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Three MHS students accepted into Governor’s School

Eileen Spilman (right) with Katherine Bertolini, associate director of North Dakota Governor's School. Submitted photo

Eileen Spilman (right) with Katherine Bertolini, associate director of North Dakota Governor’s School. Submitted photo

Eileen Spilman, Cole Cymbaluk and Alicia Hinkley have been accepted into North Dakota Governor’s School 2013. All three are incoming juniors at Mandan High School this fall.

The North Dakota Governor’s School is a six-week program that runs from June 2 to July 12. The program institutes the student to specialize in a study of their choice. Science, Math, Information Technology, English, Visual Arts and Engineering programs are offered. Students that are accepted attend a residential academic enrichment program on the campus of North Dakota State University.

During their time on campus, they attend cultural events, ethics presentations, community service opportunities and team building activities while maintaining a rigorous curriculum of study conducted by faculty and staff of North Dakota State University. The program is available at no cost to North Dakota sophomores and juniors in high school.

Spilman was accepted into the Science and IT disciplines. She is enrolled in Information Technology. At MHS, Spilman has participated in various extracurricular activities including Student Council, DECA, science fairs, FBLA, swimming, basketball, soccer and band. She has been involved in the origination of the “Guide Me” youth mentoring program starting this fall in Bismarck and is a Sunday school teacher at her church. Spilman is presently serving as a N.D. State DECA Vice President and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Kelly and Timothy Spilman.

Cymbaluk is enrolled in the IT program. He and Spilman are learning about a broad range of computer skills and real world applications using web development, networking and computer programming. Cymbaluk is active in Student Council, speech, debate and music at Mandan High. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and is the son of Kim and Dustin Cymbaluk.

Hinkley is in the visual arts program learning different mediums such as printmaking, drawing, sculpting and visual graphics. At MHS, she has been involved with the French and Spanish clubs and the student manager for the hockey team. Hinkley is the daughter of Dawn Hinkley.