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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.