Admissions - Region's top students gather at MMA for studies leadership training
Solidarity can be a great feeling.
Spending the last three weeks at the Advanced Studies Leadership Program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, eighth-grader Grace Bent has been able to connect with dozens of other young teens who are passionate about the same things: science, math, the environment and technology, known as STEM.
Students in seventh, eighth and ninth grade lived in the dorms and took classes, built leadership skills and met friends from June 24 until Friday's "graduation."
Now in its eighth year, ASLP is a partnership between the college and the Cape Cod Collaborative.
The goal of the program is to get more students interested in STEM subjects, said Paul Hilton, the past director of the Cape Cod Collaborative who helped start the program.
Students studied six different general topics, including the Cape's environmental problems and how to run remotely operated vehicles in the ocean, said Joseph Gilbert, director of special projects at the Cape Cod Collaborative. The courses were taught by professors and area teachers with the help of MMA cadets.
To qualify for the $1,317 program, students must score in the top 10 percent of their grade level on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, tests. Recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors were also considered, Gilbert said.
Ultimately, the students were chosen by their school districts. Each district is allotted a certain number of spots in the program, based on population, according to the Cape Cod Collaborative website.
The 158 students represented 15 districts on the Cape, and three or four off-Cape, said Gil Newton, ASLP program director.
The utility National Grid gave $1,000 scholarships to 25 students with financial need. Only 15 scholarships were offered last year, but the opportunity was expanded "due to the success" of the program, said Lynne Papetti, National Grid's manager of corporate citizenship in New England.
From social events each week to classes, Bent said she enjoyed being around like-minded teens.
"Everyone here was so awesome, the students and the cadets," Bent said. "It's not like regular school where some people are mean. Everyone's nice."
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Article written by Emily Atteberry/ Cape Cod Times
July 14, 2012