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MSA Graduates Credit Curriculum with Preparing Them for College

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 23, 2014 – The largest senior class at The University of Texas at Brownsville’s Mathematics and Science Academy can now call themselves graduates.
Graduates of the Mathematics and Science Academy with guest speaker Katherine Archuleta and Dr. Juliet Garcia at the 2014 UTB Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Student Union Lawn in Brownsville, Texas.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.
 
The 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.
 
“The 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.”
 
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.
 
Emily Osborn, 17, of Brownsville, will attend Texas A&M University in College Station and study biomedical science with the hope of later attending veterinary school.
 
“I’m 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.”
 
Ivan 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.
 
“I 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.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.
 
Some students will be staying close to home to attend college.
 
Luis 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.
 
“I like the opportunities that are here and the environment. It’s what brought me here,” said Macias.
 
Seniors 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.
 
“I 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 credits.”
 
The academy’s projected enrollment for 2014-15 is 50 first-year students and 40 second-year students.
 
The 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.
 
For more information on the Mathematics and Science Academy, contact 956-882-5742 or brenda.valero@utb.edu.

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