Monthly Archives: January 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Mo Alavi (’98)

January 19, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

No two ways about it: Mo Alavi (’98), the Narrative Design Lead at Respawn Entertainment, has a cool job.  “My job is awesome,” he says.  “It’s really hard to narrow down what the best part is.”  He has worked on several high-profile games there, the latest-released being Titanfall 2.  As much as it suits him, […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of January 13, 2018

January 17, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of January 13, 2018: Lucy Dacus (’13) released the second single from her upcoming album, HISTORIAN, along with a music video she directed that features MLWGS! Watch it here. Our next NYC alumni happy hour is set for January 31, 2018 at Amity Hall (80 W […]

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Grant Spotlight: Student Solo Art Shows

January 17, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Some of the enhancement grants we give out are for little things that add something extra to a project, lesson, or classroom.  For example, art department chair Jeff Hall applied for $225 worth of funding to print invitations and provide vinyl lettering for the solo art shows his Art 5 students put on throughout the […]

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2018 Alumni Auction Donations

January 11, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Thanks to all the alumni who have contributed items to the 2018 Night of the Dragon auction!  The auction raises money for the five booster groups, the PTSA, and the Foundation. Governor’s School alumni have stepped up this year and donated several items to be auctioned off.  Here’s what we’ve got so far: Shephali Agrawal […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of January 6, 2018

January 10, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of January 6, 2018: “Night Shift” by Lucy Dacus (’13) is on the first mix of the year from All Songs Considered. Her album HISTORIAN is due out March 2 from Matador Records. Three Richmond-area alumni-owned restaurants are nominated for 2018 Elby Awards. Mean Bird, owned […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of December 30, 2017

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of December 30, 2017: A belated congratulations to Dana Slayton (’17), who was named American Abroad Student of the Month in October. Dana is currently spending a year in Morocco as a part of the National Security Language Initiative Youth (NSLI-Y) program. Christopher Benos (’14), Samantha […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Erin Ortiz (’06)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Erin Ortiz (’06) graduated from the University of Virginia in three years with a degree in psychology. She then attended Gallaudet University, where she pursued a master’s in social work, specializing in school social work and disability. After receiving her master’s, Erin taught in VCU’s social work program before accepting a position with the non-profit […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Randolph Ashton (’99)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Dr. Randolph Ashton (’99) attended Governor’s School in its early days. He remembers learning from gifted teachers like Pat Taylor, John Wilkes, and Phil Tharp, and running for legendary track and field coach Jim Holdren. “While the building was not as nice as GSGIS’s current location, the people and the learning atmosphere were still the […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Caldwell (’06)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

“I have really wanted to be a teacher my whole life,” says Rachel Caldwell (’06). “However, two experiences at MLWGS really cemented my desire to pursue a career in education: the time I spent volunteering with the Newtowne Tutoring Program, and my senior year mentorship with Annie Campbell, a second grade teacher at Fox Elementary. […]

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2016-17 Taylor Teaching Award

January 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

We’re happy to welcome back English Department Chair Lisa Williams from her Taylor Teaching Award-funded trip to India!  The Taylor Teaching Award is named in honor of Pat Taylor, who dedicated decades of service to the Governor’s School as a founder, teacher, and administrator and who we are lucky to have still involved with our […]

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January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

On January 3, 2018, three members of the MLWGS class of 2014 returned to their alma mater to talk to current student about college.  Two of the alumni, Christopher Benos and Hannah Lyons, attend the University of Virginia.  Samantha Marquez is majoring in psychology on the neuroscience track at Yale.  They talked about everything from […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Miller (’96)

January 2, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Nathan Miller (’96) was a member of Governor’s School’s second graduating class. He credits the school for creating an atmosphere where “there was a lot of energy about learning,” and recognizes Mrs. Taylor, Mr. Wilkes, and Mr. Woolard in particular for teaching him how to study. “The other thing that stands out is the amount […]

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