Two Foxcroft School juniors — Sofia Tate of Upperville and Lindsay Woods of Philomont — have been chosen to attend Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, highly selective institutes for gifted students that take place at university campuses, Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer announced Tuesday.

Tate is one of approximately 160 students in the entire commonwealth selected to participate in the Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology, which will be held at Lynchburg College July 3-30. Woods will attend the Governor’s School for the Humanities from June 26-July 23 at Radford University.  Fewer than 200 students are accepted for that program.

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in various subjects. Students live on a college campus for up to four weeks and are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, group projects and seminars with noted scholars and other professionals. Nominations are limited to one student per school for a given school and selection is difficult.

“We are extremely proud of both Lindsay and Sofia,” said Ulmer.

Woods is an outstanding student, athlete and leader. She was recently selected to Foxcroft’s Cum Laude  Society, a rare honor for a junior, and was twice named to the  VISAA Division II All-State field hockey team.  Lindsay has also served as a class officer for two years, as well as an Admission Office intern and dormitory leader.  She is the daughter of Dennis Lisa Woods of Philomont.

Tate is an honor student and multi-sport athlete who has served as a Dean’s leader in Foxcroft’s Currier Library. She is the daughter of Ann Cahill of Upperville and Christopher Tate of Middleburg.

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