Special to the Chickasaw Journal
COLUMBUS – A student from Okolona has been awarded admittance to the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.
Shawanda Jones will join approximately 125 other academically gifted students from across the state of Mississippi as a member of the MSMS Class of 2015.
Jones is a current sophomore at Okolona High School and is the daughter of Roosevelt and Doris Jones.
Jones competed against more than 180 other Mississippi high school students for admittance into the prestigious high school.
“This is definitely one of the most competitive groups of candidates we’ve ever seen,” said MSMS Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard. “Perhaps more than ever, this group of students absolutely represents the best and brightest Mississippi has to offer.”
Located in Columbus 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.
On average, MSMS graduating classes are offered in excess of $12.5 million in scholarship offers each year. In 2012, Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast named MSMS as one of the best high schools in America. It was the only Mississippi high school to make the list.
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.