Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Year of Alumni

December 31, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

2017 was a big year for the Governor’s School Foundation’s role as the alumni office.  Thanks to everyone who helped to make it what it was!  Here’s some of what we did this past year: Profiled more than 30 alumni Broke the alumni fundraising record when alumni donated $81,000 in the 2016-17 fiscal year Hosted […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of December 23, 2017

December 29, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of December 23, 2017: Thanks so much to all the alumni who came to our 2017 alumni holiday party at East Coast Provisions in Carytown!  This year, in addition to our Richmond-area alumni, who we are always happy to see, we had alumni in from Kenya […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Daisy Banta ’14

December 26, 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.   Daisy Banta (‘14) is a student at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. In high school, Daisy […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Azaria Verdin (’04)

December 26, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Teaching runs in Azaria Verdin (’04)’s family, though she didn’t officially decide to work in education until college. Her mother is a teacher, and first and foremost among the educators who have helped shape her life. “At each stage of my educational career, there were always a couple people who pushed me to be better,” […]

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2017 Alumni Holiday Party

December 26, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Thanks so much to all the alumni who came to our 2017 alumni holiday party at East Coast Provisions in Carytown!  The holiday party has become one of our favorite annual traditions.  Since our alumni are spread out all over not just the country but the world, this is a wonderful chance for old friends […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of December 16, 2017:

December 19, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of December 16, 2017: Ashley Hawkins (’03) is one of Richmond Magazine’s “Change Makers,” people striving to make the city a better place to live, work and play. Fizzah Shaikh (’16) is a member of the team of Northeastern University students selected as finalists for the […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Eliza Goodpasture (’14)

December 17, 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.  Eliza Goodpasture (’14) is a student at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. As a student at […]

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Annual MLWGS Legislative Breakfast

December 14, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

On the morning of Thursday, December 14, the MLWGS PTSA again hosted their annual Legislative Breakfast.  The event allows students, parents, and faculty members to meet state representatives and legislative aides and to discuss issues face-to-face.  Since MLWGS draws students from so many localities, our students and parents are represented by a comparatively large number […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Otis (’96)

December 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Rebecca Otis (’96) is in many ways the quintessential Governor’s School for Government and International Studies grad. She is Foreign Service Officer (a.k.a.“diplomat”) currently serving at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  Rebecca joined the State Department in 2014 after a career in NGOs and higher education. “Embassies are like large ships,” she explains.  “We […]

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Grant Spotlight: books for We the People

December 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

In addition our commitment to offset the cost of the We the People team’s trip to nationals by $20,000, the Foundation is supporting those students in other ways.  We set aside $22,000 this fiscal year to support enhancements that enrich classroom instruction across all departments.  Sam Ulmschneider (’02) received funding through this category to purchase […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Fizzah Shaikh (’16)

December 11, 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.   Fizzah Shaikh (’16) is a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Fizzah found the community […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of December 9, 2017

December 11, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of December 9, 2017: Finale Doshi-Velez (’01) was part of a research team that used machine learning to create an algorithm to predict an antidepressant’s effectiveness based on depression subtypes. When implemented in clinical settings, the new tool was found to be more accurate than existing […]

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Grant Spotlight: Art Department Trip to DC

December 6, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Every year, art teachers Jeff Hall and Kori Mosley take art students to Washington, DC for a day of guided visits to museums around the city.  Last week, the group visited the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.  The Foundation was able to offset the cost of this […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of December 2, 2017

December 5, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of December 2, 2017: Sands Anderson attorneys Faith Alejandro (’01) and Eric Howlett (’04) have both been named Virginia Business magazine’s 2017 Virginia Legal Elite. The Legal Elite are selected by votes of other lawyers across the state. Congratulations to Jillian Johnson (’99), who has been […]

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Grant Spotlight: NCTM Conference

December 4, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

The Foundation has set aside $35,000 in this fiscal year to go toward faculty professional development.  Since June 1, twenty one teachers across six departments have accessed this funding to pay for graduate coursework, conferences, and workshops that enrich their instruction at MLWGS.  This funding just helped Mr. Benesh attend the National Council of Teachers […]

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