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HCS students accepted into Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy Exploratory Saturday Series

Twenty-three students from Hampton’s middle and high schools were accepted to participate in the Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy (GPGSA) Exploratory Saturday Series. 

Students must submit an application with a teacher recommendation in order to be selected for the program.

The classes provide students with interactive hands-on activities, demonstrations, and career planning resources.  In addition, students explore information technology, gaming, programming, fiber optics, lasers, manufacturing automation, robotic technology and robotic programming.

Arthur Huffine – Andrews Pre K-8 School
Alex Kwong – Bethel High School
Adonis Mears – Bethel High School
Donald Kenney – Davis Middle School
Ja'Lil Gordon – Davis Middle School
Darius Grey – Davis Middle School
Khiari Tyler – Jones Magnet Middle School
Katherine Watson – Kecoughtan High School
Demarius McIntosh – Phenix Pre K-8 School
Chelsie Davenport – Phenix PreK-8 School
Jay Patel – Spratley Gifted Center
Rachel Watson – Spratley Gifted Center
Samantha Rodriguez – Spratley Gifted Center
Lauren Allen – Spratley Gifted Center
Vaughn Davis – Spratley Gifted Center
Alexis Clark – Syms Middle School
Angel Boyd - Syms Middle School
Chauntanay Thorpe - Syms Middle School
Kaileah Hunter - Syms Middle School
Aubrianna Nugent - Syms Middle School
Aaliyah Smith - Syms Middle School
Michael Williams - Syms Middle School
Arianna Haskins - Syms Middle School

Students must submit an application with a teacher recommendation in order to be selected for the program.

The classes provide students with interactive hands-on activities, demonstrations, and career planning resources.  In addition, students explore information technology, gaming, programming, fiber optics, lasers, manufacturing automation, robotic technology and robotic programming.

About GPGSA

GPGSA is a Governor's STEM Academy focused on advanced academic and technical skills. The Greater Peninsula is one of the initial six Virginia sites, selected by the Department of Education in 2008, to implement a Governor's STEM Academy. There are now approximately 30 such academies in Virginia. The purpose of this initiative is to prepare innovators and technologists for Virginia's workforce, especially in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

GPGSA is a regional academy designed to focus on advanced academic and technical skills in each of the six Greater Peninsula school divisions (Gloucester County, Hampton City, Newport News City, Poquoson City, Williamsburg-James City County, York County). GPGSA is facilitated by New Horizons Regional Education Centers which is operated by the six greater Peninsula school divisions.

GPGSA focus is in Engineering Technology and Information Technology. GPGSA involves partners from education, business, postsecondary education, and non-profit organizations.



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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

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