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Our Successes Add Up

The Regional School Board of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School values the achievements of its students and staff and dedicates this page to honor them.

Honors are earned by students and staff as representatives of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

Listed in order by school honors, individual achievement, group achievement, the arts, sports, and faculty or other honors.

2016-2017  (Under construction)

The Washington Posts includes Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School on their list of Top-performing schools with elite students, May 5, 2017.

MLWGS is ranked #11 in The 100 Best High Schools in the US by BestSchools.org.

MW listed in the 2017 VSBA Showcase for Success.

Walker class of AP Government students attend Vice-Presidential Debate in Farmville, VA.

Art student wins 2017 VANS Technology in Design Contest with an award of $5,000 to MW.

MW Sophomore named 2017 Outstanding Youth Volunteer in the Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards.

3 members of the Class of 2017 were Presidential Scholar Candidates.

15 members of the Class of 2017 were National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, 13 were Finalists.

Two Walker seniors, (1) Chesterfield and (1) Hanover, were awarded one of the 34 UVA prestigious Jefferson Scholarships. Awarded solely on the basis of merit, Jefferson Scholarships are granted to candidates who have undergone a rigorous selection process.

Walker senior was selected by the American Council of Teachers of Russian as a National Russian Scholar Laureate for 2016.

Walker senior named Distinguished Finalists in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Virginia and the President’s Volunteer Service Award, going on to be awarded Bronze.

Walker senior advances to Virginia finals of the 2017 Poetry Out Loud contest.

The 2016 Yearbook took First Place in the American Scholastic Press Association yearbook competition.

We the People wins National title. After two days of competition held April 22-23, 2017 in the Washington, DC area, the MLWGS team advanced to the final round of competition on Monday, April 24th. Final standings were announced with representatives from almost all 50 states for more than 1,200 high school students. This win marks the 3rd time in the competition’s 30  year history that an MLWGS team has won the title.

We the People wins its 19th State title in January 2017. Walker heads to the national competition in Washington, DC in April.

Walker Model Congress hosts its annual conference with keynote speaker Governor Terry McAuliffe,  February 10-11, 2017.

Model United Nations Club hosts The Honorable Ehud Barak, the former Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Israel and Dr. Mohamed  Elbaradei, Director General Emeritus of The International Atomic Energy Agency, at GSMUN XX, March 24-25, 2017.

MW team wins Virginia Regional Governor’s Challenge in Economics competition in March 2017 and advances to state competition.

MLWGS Wins VHSL 2A East Scholastic Bowl Conference and Regional competitions then wins the State title at William and Mary.

MLWGS was successful as the 2017 Regional Debate Champions.

The Walker team wins the SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition as the only high school team in the nation, March 2017.

The Mech Tech Dragons succeed at the Greater DC Robotics Event March 9-11, 2017. The Dragons came away with a community operations award, the Entrepreneurship Award. A junior member of the team drove in her 100th match at this competition, a HUGE milestone! 

Walker student is named 2017 YoungArts Finalist in Visual Arts.

Four Walker students gain eligibility into the All-Virginia Orchestra by way of participation in the Senior Regional Orchestra Event in November.  A junior earns All-State Orchestra seat.

Fall Drama: ‘Julius Caesar’ performed November 17-19, 2016.

Spring Drama: ‘Pippin‘ performed March 2-4, 2017.

2017 Scholastic Art Awards: MLWGS has 76 total awards: 19 Gold Keys including 4 Portfolios, 21 Silver Keys including 1 Portfolio, and 36 Honorable Mentions including 2 Portfolios.

2017 Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS has 15 total awards among 10 students: 5 Gold Keys, 5 Silver Keys, and 5 Honorable Mentions.

Lexus of Richmond, Pursuit of Perfect Leadership Award Weekly Winners: October 3rd and November 14th.

MW senior earns The Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award 2017, awarded during the school year, honoring one male athlete, one female athlete and one academic activities participant in each of the VHSL’s group classifications plus one student from any group who has overcome incredible odds to make significant contributions to athletic and/or academic activities.

Two seniors sign a national letter of intent for The University of Akron and Loyola University to play soccer. One senior signs national letter of intent with VCU for tennis. 

2016-2017 Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams ‘repeating’ Conference 33 Champions with one individual champion.

Congratulations Maggie Walker Cross Country…Boys and Girls 2A Regional Winners for the fourth consecutive year with one individual champion! Seniors on these teams have never been defeated.

2016-2017 Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams ‘4 times VHSL State Champions with four students earning All-State Honors. 

Walker Boys & Girls athletes compete at the Cross Country National Championship in Hoover, Alabama December 2016 with three runners earning All-American Honors.

Walker Golf, Conference 33 Champions, 2016, 4th consecutive year.

Walker Golf had the first girl, in school history, to qualify for the girls state golf tournament.

Two MW students win titles at 2A East Diving Regionals & State Competition, 1st place, and 2nd place. The first place finish at State was the third consecutive for our diver.

