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Jackson River Governor’s School Orientation Set August 13 at DSLCC

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 egraham@nulldslcc.edu or (540)863-2872.

JRGS Announces Academic Awards

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 egraham@nulldslcc.edu or (540)863-2872.

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.