Monthly Archives: January 2018

Grant Spotlight: Student Aid

January 30, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Increasing the reach and utilization of our student aid funding category has been one of the Foundation Board’s goals for the past several years.  We’re happy to say that we’ve seen a significant increase in student aid grant applications submitted and funded this year.  It’s the view of the Foundation that every student at MLWGS […]

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Alumni Showcase 2018

January 29, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Alumni Showcase 2018 is coming up soon!  This biennial event brings back Governor’s School alumni to speak to current students about life after high school.  These were all of this year’s amazing speakers: Shephali Agrawal (’96) – UVA; currently working with the Art of Living Foundation Esther Atkins (’04) -Case Western Reserve University (Music & […]

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Grant Spotlight: We the People 2018

January 29, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Congratulations to Sam Ulmschneider’s We the People team on winning the state title once again this year!  This makes the 20th state-level win for MLW/GSGIS teams.  As in years past, the Foundation has committed to providing $20,000 to offset the costs of the team competing at Nationals.  The competition was free for qualifying teams for […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of January 27, 2018

January 29, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of January 27, 2018: Congratulations to Kia Player (’02) on opening not one but two restaurants this month! Dixie Bell’s Burger Bar and Eggspress are now doing business in Northside RVA! The Richmond Free Press wrote about the Richmond Community Bail Fund, an all-volunteer organization started […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Betty-Shannon Prevatt

January 24, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Betty-Shannon Prevatt (’95) was in the first-ever graduating class from what was then called the Governor’s School for Government and International Studies.  She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, after which she went straight into a clinical psychology master’s program, where her focus was on women’s studies, domestic violence, and sexual assault.  After several years working […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of January 20, 2018

January 23, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of January 20, 2018: The Paris Review wrote about the first Rare Digital Art Festival, organized by Tommy Nicholas (’07), which brought together participants to discuss how blockchain technology could reshape the future of digital art. Alicia Keys is wearing MVM earrings by Molly Campbell (’05) […]

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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: Misty Clark […]

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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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