The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI will hold its 2013 Legislators Appreciation Reception. A public school of excellence, the Mass Academy has the distinction of achieving the highest SAT scores in the state for 2013.
Elizabeth Zalman, a 1998 graduate and co-founder and CEO of Media Armor Inc., will talk about the value of her Mass Academy education. Several state legislators will attend, including state senators Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester) and Jennifer L. Flanagan (D-Leominster), as well as representatives Matthew A. Beaton (R-Shrewsbury), Jennifer E. Benson (D-Lunenburg), Kimberly N. Ferguson (R-Holden), Mary S. Keefe (D-Worcester), John J. Mahoney (D-Worcester), George N. Peterson Jr. (R-Grafton), and Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin).
Monday, April 1, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
85 Prescott Street, Worcester, Mass.
"The academy is a collaborative effort among the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the high schools of Massachusetts," says Michael Barney, director of the Mass Academy. "Because of that collaboration, we feel it is important that our legislators, who do so much to support our mission on Beacon Hill, get a chance to see the results of their efforts firsthand. So many times our representatives and senators hear complaints from constituents. This is an opportunity to say thank you and to show them that the state funding that they lobby for each year is helping to produce some of our Commonwealth's future leaders in science, mathematics, and technology. We are proud of our students and faculty, and I am sure that our legislative team will be impressed with our students, faculty and alumni."
A short program will feature past and present students speaking about their experiences at Mass Academy. Award-winning STEM projects from the recent Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be on display.
About Mass Academy of Math and Science at WPI
The Mass Academy is a public, co-educational school of excellence program that enrolls about 100 academically accelerated 11th and 12th graders. Math and science are emphasized 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 1,200 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.