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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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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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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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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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