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We the People Team in DC, 2018

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.


Under Construction ranks MLWGS #15 in their Best Public High School National rankings, #2 in Virginia, and #1 Regionally. Also ranks the school #1 for Best Public High School Teachers in Virginia.

2019 AP Equity and Excellence Report show the MW class of 2018 scored 97.2% on Qualifying Scores for seniors who scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam at any point during high school divided by the total number of school seniors.  Nationally, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ranked 1st among all states with 32.9% of their seniors in this scenario and Virginia ranked 8th with 28.5%. MW far out-paced national/state results. 

The Class of 2019 has thirteen National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists/Finalists and 3 Presidential Scholar Candidates (one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students).

Four MW students are invited to the Summer Residential Governor’s Foreign Language Academies: French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

One MW student is invited to the Summer’s Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts.

MW senior takes first place in the National Italian Exam, Level 2, winning a 2-week study scholarship abroad in Genova, Italy, summer 2018. 

MW senior named 2018 Russian Scholar Laureate.

GSMUN XXII, March 22-23, 2019 with Keynote Speaker Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of Eurasia Group, a leading political risk and research consulting firm. 

(2) Math Art Seminar students have work chosen for display at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, 2019. 

MW student not in the Math Art Seminar had work chosen for display at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, 2019. This junior is the youngest MW student to have work accepted to an exhibit curated by this organization.

MW wins back-to-back-to-back SABR Analytics Competition. The only high school to compete in this college-level event.

MW Baseball Seminar Partners with the Richmond Flying Squirrels for Education Day at the Diamond. 

2019 Regional Scholastic Art Awards: MLWGS had 59 total awards: 8 Gold Keys, 17 Silver Keys, and 34 Honorable Mentions.  

2019 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS had 11 total awards: 3 Gold Keys, 4 Silver Keys, and 4 Honorable Mentions. 

2019 National Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS had two awards: 1 Gold Key and 1 Silver Key.  The Gold Key winner travels to Carnegie Hall for the award ceremony.

We the People team took 2nd place at Regionals in December 2018 but finished strong by taking the State title in January 2019 for its 21st win at the championship.  The team will advance to Nationals later in the spring of 2019.

Academic Quiz Bowl wins the Regional title and advanced to the VHSL State Championship. The team wins its 3rd consecutive State Championship in 2019.

Dragon Chess wins 1st Place at VA Scholastic K-12 Championship in U1400 team.

MW team wins The Governor’s Challenge in Economics

MW Sophomore takes Grand Prize at Metro Richmond STEM Fair. The same student takes 2nd Place at VA State Science & Engineering Fair

Fall Drama: ‘Hamlet’ performed November 8-10, 2018.

Spring Drama: ‘Sweet Charity’ performed February 28-March 2, 2019.

Cantante String members perform at the Governor’s Mansion, December 2018.

MW Orchestra spread holiday cheer at Maymont’s Old Fashioned Christmas. 

Five MW students earn seats in the Virginia District 1 Senior Regional Orchestra. Two students selected for All-District Chorus

4 MW students qualify for All- Virginia Band auditions

3 MW students participate along with world-class musicians at VCU Jazz Day.

Weeks #1, #7, #10, #16 and #22 – Lexus of Richmond, Pursuit of Perfect Leadership Award Weekly Winner.

MW junior named All-Metro Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second time by the RTD.

MW junior named 2018 USA Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year representing VA

MW 2018 Boys Cross Country 2A State Champions for the sixth consecutive year. The Girls teams won 2nd place award.

MW 2018 Cross Country…Boys and Girls 2A Regional Winners for the sixth consecutive year with two individual regional champions. 

MW qualified for the 2A Golf State Championship for the first time.

Two MW runners compete at the New Balance Indoor National Track Championship

MW Boys and Girls win Indoor Track State Championship…this is the sixth consecutive year for the girls while the boys recaptured the title this year. 

MW junior is back-to-back 2019 State 2A One-Meter Diving Champion. This represents the fifth consecutive State title for MW in this sport.

MW Swim Teams at Regionals: the Girls repeated their 1st place finish for the fifth consecutive year, while the Boys also earned 1st place repeating their Regional win from 2018.

MW Girls Swim team wins VHSL State Championship for the fifth consecutive year. The Boys Swim team finished 2nd with two individual swimmers placing first in 100-butterfly and 100-breaststroke and the team of 400-free relay also taking first. 

MW Wrestling had 3 Regional Champions and qualifies a record number for the State championship. MW Wrestling had individual State Champion in 2019.

MW Girls Basketball with 3 players earning All-Region team; one on first-team, two on the second team.

MW Girls Basketball tips into the VHSL State Tournament for the first time in school history with an exciting run into the second round. The team finished 4th in the State.

MW Boys Basketball plays in Regional Tournament. 

MW faculty member serving on the 2018-19 Teacher Collaborative Committee at the Federal Reserve in Richmond, VA.

MW librarian publishes another work on the life of Grace Arents, a local philanthropist.

Teacher of the Math Art Seminar had work chosen for display at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, 2019.

English Department faculty member achieves National Board Certification in English Language Arts.

12.4% of MW faculty carries National Board Certification.

English Department faculty member receives Fellowship with Residency in France, summer 2019.

Math Department member is R.E.B. Award recipient. 


Virginia Living ranks MLWGS as a Top High School in its State of Education issue, October 2017. 

