Recognition Reception 2017

Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology Recognition Reception 2017
 
On May 7, 2017, the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology held their 32nd annual Recognition Reception.  The following seniors received their Governor School Honor Cords and Certificates of Program Completion: from Altavista Combined School: Tony Close; from Amherst County High School: Madison Allen, Nick Campbell, Lee Hamilton, Mason Hudson, Sara Pettyjohn, Summer Rucker, Lexi Sale, Sydney Tweedy, and Sarah Wells; from Appomattox County High School: Zane Hall, Nick Servis, and Adam Vaughan; from Brookville High School: Jonathan Bumgarner, Madison Floyd, Sierrah Fulmer, Nathan Kennedy, Kendall Knight, John Light, Devika Naphade, and Malik Nowlin; from E C Glass: Tom Baker, Danny Bass, Christina Bennett, Rachel Cate, Avery Combs, Virginia Corsini, Carter Cundiff, Regan Kinder, Madeline Phillips, Melissa Poletti, Nuha Reza, Hank Riffee, and Emily Salmon; from Heritage High School: Rabiea Ashraf, Kieran Bowyer, Sung min Cho, Gabby Coradazzi, Julia Finley, Grace Kerelejza, Turner Lee, and Paisley Williams; from Jefferson Forest High School: Anna Drumheller, Julia Grier, Mason Howard, Carter Jenkins, Camden Levinson, Claire Long, Reuben Mathew, Caleb Müller, Sarah Price, Noah Rempfer, Jack Schimmoeller, Delaney Snead, Reagan Snead, Morgan Whitfield, and Emory Willoughby; from Liberty High School: Tim Andrews, Rhiannon Cire, Kylene Flynn, Jacob Nott, and Aaron Plattus; from Rustburg High School: Madi Alvis, Crawford Dawson, and Jack Vance; and from William Campbell Combined School: Ryan Henderson and Hannah Schrock.
 
In addition to recognizing the class of 2017, 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 2017 the junior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Amber Li from Jefferson Forest High School and Jack Riffee from E. C. Glass High School. For 2017 the senior winners of the Faculty Award of Excellence are Tom Baker from E. C. Glass High School and Reagan Snead from Jefferson Forest 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 2017 winners of the CVGS Foundation Scholarship are Madi Alvis from Rustburg High School, Madison Floyd from Brookville High School, and Summer Rucker from Amherst County High School.
 
The Brandi Nichols Leadership Award
This $750 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 2017 Brandi Nichols Leadership Award is Julia Grier from Jefferson Forest High School.
 
The Larbie Mensah Award
This $750 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 2017, the winner is Anna Drumheller from Jefferson Forest 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 2017 the “All A’s All-Stars” are Tom Baker, Carter Cundiff, and Melissa Poletti from E. C. Glass High School, and Delaney Snead 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: Carson Wood from E. C. Glass High School
Connections in Mathematics: Mason Howard from Jefferson Forest High School                
Calculus for Junior Students: Logan Sheppard from Jefferson Forest High School                
Calculus for Senior Students: Sara Pettyjohn from Amherst County High School
Advanced Calculus: Delaney Snead from Jefferson Forest High School                
Physics: Logan Hartsell from E. C. Glass High School and Isaac Liu from Jefferson Forest High School
Human Anatomy and Physiology: Devika Naphade from Brookville High School
Computer Science: Rhiannon Cire from Liberty High School             
Technology Labs: Sydney Tweedy from Amherst County High School, Adam Vaughan from Appomattox County High School, and Morgan Whitfield 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 2017, the winners are Nicole Cico from Liberty High School; Hannah Maupin from Jefferson Forest High School; Emma Sisk from Brookville High School; Hannah Steele from Liberty High School; and Josh Willoughby 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 2017, the winners are Will Carrington from E. C. Glass High School and Graham Hagwood 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 2017 the winners are junior Sarah Jones from Jefferson Forest High School and seniors Danny Bass from E. C. Glass High School and Hannah Schrock from William Campbell Combined 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 2017 CVGS College of William and Mary Leadership Award winner is Grace Chun from Heritage High School.