The Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School will create a collaborative learning community for academically motivated high school students that emphasizes service, leadership and the development of skills necessary for success in the 21st century, with an instructional focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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14455 James Madison Hwy. Palmyra, Va 22963

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BRVGS Board Approves China Trip

As an update to the article below regarding the proposed BRVGS student trip to China, the BRVGS Board has approved the trip to go forward for Summer of 2016.  Interested parents and students should have received an email with instuctions for registering for the trip, but those with questions should contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at, or by phone at 434-989-3972.


Seniors Share Projects at Upcoming Expositions

Twelfth graders from all member districts in the BRVGS program will showcase their year’s work at the upcoming Senior Expo. The event is set on Friday, May 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Taylor Education Administration Complex in Orange.

Componants of a Senior Project requires the student to conduct research, write a research paper, develop a website, find a mentor, complete an internship, design and carry out a community service venture, make a public presentation about their project, and participate in the Senior Expo. At the exposition, students display and talk about their projects, and answer questions posed by evaluator teams.

For BRVGS Seniors unable to participate in the regular Expo day, an Alternative Expo will be held on Wednesday May 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Best Western Zion Crossroads.

Both Senior Expos are open to the public.



BRVGS China Meeting

On Thursday, April 23rd, BRVGS held a meeting for parents and students interested in the proposed summer 2016 China trip.  Jenni Williams of EF tours explained the trip itinerary, anticipated costs, payment otions and registration process to attendees.  To see a full video of her presentation, click on BRVGS China Presentation Video.  The full video is about 55 minues long.  Specific info on trip costs, etc, come in between 35 and 35 minutes into the video.  You can also access a copy of Jenni's powerpoint by clicking on EF China PPT.

The BRVGS Board will consider final approval for the China trip at their next meeting on May 11th.  More information about the trip will be sent out after that meeting.  In the meantime, please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at, or by phone at 434-989-3972, with any questions.  


MCHS Seniors hosting Health Fair and Yard Sale!

Madison County BRVGS Seniors Ian Coppedge and Cassity Lacy will be hosting a Health Fair at MCHS on April 25th!

Additionally, their fellow Madison BRVGS Senior, Margaux Tucker, will be holding a Yard Sale to benefit Camp Unakite.  Items or monetary donations may be dropped off at the MCHS Cafeteria from 6-8pm on April 24th.  The Yard Sale will be April 25th from 8am-Noon.


Virginia Film Festival Seeks Entries from Student Directors 

Interested in filmmaking? The Virginia Film Festival is seeking entries from Virginia high school filmmakers for their 4th annual  ACTION! The VFF’s High School Director Competition. Prize money amounting to $2000 will be awarded to winners of the event.

The contest is open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are current residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, ACTION! will award three (3) prizes to best director or directing teams to support  winning students’ continued film education.  The Grand Prize is $1,000, and two (2) Runner-Up Prizes are $500 each.

Submissions are due Wednesday, August 19, 2015 through an electronic entry form which includes a video link to the film. Contest rules and the online entry form can be found at

For further information, contact the VFF program at, or visit their facebook page at