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Welcome to the Brainstorm Blog! The primary news source the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS), Mississippi's only public, residential high school dedicated to the development of the state's most academically gifted students.

MSMS Featured Emissary: Brandon Plaisted


Hometown:  Saucier, MS

Homeschool:  West Harrison High School

College Choices:  Cornell University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mississippi State University

Extracurricular:  Student Government Association (Vice President), Mu Alpha Theta (State Vice President), Mississippi Model Security Council (Co-President), Research, Mardi Gras, Debate, and Fencing

What was it like when you first came to MSMS?

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.”

― Anne Frank

I remember sliding out of my parent’s car on that warm August day.   While I got my belongings out of the car, I remembered the hesitation as I asked myself, “What if I don’t belong?”  I wasn’t confident if I felt ready to leave my home and friends and start in a strange new place.  At that instant, a stranger in MSMS clothing exclaimed, “Welcome to MSMS, we’re glad you are here.”  I then felt a deep sense of relief wash over me.   I realized that I had made one of the best choices of my life that I day. 

Before I came to MSMS, I was expecting a learning environment where my peers and I were going to be pushed to limits that we had set, and we also had to motivate ourselves to achieve those limits.  It is safe to say that I was correct in my expectations.  Due to extensive yet exciting learning experiences, MSMS has impacted my life on multiple levels.  It has given me academic opportunities to prepare me for higher academic studies, a confidence boost to achieve better for myself, and social interactions that I cherish every day.

MSMS has planted within me the motivation of pursuing higher education, taking opportunities in new places, and giving back to the community.  This motivation encouraged me to pursue working in SGA in the hopes of finding compromises between with my classmates and the school administration on school policy.  I sought out the same motivation to compete in debate tournaments that took me to places such as Washington D.C.  My motivations also led me to conduct research in Mechanical Engineering at the Mississippi State University in order to get a feel of my educational desires.  I have MSMS for allowing me to experience these once in a lifetime opportunities. 

While there does seem to be a prominent sense of work at MSMS, I try to follow a statement Anne Frank once made.  She said,  “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.” At the end of the day, I am the individual in charge of my choices, and I feel that MSMS has given me a great start along life’s path.

 

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