Meet Your Tour Guides

We look forward to welcoming you to VES!

We are a team of VES students who love showing prospective families our VES. When you arrive, we are here to take you on a tour of campus, partner with you throughout the day and overnight, for those attending our Boarding Student Open House, and to help you feel comfortable while you are here. 

Can't wait to meet you!

Featured Tour Guide Profiles

Patrick Schools | Sophomore | Greenville, SC

House Affiliation: Pendleton
Favorite Class: Calc with Mr. Greene
Extracurriculars: Mountain Biking, Basketball, Lacrosse
Advice I Would Give a Student Thinking about Coming to VES: Ultimately, they should do what makes them happiest. I can say with confidence they would definitely find their place in our VES community.

Coming to VES has definitely changed my life more than anything so far. It is a really special place that has helped me mature. I live on Pendleton Dorm, but you can almost always find me on Box with my friends. Since coming to VES, I have really excelled at things I never could have predicted. I have also been really humbled by the fact that everyone here is so amazing in their own way and I enjoy seeing them grow alongside me. Becoming part of the Bishop family has had an enormous impact on me. This place is easily my favorite place to be.

May Liu | Senior | Beijing, China

House Affiliation: Perkins
Favorite Class: All science classes. Last year was Physics, this year it’s AP Biology.
Extracurriculars: Drama, musical, vocal ensemble, jazz ensemble, TEAMS
Most Special Moment at VES: “Little Shop of Horrors” musical performances last year.
Favorite VES Tradition: The End-of-Summer Dance on the first Saturday at the beginning of the school year. It provides an incredible opportunity for us to get to know new people and have fun with old friends. It is also a great way to start off the new academic year.

What have you enjoyed most at VES? I love the performing arts, and VES provides me with countless amazing opportunities to perform on stage, including theater performances, jazz concerts, and vocal ensemble performances. I also love learning science and I participate on TEAMS (an academic engineering team). I’ve been able to pursue my interests both inside and outside classroom with like-minded friends and amazing faculty. I came to VES as a freshman. Being an international student, who at first was nervous about living in a different country across the ocean, I immediately felt as if VES is my second home. Not only have I made wonderful friends and met great teachers, but I also found my passion, and most importantly, who I am and what I want to achieve in the future.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about coming to VES? Be yourself. VES is such a diverse community full of people with different backgrounds and interests, so you can always find your stage to shine on by just being who you are. VES embraces people’s differences and uniqueness, so if you have an opinion different from others or passions that others are unaware of, don’t be afraid to share it with the community. Here, not one person can solely define the entire community, because it is the combination of differences that makes us who we are.

Joe Matthews | Senior | Forest, VA

House Affiliation: Ainslie
Favorite Class: AP Physics and Calculus
Extracurriculars: Basketball, Honor Committee, Counselor
Most Special Moment at VES: Hitting a buzzer-beater three against Trinity Episcopal to win the game by one!

Hi! My name is Joe Matthews and I am a four-year senior here at VES. I was a day student for my first three years, but the school couldn't ever get me off campus, so now I am a boarder on Ainslie dorm. I play basketball and I am fascinated by Math and Science. I am a counselor and serve on Honor Committee. In my free time you will almost always find me on Box or at some VES sporting event. I have hardly missed any events here and spend most weekends on campus. I have loved every moment here at VES and I give VES all the credit for bringing me out of my shell. Before I came here, I wasn't sure if VES was the place for me, but after visiting I realized there was an incredible array of interests and backgrounds in this small community that would make it the perfect place for me. I'm sure VES can have the same effect on you and I hope to see you on campus soon!

Josh Staggers | Junior | Stafford, VA

House Affiliation: I am a Resident Assistant (RA) on Pendleton Dorm.
Favorite Class: Math
Extracurriculars: Football, Lacrosse, RA, Captains Club, Chess Club, Alpha Order

Who has had the greatest impact on you during your time at VES? My older brother, Aaron. He showed me the ropes here when I was young and I thank him for that.

Favorite Tradition at VES: Bell Tower Ceremony. It gets so deep and emotional because it is the final two days for Seniors and I usually cry all the time. It's like the final goodbye. I love it so much!

My favorite moment at VES: During my freshman year on Ainslie Dorm, I was actively playing Wii. You might say I was addicted to it. I challenged my older brother, Aaron, to a game of Wii Bowling. After he took his turn on the first frame, I went. I had my set motion and went into windup but released the Wii remote in mid-windup. It shattered the TV and the LCD lights. I went into Mr. Button's office the next day and he gave me the "death stare." Never again will I break a TV that way!

