Governor's School Students Talk with Legislators from the Area on Trip to Richmond

On Monday, February 9, 2015, five students from the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology (CVGS) went with Director of CVGS, Dr. Steve Smith, to Richmond to meet with area legislators. The delegation included three seniors, Dan Brown (Liberty High School), Ravdeep Mathone (Heritage High School), and Haley Roeser (E. C. Glass High School), and two juniors, Whitley Drinkard (Appomattox County High School) and Sam LeFew (E. C. Glass High School). 

The students first met with House delegates Kathy Byron, Ben Cline, and Scott Garrett, and then observed the House proceedings from the Gallery and were introduced to the House by Delegate Garrett. The students were then able to meet with Senator Steve Newman and Senator Tom Garrett's legislative aide, Mr. Kevin Reynolds. The students shared their perspectives on the value of the opportunities provided at CVGS, state funding for K-12 education, future changes to the Academic Year Governor's Schools funding formula, and a couple of bills which were at that point still in committee. Their busy morning was followed by lunch and a tour of the Capitol. For some students, this was their first time touring the Capitol, but either way each student in the delegation left Richmond in awe of the workings of the Virginia state legislative body and the support it gives to their program. 

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