Tag Archives: international alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Davidson (’07)

August 1, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Elizabeth Davidson lives in Nairobi, Kenya, but she’s often on the road, as travel is an integral part of her work as a portfolio manager for Kiva, a non-profit crowd-funding platform for providing 0% interest microloans around the world.  Elizabeth manages relationships with organizations to which Kiva provides funding in Francophone Central Africa, a territory […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Jocelyn Powelson (’10)

July 27, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

As an eighth grader, Jocelyn Powelson (’10) was particularly interested in the advanced math classes and the variety of foreign languages offered at Maggie Walker. She remembers noticing on her shadow day the “intellectual curiosity that the students embodied,” and decided to commit to joining the MLWGS Class of 2010. Of her time at Governor’s […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Isshin Teshima (’07)

July 24, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

As an eighth grader, Isshin Teshima (’07) had his high school options narrowed down to Midlo IB, Clover Hill Math/Sci, and MLWGS. During his Shadow Day at Maggie Walker, he was paired with Turner Payne (’04). “I’ll never forget how nice everyone was that day from the students all the way to the teachers in […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Eileen Wang (’12)

July 10, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Eileen Wang (’12) remembers deciding to go to Maggie Walker because of its reputation for challenging gifted students and preparing them for college.  “The best part of Maggie Walker,” Eileen says, “Besides the great community and caring teachers, was being able to get out of my local area, explore Richmond and meet people from other […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Ross Savedge (’99)

July 7, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Ross Savedge graduated from Governor’s School in 1999.  He remembers the school as “competitive and full of the widest variety of interesting, intelligent students one could ask for.  Teachers and school administration trusted the students, and in return, we liked and trusted them. Everyone was treated with respect.  And everyone was friendly and interesting.”  He also has warm memories […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Fogg (’01)

June 30, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Dr. Kevin Fogg (Class of 2001) was a member of the last GSGIS class to spend all four years in the school’s original home in Thomas Jefferson High School. Without question, it was a different experience than students have in the new Maggie Walker building. He remembers, “overcrowded rooms, shots fired in the building, bomb […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Bailey Thomson (’06)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Bailey Thomson (Class of 2006) moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2012, after graduating from William & Mary, where she double majored in Government and Middle Eastern Studies. In Johannesburg, she joined the founding team of SPARK Schools, a network of blended learning primary schools providing accessible, high-quality education to South African children. During […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Nisha Ligon (’04)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

From visiting family in Thailand to studying in London to trekking through the Himalayas, Nisha Ligon (Class of 2004) has always been a traveler. Though she stayed stateside for college, attending Yale University, after graduation she moved to London to pursue a MSc. in Science Media Production from Imperial College. Nisha currently lives in Dar […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Maryam Patton (’10)

June 11, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Maryam Patton (Class of 2010) moved to the United Kingdom in 2014 to complete a Master’s in European History at Oxford University. Maryam loved the UK, and plans to return for visits as often as possible. “The British are so funny, and were always so friendly. I felt completely at home, and still catch myself […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Jessie Abbate (’99)

June 10, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Jessie Abbate (’99) began doing infectious disease field work in the French and Italian Alps in graduate school.  She was awarded a Chateaubriand fellowship in 2011 to finish her doctoral dissertation with a French collaborator. Landing a post-doc position at the premiere ecology lab in France (CEFE), located in Montpellier, she moved shortly after graduating with her […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Lydia Hickman (’07)

June 9, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

After graduating from VCU, Lydia Hickman (Class of 2007) spent two years in Shanghai teaching English. She then worked as a high school English teaching assistant in Paris, after which she enrolled in a master’s program at Paris Descartes University. An internship for that master’s led her to Dakar, Senegal. In Dakar, Lydia helped create Social […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Virginia Cross (’10)

June 8, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

We love getting updates on what our alumni are up to, especially when they’re keeping up with each other. Thanks so much to Virginia Cross (’10) for sending the following in: “I’m a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Guamote, Ecuador, and Elissa Trieu (also ’10) and I got together in Cuenca, Ecuador. She came with […]

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