MLWGS Swim Teams at Regional & State Competition: At the Regional swim meet, the Girls came in 1st, and earned their third consecutive championship title at States, while the Boys earned their first ever 1st place finish at States.

2016-2017 Girls Indoor Track are ‘4-peating’ VHSL State Champions. The boys team took 3rd place.

Walker Sophomore attends Cultural Exchange at Princeton University through High School Diplomats program, Summer 2016.

A member of the Counseling Department is published in LINK Magazine, Fall 2016.

A faculty member is published in Oct/Nov 2016 issue of Athletic Management.

A faculty member is published in Forage Poetry Journal, November 2016

MW has its first Olympian from the Class of 2011, Harvard’s Women’s Rugby.

5th Annual Pat Taylor Teaching Award is to English Department Chair.

Walker faculty member addresses Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellan at workshop for teachers.

MW’s first alum (Class of 1996)  runs for high office in 2016…Governor of the State of New Hampshire on the democratic ticket.

MW alum (Class of 2013) was named Person of the Year by Discover Richmond magazine, December 2016.


The Washington Posts includes Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School on their list of Top-performing schools with elite students, April 2016.

MW wins USA Today Poll for 2015-2016 America’s Best Athletic Program.

Virginia Living chose MLWGS as one of the Commonwealth’s top schools in the category of Athletics. Virginia Living State of Education 2015 on newsstands Friday, Sept. 11.

Walker included in the ‘Virginia School Board Association Showcases for Success’ for its Senior Seminar and Mentorship Program, Spring 2016.

Maggie Walker welcomed into the NFL Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, January 2016.

2015 MLWGS Yearbook wins first place in VHSL competition October 2015.

The Class of 2016: 175 Graduates. As a class, they have performed a total of 34,349 hours of community service. This is an average of 196 community service hours per student. They were awarded over $15.5 million in scholarship offers. Their average GPA was 4.0. Their average SAT score was 2,063 (Math-680, Reading-701, Writing-682). Graduates are going to 57 different colleges, 115 are staying in-state, 56 are going out-of-state, and two are  studying abroad, one in the United Kingdom and one in Canada. Of the 115 staying in-state, 88 (or 77%) are going to one of these four state schools: The University of  Virginia, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. 8 were National Merit Finalists and 67 more received Commendations in the National Merit Program.  3  received National Merit Scholarships. 7 were Presidential Scholar Candidates with 1 named Presidential Scholar.

MLWGS Senior is National Recipient of the Prominent Finland-U.S. Senate Youth Exchange Scholarship.

MLWGS Senior is chosen for Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship.

Walker Senior wins 1st Place at Metro Richmond STEM Fair, advances to International Science & Engineering Fair, winning several awards.

Walker Senior wins 1st Place at Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.

We the People wins Virginia Regional competition, December 2015 and State Crown in January 2016. Walker heads to the national competition in Washington, DC April 23rd, advancing to the national finals for the 18th time on April 25th.

We the People earns 5th Place in National title. After two days of competition held the last weekend of April in Washington, DC, the MLWGS team advanced to the final round of competition on Monday, April 25th. Final standings were announced with representatives from all 50 states for more than 1,200 high school students.

MLWGS Wins VHSL Scholastic Bowl Regional. 

Mech Tech Dragons (Robotics Team 422) Wins Silver in the 2016 FedEx Challenge.

Team 422 Junior Wins Dean’s List Award at 1st Robotics Central VA Competition. This award celebrates outstanding student leaders.

Team 422 were recipients of the Entrepreneurship Award at the Chesapeake District Championship. Onward to Nationals in St. Louis.

Technology Students Association (TSA) students excel at State Conference with 1st place event team and second place for student essay.

Math in Sports, where students teamed up to create predictive models to fill out NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Brackets. Two Walker students went all out on this project. Their statistical model not only predicted Villanova beating UNC in the championship game, but it landed them in the top 1% of all brackets submitted (over 9 million) to ESPN’s Tournament Challenge.

Walker posts strong results with three scoring teams in the kryptos competition. κρυπτοσ or kryptos is a contest open to any and all undergraduate students. The theme of the contest is centered around the breaking, or cryptanalysis, of ciphers (secret writing).

The French Honor Society raises money through a coin drive for victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.  Funds will be distributed through the Red Cross.

Walker Sophomore wins the National English Honor Society Writing Contest.

The students of Relevance Rising makes their fifth trip to Tzununá, Guatemala where our students act as teachers of English and Ambassadors of the United States to the children of the village.

Walker Model Congress hosts a conference with keynote speakers Dr. Mary Frances Berry and Congressman Dave Brat February 11-12, 2016.

Model United Nations Club compete at VAMUN XXXV. Students earn Verbal Commendations, Honorable Mentions, Outstanding and Best Delegates.

Model United Nations Club hosts former Prime Australian Minister, Julia Gillard, at GSMUN XIX, March 11-12, 2016.

