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ANSEP hosts more than 50 students from Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District at Middle School Academy

24-Mar-2017 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program is hosting 54 students from seven schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for Middle School Academy this March. Students arrived this week at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where they will live on campus like college students for two weeks while participating in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math learning activities designed to ignite interest in pursing an education and career in these areas.

Students were selected based on applications that evaluated their academic records and essay responses, providing them a chance to get experience submitting a college-like application as early as fifth grade. Students chosen to participate in the all-expenses-paid academy include:
  • Colony Middle School: Laney Baugus, Anna Bell, Alexia Briggs, Jake Colberg, Mariam Corpus, Ayla Ehmann, Caleb Glaser, Kai Iverson, Scott Nashold, Eric Rangel, Isaac Smith and Ethan Wolf
  • Houston Middle School: Grace Compton, Victoria Franco, Sarah Grigsby, Cody Henry, Evan Okitkon and Tillie Wilson
  • Joe Redington Sr. Junior/Senior High School: Ian Campbell, Darian Dicang, Emily Catherine Earl, Samuel Lashlee, Brody Mocan and Boston Potishek
  • Palmer Middle School: Kasiana Anderson, Jason Anvil, Jessica Anvil, Kael Duffield, Mahogani Harrison, Ian McDonough, Malachi Mukaabya, Grace Sherman, Mason Straughn, Douglas White, Samson Wolcoff and Ryan Yankovic
  • Susitna Valley Junior/Senior High School: Kayla Leu-Clark
  • Teeland Middle School: Jasmine Faraci, Brandon Foerch, Hailie Foerch, Jordan Fowler, Dominick Jennings, Chesna Martusheff and Chailyn Roberts
  • Wasilla Middle School: Autumn Avoletta, Charlotte Brown, Alexandria Burks-Dakutak, Josie Bustamante, Anand Egan, Logan Kistler, Mya Lockuk, Larries Pleasant, Ashley Soares and Latessiah Walker
Throughout Middle School Academy, students participate in team-based activities that focus on real-world problem solving, ranging from computer and bridge builds to earthquake engineering and interactive energy sessions. The innovative activities expose students to opportunities that exist in STEM and offer incentive to stay on track to complete algebra 1 before high school – an accomplishment that a mere 26 percent of students at the national level achieve.

“Middle School Academy is the first component in our longitudinal model, which strives to expose students early and often to STEM. Our goal is to help students find their passion for math and science at a young age and keep them on track for academic success throughout their educational careers,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder.

Students participating will also be on the path to attend ANSEP’s Acceleration High School at Valley Pathways in Palmer, where they have the option to take college courses immediately in conjunction with high school coursework. A recent study released by ANSEP in partnership with the University of Alaska and State Department of Education and Early Development found that more than 60 percent of Alaska’s college-bound students require remediation upon entering the university. Students who start with ANSEP in middle school do not need remediation when they arrive at the university, and 77 percent complete algebra 1 before entering high school. To learn more about ANSEP and its components, visit www.ANSEP.net.

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