2016 Recognition Reception Awards

Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology
Student Awards 2016
 
The CVGS Annual Recognition Reception took place on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  The following awards were announced that evening, and we are proud of the achievements of all the students who were recognized.  The program for the evening can be found HERE.
 
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 2016 the junior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Carter Cundiff from EC Glass High School and Rhiannon Cire from Liberty High School.  For 2016 the senior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Becca Cate and Jake Smith, both from EC 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 2016 winners of the CVGS Foundation Scholarship are Kendall Branham from Amherst County High School; and Jeanine Minnick and Alanna Van Valkenburgh, both from Jefferson Forest 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 2016 Brandi Nichols Leadership Award is Whitley Drinkard from Appomattox County 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 2016, the winner is Annie Eick 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 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 2016, the “All A’s All-Stars” are Geoffrey Dill from Brookville High School; and Becca Cate, Elizabeth Driskill and Jake Smith 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 2016, junior students who received this award are Tom Baker, Danny Bass, Carter Cundiff and Melissa Poletti from EC Glass High School; Turner Lee from Heritage High School; Mason Howard, Noah Rempfer, and Delaney Snead from Jefferson Forest High School; and Rhiannon Cire from Liberty High School.
 
For 2016, senior students who received this award are Jandrito Cedillo, Geoffrey Dill, and Savhanna Long from Brookville High School; Becca Cate, Michael Charlton, Maggie Doyle, Elizabeth Driskill, Marshall Driskill, and Jake Smith from EC Glass High School; and Alanna Van Valkenburgh 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: Sydney Tweedy from Amherst County High School                       
Connections in Mathematics: Zach Martin from EC Glass High School
Calculus for Junior Students: Delaney Snead from Jefferson Forest High School                
Calculus for Senior Students: Michael Charlton from EC Glass High School
Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus: Elizabeth Driskill from EC Glass High School
Physics: Tom Baker from EC Glass High School and Reagan Snead from Jefferson Forest High School             
Human Anatomy and Physiology: Jandrito Cedillo from Brookville High School
Computer Science: Holden Ramsey from Jefferson Forest High School             
Technology Labs: Chris Drumheller from Amherst County High School, Zach Geier from Jefferson Forest High School, and Dan Nguyen from Heritage 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 2016, the winners are Adam Vaughan from Appomattox County High School; Kendall Knight from Brookville High School; Danny Bass from EC Glass High School; and Mason Howard 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 2016, the winners are Adam Vaughan from Appomattox County High School; and Sarah Price from Jefferson Forest 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 2016 the winners are Anna Drumheller and Katie Selmer from Jefferson Forest High School, and Wynn Bailey from Rustburg 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 2016 CVGS College of William and Mary Leadership Award winner is Summer Rucker from Amherst County High School.