Category Archives: Events

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Chen (’13)

June 19, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Governor’s School grads don’t just get together when they’re back home in Richmond.  Michael Chen (’13) and Grey Weissend (’13) were able to meet up in the city of Dali in China’s southwestern Yunnan province in 2017.  Grey was traveling in the area, and Michael has been living and working there. “Believe it or not, […]

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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of April 7, 2018

April 19, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of April 7, 2018: Wilton Wu (’15) is helping to lead a new online course called data 8x, based on UC Berkeley’s fastest growing course, Data 8, Foundations of Data Science. The course launched earlier this week and is free for anyone to enroll. The Richmond Free […]

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Alumni Showcase 2018: Student Schedule

March 27, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Friday, March 30, 2018 Alumni Showcase 2018 Student Schedule AM Rotations Speaker Rotation 1 Speaker Rotation 2 A. Auditorium (all juniors and seniors) Group 1 Group 2 B. Black Box 136 (105 sophomores Khalefa – Zhai) Group 3 Group 4 C. 104 (20 sophomores Afshari – Canseco-Lopez) Group 7 Group 14 D. 105 (20 sophomores […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Tissiere (’11)

March 16, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Jackie Tissiere (’11) is one of the alumni we’re looking forward to having back at MLWGS for Alumni Showcase on Friday, March 30, 2018.  They currently work as executive pastry chef and kitchen manager at Whisk in Shockoe Bottom.  “I knew I wanted to be a baker from the time I was around sixteen,” Jackie explains.  “I was determined to do […]

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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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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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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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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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Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Otis (’96)

December 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

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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Event Spotlight: SCA & Class Officer Meet-and-Greet

October 2, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Thanks to all the SCA and class officers who came to our meet-and-greet during lunch on October 2!  The Foundation is here to enrich the experience of current students, so we love getting to know you as people.  As we mentioned, please feel free to reach out to Catherine Nicholas ( in the Foundation office […]

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First Freshmen Parent Welcome Event

August 29, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Thank you to everyone who attended our first freshmen parent welcome event on the evening of August 28.  In addition to the freshmen parents, we were happy to host several current and alumni parents, as well as alumni and current students who were there to share their thoughts about their experience with the school. Dr. […]

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DC Alumni Happy Hour: August 24, 2017

August 28, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Thank you to everyone who attended the DC alumni happy hour at The Board Room on August 24!  We had a great showing of about 25 alumni ranging from the Class of 1996 to the Class of 2007.  At least one alumna was in town from Baltimore, and many more trekked in from the Maryland […]

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2017 Reunions – ALL Alumni

August 14, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Join us for our annual post-Fall Festival alumni event at Bottoms Up on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 8 PM – late.  All alumni from any graduation year are invited to welcome the reunion classes back to town.  Pizza and other snacks will be provided, cash bar.  RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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RVA Alumni Happy Hour – August 10, 2017

August 11, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Events

Thanks to everyone who came to our alumni happy hour at the Triple Crossing in Fulton!  We were lucky enough to have two of our international alumni in town for the event: Elizabeth Davidson (’07) in from Nairobi and Elizabeth Kimball (’03) in from Berlin.  We will schedule the next RVA happy hour shortly.  DC […]

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