Rappahannock High School students John Lee Grindstaff and Wyatt English spent three weeks of their summer vacation at the prestigious Hanover Regional Governor’s School for Career and Technical Advancement (HRGS-CTA).
John Lee Grindstaff is a rising senior and Wyatt English is a rising junior. Both students are very involved in robotics.
Only 38 students were chosen to participate in the program in which 22 different school divisions were represented.
During the program, Grindstaff and English developed mock business plans and presented their ideas to a panel of experts for review. This process was reminiscent of the MSNBC show “Shark Tank” said John Lee’s mother, Bonnie Grindstaff. Grindstaff said that the experts were so impressed with the students’ presentations that they declared the students’ presentations were better than ones they see from professionals.
“As specialty occupations require different specific needs, instruction and technical knowledge, the Governor’s School focused on teaching workplace readiness skills that are applicable across the board, among them problem solving, communication skills, team building and risk and reward analysis,” explained Grindstaff.
The students stayed in campus dorms for the duration of the program and went on several field trips. They studied business at King’s Dominion and later got to enjoy the park after their work. Trips like these were made regularly and served as “field experiences” to give the students first hand experience working a variety of careers.
Grindstaff said that she hopes more students will be encouraged to work hard and apply for next year’s Governor’s School programs.