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Madeira students accepted to Governor's Schools of Virginia

April 29, 2017
Left: Trudy Painter '19; Right: Ejun Kim '19

Ejun Kim ‘19 was admitted to the French Academy of the Governor’s School of Virginia. She is one of 60 students in Virginia selected to attend a three-week full immersion program at Washington and Lee University this summer. Students will give up their technology for the duration and will speak only French.

“I  will be taking plenty of French cultural classes and field trips, but I'm the most excited about a film course that is offered as a self-proclaimed film junkie. I've been taking French for over 11 years now, and I am excited to finally become nearly fluent,” said Ejun.

Since 1987, VDOE has sponsored Governor's Foreign Language Academies, summer residential programs for Virginia's most motivated and talented foreign language students. As of 2016, more than 8,500 students have completed one of the programs. The 2017 Governor's Summer Residential Foreign Language Academies will include full-immersion academies in French, German and Spanish; a partial-immersion Japanese Academy; and a Latin Academy.

Trudy Painter ’19 was admitted to the Mathematics, Science & Technology program of the Governor’s School of Virginia for 2017. Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. 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. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. 

“I was really drawn to applying because I will get to spend the entire month of July at Lynchburg College taking interesting STEM courses taught by amazing professors,” said Trudy. “This summer program is different from most others because it is fully immersive. I will not be able to use my phone unless I am alone in my room, and I will mostly contact people by writing letters which will allow me to dive into all of the fascinating material.”

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.

Congratulations Ejun and Trudy!