Mass Academy of Math and Science to Name Its Brickyard in Honor of Former Sen. Arthur Chase
Students, parents, faculty, and alumni of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI will hold a ceremony honoring former state Sen. Arthur E. Chase, and name the Academy's Brickyard – its central gathering place – as The Senator Arthur Chase Brickyard.
Mr. Chase is a retired businessman and state legislator who represented the Worcester District in the Massachusetts Senate from 1991 to 1995. His career in public service began as a member the advisory board of Quinsigamond Community College. From 1978 to 1981 he was a member of the Worcester School Committee, and then served as an at-large member of the Worcester City Council. During his tenure in the Senate, Chase co-founded the Central Massachusetts Legislative Caucus. He sponsored legislation to create the Mass Academy of Math and Science at WPI, and supported the creation of a commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston.
"Mass Academy has been my passion for 22 years," Mr. Chase said. "They could name any area of the school for me, and I would be proud. They picked a beautiful area, and I am very proud."
Tuesday, June 3, at 6 p.m.
Mass Academy of Math and Science at WPI, 85 Prescott St., Worcester Mass.
Sen. Chase's vision, advocacy and legislative leadership enabled the Academy’s founding in 1992, and this event is to thank him for this educational program that challenges and develops some of the best math and science talent in the Commonwealth.
"Senator Chase's vision has helped create and sustain a unique and challenging environment for students looking to excel in the areas of STEM," said Mass Academy Director Michael Barney. "He continues to be a champion of this school to this day, and we are proud to honor him."
A brief program will be followed by a reception with students, alumni, parents, and faculty.
About Mass Academy of Math and Science at WPI
Mass Academy is a public, co-educational school of excellence program which enrolls about 100 academically accelerated 11th and 12th graders. The school emphasizes math and science within a comprehensive, interactive academic program. The rigor of the junior year classes exceeds high school honors and AP, emphasizing depth over breadth, engaging students in project based learning and more than 1,100 hours of instruction. Seniors complete a full year of college, enrolling in classes at WPI, a nationally ranked university, thus making the Academy the only public school in Massachusetts whose students attend a private university full-time as seniors in high school. The Academy is a collaborative effort among the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the high schools of Massachusetts. For more information visit www.massacademy.org.
June 2, 2014