Walker Debate wins Catholic Forensics League State Championship. 

Walker Debate wins VHSL Regional Championship.

Walker Forensics takes second place at State Championship, but Walker student wins 1st Place in Oral Interpretation.

Walker wins Adam Smith Regional Competition, sponsored by the VA Council on Economic Education. Advances to finished 2nd Place at the State Championship.

MLWGS earns Superior Rating at the  District Orchestra Assessment Festival, the highest rating possible from the professional adjudicators.

Four MLWGS music students earn seats in the Senior Regional Orchestra and gain eligibility to audition for the All-State Orchestra Event.

Three students participate in South Central Senior Regional Orchestra.  Qualifying for selection into this prestigious event requires a thorough blind audition process that takes place each year in September. More than two-thirds of those who audition will not qualify. At stake is the opportunity to perform in a one-hundred-piece symphony orchestra under the direction of an acclaimed guest conductor.

Three Walker students earn seats in All-State Band and Orchestra.

Fall Drama: ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller, performed November 19-21, 2015.

Spring Drama: ‘Urinetown, The Musical,’ performed March 3-5, 2016.

2016 Scholastic Art Awards: MLWGS has 71 total awards: 18 Gold Keys including 2 Portfolios, 20 Silver Keys including 3 Portfolios, and 33 Honorable Mentions including 5 Portfolios.

2016 Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS has 17 total awards: 3 Gold Keys, 7 Silver Keys, and 7 Honorable Mentions.

Walker sports wins VA in USA Today Poll for Best Athletic Program (also noted above in school awards).

Walker wins the VHSL 2A Wells Farge Cup for the third straight year. The award is presented to schools who succeed across all sports.

Seniors are recipients of RTD Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and 1st runner-up.

Seniors are recipients of 2016 The Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award.

Lexus of Richmond, Pursuit of Perfect Leadership Award Weekly Winners: October 12th, December 2nd, 2015, January 11, 2016, and March 4, 2016.

MLWGS Golf Conference 33 Champions, 3rd Consecutive Year.

2015-2016 Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams ‘repeating’ Conference 33 Champions with two individual champions and one new meet record.

Congratulations Maggie Walker Cross Country…Boys and Girls 2A Regional Winners for the third consecutive year!

2015-2016 Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams ‘3-peating’ VHSL State Champions.

Boys & Girls teams, 17-18-year-old division, win Cross Country National Championship in Albuquerque, December 2015. There were seven MLWGS runners on those two teams, with five of the seven earning All-American awards. Another runner earned an All-American award in the 15-16 age group.

2015-2016 Boys and Girls Indoor Track ‘3-peating’ VHSL State Champions. One runner earned five first place finishes!

Girls Basketball wins 2nd Place in Conference 33 for the first time!

MLWGS Regional and State Repeating VHSL Diving Champion: taking 1st place in the Women’s 1-meter dive competition.

MLWGS Swim Team at Regional & State Competition: At the Regional swim meet, MLWGS Girls came in first, and defended their championship title at States, while the Boys came in a close second at regionals while earning a second place finish at States.

Wrestling team captures 2nd place in Conference Championship with three wrestlers winning 1st place in their weight class.  On to Regionals!

Walker has its first ever Conference, Regional, and State Wrestling Champion.

Dragon baseball player signs a national letter of intent to attend William and Mary on a baseball scholarship.

Boys & Girls Outdoor Track are Conference, Region, and State Championship teams for the third consecutive year.

Individual outdoor track state champions for 3200, 1600, 800-meter races, and pole vault and triple jump.

State team champions in outdoor track for 4×400 and 4×800 relay races.

1st ever State Championship title for Walker Baseball. Individual player named State 2A Player of the Year and coach is named Coach of the Year.

Boys and girls soccer are Conference champions.

Boys tennis team wins conference, region and state championship.

Girls tennis team wins conference and region titles.

Girls tennis has individual and runner-up state champions.

MLWGS GSMA hosts Conference with participants from 14  High Schools in RVA and Beyond on November 12, 2015.

Walker Senior named a 2015 Nickelodeon HALO (Helping and Leading Others) honoree.

MLWGS Student promotes proposed Capitol Square Women’s Monument by raising money and awareness.

Walker Senior named one of Virginia’s Top Two Youth Volunteers selected in the 21st Annual National Awards Program.

MLWGS Director to serve on the VCU ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Advisory Board.

4th Annual Pat Taylor Teaching Award is split between two Walker teachers.

MLWGS mathematics faculty member receives the Lucien T. Hall, Jr. Distinguished Service Award presented by the Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Walker track coach wins their division in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k run.

Walker Librarian shares presentation at Richmond Public Library for National Poetry Month, April 2016.

A member of the Counseling Department is published in LINK Magazine, Spring 2016.

Math Chair is the recipient of 2016 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award.

English Chair serves on State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council.