Week of November 22, 2016


The Governor's School Foundation Alumni Steering Committee will be putting on the first Alumni Lunch on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 in the Commons during the student lunch period.  Attorney Faith Alejandro ('01), CPA Karen Setzer ('99), and HOME’s (Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia) Director of Fair Housing Alex Guzmán ('07) will be answering student questions and giving advice about how to pursue a career in their fields.


Please attend the General PTSA meeting on Monday December 5 in room 153 at MLWGS.  The meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. with about 30 minutes of prepared remarks from Maggie Walker’s own Ms. Sharon Parker, followed by a Q&A session.  

The topic will be Senior Seminars / Senior Mentorships and will be geared toward parents of Freshmen and Sophomores (although everyone is invited) to provide an introduction to this unique program with the hope that parents will have more time to consider how their student can take advantage of this opportunity in the best way possible.

Senior Seminars and Mentorships provide wonderful opportunities for students to explore areas of personal interest and complete their senior research requirement.

Whether participating in a seminar or a mentorship, students engage in field-based research, create a product, write a research paper, and present at Senior Showcase. Students earn two VCU credits (pass/fail) in Research Methods upon successful completion of all requirements of the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Program.


It’s not too late to order Class of 2017 graduation announcements!  Herff Jones is still accepting orders online. Go to www.vagrad.com and place your order by December 31 to guarantee an April delivery.  There are several other graduation-related items for sale, but don’t forget that the cost for cap and gown was included in your student’s senior fees.  No need to pay or order these a second time.  Please contact Kerry Sheppard, the MLWGS graduation coordinator, at ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us OR 804-354-6800 ext. 3304


Last opportunity to place holiday gift card orders! More than 400 DIFFERENT retailers from ALL OVER the country from which to choose! Gift cards to retail stores, hotels, gas stations, catalogues, and restaurants make great holiday gifts AND make money for the PTSA at no cost to you! Make sure your order is in the SCRIP box in Valenta Williams' first floor office Room #100 by 2 p.m. on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29. Cards will be delivered December 6/7. Order forms are in the SCRIP box in Office #100 or you can download a form on the MLWGS website by selecting "Support" and then "PTSA and Booster Groups." A full list of available gift cards and denominations is available at www.unitedscrip.com by clicking on "Retailers" and then "Retailers and Concepts List". If you see something you want on the master list that isn't on our Maggie Walker order form, write it in and we can get it for you. 
Questions? Please contact:  Lori Bekenstein at lori.bek@verizon.net


Maggie Walker Art 5 student, Andrea Medina ('17, Chesterfield), has been selected as a 2017 YoungArts Finalist in Visual Arts. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, Medina has been recognized for her outstanding artistic achievements and joins 691 of the nation’s most promising young visual and performing artists from 40 states across the literary, visual, design and performing arts.

Winners receive awards, including cash prizes of up to $10,000, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs nationwide and engage with renowned mentors, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. A complete list of the 2017 Winners, all 15 -18 years old or in grades 10 -12, is available online at http://youngarts.org/winners.

“YoungArts is thrilled to announce our 2017 Winners, all of whom represent the very best of the next generation of artists in this country,” stated Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts’ President & Chief Executive Officer. “As we welcome new Finalists to Miami each January, and engage hundreds of Winners nationwide through our Regional Programs thereafter, it becomes increasingly clear how much this organization has grown—and continues to grow—into an astounding network of emerging and professional artists, and one with global reverberations. I look forward to meeting this year’s Winners and seeing how they flourish as members of the artistic community. Congratulations to all.”

Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2017 Winners represent the top 8.67% of applications. Of this year’s 691 Winners, some have been awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels. Altogether, 713 awards have been attributed: 166 have been named Finalists, the organization’s highest honor.

As a Finalist, Medina will attend the 36th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami from January 8 to 15, 2017, which aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and community while offering participants the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. During the intensive, week-long and all-inclusive program, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field
Throughout the week, finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels.

In addition to National YoungArts Week, the organization is the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, a high honor extended to a select group of Finalists annually. YoungArts nominates 60 YoungArts Winners each year to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars, 20 of whom are selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.


…can be found in the latest issue of the Jabberwock http://mlwgsjabberwock.com/