reid said. "They're really relating to what you're giving them."
Reid, who is now a college graduate, attended the program in high school, and she had so much fun, she came back as a leader.
"You learn so much about yourself here," she said. "You learn that there are more people in the world like you. So, I hope that's the same experience they have."
Mississippi Governor's School is held at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Officials said this session had 123 students.