MSMS Step Teams Take Home Prizes

The MSMS Blu Diamondz and Blu Knights strutted their stuff at the recent Back to Basics Black History Step and Dance Competition.

The ladies of the Blue Diamondz stepped their way to first place and the the young men of the Blue Knights landed an impressive third.

The event was held at Nissan Auditorium on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women and was sponsored by Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Two MSMS Mock Trial Teams Progress to State

For the fifth year in a row, MSMS will send two teams to the state mock trial competition in Jackson, Mississippi. The following students argued their way onto state: Campbell Rolph, Claudia Vial, Emily Shy, Hayden Stokley, Kennedy Laporte, Mariana Strawn, Mariat Thankachan, Mari Lampkin, Nayan Chawlan, Reyan Grimes, Samuel Patterson, Ta'kiya Leach, and Tija Johnson.

Congratulations to these junior litigators, and join us in wishing them well at the state competition!

MSMS Students Win Awards for Visual Arts

Vivienne Tenev won a Golden Key for her piece, "Home Sweet Home."

Vivienne Tenev won a Golden Key for her piece, "Home Sweet Home."

Once again, MSMS students prove they are capable of extraordinary feats in fields beyond math and science.

Several MSMS students recently found they were winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest for their work in the visual arts.

Vivienne Tenev won a Golden Key for her piece "Home Sweet Home." Sophia Ali Won a Silver Key for Gondola".  Haydn Schroader won a Silver Key for "Nap Time".  Rebecca Chen won an Honorable Mention for "Christmas in New York" and Hayden Schroader won an Honorable Mention for "Time".

"I am so proud of our students for showing their amazing talent and dedication to the arts," said MSMS visual arts instructor Angie Jones.

Tenev's work will be judged at the national competition in Washington, D.C. All the winners work will be on display at the Mississippi Museaum of Art in Jackson through April 2.

The winners were chosen from 2,000 works submitted across the state.

MSMS Hosts Local Industry Guests

From left: Dr. Heather Hanna, Wrishija Roy, Braeden Foldenhaur, Kebebe Wilson, Dr. Germain McConnell, Chinwe Udemgba, and Claudia Vial.

From left: Dr. Heather Hanna, Wrishija Roy, Braeden Foldenhaur, Kebebe Wilson, Dr. Germain McConnell, Chinwe Udemgba, and Claudia Vial.

From left: Dr. Heather Hanna, Tia Wilson, Kim Richardson, Emily Shy, and Dr. Germain McConnell.

From left: Dr. Heather Hanna, Tia Wilson, Kim Richardson, Emily Shy, and Dr. Germain McConnell.

MSMS recently hosted two leaders of Mississippi industry.

Ms. Kebebe Wilson, Human Resources Manager at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, LLC, in West Point, paid a visit to the MSMS campus on January 27. Ms. Wilson met with MSMS administrators and students and toured the school’s academic facilities, including the Engineering and Innovations Lab.

Ms. Kim Richardson, Assistant Director of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association, also visited the MSMS campus on February 9. She, too, met with school administrators and students and had an opportunity to view classes in progress. Ms. Richardson works with businesses seeking to locate in North Mississippi.

MSMS seeks to form enhanced business partnerships to acquaint students with innovative state-level internship and career opportunities and to increase awareness among Mississippi industries of the talent fostered by the school. MSMS serves as one important piece of Mississippi’s high-tech workforce pipeline.

Embracing Service With Food And Fellowship

Pictured (left to right) Hannah Craft, Stephen Oversen, Madalyn Coln, Joy Payne, and Melisha Hester, RN, in CCU. 

Pictured (left to right) Hannah Craft, Stephen Oversen, Madalyn Coln, Joy Payne, and Melisha Hester, RN, in CCU. 

On February 15, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Food and Fellowship Club members delivered care packages for patients in the critical care unit of the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. The students donated items such as coloring books, soap, cotton swabs and markers for the patients; prepackaged snacks and drinks were left in the family waiting rooms. Also, each care package included a handmade "Get Well Soon" card. This was one of the club's service projects themed around sharing hope and care towards patients who need to the most. 

