Four Gatton Academy students in Bowling Green have learned they are candidates for the 2017 Presidential Scholars. One of the candidates is Patricia "Tricia" Thompson from Owensboro.

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The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky is a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Housed on the campus of Western Kentucky University, students take college classes, engage in faculty-led research, and have the ability to study abroad.

The Gatton Academy also seeks to provide its students with the companionship of peers; to encourage students to develop the creativity, curiosity, reasoning ability, and self-discipline that lead to independent thought and action; and to aid students in developing integrity that will enable them to benefit society.

The goal is to enable Kentucky's exceptional young scientists and mathematicians to learn in an environment which offers advanced educational opportunities, preparing them for leadership roles in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Gatton Academy is housed in the former Florence Schneider Hall on WKU's campus. Established in 2007, it's Kentucky's first residential high school for gifted and talented juniors and seniors