Jackson River Governor’s School will conduct a new student orientation session on Wednesday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 224, Backels Hall, on the campus of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge. The orientation will allow students to meet their classmates, learn more about the Governor’s School, become more familiar with DSLCC, and obtain other information that will support their success. Activities of the day will include a campus tour, a DSLCC Library orientation, a review of the class schedule and locations, completion of necessary forms, lunch with senior students, a review of JRGS procedures, an introduction to the DSLCC electronic communications and learning systems, a scavenger hunt, an introduction to appropriate college staff, and tips for college success.
DSLCC partners with local school divisions and the Virginia Department of Education to operate the Governor’s School. Its purpose is to provide challenging educational experiences for students with advanced interests and abilities in mathematics, science, and technology. High school students can earn approximately forty college credits during their junior and senior years at JRGS and gain a prestigious credential which provides an advantage in the very competitive college application/selection process. Students from Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River and Parry McCluer High Schools are enrolled in the Governor’s School.
For additional information about the orientation or the school contact JRGS Director Eddie Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540)863-2872.
Jackson River Governor’s School (JRGS) has announced its student academic awards for 2014. The school’s academic awards program is designed to recognize student performance in the challenging advanced courses of the program. The outstanding Scholar Award is presented to the most outstanding individual for the year in each of the school’s curriculum areas. The Academic Excellence Award and the Academic Achievement Award are based on the individual’s overall performance for the year in all curriculum areas.
The recipients of the JRGS 2014 Academic Awards are:
Alleghany High School: Shannon E. Bennett, Academic Excellence Award; Jonathan D. Church, Outstanding Biology Scholar and Academic Excellence Award; Morganne N. Durham, Academic Excellence Award; Jonathan C. Ellis-Smith, Academic Achievement Award; Tristan G. Elmore, Outstanding Calculus Scholar, Outstanding Physics Scholar and Academic Excellence Award; Courtney N. Glover, Academic Achievement Award; Sarah A. Kettlety, Academic Excellence Award; Matthew H. Lanehart, Academic Excellence Award; Casey N. Lofton, Outstanding Statistics Scholar and Academic Excellence Award; Elizabeth A. Mason, Academic Achievement Award; Eric M. Spraker, Academic Excellence Award; and Clair E. Seckner, Academic Excellence Award.
Bath County High School: Julia B. Billingsley, Academic Excellence Award; Emily G. Hall, Academic Excellence Award; Gwendolyn E. Miller, Academic Excellence Award; W. Saul Pasco, Academic Excellence Award; and Ryan M. Woodzell, Academic Excellence Award.
Covington High School: Emily F. Comer, Academic Excellence Award.
James River High School: Kaleigh A. Neely, Outstanding Research Scholar, Outstanding Pre-Calculus Scholar and Academic Excellence Award.
Parry McCluer High School: Zachary E. Baldridge, Outstanding Chemistry Scholar and Academic Excellence Award.
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College partners with local school divisions and the Virginia Department of Education to operate the Governor’s School. Its purpose is to provide challenging educational experiences for students with advanced interests and abilities in mathematics, science, and technology. High school students can earn approximately forty college credits during their junior and senior years at JRGS and gain a prestigious credential which provides an advantage in the very competitive college application/selection process. Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River, and Parry McCluer High School students are eligible to attend the Governor’s School. For additional information about the Governor’s School contact Eddie Graham at email@example.com or (540)863-2872.
Recruitment activities are underway for the 2014 Field Ecology Summer Regional Governor’s School to be held in two separate sessions this summer at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge. Applications and information have been sent to all participating school divisions.
Important changes are being implemented in the governor’s school schedule for this summer, the 30th for this governor’s school. Jane DeGroot, a director and instructor for the program explains the changes. “This summer, instead of one, three-week session, we will have two independent sessions, June 16 – 25 and June 30 – July 9. Both sessions have 3-day camping trips with the first session conducting salamander research in Laurel Fork area of Highland/Pocahontas counties and the second session conducting forestry studies in the Greenbrier State Forest. In both sessions, students are required to create digital field guides. Students may sign up for both sessions, but each session is limited to 16 participants. Second year participants are only eligible for the second session. We hope that qualified applicants who could not commit to a three week program will be excited to have the flexibility of two seven-day sessons.”
