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Field Ecology Summer Governor’s School Gears up for the 30th Summer With New Schedule

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.

For further information, contact Ms. Jane DeGroot at jdegroot@nullalleghany.k12.va.us or Dr. Susan Rollinson at amrollinson@nullgmail.com or visit the Governor’s School web site at www.fieldecology.org. Those interested may also contact their school division’s Administrator of Gifted Programs, school principal, or guidance counselor.

Jackson River Governor’s School Grad Headed to NC State

From left: Jackson River Governor’s School Director Eddie Graham, graduating student Jeremy Evans and Jeremy’s mother, Debbie Evans

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 egraham@nulldslcc.edu. For details about other dual enrollment opportunities for students through DSLCC , contact Ralph Sass at 540-863-2890 or rsass@nulldslcc.edu.