ANSEP hosts 54 students from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District at March Middle School Academy


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – For its March Middle School Academy, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) is hosting 54 middle school students from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). During the two-week, residential component, students will participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities designed to immerse them in opportunities that exist in these career areas.

Thanks to generous support from ANSEP’s strategic partners, the March session is one of six Middle School Academies taking place during the 2015-2016 school year. This is the fourth Middle School Academy that ANSEP has held in conjunction with MSBSD, which was the first school district to partner with ANSEP. Since the partnership began during the 2012-2013 school year, more than 200 MSBSD students have had the opportunity to participate in ANSEP. The students chosen to participate in the all-expenses-paid academy are selected based on their academic records as well as essay responses within their applications. They are from eight Valley-area middle schools, including:

Colony Middle School

Aiyana Phillips
Alicia LaRose
Isabelle Riopelle
Jazmyn Roycroft-Ayonayon
Malachi Mathis
Michael Hill
Nathaniel Hill
Paige Malone
Peyton Van Buskirk
Presley Allen
Xander Cote-Wright

Houston Middle School
Aaron Thomas
Adaylia Monroe
Antonio Newton
Hanna Davila
Lloyd Wilson
Phoebe Contestabile

Mat-Su Central School
Jonathan Peck

Midnight Sun Family Learning Center
Kozmo Roehl

Palmer Junior Middle School
Anelise Walker
Clark Schaefer
Dazhane Maclean
Hayden Buckley
Liam Hoyt
Maggie Anvil
Natalie Yankovic

Redington Junior/Senior High
Abriana Santos
Esther Lytle
Kade Case
Kristin Keene
Marilena Koozaata
Megan Hale
Nikolas Pedersen
Owen Perry
Shaunna Campbell
Trajyn Hood
Twyla Anderstrom

Teeland Middle School
Elizabeth Porrit
Glenda Root
Herbie Karmun
Jadelyn Murray
Kai Dixon
Kiara Shane
Maggie Bamburg
Makayla Power
Miyah Clark Hassenfratz

Wasilla Middle School
Chevy Hicks
Ezra Gilmore
Madison Horton
Madison Lestenkof
Tezlyn Kerrone

Throughout the two-week component, students will take part in a college-style learning experience at UAA while participating in team-based activities centered around real-world problem solving, such as Arctic wall and bridge builds to earthquake engineering and science exploration sessions led by industry professionals and ANSEP staff. Upon arrival, students dove head first into a computer engineering activity, where they pieced together brand new PC computers. The computers are theirs to keep, provided they stay on track to complete algebra 1 before entering high school.

“The computer build is an integral part of our Middle School Academy because it teaches students how to engineer an electronic device while ultimately providing them with a tool needed to succeed in their educational careers – a computer,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “This is just one way we’re inspiring, guiding and creating opportunities for young Alaskans and putting them on a path to higher education and successful careers from an early age.”

The ANSEP model begins at the middle school level and continues through high school and into college undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs. A key component of the program, the Middle School Academy inspires young students to become involved in science and engineering early in their educational careers and keeps them on track to compete algebra 1 before high school. More than 77 percent of Middle School Academy students complete algebra 1 before entering high school. Nationally, that number is 26 percent.

To learn more about ANSEP and its components, visit www.ANSEP.net.

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