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Students invited to speak at Association of Energy Engineers

Xuan Nguyen (Hampton City Schools) and Matthew Carter (Gloucester County Public Schools) were invited to speak recently before the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) at their monthly meeting in Williamsburg.  As part of Senior mentorship experience, and sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at Old Dominion University, Xuan and Matt have been performing research forecasting the trajectories of advanced energy efficiency technologies aboard ships for a local company.  Researchers with the company who were members of the AEE found the results so intriguing and compelling, they asked the students to present their work at their monthly meeting.  The students were guided in their research by their teacher-mentor, Steven R. Walk, whose research career has included the use of quantitative methods to model the growth and diffusion of technology and technological change.

Press Release: ATC Academy “Signing Day”

Press Release: May 1 “Signing Day” 

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May 1, 2018

36 New Horizons Career and Technical Education High School Seniors, enrolled in the automotive, construction and manufacturing programs, announce their 1st Job Picks at the May 1 “Signing Day” at the NHREC Butler Farm Campus.

9 Local Employers begin to load their long-term Talent Acquisition and Retention Pipelines with amazing young people from the New Horizons Advance Technical Careers (ATC) Academy to help meet their business goals for the long run.  “These incredible Employers agreed to join the ATC “The Good Life Solution – Transition to Employment program in the fall of 2017 on the principle that they owned the hiring decision.  With their desire to recruit and hire the best young talent they could find, these companies now believe the Advanced Technical Careers Academy (Automotive, Construction and Manufacturing) is one of their best sources for Talent”, says Joe Johnson the NHREC Executive Director.

According to Joe Barto, President of TMG, the Good Life Solution Program Manager, “My company has been working with employers across the country to improve their Team’s Business Performance.  The most successful companies are those who do not fall victim to the ‘you just cannot find good people these days’ but recognize they have to do something different to attract and retain the right talent.  The employers who accept they “own” this critical challenge are winning and winning BIG. This is not the end but the beginning for these employers who know it is not how many they hire but how many they keep as engaged productive employees for many years to come.”

“We want talent for life at Newport News Shipbuilding and the New Horizons program is a great way to help us meet this goal.” said Matt Needy, VP of Operations at Newport News Shipbuilding. “These new shipbuilders will contribute to our amazing mission of building great Navy ships while becoming productive members of our community.”

The NHREC Business Council for the Advanced Technical Careers (ATC) Academy (Automotive, Construction and Manufacturing) invites you to the first annual “SIGNING DAY”.  ATC “The Good Life Solution” is a Business Driven Academy with a focus on Employer Talent Acquisition and Retention.

We are pleased to announce that 36 NHREC CTE high school seniors in these training programs have been made at least one employment offer.  On May 1, students along with their parents will announce their decision of employment.  It is NHREC’s and the ATC Business Council belief that this initial career announcement and signing is as important, if not more so, than any sports scholarship signing in terms of life long impact to the individual and the Peninsula workforce.

NHREC and the ATC Business Council is about changing the image and stereotype of a career in the technical trades.  Many of our Completers will go onto post-secondary training in their trade prior to entering the workforce; however, on this day employers will hire those young adults ready to transition into employment with skills and desire to work.

Community Spotlight

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Medical Assistant students participating in the Tucker Capps Elementary School Career Day Event.

Code Quest 2018

Code Quest is a high school international programming competition that takes place once a year. Lockheed Martin’s computer programmers and engineers sponsor this competition by creating 15-20 problems and hosting this event at many of its locations.
Students must use their problem solving and programming skills within a 2.5 hour time frame to get as many questions correct as possible! This annual event is used to challenge and inspire our future generation of engineers and programmers!

On Saturday, April 21st GSST juniors Byunghyun Yoon, Wan-Ching Tseng, Elisabeth Seguin, and Emery Shelly in the Computational Science strand competed in the 2018 Code Quest Competition. The competition was held in Suffolk, VA at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation.

Emery Shelly placed 3rd in the novice category! Congratulations to our students on their achievements and dedication to STEM academics!

SkillsUSA State Competition Results

Congratulations to the following students who competed and placed in the SkillsUSA State Competition:
Welding – Michael Reed (Gold)
Firefighter Training – Xavier Marshall (Silver)
Auto Service Technology – Andrew Jamerson (Bronze)
Cosmetology Technical – Dnean Allen (Silver); Anaizia Davis (Silver); Anayah Branham-McMillian (Bronze)
Nails – Ansha Faziyeva (Bronze) Model – Tya Carter
SkillsUSA Chapter of Distinction Award – (Silver)

Congratulations to all students who participated!

Virginia Math League

The Virginia Math League offers high schools students the opportunity to compete in 6 monthly contests throughout the school year.  The contests are comprised of of 6 questions covering topics from algebra, geometry, precalculus, probability and statistics, and number theory.  Students across the entire country participate in Math League contests.

This year, 19 students from the Governor’s School participated in the math league:

Tabb High School Participants:

Kasandra Aulenbach    Ryan Bagalkotker       Erin Cox                          Pablo Fernandez

Jenny Gu                          Sarah Lee                      Ryan Lenfant                  Alyssa Lowe

Rachel McNamara        Eunice Namkoong      Taekhoon Oh                 Taekwan Oh

CJ Omweg                       Manav Sheth                Noelle Simpson             Yifan Wang

Lillian Way

Grafton High School Participants:

Yooh Oh

York High School Participants:

Kai Vylet

Three of our students, Jenny Gu, Taekhoon (Jack) Oh, and Taekhwan (James) Oh, were recognized for being among the highest-scoring students in the state.  Additionally, The Governor’s School was recognized as one of the top scoring teams in the state.


Congratulations to all these students who contributed to the success of the Governor’s School Virginia Math League team this year!


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Conference

At the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference, Mrs. Penny Cooke, New Horizons (FCCLA) Adviser and Early Childhood Education teacher was selected as the Most Spirited (FCCLA) Adviser Award recipient . Kuddos to her, and her 17 years of (FCCLA) advisership as well as her dedication to her students.


First Robotics Competition Team 122 competes at the University of Maryland

The FRC Team 122 competed at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship from March 28-31 at the University of Maryland. The highlight was seeing the robot place a cube on the scale during the automatous mode. Nice work to our programmers! The team was excited to be selected by the 2nd seeded alliance as one of their alliance partners. The team made it to the quarterfinal round and finished a great season with a placement of 27th out of 126 teams in the region. Congratulations to all Team 122 members!

FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Event

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)Team 122: Congratulations to the New Horizons FRC Team 122 for competing at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA at the FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Event. The 4th seeded alliance selected Team 122 as their 1st alliance partner. The team went on to win in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.