Mark Levy, Director of the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School, delivering an encouraging message to students and their families.
Photos by Shawn Nowlin

On Saturday, February 2, the cafeteria at Patrick Henry High School was filled with many of the region’s most academically gifted students. The Project Forum, often referred to as “a science fair on steroids,” is an annual event where students present research projects that they have spent weeks working on.

Students have the opportunity to participate individually or as a team, according to Mark Levy, Director of the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School.

“I am impressed each year with the quality of our students’ work, as well as their willingness to persevere through challenges,” Levy said. “This isn’t the old-fashioned science fair most folks imagine. Instead of baking soda volcanos, we have projects in molecular biology, nanoscale imaging and electrical engineering.”

Approximately 275 students attend the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for half of the day and their normal high school for the other half. Seven school districts help pay for and participate in the program: the counties of…

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