Columbus, Miss. -- Middle-school students from across Mississippi will converge on the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus this weekend to take part in the first ever MSMS Middle School Summer Enrichment Program.
Sixty students representing 20 counties will spend the next week living and working on the MSMS campus which is located on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. Thecamp is for rising seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.
“The purpose of this camp is to provide academically-talented middle school students with high interest academic activities in an environment that promotes, leadership, creative problem solving, and cooperative learning,” MSMS Director of School Advancement and Camp Director Rick Smith. “This is something leaders in gifted education from around the state have been asking us to offer for several years because there are very few academic enrichment programs offered during the summer for academically-talented middle grade students.”
During their stay in Columbus, these students will engage and learn under the tutelage of MSMS faculty members and staff. Each student will take three classes each day of the camp, and were able to choose from classes such as Creative Media, Engineering and Problem Solving, Forensic Investigations, Magic of Science in Harry Potter’s World, Multimedia Poetry, Physics in Motion, Statistics and Game Design and Scientific Argumentation.
While the camp is fee based, several students have received significant financial support from organizations and institutions across the state of Mississippi, including the Hardin Foundation, Moss Point Public Schools, Ruleville Middle School and the MSMS Foundation.
“Interest in this program has been overwhelming, and we certainly plan to continue this program next year and for years beyond,” said Smith. “We would love it if we could get more involvement from businesses and organizations across the state of Mississippi who want to be involved with this wonderful opportunity for these amazing kids.”
Application for next year’s camp is expected to be available by early 2014. For more information about the camp and other programs offered by MSMS, visit www.themsms.org, find the school on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @the_msms.
Located in Columbus, Miss. on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women, MSMS is the state’s only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of Mississippi’s most academically gifted students. Students who attend the school spend their junior and senior years living on the school’s campus and engaging in college level classes in mathematics, science, the humanities and the arts.
The graduating class of 2013 alone was offered more than $13.6 million in scholarship dollars. Recently, Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast named MSMS as one of the best high schools in America for the second year in a row. Out of the 2,000 schools which made the list, MSMS was ranked 352 – the highest in the state of Mississippi.
Students interested in applying to MSMS must be current Mississippi high school sophomores with a record of outstanding academic achievement, especially in the areas of math and science. Students must also have an ACT score (a score of 20 or higher is recommended) and undergo a rigorous application process. During the application process students will be required to submit a resume, two essays, an original project of their devising and secure four recommendations from their teachers and counselors. Application into the Class of 2015 is now closed; however, students interested in becoming members of the Class of 2016 may begin the process in mid-summer 2013. For more information please visit www.themsms.org or call Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard at 1-800-553-6459.