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.  Recognitions listed on this page are reserved for SCHOOL INITIATED AND/OR RELATED activities and achievements. 

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MLWGS ranked #2 Best Public High School and #2 Best College Prep Public High School in Virginia in 2021 by Niche.  MLWGS ranked #1 for Best Public High School Teachers in Virginia.

MLWGS ranked #5 in Best Public High Schools in the US by Newsweek in 2021.

The Class of 2021 has 10 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists and finalists, and 2 Presidential Scholar Candidates.

MLWGS AP Scholars in 2020 = 290 with an average score of 4.23.  96.1% of our students that tested earned a 3 or higher score.

2020 SAT Score Averages = MLWGS 1400, Virginia 1116, and Nation wide 1051.

Summer Residential Governor’s Academies were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Five Dragons advance to and compete in the State Contest for Virginia History Day.

MW senior take 3rd place in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Essay Contest.

(2) MW juniors win scholarships for a 4-week Spanish Immersion Program, summer 2022.

Three Dragons qualify as Student Of The Year candidates for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  

MW senior selected as one of the top 300 scholars in The Regeneron Science Talent Search. 

MW senior awarded Straubel Foundation Leadership Award.

MW senior awarded the Virginia 4-H Youth-in-Action Award. 

MLWGS 2020 Yearbook wins 1st Place and Excellent Awards.

MW team designated top Finalist in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling against 800 worldwide competing teams.

We the People team wins the VA State title in January 2021 for its 22nd win at this championship.  The team will advance to Nationals later in the spring of 2021. 

Quiz Bowl Team wins 2021 VHSL 3A State Championship. 

2021 Regional Scholastic Art Awards: MLWGS had 50 total awards: 7 Gold Keys including 1 American Vision Nominee,  14 Silver Keys including 1 Silver Key Portfolio, and 25 Honorable Mentions including 3 Honor Mention Portfolios.  

MW junior receives Gold Medal and American Vision Medal at National Scholastic Art Awards.

2021 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS had 15 students win awards including 3 Gold Keys, 5 Silver Keys, and 12 Honorable Mentions.  

MW Debate wins Catholic Forensic League Sweepstake, qualifies for State Championship.

MW Math Modeling places a record number of 9 teams in the Modeling the Future Challenge semi-finals. 

MW Dragons advance to All-District Chorus.

MW Dragons are eligible to audition for Virginia All-Orchestra.

MW junior earns 1st Violin Section for Virginia All-Orchestra

MW Boys and Girls Indoor Track & Field teams dominated their Group 3 regional competition and both brought home team titles.

MW Senior takes 3A State title for Girls 55m Hurdles at Indoor Track Championship.

Fine Arts Department Chair awarded Outstanding Regional Educator.



MLWGS ranked #8 in Best Public High Schools in the US by Niche. 

MLWGS ranked #59 by Newsweek as Top 500 STEM Schools 2020.

The Class of 2020 had 11 National Merit Scholarship Finalists and 47 more received Commendations – 2 were offered National Merit Scholarships. The class had 3 Presidential Scholar Candidates and 1 proceeded to the semi-finalist stage (one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students). The class performed 33,000 hours of community service. As a class, hey earned a minimum of $11,720,210 in scholarship offers. The average GPA was 4.3 (a new record!) with an average SAT score of 1411 and ACT score of 31. In total, the Class of 2020 was recognized with 346 different honors, awards, and scholarships. 

Four MW students are invited to the 2019 Summer Residential Governor’s Foreign Language Academies: French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

One MW student is invited to the 2019 Virginia Institute of Marine Science through the Academic Summer Governor’s Schools.

One MW student wins the 2019 Junior Study Abroad Scholarship at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid during the summer of 2019 for achievement on the National Spanish Examination.

One MW Junior wins Bertie Green Travel Award for the El Dominio Antiguo Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Spanish National Honor Society) and will travel to Ecuador during the summer of 2020

MW junior wins VA High School Oratorical Contest sponsored by the American Legion. 

Two MW Sophomores spearhead the movement on sanitary product availability in school restrooms and work with the VA General Assembly for the development of legislation.

MW senior named 2019 Russian Scholar Laureate.

