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Success Stories 2023-2024

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The Regional School Board of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School values the achievements of its students and staff, dedicating this section 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.  Recognitions listed on this page are reserved for SCHOOL INITIATED AND/OR RELATED activities and achievements. 


School Successes

2023 AP’s School Honor Roll, Platinum Distinction

MLWGS is ranked by as the #8 Best Public High School in America in 2023, the 7th Best Magnet School in America, the 2nd Best High School in Virginia but the #1 School for Teachers in Virginia, and #1 Best High School in Richmond. 

2023 MLWGS Yearbook wins VHSL First Class Honors in Media Relations and first place from the American Scholastic Press Association.

(Will be updated throughout the school year)

Student Successes

The Class of 2024:

  • 20 were named National Merit Semi-Finalists and ​30 more received Commendations in the National Merit Program. 
  • 16 seniors advanced to the finalist phase of the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • 3 students named Presidential Scholar candidates.

(11) MLWGS students, 3 seniors and 8 juniors, earn College Board Academic Honors

Two MW students are invited to the 2023 Summer Residential Governor’s Foreign Language Academies: French and Spanish.

MW Junior named 2023 Russian Scholar Laureate.

(2) Juniors recognized for assisting Lakeside Elementary School Robotics

MLWGS Orchestra Earns Multiple Superior Ratings. Playing Level 6 Music

(This page will be updated throughout the school year)

Team Successes

The MLWGS Bhangra Club wins 1st Place at the Festival of India.

Mech Tech Dragons (Robotics) team captains the winning alliance at Rumble in the Roads.

MLWGS Drama presents Snow Angel, November 2023 and Guys and Dolls, February/March 2024

2024 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS had many students winning 15 awards including 1 Gold Key, 1 American Voices Nominee, 6 Silver Keys, and 7 Honorable Mentions.  

2024 Regional Scholastic Art Awards: MLWGS had numerous students earn 52 awards; 14 Gold Keys, including 1 Gold Key Art Portfolio and 3 Gold Key Photo Portfolio, 13 Silver Keys, including 7 Silver Key Art Portfolios and 6 Silver Key Photo Portfolios.  25 Honorable Mentions with 1 Honorable Mention Art Portfolios and 12 Photo Honor Mention Portfolio. 

MLWGS Quiz Bowl Team goes undefeated to win the VHSL Class 3 State Championship.  Also goes undefeated at Regional Championship

Forensics Teams wins 2nd Place at the VHSL Regional. 

TSA wins 6 awards at Regional Fair.

(This page will be updated throughout the school year)

Athletic Successes

Boys cross country team wins the Regional title and the 2023 VHSL State Championship.

Girls cross country team wins the 2023 Regional title. 

Girls indoor track team wins the 2024 VHSL State Championship.

(This page will be updated throughout the school year)

Faculty Successes

Fine Arts Chair has three pieces accepted into the Virginia Juried Art Exhibition.

Science Department teacher named 2022-23 Virginia Girls Tennis Coach of the Year.

(This page will be updated throughout the school year)

Prior academic year Success Stories are archived here