Governor’s School students ready for next stage in education

Mattie Roy

MOUNT JACKSON – Students at Massanutten Regional Governor’s School are excited for what the future holds.

Mattie Roy, 17, of Mount Jackson, said it feels good to finally be done with high school and know that all the work she’s done over the last four years has paid off as she walks across the stage at graduation.

“It’s a huge relief but at the same time it’s kind of scary because we are starting this huge new chapter,” she said.

She said her teachers at the governor’s school helped prepare her for college. Her day at the governor’s school begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 10:20 a.m. when she finishes out her day at Stonewall Jackson High School. She has taken classes in English, agri-ecology, environmental science/geology, statistics and research.

“They offer a lot more dual enrollment classes. I can get a lot of my college credits out of the way,” she said. “The teachers treat you more like individuals here. And they really just want to see you succeed and that’s attention I’ve never gotten before.”

Her most memorable moment from her time at the governor’s school occurred during her first week of classes during team bonding exercises. She said one exercise was for the class of about 16 students to stand in a 4-by-4 square carpet. The objective was to flip the carpet over without anyone stepping off.

“You actually learn that your classmates are team members and you are all in this together,” she said. “They have open minds here and they want to hear your opinions and your tactics.”

After graduating from the governor’s school, Mattie will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall with a major in psychology.

“I am excited but nervous to start college,” she said.

Mattie said she hopes to focus on forensic psychology at college and eventually work for the FBI.

She has volunteered for a response shelter in Woodstock for women and children in domestic abuse situations, an experience that got her interested in the psychology field of study.

“I saw a lot of what went on there and it opened my eyes,” she said.

Massanutten Regional Governor’s School’s graduation will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Triplett Tech cafeteria.

All 36 students graduating from the school will be continuing their education at college.

Awards will be given out for exemplary projects, and recognitions will be given to top overall students.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or