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Mr. Wade Interviews Dr. Odom, Application Deadline Countdown

Class of 2019, it's your time to shine! Today, MSMS Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard talks all things MSMS with legendary science faculty member (and parent of two MSMS graduates), Dr. Bill Odom. Dr. Odom talks about what sets science education apart at MSMS and his experience being the father of two MSMS students. For more information about MSMS, please visit

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Tales Auditions Held, Performers Chosen

Story by Emily Shy

The 2017 Tales From The Crypt performers have been chosen. Tales from the Crypt is a United States History course with an emphasis on performance and research. During the fall semester, students research an assigned historical figure, while during the second semester they develop their performance skills in preparation for their production for the public in Friendship Cemetery in the spring. This week, senior veterans and junior hopefuls gathered in Shackleford Auditorium, the seniors to judge the performances and determine which of the performances would be represented in the actual production, and the juniors to present their pieces. Although every member of Tales is required to write a performance narrative about their historical figure, only a handful are selected to perform their narratives in the production; the rest of the class works behind the scenes to ensure everything goes smoothly, and as guides to give Tales’ visitors historical context for the production.  

Historically, what students choose to write their performance narratives about and how they choose to portray their characters varies greatly, and this year was no different. Nine juniors were selected to perform their narratives in the spring, and now the rest of the semester will be devoted to preparation for that day! 

Individual Performances:

  • Jessica Smith
  • Tija Johnson
  • Keegan Lindsey
  • Hayden Stokley
  • Harpreet Singh
  • Kamal Bhalla
  • Joseph Mimbs
  • Anna Grace Dulaney
  • Jackson Sparkman
  • Decoration Day Ladies:
  • Christina Comino
  • Regan Conner
  • Ta'Kiya Moore
  • Alana Andrus
  • Erin Owens
  • Kennadi Freema

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Application Deadline Approaching
 MSMS Admissions Counselor, Spike Harris, answers a new applicant's question.

MSMS Admissions Counselor, Spike Harris, answers a new applicant's question.

The deadline for application to the MSMS Class of 2019 is fast approaching. Current Mississippi sophomores have until Feb. 12 at midnight to complete their applications to MSMS.

“We do not foresee accepting any late applications,” said MSMS Admissions Counselor Spike Harris. “We strongly encourage any students who has the slightest interest in MSMS to finish his or her application by the Feb. 12 deadline.”

Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 1 the MSMS admissions department will release a video interview with a current MSMS student or faculty member every day until the application deadline.

“We’ve put out this series each year for the past few years, and it seems to help students stay encouraged about their applications,” said Harris. “We certainly don’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity that is MSMS simply because they couldn’t get their application complete.”

Applications to MSMS may be submitted via the school’s website, via email, via fax, or via regular mail.

“We don’t care how we get it, as long as we get it all by the deadline.”

Students interested in applying to MSMS must be current high school sophomores. Full information about the MSMS application may be found by clicking here.

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Messing Around In Logic and Game by Emily Shy

Logic and Game Theory is an elective math course that meets twice a week for an hour and a half at a time. The class is taught by Lauren Zarandona. The purpose of the course is to develop students’ understanding of logic fundamentals, and how to apply those skills to puzzles and games. More broadly, the course grants students a chance to develop basic critical thinking skills that will not only aid them in high level math courses but also in day to day life. For instance, right now students are learning how to construct structurally sound logical arguments, and how to identify and classify fallacies in argument. They look at statements made by politicians and evaluate both the structure and the validity of the premises and conclusions asserted by the politicians. A large portion of the class is also dedicated to problem solving and out of the box thinking through games and puzzles. Seniors Emily Oakes and Caroline Smith both love the class.  

 “Logic and game is actually a fun math class that I look forward to. It is very interactive critical thinking class with group based learning,” said Smith. Oakes adds that it is “A fun, stimulating class and Mrs. Z cracks me up.”  


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Engaging With Ecology by Laurel Yarborough

Ecology of Environmental Problems is an elective Biology course taught by Dr. Bill Odom. This class observes and discusses the ecological interactions between organisms and their environments with an emphasis on environmental problems. In Thursday's Ecology Lab, students walked across campus to observe and identify the characteristics of trees. Students were given a scientific description of a specific tree, and were asked to identify which tree it was. Students were also asked to estimate the height of their tree. To do this, students had to find a conversion between their own steps and meters. Students then used the idea of similar triangles to estimate the height of trees. Along with estimating tree heights, they estimated distances and volumes. 

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