Monthly Archives: June 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Fogg (’01)

June 30, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Dr. Kevin Fogg (Class of 2001) was a member of the last GSGIS class to spend all four years in the school’s original home in Thomas Jefferson High School. Without question, it was a different experience than students have in the new Maggie Walker building. He remembers, “overcrowded rooms, shots fired in the building, bomb […]

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2017 Alumni Annual Fund Campaign

June 27, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

We owe a special thank you to our alumni this year for their exceptional contributions to the Governor’s School Foundation.  This fiscal year, a full 31% of all alumni donated alumni donated a combined $81,000.  That’s more than $10,000 over our previous record for alumni giving set in 2013-14. During the campaign, we got life […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of June 17, 2017

June 22, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of June 17, 2017: Read about Esther Erb Atkins’ (’04) unusual trip to the starting line and from the finish line of the NYRR Queens 10K. Mike & Sarah Moore (’03) are opened the brick-and-mortar Mean Bird this Friday in the Fan.  It was great to […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Healy (’03)

June 21, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

We were so glad to have Kyle Healy (’03) back in Richmond from his home in New York City to deliver the commencement address to graduating seniors Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Altria Theater. In his speech, Kyle talked about the moment he decided to come to Governor’s School.  It was when he saw […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Bre’Anna Vinson (’15)

June 19, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

How do MLWGS students choose where to apply to college and ultimately where to attend? How do they handle the transition from high school to college? Our youngest alumni have the freshest perspectives on college applications, admissions, and selection. Bre’Anna Vinson (’15) is one example. She just completed her sophomore year at Spelman College in […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of June 10

June 16, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of June 10, 2017: Rohan Pidaparti (’13) was a contestant on the episode of NPR’s “Ask Me Another” that ran this weekend.  He shares an anecdote from his time at MLWGS in his intro.  Fun fact, at least one other Governor’s School grad has appeared on […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Mica Swyers (’04)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

After graduating in 2004, Mica Swyers went with much of her GSGIS class to UVA, where she majored in French and Media Studies.  Afterwards, she migrated to the windswept plains of Illinois where she got not one but two Master’s Degrees, one in French Linguistics and one in Teaching English as a Second Language.  Twist […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Bailey Thomson (’06)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Bailey Thomson (Class of 2006) moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2012, after graduating from William & Mary, where she double majored in Government and Middle Eastern Studies. In Johannesburg, she joined the founding team of SPARK Schools, a network of blended learning primary schools providing accessible, high-quality education to South African children. During […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Nisha Ligon (’04)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

From visiting family in Thailand to studying in London to trekking through the Himalayas, Nisha Ligon (Class of 2004) has always been a traveler. Though she stayed stateside for college, attending Yale University, after graduation she moved to London to pursue a MSc. in Science Media Production from Imperial College. Nisha currently lives in Dar […]

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Grant Spotlight: Future Problem Solvers

June 12, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Six MLWGS students along with sponsor, Celie Boswell, competed in the Future Problem Solvers International Competition (FPSIC) in LaCrosse, Wisconsin from June 8 to June 11, 2017.  See the school’s great write-up about their experience here.  The Foundation was happy to help offset costs for this trip as part of our commitment to funding clubs […]

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Grant Spotlight: 2017 Senior Art Show

June 12, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

“Flourish,” the 2017 Senior Art Show, opened at Art Works on the evening of Friday, June 9.  The show features artwork in a wide range of styles from 21 seniors.  Each student also submitted an artistic statement along with their pieces and learned from Jeff Hall how to display their work in a gallery setting. […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Maryam Patton (’10)

June 11, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Maryam Patton (Class of 2010) moved to the United Kingdom in 2014 to complete a Master’s in European History at Oxford University. Maryam loved the UK, and plans to return for visits as often as possible. “The British are so funny, and were always so friendly. I felt completely at home, and still catch myself […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Jessie Abbate (’99)

June 10, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Jessie Abbate (’99) began doing infectious disease field work in the French and Italian Alps in graduate school.  She was awarded a Chateaubriand fellowship in 2011 to finish her doctoral dissertation with a French collaborator. Landing a post-doc position at the premiere ecology lab in France (CEFE), located in Montpellier, she moved shortly after graduating with her […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Lydia Hickman (’07)

June 9, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

After graduating from VCU, Lydia Hickman (Class of 2007) spent two years in Shanghai teaching English. She then worked as a high school English teaching assistant in Paris, after which she enrolled in a master’s program at Paris Descartes University. An internship for that master’s led her to Dakar, Senegal. In Dakar, Lydia helped create Social […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Alex Guzmán (’07) presents the 2017 Linda Howe Award

June 8, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Alex Guzmán (’07) returned to MLWGS on June 8 to present the Linda Howe Award, which recognizes the graduating senior with the highest number of community service hours.  The Howe Award is presented by a Governor’s School graduate with a record of public service.  Alex serves as the Director of Fair Housing at Housing Opportunities […]

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