Week of April 5, 2016


The Executive Officers and Board of the Governor’s School Foundation are pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members.

Suzannah Stora will join the Foundation as Executive Director beginning on Monday, April 4. Suzannah brings a wealth of experience from her roles at several non-profit organizations and has participated in grant writing, development plan creation and execution, and fundraising.

Catherine Nicholas is the new fiscal assistant. She is a 2004 graduate of MLWGS, has actively supported the Foundation since 2010 as class agent, and has years of financial experience.

This is an exciting time for the Foundation moving forward in its work with the school, booster clubs, and PTSA to align and assist the school in achieving its strategic plan and benefit its students and staff.

The Board wishes to thank Laura Lewis for her work over the past 18 months as Interim Development Officer. Her service has enabled the Foundation to continue its mission and operations during the vacancy left by Hal Waller in 2014.

They also express their great appreciation to Eva Boegner for her many years of service as fiscal assistant. Eva played a key part in supporting many Foundation functions and providing the Treasurer and officers with relevant financial information.

All are welcome to stop by the Foundation and Alumni Office (room 225) to welcome Suzannah and Catherine and to learn more about how the Foundation supports MLWGS!


For SCRIP for the rest of this school year, the PTSA has decided to sell the remaining gift cards it has in stock, first come - first served, and to not take any more special orders. If you would like to purchase any gift cards, please email Karen at k.murtha@comcast.net or Lori at lori.bek@verizon.net and they will make arrangements to get you the cards. Our current stock includes

  • Arby's ($10),
  • Barnes and Noble ($10 and $25),
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop ($25),
  • Chili's ($25),
  • Coldstone Creamery ($10),
  • Food Lion ($25 and $100),
  • Lowe's ($25),
  • Martin's ($25 and $100),
  • Olive Garden ($25),
  • Outback Steakhouse ($25),
  • Panera ($10),
  • Red Robin ($10),
  • Starbuck's ($10 and $25),
  • Target ($25) and
  • Walmart ($25).

For many of these, we have multiple cards. Please think of supporting the PTSA by purchasing gift cards for end of year gifts for teachers and other occasions.


Thanks to all of the 160 families who registered for the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  This quarter alone you helped MLWGS earn $2,705.01 to support Maggie Walker students and programs. That takes MLWGS total for the year to $9,800.83 from Kroger stores alone.

This program runs year round, so MLWGS keeps earning cash right through the summer months. It’s not too late to sign up! Please use this link krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the directions.  MLWGS school’s NPO number is 82125 or search using Maggie L Walker Governor’s School PTSA. 


The Metro Richmond STEM Fair was this past weekend (March 19) at Clover Hill HS.  Camille Yoke, (’16, Chesterfield) , was the only MLWGS student competing. Her teacher is Mr. Harold Houghton, Physics & Astronomy.  Her project was called Antipodal Focusing of Asteroid Impacts (Constructive Interference of Seismic Surface Waves Antipodal to Crater Impact Sites on Terrestrial Bodies).  Camille won an all expense paid trip to Phoenix, AZ, to compete in the Intel-ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) in May. She also was awarded the John B. Fenn Award given by the Metro Richmond STEM Fair for Outstanding Work on a Science Project that Best Embodies Innovation in Applied Science that Incorporates Trans-Disciplinary Research, the Naval Science Award - Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Science or Engineering Fair project, and the Richmond Astronomical Society Certificate of Achievement for an Outstanding Science project.