One of the many exciting features of the Reynolds ACA at Highland Springs HS, which graduates its first class of 18 students in May, 2017, is the Reynolds Entrepreneurship Program (REP), a novel student organization that combines members of the Reynolds ACA at Highland Springs HS with adult Business Administration students enrolled on Reynolds college campuses. Students meet regularly to develop and share business plans and entrepreneurial ideas and to learn from members of the Richmond business community.
Recently, a team of five REP members, high school juniors and seniors in the Reynolds ACA at Highland Springs HS, competed in the Virginia Entrepreneurial Challenge. Pictured below (l. to r.): Seth Savage, Cierra Huff, The Honorable Governor Terrence (Terry) McAuliffe, Brandon Lambert, Malik Grant, and Cheyenne Eames.
The team's entrepreneurial idea, according to Brandon Lambert (Reynolds ACA at Highland Springs HS Class of 2017), is an app that would enable college students with similar study characteristics (e.g., preferred group size, subjects, environment, location) to meet up to form study groups. The app would be sold to universities directly (with a pricing structure based on institutional size and retention rate) and incorporated into the technological resources already made available to students. "I felt like I knew how to present but this competition took me to the next level," Brandon said in an interview. "I now know the difference between a good presentation and a winning presentation."
Below, Cheyenne Eames snaps a selfie with the governor.
Below, Cheyenne Eames and Cierra Huff observe the competition.
For more information about REP, contact Professor Maxie Cannon at email@example.com.
Raven Witherspoon, member of the Class of 2017 of the Reynolds ACA at J.R. Tucker HS, was recently named the Correspondent of the Day by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her letter to the editor, written the day after the 2016 presidential election, shows a remarkable level of perspective of the type we've come to expect from Raven and from ACA students in general. Check out Raven's letter here.
Raven is applying to Penn, Duke, and the University of Virginia, and considering careers in Physics, Aerospace Engineering, and Journalism. We have no doubt she will be a successful part of whatever campus she joins next year.
Our hearts are heavy upon hearing the news of the recent passing of Angela Johnson, mother of Highland Springs HS senior, Christopher Thaxton. Mrs. Johnson's spirit infused the family atmosphere of the Reynolds ACA at Highland Springs HS. She was a fixture at every open house and orientation from the beginning of the program's existence, always sharing her hospitality, great food, and wisdom. She is a featured parent five minutes into the ACA video on our website. Her obituary is here.
Chris, please know you are in all of our thoughts and prayers, and know that we dedicate the accomplishments of you and your classmates in the Class of 2017, the first graduating cohort of the Reynolds ACA at Highland Springs, to your mother's memory.
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