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MSMS Wins Big at State Beta Club Convention
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After a hiatus of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Beta Club was reconstituted at the MSMS by Mia Parker, current junior. Parker, the Vice President for the State Beta Club Chapter, felt that MSMS would align well with Beta Club’s mission to, “promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service,” as those same values are reflected in MSMS’s core ideals.

Every year, Beta Club hosts a variety of academic and talent competitions in areas such as Quiz Bowl, Creative Writing, Group Talent, Oratory, Visual and Performing Arts, Poetry, and much, much more. The Mississippi Beta Club State Convention was held in Biloxi February 18-20. Despite being an extended weekend for MSMS, several students not only participated, but received recognition at this year’s event. For a complete list of MSMS Beta Club Convention Winners, please see below:

1st Place Mathematics - Grade 11 - Victoria Gong

1st Place Fiber Arts - Likhitha Polepalli

2nd Place Science - Grade 11 - Cade Burton

2nd Place Creative Writing - Division 2 - Victoria Gong

2nd Place Onsite Acrylic Painting - Lilian Le

3rd Place Agriculture - Grade 11 - Jacob Lee

4th Place Hand-Made Jewelry - Likhitha Polepalli

4th Place Painting - Lilian Le

4th Place Poetry - Division 2 - Yousef Abu-Salah

4th Place Quiz Bowl - Samantha Anderson, Peter Nguyen, Smith Patel, Alexz Carpenter

4th Place Special Talent – Piano-- Lori Feng

5th Place Language Arts - Grade 11 - Madison Wypyski

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MSMS Wins Gavel at State Mock Trial Competition

For the fifth straight year, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Mock Trial team received recognition at the State Mock Trial Competition. This year, MSMS Team One placed 3rd for their legislative prowess and took home the celebratory gravel. 

The students listed below devoted countless hours to preparation for the state competition and worked tirelessly to memorize their opening and closing statements, questions, and the rules of evidence. For the past six months, the Mock Trial team, under District Attorney Scott Colom's leadership, has refined their cases, rehearsed their parts, and perfected the art of negotiation and persuasion.  Please congratulate them on a job well done!

Aurelia Caine

Campbell Rolph

Hayden Stokley

Kelsey Hollingsworth

Kennedy Laporte 

Lauren Mitchell

Mariana Strawn

Mariat Thankachan

Mia Parker 

Peter Nguyen 

Powers Lamb

Reyan Grimes

Samantha Anderson

Ta'Kiya Moore

Taniya Bland 

Tija Johnson

Trinity Cannon

Victoria Gong

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MSMS Hosts Annual Mathematics Tournament
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The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) hosted the annual Mathematics Tournament for all Mississippi high school students on Thursday, March 1 at Trotter Convention Center. Beginning at 8:00AM, hundreds of high school students, representing 26 different schools from all across the state flocked to Columbus to participate in this incredible tournament, sponsored by the MSMS branch of Mu Alpha Theta, a national high school mathematics honor society. 

In total, roughly 650 students participated in this year’s Mathematics Tournament. The event featured ciphering, written tests, a mini-interschool competition, and a potpourri round. There was also a special 100 Question Challenge that teams could try their hand at. 

There are five levels of competition: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Calculus. The event concluded with an awards ceremony to honor those individual contributors and teams placing in each category.  Schools from all across the state won awards and recognition for their mathematics prowess. 

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MSMS Celebrates Black History Month
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On Thursday, March 1, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science's Black Student Alliance hosted an engaging celebration of Black History Month. 

Black History Month was originally conceived of in 1926 by noted African American historian and scholar, Carter G. Woodson. Woodson went on to establish the "Association for the Study of Negro Life and Culture," with the intent to make black history accessible to all Americans. He believed that by spreading awareness about the incredible accomplishments and contributions of African Americans, he could shift racial relations in the United States. Black History Month became a month-long national celebration in 1976. Since the mid-70s, schools, universities, community groups, and nonprofit organizations have worked together to ensure that African American history and culture remain at the forefront of American discourse.  

The Black Student Association put together a riveting event that featured poetry readings of works of art by famous black authors, as well as readings and reenactments that celebrated key events in African American history. The event also included music by MSMS's own Voices in Harmony, a Black Lives Matter tribute, and a powerful dance number. 

A special thank you to Dr. Ty Crook who serves as the faculty sponsor for the Black Student Association and was instrumental in overseeing this year's Black History Month celebration. 

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MMSC Faces Competition in Starkville
 Photo Credit: Julie Heintz

Photo Credit: Julie Heintz

By Brady Suttles, News Editor for The Vision

Reposted from February 26 2018 Edition of The Vision available online here

The MSMS Mississippi Model Security Council (MMSC) team competed in their yearly competition in the Union on the campus of Mississippi State. MSMS teams represented the countries of the United States, Japan, France, Russia, Sweden and more.

The MMSC website states the goal of MMSC is to expose “high school students to the world of international politics through stimulating debate centered around solving world issues.”

The students represent different countries of the Security Council of the United Nations, the primary body that maintains international peace for the world. The represented countries then debate resolutions submitted by the different delegations. The teams follow Robert’s Rules of Order in the debates and argue over resolutions.

“The debate follows Robert’s Rules of Order, so the debate is definitely done in a pretty formal setting. With that being said, it still is such an entertaining experience, as debates get heated quite often,” junior Lori Feng said.

The teams debated in the numerous panels of the competition. Each panel held about 15 different countries. There were seven panels, and all of the MSMS teams were split up among them. In the panels, students follow parliamentary procedure where amendments are submitted to the resolutions and the students are able to question other delegates about their resolutions.

Awards for the Best Delegation, Best Resolution and Most Improved are handed out at the end of the debate by the council president who evaluates the delegation’s performances. The president can decide to give out other awards as well. Numerous other awards were given out including Best Dressed, Most Knowledgeable and Most Likely to be a UN Delegate.

“MSMS showed up, sweeping both the competition off their feet and the awards from their hands. All awards are thanks to a lot of hard work and guidance from Ms. Heintz, and the competition was great to be a part of,” senior Cody Welborn said.

“I really enjoyed MMSC because it allowed me to debate foreign policy issues in a semi-formal environment with really cool people,” junior Hamilton Wan said.

“Model security has been such a journey. The senior officers definitely spent much effort and time in helping juniors, and we have been holding mock debates since last year. It was definitely such an enriching experience, as I expanded upon my knowledge on foreign affairs and improved my public speaking skills. I was also able to meet with talented individuals from Oxford, Madison Central and Gulfport high schools, and that only added to the experience,” Feng stated.

“The MMSC competition was really fun. The atmosphere was just so much different than our traditional practices, and it encouraged everyone to diplomatically speak on the matter at hand,” added junior Josh Seid.

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