Madeira students accepted to Governor's Schools of Virginia

April 26, 2018

Congratulations to Maria Lyons ’19 and Casey Ocasal ’19 who have been selected to attend the Governor’s Schools of Virginia this summer.

Casey Ocasal was selected to the Governor’s School for Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities.

“I've always enjoyed all subjects in school, but high school made me realize a particular passion for the humanities. So, when Dr. Ward announced the application for the humanities program, I jumped at the opportunity to apply,” said Casey.

Nominations may be made by teachers, school counselors, peers, or by the students themselves. A school or division selection committee chooses the nominees from each school or division and forwards the nominees to a state committee. Consideration is given to students’ academic records, test scores, extra-curricular activities, honors, and awards, creativity, original essays, and teacher recommendations. 

“Admission is very selective though, involving school, regional, and state judging rounds. I didn't expect to get in, so I was ecstatic to hear that I'd been accepted! I'm most excited to meet people who share similar interests and discover new areas of the humanities that I'm passionate about.”

The school for the Humanities program encourages students to explore the ways "modern society requires, encourages, and restricts individuals as they seek realization of their creative potential. Students explore the humanities in the digital age through history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and media. Casey will attend her four week program at Radford University this June.

Maria Lyons was admitted to the Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences (GSMHS). GSMHS is a four-week summer program where participants explore medicine and health science careers through a systems-based, problem-solving approach that utilizes case studies, laboratory investigations and real-world shadowing experiences. She will be one of 26 students attending this July at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Virginia Governor's School Program began in 1973 when Governor Linwood Holton established the first summer residential programs for 400 gifted students from across the commonwealth. From its beginnings, with three summer schools in 1973, the program has expanded to more than 40 sites throughout the commonwealth.