Contests, Opportunities Announced by Maggie Walker's School Counseling Department

The 48th Annual Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is sponsored by Hollins University for sophomore and junior girls. Students must submit their poem(s) in Microsoft Word online at  Deadline for entries is November 15, 2011.

High School Diplomats - High School Diplomats is a ten-day cultural exchange program between Japanese and American students. It is a full-scholarship program that gives 40 American sophomore and junior high school students the chance to build relationships with people from another country and learn another culture firsthand. HSD is a summer program like no other because it opens kids' eyes to a whole new perspective on the world, while also helping them learn more about themselves. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required! Visit to apply now! Applications are due January 8th.      

 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools- Applications are now available for the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools.  These programs are run by the Commonwealth to provide opportunities for gifted high school students to explore professional and university environments through mentorships and academic enrichment.   Information and applications can be found at VA Summer Residential Governor's Schools  for academic, mentorship programs and visual and performing arts and VA Summer Foreign Language Academies  for the foreign language academies. Students interested in the foreign language academies or in the visual and performance arts programs should speak directly to their language or fine arts teacher ASAP. Questions about the programs or application process can be addressed to Joy Davis at or 354-6800, ext. 3220.

University of Richmond Fall Preview Program- Fall Preview is a day-long open house for high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores, along with their families. Designed to provide a thorough look at what makes the Richmond experience unique, Preview will include a welcome from University administrators; sessions on admission and affordability; walking tours of campus; lunch on campus; and panel discussions with current students, faculty, deans, staff, and admission officers on topics ranging from academics to student life, study abroad, community service, career development, research, and residential opportunities. Please visit UR Fall Preview Program for more information.