MSMS Student Organization WILL Featured in the News

The WILL reading group. Courtesy of the Commercial Dispatch.

The WILL reading group. Courtesy of the Commercial Dispatch.

The Commercial Dispatch recently ran a story featuring the work of the MSMS organization WILL (Women Influencing Lives Through Literature).

The group spends time each week discussing books with middle school aged girls at Columbus Middle School. The group was started by MSMS alumnae Emma Thompson in 2013. You can read the story about the incredible work of this organization by clicking here or on the photo above.

MSMS Alumnus Wins Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

MSMS graduate Lucas Ferguson. Photo courtesy the Commercial Dispatch.

MSMS graduate Lucas Ferguson. Photo courtesy the Commercial Dispatch.

A graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is the first Mississippi State University student in history to win the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.

Lucas Ferguson, who is originally from Batesville, graduated from MSMS in 2013. The scholarship will allow him to spend the next few years studying at the postgraduate level at the University of Cambridge in England.

You can read more about Lucas by clicking here.

MSMS Alumnus Terrence Johnson Featured on National Public Radio

2014 MSMS graduate Terrence Johnson. Photo Courtesy National Public Radio. 

2014 MSMS graduate Terrence Johnson. Photo Courtesy National Public Radio. 

A graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science was recently featured on National Public Radio.

Terrence Johnson, who graduated from MSMS in 2014, was the subject of Our Land, a special series by NPR special correspondent Melissa Block.

You can read and listen to the story about the Ole Miss junior and Noxubee County native by clicking here.

MSMS Mu Alpha Theta Math Tournament

Derivatives, identities, and square roots, oh my!

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 600 of Mississippi’s top high school mathematicians took part in the annual mu-alpha-theta math tournament hosted by the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

“They do win medals and trophies, but the big thing for us really is not about the trophies, it’s about getting people excited about mathematics,” said MSMS Director for Academic Affairs, Kelly Brown.

More than a dozen public and private schools from all over Mississippi took part in the event. These mathletes competed to see who could solve mathematical puzzles the fastest, answer the most questions correctly, and generally show their mathematical mastery.

“A lot of the students are having fun and we are having fun,” said MSMS student Ariel Williams. “It’s cool to see it all work together, because it’s been a year in the making. We have a nice system that flows pretty effortlessly.”

MSMS students do not compete in the event, rather, the school’s students facilitate the tournament and create the puzzles and questions the competitors must solve.

“You have so many people rushing to get in an answer. You really have to stay on your toes and pay attention to make sure you know who got it in first,” said MSMS student David Thaggard.

The math tournament, which began shortly after MSMS was founded in 1987, is the school’s longest-lived outreach program.

This year’s top prize for overall success was Jackson Prep. Northwest Rankin High School took second and St. Andrews took third.

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is Mississippi’s only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of the state’s most academically gifted and talented. For more information about MSMS, please visit www.themsms.org.

Mr. Wade Interviews Mr. Rick Smith, Application Deadline Countdown

MSMS is a residential high school, that means that all the students who attend the school also live there. Today Mr. Wade talks to the man in charge of residential life at MSMS, Director for Student Affairs Mr. Rick Smith. Mr. Smith explains how MSMS is a safe, secure, and fun place to live and study. For more information about MSMS, please visit www.themsms.org.

Mr. Wade interviews MSMS senior Mayukh, Application Deadline Countdown

Today Mr. Wade sits down with MSMS Senior Class President Mayukh Datta. Mayukh is an MSMS senior who is heavily involved in several activities and organizations at the school. Today, he talks with Mr. Wade about securing one impressive graduation speaker, the myriad and varied associations to which he belongs, and some good advice for anyone thinking of applying to MSMS. For more information about MSMS, please visit www.themsms.org.

Mr. Wade Interviews MSMS senior Braeden Foldenauer, Application Deadline Countdown

Class of 2019, you've only got about ONE WEEK until those applications are due! Today, Mr. Wade talks with MSMS senior Braeden Foldenauer about his MSMS experience. Braeden, who is the student government vice president, tells Mr. Wade all about the MSMS Senate and how MSMS changed his opinion of Mississippi for the better. For more information about MSMS, please visit www.themsms.org.