Recognition Reception 2013 (Awards/Program)

The CVGS 28th annual Recognition Reception took place on Monday, April 29, 2013.  It was a wonderful opportunity to recognize our fantastic students and the many business and community partners and alumni who support our internship and research programs.
A pdf version of the program for the evening is available at the link below:
2013 Recognition Reception Program
A list of the award winners for the evening, along with a brief description of each award, is provided below:

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 2013 the junior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Sam Fedeler from E.C. Glass High School and Glenna Manns from Jefferson Forest High School.  For 2013 the senior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Sabrina Gerlich and Matt Pittard, both from E.C. Glass High School.
Governor’s School Foundation Scholarship Award
These $750 scholarships recognize outstanding CVGS seniors who have demonstrated academic promise, leadership potential, and strong moral character.  A committee representing business partners and higher education selects the finalists, and the winners are selected 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 2013 winners of the CVGS Foundation Scholarship are Alexis Brown and Brian Leveque, both from Jefferson Forest High School, and Olivia Varah from E.C. Glass High School.
The Brandi Nichols Leadership Award
This award honors a student who 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 2013 Brandi Nichols Leadership Award is Jeffery Seals from Liberty High School.
The Larbie Mensah Scholarship
This $500 annual scholarship celebrates Larbie’s life by financially supporting 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 2013, the winner is Jacob Jaminet from Heritage High School.
 “All A’s All-Star” Award
Occasionally students earn “straight A” grades every marking period 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 2013, the “All A’s All-Stars” are Cristina Good, Sabrina Gerlich, Sarah Hour, and Lindsay Riordan, all from E.C. Glass High School.
“Straight A” Award
This award recognizes students who have been able to earn Straight A’s in every marking period so far in the current year.  For 2013, junior students who receive this award are Megan Beisser from Liberty High School, Ben Cavanaugh, Esther Kim, Glenna Manns, and Daniel Yoo from Jefferson Forest High School, Ana Cedillo and Braelyn Riner from Brookville High School, Sam Fedeler and Matt McAden from E.C. Glass High School, and Lindsay Stephens from Amherst County High School.  For 2013, senior students who receive this award are Destiny Barnett and Kelli Klingenfus from Jefferson Forest High School, and Sabrina Gerlich, Cristina Good, Sarah Hour, Lindsay Riordan, and Olivia Varah from E.C. Glass 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: Ana Cedillo from Brookville High School and Casey Martin from Appomattox County High School                        
Connections in Mathematics: Destiny Barnett from Jefferson Forest High School                                             
Calculus for Junior Students: Chris Johnson from Jefferson Forest High School
Calculus for Senior Students: Sarah Hour from E.C. Glass High School
Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus:  Kelli Klingenfus from Jefferson Forest High School
Physics: Ben Cavanaugh from Jefferson Forest High School and Lia Greene from E.C. Glass High School
College Biology: Lindsay Riordan from E.C. Glass High School
Human Anatomy and Physiology: Sam Chalker from Jefferson Forest High School and Sean Warner from Heritage High School                       
Computer Science: Trevor Blair from Jefferson Forest High School       
Technology Labs: Cristina Good from E.C. Glass High School and Eric Carlson from Rustburg High School
Outstanding Achievement in Research (Junior Award)
Each year the three research mentors consider all the junior 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, and this reflection includes everything from the full research paper to the research poster and presentation.  For 2013, the winners are Richard Middaugh, Braelyn Riner, and Sarah Tucker, all from Brookville High School.
Outstanding Achievement in Research (Senior Award)
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in research by a senior student who has been invited to present his or her project at a state-level research symposium.  For 2013, the winner is Jacob Jaminet from Heritage 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 2013, the winners are Esther Kim from Jefferson Forest High School and Nick Reed from William Campbell Combined School.
Alumni Book Award
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 a junior chosen by the faculty.  The selected student must excel in CVGS courses, demonstrate independent and creative thought, and actively participate in their school or community.  For 2013 the winner is Megan Beisser from Liberty High School.
The Faculty Book Award
The faculty bestows this award on a student who has demonstrated consistently outstanding achievement across several courses, and who has an exemplary attitude toward academics.  The 2013 Faculty Book Award goes to Ozzie Van Eaton from Jefferson Forest High School.
National Association of Biology Teachers Award for Excellence in Life Science
This award is given to a senior who has demonstrated content knowledge, research skills, and an excitement for learning about biological concepts and problems throughout both the junior and senior years at Governor's School.  For 2013 this award goes to Amanda Pettyjohn from Amherst County High School.