Niche ranks MLWGS #23 in their Best Public High School National rankings and #2 in Virginia.

2018 VSBA Showcases for Success includes (3) MW Programs.

The Class of 2018180 Graduates. As a class, they have performed a total of 32,719 community service hours. This is an average of approximately 180 hours per student. One student had 574 hours of community service. As a class, they earned a minimum of $13,519,227 million in scholarship offers. The average Grade Point Average was a 3.98. The average SAT score was 1419 and ACT is 31. They are going to 75 different colleges, 107 are staying in-state, 69 are going out-of-state, and 8 students are planning to take a gap year. Of the 107 staying in-state, 83 are going to one of these four state schools:  The University of Virginia, The College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Commonwealth University.  Eleven were National Merit Finalists and 49 more received Commendations in the National Merit Program.  Four were offered National Merit Scholarships. Nine were Presidential Scholar candidates. One was a UVA Jefferson Scholar.

The Class of 2018 AP Awards: AP Scholars = 27, AP Scholars with Honor = 39, AP Scholars with Distinction = 76, National AP Scholars = 3.

Four MLWGS students attend 2017 Summer Governor’s School Academies spending weeks immersed in a language or program; Medicine, Latin, Japanese, and Spanish. 

MW senior is chosen for a 2018 VMFA Fellowship Award for art. 

MW freshman wins a 2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Essay Contest sponsored by the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy.

(2) Math Art Seminar students have work chosen for display at the Bridges Mathematical Art Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

MW sophomore selected as a semifinalist in the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage essay awards.

We the People team wins the Regional title in December 2017 and its 20th State title in January. The Walker team attended its 20th national competition in Washington, DC in April where the team finished in 5th place.

MW Math Modeling has (4) teams recognized as ‘finalist’ in the HiMCM Math Modeling Contest putting them in the top 8% of 938 teams competing worldwide giving us the best results in five years.

MW wins back-to-back SABR Analytics Competition.

MW team is runner-up at the Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Ten Dragons participated in the 50th US National High School (K12) Chess Championship in Columbus, OH.  Five students who played in the U1200 section won 2nd place in the team standings. One student in the U1200 section won 2nd place in the individual standings.

The MW Debate team for wins the state debate championship held by the Virginia Catholic Forensics League (VCFL).

Academic Quiz Bowl, aka BoB Squad, wins State Title at VHSL State Championship, repeating title from 2017.

Walker Model Congress hosts its annual conference with keynote speaker Congressman Donald McEachin, representing VA’s 4th District,  February 16-17, 2018.

Model United Nations Club hosts Samantha Power, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, at GSMUN XXI, March 23-24, 2018.

Mech Tech Dragons host STEM Day for middle schoolers, 2-24-2018. 

The Mech Tech Team 422 attended the World Championships where they became a Safety Award Finalist, also selected to an alliance for the first time and played in a playoff match for the first time. The team advanced to become a Carson Division finalist.

Fall Drama: ‘An Ideal Husband’ performed November 9-11, 2017.

Spring Drama: ‘Spamalot’ performed March 1-3, 2018.

2018 Scholastic Art Awards: MLWGS has 80 total awards: 16 Gold Keys, 26 Silver Keys including 2 Portfolios, and 38 Honorable Mentions.  One National Medalist.

2018 Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS has 21 total awards: 5 Gold Keys, 6 Silver Keys, and 10 Honorable Mentions.  One National Medalist.

For the first time ever a Virginia student (MLWGS Senior) Earns 1st Chair Violin in the All-National Honor Ensemble Symphony Orchestra.

(2) Students, one violinist, and one violist qualify to participate in All-State Orchestra based on their auditions.

MW Chamber Orchestra earns ‘Superior’ rating at the District 1 Assessment Festival. 

MW wins the 2018 VHSL Wells Fargo Cup for the fifth consecutive year. 

Weeks #1, #5, #8, #17  and #25 Lexus of Richmond, Pursuit of Perfect Leadership Award Weekly Winner.

Dragon senior named to The 2018 All-Metro Softball Team. This dragon also set a VHSL record for doubles.

Maggie Walker 2017 Cross Country…Boys and Girls 2A Regional Winners for the fifth consecutive year with one individual regional champion. 

2017 Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are VHSL State Champions for the fifth consecutive year with one individual State champion and five earning “All State” titles.

(4) Walker runners named to 2017 All-Metro Cross Country Team.

Walker Sophomore wins 2017 USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championship.

Maggie Walker 2A East Girls Indoor Track are 2A Conference, Regional and State Winners for the fifth consecutive year. One student won the title in the 1-mile and 2-mile race at State.

Two MW students win titles at 2A East Diving Regionals and States: 1st place and 2nd place for the fourth consecutive year. 

MLWGS Swim Teams at Regionals and States: the Girls repeated their 1st place finish for the fourth consecutive year, while the Boys earned 2nd.

Wrestling 2x Individual State Champion with 2018 title plus (4) All-State Wrestlers.

Boys Track takes 1st place at spring VHSL championship. 

MW runner takes first place in both the one-mile and two-mile events at spring VHSL spring championship.

MW track with top pole vaulter in the State. 

Girls tennis repeats the 2A State title win.  One senior graduates with the singles State title for four consecutive years, and along with another senior won the State doubles titles for three consecutive years.

Senior signs a national letter of intent for The University of Virginia to play softball. 

Science Teacher is State Finalist for 2017 Presidental Math and Science Teacher Award.