2015 Recognition Reception

Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology
Student Awards 2015
 
Our Annual Recognition Reception took place on Monday, April 27, 2015.  The program for the evening can be found at this link: CVGS Recognition Reception Program 2015.  The following awards were announced at the CVGS annual Recognition Reception.  We are proud of the achievements of all the students who were recognized that evening.
 
The Faculty Award of Excellence
This is the most prestigious academic award given to Governor’s School students.  The students selected exemplify the academic maturity and high achievement that are the goals and hallmarks of the Governor’s School program.  These students are recognized for their consistent effort and academic success, for their self-discipline and tenacity, for their analytical thinking and mental flexibility, and for the internal motivation to make the most of the opportunities provided at the Governor’s School.  The names of the winners are commemorated on a plaque that is part of the permanent honors display at the Governor’s School.  For 2015 the junior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Jason Brown and Alanna Van Valkenburg, both from Jefferson Forest High School.  For 2015 the senior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Tim Burnette from Liberty High School and Haley Roeser from EC Glass High School.
 
Governor’s School Foundation Awards
These $750 scholarships recognize outstanding CVGS seniors who have demonstrated academic promise, leadership potential, and strong moral character.  A committee representing CVGS business partners and Foundation Board members select the winners based on a presentation and a question and answer session.  The names of the winners are commemorated on a plaque that is part of the permanent honors display at the Governor’s School.  The 2015 winners of the CVGS Foundation Scholarship are Rebekah Chun from Heritage High School; Jamie May from Brookville High School; and Galen Shen from EC Glass High School.
 
The Brandi Nichols Leadership Award
This $500 scholarship is in memory of Brandi Nichols and honors the student who most embodies the qualities that Brandi Nichols demonstrated during her time at the Governor’s School.  The award is given annually to a senior who consistently demonstrates a positive attitude toward education, an optimistic outlook toward life, and an overall pleasant demeanor in interactions with students and staff.  The name of the winner is commemorated on a plaque that is part of the permanent honors display at the Governor’s School.  The winner of the 2015 Brandi Nichols Leadership Award is Danielle Garrett from Jefferson Forest High School.
 
The Larbie Mensah Award
This $500 scholarship celebrates Larbie’s life by honoring a CVGS senior who has demonstrated the same positive spirit, enthusiasm, and friendliness and approachability that were hallmarks of Larbie's interactions with his peers and staff.  Selected by the faculty, the name of the winner is commemorated on a plaque that is part of the permanent honors display at the Governor’s School.  For 2015, the winner is Ravdeep Mathone from Heritage High School.
 
 “All A’s All-Star” Award
Occasionally students earn “straight A” grades every marking period and on all exams for all three required courses for both the junior and senior years.  This extraordinary accomplishment is impressive in its own right, and even more so when the other courses, activities, athletics, and commitments of our students are considered.  For 2015, the “All A’s All-Stars” are Dan Brown, Tim Burnette, and Glenn Field from Liberty High School; Chelsea Cereghino, Lisa Lotz, and Caymen Rexrode from Jefferson Forest High School; Jamie May from Brookville High School; Rebekah Chun and Ravdeep Mathone from Heritage High School; Olivia Hsu from Altavista Combined School; and Meagan Kenney and Haley Roeser from EC Glass High School.
 
“Straight A” Award
This award recognizes students who have earned Straight A’s in every marking period and on all exams so far in the current year.  For 2015, junior students who receive this award are Jason Brown, Zachary Geier, and Alanna Van Valkenburgh from Jefferson Forest High Schol; Isabel Caprise, Becca Cate, Elizabeth Driskill, Dez Heal, Sam LeFew, Jake Smith, and Eric Wiger from EC Glass High School; Geoffrey Dill from Brookville High School; Dan Nguyen and Tristan Polk from Heritage High School.
For 2015, senior students who receive this award are Dan Brown, Tim Burnette, and Glenn Field from Liberty High School; Lauren Calvert, Chelsea Cereghino, Danielle Garrett, Lisa Lotz, and Caymen Rexrode from Jefferson Forest High School; Rebekah Chun and Ravdeep Mathone from Heritage High School; Olivia Hsu from Altavista Combined School; Meagan Kenney, Haley Roeser, and Galen Shen from EC Glass High School; Jamie May from Brookville High School; and Tyler Williams from Rustburg High School.
 
Course-Specific Academic Awards
These special awards recognize students who have achieved academic excellence, displayed critical thinking skills, and exhibited exceptional mastery of the concepts in the areas of mathematics, science, and technology.
 
Math Analysis: Sam LeFew from EC Glass High School                       
Connections in Mathematics: Dan Brown from Liberty High School                                          
Calculus for Junior Students: Elizabeth Driskill from EC Glass High School
Calculus for Senior Students: Meagan Kenney from EC Glass High School
Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus: Rebekah Chun from Heritage High School
Physics: Marshall Driskill and Jake Smith, both from EC Glass High School
Human Anatomy and Physiology: Chelsea Cereghino from Jefferson Forest High School                
Computer Science: Glenn Field from Liberty High School         
Technology Labs: Caymen Rexrode, Rachel Nagley, and Thomas Cavanaugh, all from Jefferson Forest High School.
 
Outstanding Achievement in Research
Each year the research mentors consider all the research projects completed during the course of that year.  They reflect on the details of the research design, the effort exerted throughout the project, and the quality of work completed.  All work, including everything from the full research paper to the research poster and presentation, is considered.  For 2015, the winners are Whitley Drinkard from Appomattox High School, Savhanna Long and Cameron Roberts from Brookville High School; and Katie Selmer from Jefferson Forest High School.
 
Optimist Club Research Award
This award recognizes two juniors for the quality of the visual display of their research projects.  Each winner of the Optimist Club Research Award receives a $50.00 gift certificate, a numbered Lynchburg medallion, and an invitation to be a special presenting guest at a future Optimist Club lunch meeting.  For 2015, the winners are Cameron Roberts from Brookville High School and Mansi Shah from Heritage High School.
 
Alumni Book Awards
The Alumni Book Award was first awarded on May 3, 2010, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Governor’s School.  The alumni wanted to help the faculty recognize and encourage our next generation of leaders.  The Alumni Book Award is given to students chosen by the faculty.  The selected students must excel in CVGS courses, demonstrate independent and creative thought, and actively participate in their school or community.  For 2015 the winners are Olivia Hsu from Altavista Combined School, Jamie May from Brookville High School, and Eric Wiger from EC Glass High School.