Columbus, Mississippi -- Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science senior and Stone County native Ross Berry recently won first place at the Mississippi State University Undergraduate Research Symposium in the field of Physical Science and Engineering.
Berry beat out more than 20 other competitors, who were all college undergraduate students. The fact that Berry is still a high school student makes his win all the more impressive.
“It’s a special honor to me, because I’m one of the first four MSMS students still enrolled at MSMS who has ever competed in a University Symposium and won while still in high school,” said Berry of his accomplishment.
In his project, Berry argued for the use of bamboo as a construction material for utility poles.
“Bamboo is one of the most versatile and one of the strongest woody plants used all throughout the world. However, largely in the United States, few are aware of bamboo’s potential future applications as an engineered material,” Berry wrote in the abstract of his project.
The competition, which was held on April 23 of this year, was held at the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College on the campus of MSU. In addition to bragging rights, Berry also won a $200 gift card to Barnes and Nobel as part of his victory.
Berry plans to attend MSU in the fall, where he will major in architecture. He is the son of Brian Berry and Lydia Berry. Before attending MSMS, he attended Stone County High School.
MSMS is Mississippi’s only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of the state’s most academically gifted students. Located on the campus of the historic Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, MSMS serves high school juniors and seniors from all corners of the Magnolia State. MSMS has been named by the Daily Beast as one of the top 60 high schools in America and one of the top 25 in the Southeast. Already, the Class of 2015 has been offered more than $22 million in scholarship dollars. For more information about MSMS, please visit www.themsms.org.