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MSMS Students Recognized by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association in the Annual "Best of Mississippi Literary Magazine Awards."
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Congratulations to MSMS students listed below whose poems, short stories, and nonfiction essays won seven of the fifteen writing awards presented by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association in the “Best of Mississippi Literary Magazine Awards” category.  Additionally, three MSMS students listed below won awards in the art and photography categories. 

All the award-winning pieces appeared in Southern Voices (2017), published last May, which was a finalist in the “Best Literary Magazine Category.”  The awards were announced yesterday at the MSPA annual conference held at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Short Fiction             

  • Aidan Dunkelberg (finalist)

Poem                 Landry Filce, Aidan Dunkelberg, & Aidan Dunkleberg

Nonfiction         Emily Shy, Reagan Poston, & Wrishija Roy

Hand-Drawn Illustration     Britney Casmus & Hannah Houston

Photo      Ariel Williams

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Fall Preview Day 2017

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science hosted its annual Fall Preview Day on Friday, October 27 in Nissan Auditorium inside Parkinson Hall on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. Designed specifically for prospective students and families, Fall Preview Day provides a wonderful opportunity to come to campus to learn more about MSMS, tour the facilities, and interact with current students, faculty, and staff. 

This year, MSMS welcomed over 90 prospective students to campus along with their family members. The event opened with a performing arts showcase that featured literary readings from Mrs. Richardson’s Creative Writing students, a reenactment from Tales from the Crypt, a performance by Voices in Harmony, and an interactive math activity conducted by Mu Alpha Theta. Interspersed with these performances were additional videos that highlighted the MSMS Blue Notes, Science Carnival, and various other activities MSMS students engage in. Following this portion of the program, Dr. German McConnell, Executive Director for MSMS, provided a comprehensive overview of MSMS’s robust offerings and competitive advantages. Students and parents alike also had the opportunity to hear from other school administrators about their areas of expertise. 

Parents and students then separated into two different groups. MSMS student emissaries led the parents on a tour of campus, while prospective students remained in Nissan Auditorium for a student panel focused on adjusting to the academic rigor and residential setting at MSMS. Parents then returned to Nissan for a parent led panel while students received campus tours facilitated by student emissaries. The event concluded with an overview of the admissions and application process and some handy tips and tricks to navigate that process. 

As the state’s only public, residential high school focused on STEM education and specifically designed to meet the needs of Mississippi’s most academically gifted and talented students, MSMS continues to serve as an incubator for some of the brightest minds across the state. If you were unable to attend Fall Preview Day, but are interested in learning more about MSMS, please call the Office of Admissions at 1.800.553.6459 to schedule a tour or request additional information about the school.

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Mrs. Emma Richardson Named Literary Advisor of the Year Finalist by The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association

The Mississippi School for Mathematics would like to congratulate Mrs. Emma Richardson on the incredible honor of being named a finalist for the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association’s Literary Magazine Adviser of the Year award. While this recognition is surely high praise, it does not come as a surprise to the MSMS community. 

Mrs. Richardson has been a remarkable presence in the English Department at MSMS for nearly thirty years and is the reason MSMS is known statewide for creative writing prowess and an award-winning literary magazine, Southern Voices

Since she arrived at MSMS in 1987, Mrs. Richardson has overseen the creation, planning, development, and publication of an annual literary magazine. Her diligence, command of the English language, and insistence on excellence are just part of what makes Mrs. Richardson an incredible literary magazine adviser. Students appreciate Mrs. Richardson’s emphasis on writing to develop their individual art and craft rather than a focus on publication. This holistic approach is part of the reason MSMS students love the creative writing process as much as they do seeing their names in print. 

The winners of the Literary Magazine Advisor of the Year will be announced and honored on Monday, October 30 at the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association’s Fall Convention at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Regardless of what the judges announce on Monday, Mrs. Richardson will always be revered as a literary juggernaut by the entire MSMS community.

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MSMS Alumna, Elizabeth Wayne, Delivers TED Talk
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In January, Elizabeth Wayne, a 2005 graduate from MSMS, was selected as one of 14 TED fellows for 2017. According to TED, fellows are selected through a rigorous open application process. TED leadership stated, “We choose Fellows based on remarkable achievement, their strength of character and on their innovative approach to solving the world’s tough problems. Fellows are invited to attend a TED conference, where they meet, exchange ideas and connect with the larger TED community. They also give their own TED Talk – an unprecedented opportunity to disseminate their unique ideas to the world.”

While Dr. Wayne has an impressive list of both personal and professional accomplishments and achievements, it was her innovative research in nanotechnology to control immune cell function to fight cancer growth coupled with her powerful advocacy on behalf of minority women in STEM fields that attracted the attention of TED. 

Dr. Wayne received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and both her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering degrees from Cornell University. Currently, she is serving as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Wayne’s TED Talk entitled, “The Best Delivery Vehicle Has Already Been Made: Your Immune Cells,” is available online at:

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science would like to congratulate Dr. Wayne on all her achievements. She is true inspiration to the current generation of MSMS students and a testament to the power of innovative thinking.

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MSMS Hosts Annual Science Carnival for Local 2nd & 3rd Graders
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For well over twenty years, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) has hosted an annual Science Carnival for local second and third grade students across Lowndes, Oktibbeha, and Clay counties to encourage an early interest in science education. 

This year, over 1,000 elementary school students descended upon Pohl Gymnasium to partake in the interactive, science-oriented carnival. Current juniors and seniors at MSMS performed a host of different scientific demonstrations to the delight of the elementary school students watching. While the specific exhibits change slightly from year to year, the focus remains on key scientific principles such as inertia, electricity, the metrics system, properties of water, and color and light manipulation. 

“A large part of our mission is to enhance the future of the state of Mississippi,” said MSMS Executive Director, Dr. Germain McConnell. “Science Carnival is one of our primary outreach activities and is designed to get young kids fired up about science. I can’t think of a better way to live out our mission”

In addition to exciting exhibits and hands-on workshops for students, teachers received a guidebook that details inexpensive ways to incorporate science-based learning into their classroom instruction. The guidebook contains experiment ideas, sample lesson plans, and science instruction best practices.

Every current MSMS student plays an important role in the carnival. Some students serve as presenters for specific exhibits, while others serve as guides and greeters. Still others volunteer to assist with event setup and teardown. Not only is the Science Carnival a great way for MSMS students to share their love of science with local students, it is also an invaluable lesson for them on the importance of community activism.

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