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School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt

Class of 2018 Graduates - Spotlights

The SSMV is an exciting and dynamic environment, and our students are dynamic as well. Representing 12 different MNPS high schools, our students are not only academically talented and passionate about science but have other interests as well.

Lizzy Lizzy- Hume Fogg Magnet High School

"The biggest benefit to the SSMV is the exposure to different fields of science. It made me realize that there are so many types of scientists that we never hear about and being on Vanderbilt’s campus provides such great connections to them."

What other activities are you most involved in? 

"Science Olympiad  photography classes, National Honor Society, environmental club, volunteering at the Frist and Project Register where I registered Tennesseans, including myself, to vote. In addition to those, I take dance classes "

What has surprised you about the SSMV?

"I was surprised by how much it transformed me. The courses were much more interactive than anything provided at regular high schools, and not learning for a test but rather for my own benefit allowed me to approach everything in a new way."


Next year Lizzy will attend Rice University where she plans to study environmental science. 

Youli Youli - Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School

"The SSMV has benefitted me in that I have been able to practice and develop my presentation and communication skills , which has helped me greatly within the scientific community as well as in every other aspect of my life."

W hat other activities are you most involved in? 

"I have been the president of Science Olympiad for the past 2 years, where I organized and led the team in Regional and Stat competitions. Additionally, I ran cross country for 3 years in high school and I was co-captain my senior year. I was also in band in 5th-11th grade and was first chair each year. Through band I made MTSBOA Midstate Band 7th-11th grade and Allstate 10 and 11 grade. "

What's something you're proud of?

"This year I was a Regeneron STS scholar."

What has been the most interesting thing you've done in the SSMV?

"The most interesting thing we've done in the SSMV was the Rube Goldberg challenge. It was challenging and fun at the same time, and it was nice how the whole class united and worked with each other towards a common goal."

 Next year Youli will attend NYU.


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