CVGS Recognition Reception Awards

Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology Awards 2014
 
Our Annual Recognition Reception took place on Monday, April 28, 2014.  The program for the evening can be found at this link: CVGS Recognition Reception Program 2014.
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 2014, the junior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Rebekah Chun from Heritage High School and Glenn Field from Liberty High School.  For 2014, the senior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Braelyn Riner from Brookville High School and Megan Beisser from Liberty High School.
 
Governor’s School Foundation Scholarship Awards
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 2014 winners of the CVGS Foundation Scholarship are Maddy Baldwin from Appomattox County High School, Glenna Manns from Jefferson Forest High School, and Megan Beisser 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, 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 2014, the winner is Chris Johnson from Jefferson Forest High School.
 
The Brandi Nichols Leadership Award
This $250 scholarship 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 2014 Brandi Nichols Leadership Award is Casey Martin from Appomattox County High School.
 
“Straight A” Awards
This award recognizes students who have been able to earn Straight A’s in every marking period so far in the current year.  For 2014, junior students who receive this award are Olivia Hsu from Altavista Combined School; Sammy Howard from Appomattox County High School; Jamie May from Brookville High School; Mazin Ahmad, Kate Carrington, Krista Hartman, Meagan Kenney, Lauren Poletti, Haley Roeser, Galen Shen, and CT Skorcz, from EC Glass High School; Rebekah Chun, Ravdeep Mathone, and Payne Tarkenton, from Heritage High School; Chelsea Cereghino, Kathryn Grachan, Shannon Laughlin, Lisa Lotz, Rachel Nagley, Will Norvelle, Josh Paragas, and Caymen Rexrode, from Jefferson Forest High School; and Dan Brown, Tim Burnette, and Glenn Field, from Liberty High School.
 
For 2014, senior students who receive this award are Maddy Baldwin, Wes Kuegler, and Casey Martin, from Appomattox County High School; Ana Cedillo, Jordan Pfau, Braelyn Riner, and Sarah Tucker, from Brookville High School; Sam Fedeler from EC Glass High School; Chris Johnson, Esther Kim, Glenna Manns, Blake Nowakowski, Ben Ottman, Hannah Yoo, and Jason Zhang, from Jefferson Forest High School; Megan Beisser from Liberty High School; and Jessie Bryant from Rustburg 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 2014, the “All A’s All-Stars” are Ana Cedillo from Brookville High School, Sam Fedeler from EC Glass High School, and Glenna Manns 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: Meagan Kenney from EC Glass High School and Ravdeep Mathone from Heritage High School
Connections in Mathematics: Jason Zhang from Jefferson Forest High School                          
Calculus for Junior Students: Mazin Ahmad from EC Glass High School
Calculus for Senior Students: Ana Cedillo from Brookville High School
Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus: Galen Shen from EC Glass High School
Physics: Rachel Nagley from Jefferson Forest High School and Dan Brown from Liberty High School
Genetics and Freshwater Ecology: Jordan Pfau from Brookville High School
Human Anatomy and Physiology: Amanda Myrick from Brookville High School                      
Computer Science: Wes Keugler from Appomattox County High School           
Technology Labs: Sam Fedeler from EC Glass High School, Judy Nunley from Heritage High School, and Hunter Wilson from Jefferson Forest 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 2014, the winners are Sam Lee from Brookville High School; Ravdeep Mathone from Heritage High School; Danielle Garrett, Shannon Laughlin, and Rachel Nagley, from Jefferson Forest High School; and Tim Burnette from Liberty 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 2014, the winners are James Ogden from Amherst County High School and Shannon Laughlin from Jefferson Forest High 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 2014, the winners are Lauren Poletti and Haley Roeser, both from EC Glass 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 2014, this award goes to Jessie Bryant from Rustburg High School.