Any current eighth or ninth grade student who demonstrates potential for excelling in biology is eligible to be nominated. Former Governor’s School students who are in ninth or tenth grade may apply to be considered for the advanced program during the second session. The student must be enrolled in a public or private school, including home schooling, in the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Highland, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington. Participants may be nominated by their superintendent, administrator of gifted programs, principal, counselor, or science teacher on the basis of academic potential, positive attitude, good citizenship, and maturity of judgment.
Students are eligible to attend if (1) they are academically gifted and/or show potential for excelling in biological field studies; (2) their overall achievement in school work is acceptable; (3) they have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year and live within the counties and cities served by Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; and (4) they are nominated from their schools or school division. All students, including private school and home-schooled students, must meet the Governor’s School selection criteria. Applications are available in each school’s guidance department, or on the Governor’s School web site, www.fieldecology.org
Deadline for the submission of completed applications to the student’s school is at the discretion of the individual schools, but will likely be by the end of the first week of April.
Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Evans of Clifton Forge is headed this month to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he will enter college as a sophomore, thanks to his experience with the Jackson River Governor’s School (JRGS) at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.
The 2012 Alleghany High School graduate, who was also class salutatorian, attended Governor’s School for two years and also took two dual enrollment courses though DSLCC. He will start NC State with a total of 47 college credits to his name.
Not only that, but Jeremy joins the University Scholars’ Program, which will expose him to all sorts of additional opportunities, including cultural events, trips and other advantages. Jeremy will be living in the Scholars’ Village, a residence hall for members of the program.
“We were just so pleased with all of his teachers at Governor’s School,” says Jeremy’s mom, Debbie. Jeremy was granted several scholarships, including the Helen Grubbs Scholarship, the Mountaineer Principal’s Scholarship, and the Helen Dixon Scholarship, all of which Jeremy’s mom and dad, Steve, believe were made all the more possible by their son’s involvement in Governor’s School. “Almost all of his credits from the Governor’s School and DSLCC transferred to NC State.”
Jeremy will begin his studies at NC State in the engineering program, but only has a semester to decide a major. He’s leaning toward mechanical or electrical engineering. “I’m really grateful to the Governor’s School for providing basic courses in engineering,” he says.
“Governor’s School did a wonderful job,” says Debbie. “We feel he is well prepared for college.” Jeremy’s sister, Sarah, is a DSLCC graduate, earning an associate’s degree and continuing her education at Roanoke College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is working at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
JRGS is a unique partnership between DSLCC and local school divisions to provide challenging educational experiences for students with advanced interests and abilities in mathematics, science, and technology, explains JRGS Director Eddie Graham. High school students can earn approximately forty college credits during their junior and senior years at JRGS. Students from Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River and Parry McCluer High Schools are eligible to attend JRGS. Basic course work includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Research, Pre-Calculus, Mathematics, Calculus, and Statistics.
Dr. Michael Scott, Vice President for Instruction, Student Services and Research at the College, is pleased with having the JRGS on campus and invites all families with high school students to consider the JRGS and other dual enrollment courses for their sons and daughters who meet eligibility requirements.
“High school students dually enrolled at DSLCC will enjoy many advantages,” Scott explained. “These courses offer an accessible, affordable way to earn college credits during the junior and senior years of high school. Selected school divisions may offer some form of financial assistance; families who are not able to have this help with tuition are still encouraged to contact DSLCC to learn how their child may participate; the tuition rate will be lower than that charged at Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities and at most private institutions.”
For more information about the JRGS, contact Graham at (540) 863-2872 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about other dual enrollment opportunities for students through DSLCC , contact Ralph Sass at 540-863-2890 or email@example.com.