Recognition Reception 2018

On May 6, 2018, the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology held their 33rd annual Recognition Reception.  A copy of the program can be found HERE.
 
The following seniors received their Governor School Honor Cords and Certificates of Program Completion: from Altavista Combined School: Kayla Vance; from Amherst County High School: Gloria Arevalo-Escobar, Noah Baumgartner, Erica Eubank, and Barrett Marshall; from Appomattox County High School: Trevor Melton, Melody Nash, and Skylar Wilhoit; from Brookville High School: Joshua Franklin, Josh McMillan, Faith Quel, Anna Reynolds, Jonathan Schira, Emma Sisk, and Hannah Young; from E C Glass: Will Carrington, Nate Colvin, Hunter Diminick, Titouan Duston, Bryonna Elliott, Logan Hartsell, Matt MacCallum, Nathan Marraccini, McKenna Pettyjohn, Eva Pontius, Jack Riffee, Youbin Roh, Maggy Watts, Amanda Wigboldy, and Carson Wood; from Heritage High School: Yana Andreikina, Rasheed Christian, Grace Chun, Mary Kate Comerford, Ashley Kim, Ali Palmer, Joseph Polk, Sarah Richards, and Manan Shah; from Jefferson Forest High School: Cole Bryan, Julia Buchholz, Joe Du, Harrison Fields, Ian Fleck, Matt Fleck, Tanner Gage, Noele Galindo, Graham Hagwood, Yoomin Hwang, Sarah Jones, Amber Li, Isaac Liu, Hannah Maupin, Logan Sheppard, and Josh Willoughby; from Liberty High School: Andrew Childers, Nicole Cico, Porter Flynn, and Hannah Steele; and from Rustburg High School: Will Carlson, Audrey Holzknecht, Bethany Holzknecht, Josh Jones, Brennen Powell, and Autumn Smith. 
 
In addition to recognizing the class of 2018, the following awards were announced:
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 2018 the junior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Ben McCarthy from E. C. Glass High School and Anna Williamson from Jefferson Forest High School. The senior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Isaac Liu from Jefferson Forest High School and Carson Wood from E. C. Glass High School.
 
Governor’s School Foundation Awards
These $1,000 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 selects the winners based on an essay application, 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 2018 winners of the CVGS Foundation Scholarship are Yoomin Hwang and Amber Li, both from Jefferson Forest High School, and Emma Sisk from Brookville High School.
 
The Brandi Nichols Leadership Award
This $1,000 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 2018 Brandi Nichols Leadership Award is Grace Chun from Heritage High School.
 
The Larbie Mensah Award
This $1,000 scholarship celebrates Larbie’s life by honoring a CVGS senior who has demonstrated the same positive spirit, enthusiasm, and energetic friendliness 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 2018, the winner is Josh McMillan from Brookville High School.
 “All A’s All-Star” Award
Occasionally students earn “straight A” grades every marking period and on all exams for all three courses for both the junior and senior years. This extraordinary accomplishment is impressive in its own right, and it is even more so when our students’ other courses, activities, athletics, and commitments are considered. For 2018 the “All A’s All-Stars” are Logan Hartsell, Jack Riffee, Youbin Roh, and Carson Wood from E. C. Glass High School; and Amber Li, Isaac Liu, Logan Sheppard, and Josh Willoughby from Jefferson Forest 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: Abby Ranson from Appomattox County High School
Calculus I for Junior Students: Shivanie Kodikalla from Jefferson Forest High School                
Physics: Jack Chandler from Jefferson Forest High School and Chloe Seng from E. C. Glass High School
Connections in Mathematics: Anna Reynolds from Brookville High School
Calculus I for Senior Students: Josh Jones from Rustburg High School
Calculus I and II: Julia Buchholz from Jefferson Forest High School                
Advanced Calculus: Jack Riffee from E. C. Glass High School
Linear Algebra: Amber Li from Jefferson Forest High School
Human Anatomy and Physiology: Yoomin Hwang from Jefferson Forest High School
Computer Science: Titouan Duston from E. C. Glass High School
Technology Labs: Matt Fleck and Noele Galindo from Jefferson Forest High School and Youbin Roh from E. C. Glass 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 2018, the winners are Lora Callahan from Brookville High School, Meg Gladieux, Sara Greene, and Lila Hutchison from E. C. Glass High School; and Ella McGinnis 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 gift certificate, a numbered Lynchburg medallion, and an invitation to be a special presenting guest at a future Optimist Club lunch meeting. For 2018, the winners are Coleman Inge from Rustburg High School and Kevin Yang from Brookville 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 2018 the winners are junior Sarah Light from Brookville High School and seniors Erica Eubank from Amherst High School and Hannah Maupin from Jefferson Forest High School.
 
William and Mary Leadership Award
The William and Mary Leadership Award is given by the faculty to a junior who has had a strong academic record, demonstrated creative thinking, actively participated in classes, volunteered in the school or community, has earned the respect of teachers and peers, and has worked well with and valued the perspectives of others.  The 2018 CVGS College of William and Mary Leadership Award winner is Maggie Kicklighter from E. C. Glass High School.