Governor's Institutes of Vermont

This summer, 17 students from Essex completed a Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) immersion program.

A nonprofit in its 38th year, GIV works with Vermont high schools, VSAC and the Vermont Agency of Education in an effort to strengthen educational equity.

Held online this summer, the immersion programs provide an opportunity for students to dive into a topic they are passionate about, create important connections with mentors and make new friends from all over the state.

Here’s who from Essex participated:

  • Jack Austin (Arts)

  • Navarro Dodge (Arts)

  • Ellie Quintin (Engineering)

  • Yeshe Lama (Engineering, Tech & Design)

  • Thomas Denton (Entrepreneurship)

  • Anna Hoppe (ESAT)

  • Tekla Holm-Brown (ESAT)

  • Adowyn Byrne (Health & Medicine)

  • Gabby Spagnuolo Chawla (Health & Medicine)

  • Kayla McIntyre (Health & Medicine)

  • Madison McCuin (Health & Medicine)

  • Molly Murphy (Health & Medicine)

  • Shankha Mitra (Health & Medicine)

  • Tanisha Gerg (Health & Medicine, Math)

  • Elizabeth Messier (Math)

  • Eric Lu (Math)

  • Tunmay Gerg (Math)

Students could choose from eight different immersion programs including:

  • Arts: developing an artistic practice, meeting future collaborators, making new work in visual, dramatic, musical, written, or digital creation.
  • Engineering: building a solar panel, assessing local energy systems, and gaining exposure to multiple engineering fields and career pathways.
  • Global Issues and Youth Activism: exploring challenging political, environmental, and social justice issues, developing an understanding of how to create change.
  • Entrepreneurship: Creativity & Innovation: creating business pitches, building the growth mindset, practicing effective storytelling, and generating new ideas.
  • Environmental Science and Technology: guided field sampling, data collection, observation, and environmental analysis in hometowns.
  • Technology and Design: participating in fast-paced design challenges! Prototyping solutions to real-world problems, programming, design thinking, engaging with microcontrollers.
  • Health and Medicine: Learning alongside practicing med students and professionals. Diving into guided patient interviews and case studies, participating in panels and workshops.
  • The Kenneth I Gross and Tony Trono Governor’s Institute on Mathematical Sciences: Challenging puzzles, engaging in mentored problem-solving activities and contests, learning about the real-world and theoretical applications of mathematics.

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