WPI Welcomes 12 Mass Academy Graduates

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, Mass. - August 15, 2002 - Several local students will be in familiar surroundings when they start their college careers later this month. That is because the 12 graduates of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science entering Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have already spent two years studying on the university's campus.

Based at WPI, Mass Academy provides a unique learning environment for high school juniors and seniors with exceptional aptitude in mathematics and science. Juniors take courses taught by master teachers at the Academy while seniors enroll in regular WPI courses alongside matriculated students. As a result, the dozen students entering WPI have the advantage of starting their college careers a year ahead of their fellow in-coming students.

The 12 Mass Academy graduates entering WPI are:

Robert Contois of Worcester
Benjamin Cooper of Charlton
Jon Gretarsson of Worcester
Michael LaBossiere of Holliston
Amanda Learned of Hopkinton
Eric Leshay of West Boylston
Piotr Mardziel of Dudley
Tuan Nguyen of Worcester
Ethan Thompson of Ashland
Marek Twarog of Auburn
Ye Wang of Hudson
Hans Wiken of Westford

Mass Academy is a public high school run under a public-private partnership between WPI and the Massachusetts Department of Education. The school marked its tenth anniversary at commencement exercises in May when 41 students from 32 Massachusetts communities graduated from the Academy. This year's graduates will continue their studies at some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation - from the United States Naval Academy and MIT, to Ivy League schools, and WPI.

More information about Mass Academy is available at its Web site, www.massacademy.org.