Graduates Credit Curriculum with Preparing Them for College
Graduates of the Mathematics and Science Academy with guest speaker Katherine Archuleta and Dr. Juliet Garcia at the 2014 UT Brownsville Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Student Union Lawn in Brownsville, Texas.
academy’s 46 seniors received high school diplomas during Spring Commencement on Saturday,
May 10 on the Student Union Lawn. The students also left the academy having
earned their first two years of college credit.
students who attend the UT-Brownsville Mathematics and Science Academy truly
want to be here,” said Dr. Wilma Smetter, the academy’s Principal. “They are
surrounded by students who are like themselves. They are motivated to do well,
are engaged in classroom discussions and are able to be in a university
environment where they are supported by their classmates and by a structured
support system offered by the administration of the academy. We see them every
day and are able to provide the support they need as young college students.”
will be attending universities throughout the country such as The University of
Texas at Austin, Texas State University in San Marcos, the University of Texas
at San Antonio, the University of North Texas, the University of North Carolina
at Wilmington and Milligan College.
Osborn, 17, of Brownsville, will attend Texas A&M University in College
Station and study biomedical science with the hope of later attending
going to miss my friends the most,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed the experience and
the classes at MSA. I liked the sciences but history had my favorite teacher. I
wouldn’t have survived two years without my friends. We all helped each other
study and helped with homework.”
Rodriguez, 18, of Brownsville said attending the MSA was an easy choice to
make. He got advice from his cousin, MSA alumna Ana Amaro, who is now a student
at Texas State University.
don’t regret this decision,” said Rodriguez, who wants to major in civil
engineering and is still deciding where he will attend college. “It was just a
lot of work. As a junior I had to handle it and manage my time. Mathematics is
my stronger subject. Educationally and mentally, I couldn’t have been the same
person if I did stay at my original high school.”
Julieta Rico, granddaughter of Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, President of UTB, will attend this fall The University of Texas at Austin and major in English.
“I’m looking forward to living and studying in a new city,” she said. “I’m excited to go straight into my major once I start at UT and meet new people. It’s a new adventure.”
Mathematics and Science Academy graduates Luis Macias, Emily Osborn, Madeline Kriegel, and Ivan Rodriguez received their high school diplomas at the 2014 Spring Commencement that took place at the Student Union lawn on Saturday May 10, 2014.
students will be staying close to home to attend college.
Macias, 17, of San Benito is not taking a break after graduating from MSA. He
is taking an introductory engineering class during UTB’s Summer Session I and
will continue with classes this fall. He is a bioengineering major.
like the opportunities that are here and the environment. It’s what brought me
here,” said Macias.
were able to partake during the academic year in several high school
traditions: a senior banquet, a senior trip to South Padre Island, senior
superlatives and a yearbook with the theme “Out of This World 2013-2014.” The
group also had a Great Gatsby-themed prom.
will miss all the people here,” said Madeline Kriegel, 18, of Brownsville who
this fall will major in English at Belmont University in Nashville. “I enjoyed
the family-like atmosphere. I enjoyed the change of scenery and earning college
academy’s projected enrollment for 2014-15 is 50 first-year students and 40
Mathematics and Science Academy in the College of Science, Mathematics and
Technology was created by the 79th Texas Legislature in 2005. Graduating
students receive a high school diploma from the Mathematics and Science Academy
and have up to 68 semester credit hours, enough to have finished the first two
years of college. The first cohort of high school-aged juniors began in fall
2007 and graduated with high school diplomas in spring 2009.
more information on the Mathematics and Science Academy, contact 956-882-5742