MW Junior wins VA Delegate position at the Global Youth Institute of World Food.

MW Junior honored as a national recipient of NCWiT award.

MW Junior was a Snow Queen candidate 2020.

MW Senior splits win for the Crab Trap App, Sponsored by the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. 

2 Dragons advance at District 8 National History Day Competition.

MW Junior takes Grand Prize at Metro Richmond STEM Fair in addition to 1st Place in the Biochemistry Category and advances as ISEF Finalist. Two other Dragons take 1st Place in the Mathematics Category and the Engineering Category. 

MW team takes 3rd place at Future Problem Solvers State Tournament (virtual competition May 2020).

Model UN students win Performance Awards at the UVA Model Conference. Later, students win Best Delegate and Outstanding Delegate Awards at the Johns Hopkins Model UN Conference.

Academic Quiz Bowl wins the Regional title and advanced to the VHSL State Championship.

We the People team took 2nd place at the State competition in January 2020; however, the 1st place winner, Freeman HS, declined to attend Nationals so the MLWGS team will advance to its 22nd showing later in the spring of 2020. MW team takes 3rd place at Nationals (in Zoom format due to COVID-19 shutdown).

Team 422 Robotics wins Entrepreneurship Award at FIRST District Competiton.

MW 2019 Yearbook wins the’ best of’ award.

2020 Regional Scholastic Art Awards: MLWGS had 59 total awards: 12 Gold Keys including 2 Gold Key Portfolios, 22 Silver Keys including 2 Silver Key Portfolio, and 34 Honorable Mentions.  

2020 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards: MLWGS had 16 total awards: 4 Gold Keys including 1 American Voices nominee, 6 Silver Keys, and 6 Honorable Mentions.  

Fall Drama: ‘Almost Maine’ performed November 7-9, 2019.

Spring Drama: ‘The Addams Family’ performed February 27-29, 2020.

MW Junior joins ‘best of the best’ National Association for Music Education – competes in Orlando, Fla. 

2 Dragons awarded positions with the Greater Richmond HS Jazz Band.

9 Dragons play for the Central Regional Orchestra.

MW Sophomore selected for the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble.

MLWGS Senior wins the 2020 Lexus of Richmond Leadership Scholarship Award.

MLWGS Senior named 2020 RTD Female Athlete of the Year.

Week #6 ,#9 and #16 – Lexus of Richmond, Pursuit of Perfect Leadership Award Weekly Winner

The 2019-2020 sports season ended March 15, 2020, due to the National Emergency and COVID-19 Shutdown.

Two Senior MW males and one freshman female Golfers advanced to the VHSL State Championship. 

Dragon Boys Volleyball advanced to VHSL State Final Championship Game. 3 players named to the All-State Volleyball Team

MW senior earns 3rd straight USATF Athlete of the Week honor. 

Male and female Xcountry teams win VHSL Regional titles, the first in Division 3B. 

Girls Xcountry team wins VHSL State Championship, Class 3.  One senior wins the individual championship title.

Girls team wins State Runner up in VHSL 3B Indoor Track Championship. MW senior added 2 more State titles to her incredible career as a Dragon with Titles #13 and #14.

This season marks the end of the switch from 3 divisions to 6 in VHSL with Maggie Walker taking home a state trophy (1st or 2nd) in all 20 seasons.

MW Senior Girls hits 1,000 Points in Basketball as a Dragon player.

MW Girls Basketball played in the 3B State Semi-Final, a first!

Spring sports 2020 were canceled across Virginia due to a State of Emergency dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. 

MW Science faculty member named 2018-19 VHSL Tennis Coach of the Year.

MW Science faculty member awarded 2018-19 Mideast-Section Tennis Coach of the Year by the NFHS.

MW English faculty member in residence at the Moulin a Nef Artists’ Colony, August 2019.

MW English faculty member receives NEH grant for Summer Institute in Cortez, CO, summer 2019.

MW Senior Counselor earns College Board Recognition.

MW Jazz Instructor becomes a published composer.

Global Studies Department faculty member achieves National Board Certification12.4% of MW faculty carries National Board Certification.

Global Studies faculty member award a James Madison Fellowship.