Student & Staff Accomplishments



Student Accomplishments    
  • Kovey Coles, a senior at Fluvanna County High School, was honored as a Semifinalist for the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program for his performance on the PSAT/NMSQ test. 
  • Fluvanna students, including Axelle Eichner, Melinda Robey, Alex Mattson and Melissa Messier were recognized as Commended Students for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program for their performances on the PSAT/NMSQ test.
  • Sarah McKay of Orange County High School, was awarded the Garvis Huff Award as Outstanding Youth from grades 9-12 for her service to the community.
  • Caroline Comyn of the Madison County Forensics Team advanced to the quarterfinal round in Extemporaneous Speaking at the Villiger National Invitational Tournament. 
  • BRVGS Forensics team members from MCHS did very well at the Newport News VCFL Forensics Tournament, including Caroline Comyn: first in Extemporaneous Speaking, Kaiti Burger: first in Declamation Address, Peter Rice: 5th place in Dramatic Performance of his Humorous Interpretation, and Molly Brumfield: 2nd place in Duo Interpretation
  • Several students from the 2009-2010 BRVGS Biotechnology Class at William Monroe High School have had their papers move into final rounds for the Young Naturalist Awards program, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History. The Young Naturalist Awards "...recognizes the accomplishments of students who have investigated questions they have in the areas of biology, Earth science, ecology, and astronomy." Students conduct their own research and submit scientific essay for review. Semi-finalists from this year's WMHS class include Jill Williamson for her essay on “Managed Lakes vs. Non-managed lakes” and Brett Tyburski for “The Enigmatic Beaver.” Megan Lilly was chosen as a finalist for “Thermotropic Leaf Movement in Rhododendrons as an accurate thermometer.”
  • BRVGS students Corey Howell, Taylore Moore, Rhavin Cooley, Kirsten Sites and Taylor Walters, attended the 5-day Summer Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars at the University of Virginia. The Institute program is designed to inform and prepare students who are interested in pursuing a medical degree and career. Topics included an overview of the American health care system, reform initiatives, health care career explorations, professionalism in medicine, clinical ethics, cultural issues affecting patient care, and ethics in medical research and leadership in health care.
  • Sarah McKay represented Orange County High School in the recent Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, and took 1st place in the "Medicine and Health" category. Sarah also received a special award from the Virginia Dental Association. She will now go on to the State Science Fair competition in April.
  • Melissa Messier, from Fluvanna County High School, was one of only two students to win the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council Tech Tour scholarship for continuing education. Several hundred students from regional schools competed for the scholarship. The CBIC Tech Tour is an annual event, coordinated by the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center, in which students from local schools visit technically-oriented businesses and non-profit organizations in the Charlottesville area.
  • In a recent article in the July 2008 issue of Plant Physiology, Dr. Brenda Winkel and colleagues from the Departments of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech expressed specific appreciation to Dr. Cheryl Weidow's 06-07 Louisa County High School BRVGS Biotechnology class, including students Jessica Agee, Thomas Baker, Randy Fisher, Rosa Lee Harkrader, Andrew Harris, Fletcher Jones, Ashley Love, Whitney Perkins, Kelsey Mawyer, Ryan Minnick, Rachel Musser, Jesse Sestito, Eric Stone, Dakota Willis, and Samantha Woolfolk. According to the article, this class "...first pointed out the enhanced pigmentation phenotype of fls1 (Arabididopsis) plants." Their observations were part of the ongoing BRVGS partnership with Virginia Tech's Fralin Center, in which BRVGS Biotechnology classes conduct studies of the Arabidopsis plant in relation to specific gene functions. Congratulations to Dr. Weidow and her students for their contributions to science!
Staff Accomplishments
  • Shannon Jackowicz, BRVGS Senior Advisor, was chosen as 2009 Teacher of the Year for Louisa County High School.
  • Allison Brook, BRVGS Biotechnology Teacher, was named 2009 Teacher of the Year for Goochland County High School.
  • Kirsten Dexter, BRVGS Biotechnology Teacher for William Monroe High School, was nominated for the 2009 Rising Tide award and as a Summer Residential Governor's School Outstanding Educator.
  • Holly Newman, BRVGS Senior Advisor for William Monroe High School, was selected in June 2009 as the national winner of the John Marshall Foundation's "Teacher of the Constitution".
  • Sallie Hill, BRVGS Instructional Technology Specialist, Google Certified Teacher, NETS*T Certified Educator, NTTI Master Teacher, and judge of many Educational Technology awards, presented a session on "Creating, Collecting and Collaborating with Google Docs: Project Ideas for High School Teachers" to the California League of High Schools at their annual meeting in Monterey, CA this January. Ms. Hill continues to be recognized by fellow educators for her knowledge and experience in bringing 21st century tools to schools and classrooms and is often asked to present conferences worldwide.
  • Participants in North Carolina's Educational Technology Conference (NCETC) in Greensboro, NC, were treated to examples of ongoing BRVGS student projects at a presentation on Google Apps for Education on December 3rd. BRVGS Instructional Technology Specialist Sallie Hill and Director Marc Carraway teamed with Mark Outten, Supervisor of Instructional Technology for Madison County Public Schools, and Dr. Richard Hartshorne of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte to present a session on the use of Google Apps as a tool for development of 21st-Century Skills. Ms. Hill highlighted several BRVGS student projects, including current World History and Biotechnology websites as well as senior portfolios, to a warm reception from conference participants. We are very proud of our students' work and love to share it with educators from around the country!
  • Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School was highlighted in an article about online collaboration inT.H.E. Journal! We are very proud of our accomplishments and so flattered to be featured in a leading educational technology journal. Please take a moment to read the article available online HERE.
  • BRVGS Director, Marc Carraway, was accepted into Google's first Google Teacher Academy for Administrators! Acceptance was based on an application that included information about BRVGS, essay questions on innovative educational leadership, and Mr. Carraway had to create a 60 second video about his vision for educational leadership (video posted below).  Only 50 educational leaders worldwide were selected to attend and competition was extremely tough.

  • Sallie Hill, BRVGS Instructional Technology Resource Specialist, attended the Google Teacher Academy at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Application to the Academy is very competitive, spaces are limited, and this was the first time that educators from outside of Google’s immediate geographic area have been allowed to attend (June 2008). She will be the first Google Certified Teacher in Virginia and one of the few from outside California.  Only 25 teachers were selected to attend from outside California and over 4,000 applied.  In order to apply, Ms. Hill had to create and submit a 60-second video clip, in which she highlighted the use of Google Apps in BRVGS for communication and collaboration in addition to an essay based application.