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Student Spotlights

The SSMV is an exciting and dynamic environment and our students are dynamic as well. Representing 8 different MNPS high schools, our students are not only academically talented and passionate about science but have other interests as well.


Andriana - Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School - Class of 2015

"SSMV has been an incredible benefit to me in high school because it has helped me hone my critical thinking and research skills; which benefits me in all of my classes.”

In addition to being a dedicated student, Andriana has been a Girl Scout for over ten years and is currently working on her Gold Award. She has played the clarinet for eight years, mostly for the love of it, and enjoys reading, “binge-watching” Netflix shows, and listening to music. Her dream is to become veterinarian and eventually start her own practice. 


James - Hume-Fogg Magnet High School - Class of 2016

"All of my classes have felt a positive impact from SSMV. It has made me a better communicator and has allowed me to think from many different perspectives; along with knowing a lot of awesome science! I feel that the SSMV does take a lot of time, but the connections you make with fellow classmates are timeless. I also have really started to grasp how complex and amazing the world is, which is something I think only science can show someone at a young age. The SSMV is something very unique and is a rare opportunity for young scientists.”

James is someone who likes to do a little of everything! He has become a dedicated member of his crew team and hopes to go to Nationals this year. He is a Boy Scout in Troop 31, and is currently working on his Eagle Scout Project. He loves camping and spending time outside and, in warm weather, can often be found in Percy Warner on a bike. He also let us know that, if he had a superpower, it would be to stop, slow down, fast forward, or reverse time!


Anna - Hume-Fogg Magnet High School - Class of 2017

"SSMV has been, without question, one of the greatest experiences of high school so far for me.  Whether completing semester-long projects or exploring completely new topics, class is something I truly look forward to each week. I entered the program timid, fearful to ask questions, and terrible at working in groups, and it is amazing to see how much SSMV has allowed me to change for the better."

Anna likes to move! After school every day (and on Saturdays), she runs for either the cross-country or the track team. This year, she ran at state with the Hume-Fogg girls’ cross-country team, who placed 5th overall. She works on yoga and mobility at Climb Nashville, and plays trumpet in the Hume- Fogg wind ensemble along with some other great players we know! She is an avid reader and traveler – every summer she visits her family in Hungary, and has been many other places including New Zealand, Croatia, South Africa, and Slovenia.


Austin - Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School - Class of 2018

“SSMV is an engaging and insightful privilege that inspires me to think outside the box and view the abstract and realistic sides of science in differing ways. SSMV continues to amaze me each week with thrilling and interesting lessons that correlate well with my high school studies and motivates me to achieve greater accomplishments in the future.”

He is a thoughtful student who takes his education seriously, but also knows how to enjoy life and have fun. Outside of school, he plays the piano and the cello but he is most dedicated to martial arts, Karate and Tae Kwon Do, which he has been involved with since second grade and now has two black belts! Austin is the third in his family to attend Martin Luther King, Jr.and the SSMV: his two sisters graduated in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He also enjoys Chinese Lion Dance (CAAN), football (go Patriots!) and video games.

If you are interested in applying to be a student at the School for Science and Math, see our  Prospective Students  section or jump straight to the  Application Information Page .

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