Carlisle Watts I 2021 I Lynchburg, VA

I followed in the footsteps of my brother, father and grandfather in coming to VES. I love all of my classes at VES, especially Chemistry, Spanish and Studio Art. I live on Wyatt dorm and am a member of the tennis and soccer teams. I am also a member of the business club, and a part of the Big Sib program. One of my favorite things about VES is the close relationships that are formed. VES is truly like one big family. Another reason I chose VES is its rigorous academics. Teachers make sure that you are challenged, but not feeling left behind, and make sure that they teach in a way you will understand.

Scott Hong | Senior | Ningbo, China

House Affiliation: Randy (Randolph Dorm)
Favorite Class: AP United States History
Extracurriculars: Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Bishop TV
Most Special Moment at VES: To make our End-of-Year Videos—one of our VES traditions—and share the happiness the whole school had across the entire year.

I am Scott Hong, and I’m a member of Honor Committee, a Senior Counselor and Senior Class President of the 2018-19 school year. VES welcomes new members of the community in many ways, and engaging students here in VES is definitely one of the most exciting things about VES. As a football, basketball, lacrosse and tennis player, I am confident in telling you that extracurricular programs provide ample opportunities for students to succeed—not just in the classroom but also outside of class. Also, consider getting involved in clubs; they bring together people who share the same interests. As the co-leader of Bishop TV, we contribute as a team to the school and have fun at the same time.

My favorite thing about VES? The opportunities for students to explore new things. Before I took the Video Production class as an elective, I didn’t know that I would love film production that much. Now, film production could be my career path or at least a major interest that I will pursue in college.

Alida Tang | Junior | Beijing, China

House Affiliation: Perkins
Favorite Class: Biology
Extracurriculars: Photography, Editing, Tennis, Yearbook Club, RA
Most Special Moment at VES: Casino Night

I am a Junior Resident Assistant (RA), the tennis team and the yearbook club. I enjoy taking pictures and trying out new stuff. I started doing art projects my freshman year and now realize that I enjoy creating art as a way to relieve stress. I also enjoy sports contests with other schools.
VES has created so many precious moments in my life, and one of the most interesting is orientation with new students as an RA. The joy of meeting new people in my community is something I will never forget. Our community creates a welcoming environment; everyone feels like they are part of the family. I love how all the teachers and student leaders try their best to create a fun and informational orientation for new students every year. Everyone begins having so much fun at the very start of their VES experience.

Dylan James | 2020 | Canada

House Affiliation: Pendleton
Favorite Class: AP Composition
Favorite Sport: Lacrosse
Most Special Moment at VES: The Bell Tower Ceremony is a farewell between underclassmen and seniors who are graduating. Because of our small school atmosphere, I was able to develop relationships with all of the seniors who graduated last year and to be a part of them as they leave for college was really special for me.

What has surprised you most about VES?
I came to VES with a single goal—to use it to allow me to get into college. But once you spend time in the engaging atmosphere we have here, you begin to value a lot of different things in our community. VES exposed me to different sports and activities that I would never have even considered.

What advice would you give students considering VES? It would be to take the leap. Jump in with an open mind and prepare to fall in love with this place. You really do get out what you put into this place.

Helen Ma | Senior | Qingdao, China

House Affiliation: I‘m a Counselor and live on McCormick—the freshman girls’ dorm.
Extracurriculars: Track, Cross Country. VES has given me the chance to try out new things, particularly sports, which helped me to define myself as a runner.

Most Special Moment at VES: Picking lettuce from the school garden and serving it to the students and faculty in the dining hall. Having the VES garden makes our food really local and it’s organic. I was proud to see my efforts paid off and appeared on others’ dinner table.

Favorite Class: AP Environmental Science with Mr. Barton. It was a really informative and organized course, which prepared us well for the final AP exam. We watched documentaries, designed tree plaques, and did a lot of fun experiments, like testing soil around campus.

Favorite VES Tradition: My favorite VES tradition is the bonfire. Seniors light up the two-story high bonfire, then everyone dashes and dances around it. The fire warms up my heart and spirit, like a communion or ceremony.
What advice would you give to a student thinking about coming to VES? If you are looking for a close and tight sense of community or want to be able to say hi to everyone in your school, VES is your choice.

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