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The mission of BRVGS is to inspire and challenge our students through unique, rigorous, technology-centered learning experiences, and to prepare them with the skills to be the leaders, collaborators and innovators of the future.

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Fluvanna County Student Organizing a 5K Run for the Just Water Movement

My name is Nicole Kent and I’m a senior at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, Virginia (which is a tiny little place right outside of Charlottesville).  This year, as a part of my Governor’s School Program, I am completing an internship and community service for my Senior Project which is about Mission Work.  Since last May, I have been praying that something would come to me for this project that I would really feel passionate about and that prayer was answered at the Called 2016 Middle School Retreat for the Virginia United Methodist Church in the middle of this past November.  

I was attending the retreat as a staff person and that’s when I met Coy Lindsey.  He was at the retreat giving a really powerful messages, but what intrigued me the most was Just Water.  My heart has felt for the water crisis throughout high school, but when I heard about Just Water I finally felt like I could do something impactful.  While at that retreat, I took the challenge to drink just water for 40 days and felt a seed planted for my community service project.

I knew instantly that I wanted to give to Just Water for my community service and my first instinct was to plan a 5K.  I’m not a runner and I honestly didn’t even know how long five kilometers was when I decided this is what I was going to do but I figured planning one wouldn’t be too horrible.  So many people around me have already been extremely helpful with giving me ideas and promising to be there to help when I need them which has been really encouraging.  I have doubts every once in awhile that I won’t be able to pull it off in time or that people won’t participate, but all it takes is a quick chat with God to restore some confidence and know that I can do it--through Him.

So far, it’s been kinda crazy filling out forms, making flyers, creating a Facebook event, making the registration website and a bunch more- it has consumed my life slightly, but in the most positive way!  In fact, I recently had three snow days in a row, creating a 5 day weekend in which I did all of the things in the last sentence, designed a t-shirt, starting asking for sponsors, drew the race map, prayed about Just Water, and realized that this is totally happening.  I’m hoping to raise $1000 which seemed like a crazy goal when I began this, but now I’m seeing that it could definitely happen.  This goal would provide 40 people with clean water and that is really the true goal- to give 40 people access to clean water and the living water of Jesus Christ.  That’s what I want this 5K to be about.  Sometimes it’s easy for me to explain this as my community service project but it means so much more than that to me and to those whose lives it will change so I pray it will mean that much to those participating as well.

I’ve learned so much about the effort it takes for mission work and I have an even greater appreciation for those who dedicate their lives to this type of work.  This process and Just Water have also helped me to focus on the true meaning of missions-- loving our neighbors as ourself because that’s how Jesus loves.  I’ve felt like I’ve known that for a while, but being involved with Just Water, who truly lives this, has made me more conscious of the mission field called life that is all around me.

Please click on the link to find out more about the 5K:


BRVGS Seniors Teach Engineering Concepts to Elementary Students

Lyndsey Norberg and Celene Exume are senior BRVGS students at Orange County High School.  They volunteer their time teaching engineering concepts to Orange Elementary Students in an after school math and technology program under the guidance of Lisa Yager, OES TTRT.

Both students are pursuing engineering disciplines in college and want to bring engineering themes and stimulate interest for engineering at the elementary level.  They hope to reveal the wide and exciting range of topics engineering offers and also encourage diversity in this field. 

Their next steps in the after school program includes 3d modelling of student engineering designs.​


Pictured here, Celene explains the engineering methods behind the design of a lighter weight golf club.  Lyndsey is pictured explaining a payload in a rocket launch.

BRVGS Senior Lindsay Knights (WMHS) is the Student Athlete of the Week

Check out this great piece about BRVGS Senior Lindsay Knights from William Monroe High School:

You can also check out her Senior Project - HERE


BRVGS Student Wants to Start Community Literary Magazine

The Greene County Recorder had an article about William Monroe High School senior Amanda Snead. She is launching a literary magazine for the community as a safe space for people to share their creative skills. It’s part of Snead’s Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School senior internship. READ THE ARTICLE


Orange County BRVGS Student Caring for His Community

Michael Jamerson attends Orange County High School and is the student council president. He has been working on "snack packs," which are bags filled with an array of healthy snacks. Michael packed 90 bags and delivered them to Orange County elementary students right before the winter break to provide something nutrious over the break.

Michael also organized "Be a Santa to a Senior." He put up a giving tree with paper ornaments. On the ornaments were written a wish from a senoir citizen. Orange County students and staff adopted over 75 seniour citizens from the local community! Great job! 


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