Students participating in the Residential Governor's School

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide the annual opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to receive intensive educational experiences in various disciplines, ranging from the arts to engineering. Several students from Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) were selected to attend.

There are several academic programs being offered this summer, including agriculture at Virginia Tech University, humanities at Radford University, and mathematics, science, and technology at the University of Lynchburg. Visual and performing arts such as dance, music, theatre, are offered at Radford University. Christopher Newport University is hosting a mentorship program with Jefferson Laboratories on engineering. Furthermore, Governor’s Foreign Language Academies will be hosted at Washington and Lee University (French, German, and Spanish) and Randolph-Macon College (Japanese and Latin).

Students participating in the Governor’s Schools will live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer, supervised by a director and student-life staff. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. During the mentorships, students are hand-picked to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. Students will engage with their peers on both a social and academic level, enriching their knowledge while creating long-lasting friendships.

The Jefferson Lab Engineering program is of notable significance for PWCS this year. Two students from Gainesville High School and one student from Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School will be attending the session this summer.

“We are happy to have one student accepted because of the level of competition,” said Jacqueline Overton, administrative coordinator for gifted education. “To have three students attending is exceptional and reflects the hard work and dedication of the students, their families, and their teachers.”

Students interested in the highly competitive mentorship begin preparing during their early high school years. The rigorous application process begins the November prior to their summer experience.

2023 Governor's School Summer Residential Programs attendees:

Agriculture at Virginia Tech University (includes agricultural and biological systems engineering, agricultural economics, animal science, plant science, and food science):

  • Battlefield High School: Ryan Gioffre, Hannah Hakimpour, Kendall Lebowitz
  • Brentsville District High School: Jackson Fleischauer
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Beza Endashaw
  • Forest Park High School: Eva Bredbenner, Ariana Lewis, Grace Lu
  • Freedom High School: Briana Heredia-Nogales
  • Gainesville High School: Hannah Choi, Natalie Coleman, Autumn Ly, Madison Nepomuceno, Jack Schimler, Ujwalla Sinha
  • Gar-Field High School: Hafsa Tahir
  • Patriot High School: Alyssa Nielsen, Angel Pavu
  • Osbourn Park High School: Gabriella Graham
  • Woodbridge High School: Adom Opoku-Saama

Humanities at Radford University:

  • Battlefield High School: Kelsey Buckman, Kristina Harrison
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Elias Haney, Tatiyana Kauo, Alianys Rivera-Vasquez, Hannah Yim
  • Forest Park High School: Fernanda Morante Escobedo
  • Gainesville High School: Jordin Amoah, Hana Kim
  • Gar-Field High School: Darlene Fernandez-Telles, Abigail Santos
  • Osbourn Park High School: Catherine Cho, Manuela Kodwo
  • Woodbridge High School: Fal Elgizouli, Ryan Youngblood

Math, Science, and Technology at the University of Lynchburg:

  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Isabella Carter, Taylor Jordan
  • Forest Park High School: Kyle Gilbert
  • Gar-Field High School: John Eckman, Eduardo Mendez-Anastasio
  • Patriot High School: Hannah Jansen, Vishwanath Sundaram
  • Osbourn Park High School: Mia Aponte Feliciano

Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University:

  • Battlefield High School: Ian Lee
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Pelajhia Clark, Georgia Collier, Anna Downes, Ameera Folwaczny, Aubrey Franklin, Denise Kamgaing, Gabriela Molina Otaiza, Skyler Moore, Joshua Starzyk
  • Gainesville High School: Yeju Kim

Engineering (Jefferson Lab) at Christopher Newport University:

  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Courtland Hurley
  • Gainesville High School: Daniella Capicchioni, Mikaylea Harper-Louis (Accepted but unable to attend: Ellie Kim)

Governor's Foreign Language Academies at Washington and Lee University and Randolph-Macon College:

  • Battlefield High School: Melissa Moyle
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Liz Rosario Filpo, Matthew Yeboah-Kodie, Jordis Bradley, Mallory Gumtow
  • D. Hylton High School: Madison Swanigan
  • Gainesville High School: Vanessa Maxted, Azra Ozen
  • Woodbridge High School: Leo May

All 10th and 11th grade students are eligible to apply for the SRGS programs. The application process begins in October.

For more information, visit the Governor's School webpage.