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14455 James Madison Hwy. Palmyra, Va 22963

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Rodriguez and Lilly Named VCU Engineering School DERI Fellows

BRVGS students Joey Rodriguez and Nathaniel Lilly were recently notified of their acceptances as School of Engineering Dean’s Early Research Initiative (DERI) Fellows at Virginia Commonwealth University for the 2014-15 school year.  They will work with a graduate student mentor and a faculty member on a research project for the engineering school. During the summer Nathaniel and Joey, both juniors at William Monroe High School in Greene County, will devote 60 hours in August to the project, and work four hours per week throughout the school year when the high school and VCU are both in session. 

When he learned of his acceptance, Joey contacted BRVGS Director Marc Carraway to express his excitement and to say, “Thank you so much for showing me this amazing opportunity.”

To find out their graduate mentors and particular project, Joey and Nathaniel are invited to attend an Awarding Ceremony at the VCU Engineering School in Richmond on May 23, 2014.

Congratulations to both students on pursuing this internship, and being selected to the program.




Semifinalists Named in Nationwide Competition

Four BRVGS students at William Monroe High School in Greene County have been named semifinalists in the Young Naturalist Awards, a nationwide contest sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  The Young Naturalist Project, an inquiry-based assignment, for which students pose a question about the natural world around them, design and conduct an experiment, and seek an answer to their question. This year’s recipients and their projects are:  Maria Wright: "The Ground Ate My Homework," Lindsay Knights: "The Grass is Always Greener in Central Virginia: Testing Grass Seed Types in Red Clay Soil," Grace Talley: "Which Grass is Best for My Yard," and Isaac McSherry:  “The Effect of Lights on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.” 

“...Out of thousands of applicants, we have semifinalists, which is very impressive from our little county.  This project requires a lot of independent initiative, critical thinking, and a desire to know," said BRVGS AP Biology teacher Kirsten Dexter.  

Museum communications assert that teachers who incorporate the awards program into their science curriculums “provide students with something beyond a science experiment by fostering in them a sense of stewardship for the natural world, and by giving them a taste of what it is like to answer questions using science. This use of science can help support students' interest in a broad array of STEM oriented careers including careers that help kids make the world a better place.”

The competition is sponsored to create a partnership between schools and institutions of science for the purpose of promoting learning and excitement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Congratulations to Maria, Lindsay, Grace and Isaac on their hard work and recognition!


BRVGS Students Capture Honors at State Forensics Meet

VHSL ForensicsSix BRVGS students at Madison County High School and one at Fluvanna County High School have been recognized for their expertise in forensics at the Virginia High School League Forensics State Tournament. The 2013-2014 state competition was held March 29 in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 Several BRVGS students helped Madison take top honors in the Team Standings for Group 2A. This sixteenth win set a new state record for the most state championships. Fluvanna’s team tied for fourth place in Team Standings this year.

MCHS student Jordan Taylor took first place in Serious Dramatic Interpretation, making her the current state champion in this category. Junior Shannon Blow was awarded the top spot in Poetry Interpretation, capturing the title of State Poetry Champion.

Ian Coppage placed Second in Humorous Dramatic Interpretation and he is the state runner-up for this grouping. In Prose Interpretation, Summer Davis placed third and Camryn Powers placed fourth. Also, ninth grader Jacob Corbin was awarded fourth in Storytelling.

Fluvanna County High School BRVGS student Jonathan Corbin placed 2nd in Group 4A Extemporaneous Speaking.

Hearty congratulations go out to all participating BRVGS students for their fine efforts and accomplishments in this year’s state forensics competition!



Welcome to BRVGS Class of 2018!

Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School would like to congratulate and welcome over 120 new students to the BRVGS Class of 2018.  Information packets will be going out to students and parents in late April, and BRVGS will hold its annual Freshman Orientation on Wednesday, June 25th.  Details for the orientation will be included in the forthcoming information packets.  Students will be provided transportation from local schools for the orientation, which will take place during regular school hours.  One important note: while the BRVGS Freshman Orientation is recommended for all incoming new students, it is NOT mandatory.  

New students and parents are advised to be on the lookout for the information packets and to contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at, or by phone at 434-989-3972, for any questions in the meantime.  

We look forward to meeting our new students and parents soon!  


BRVGS Senior Letters 

A letter introducing rising BRVGS seniors of the class of 2015 to the BRVGS Senior Internship was inadvertently sent to parents and students of the BRVGS class of 2014.   Current BRVGS seniors and parents are asked to disregard the letter, and we apologize for any inconvenience to those students and parents.