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KAMS graduation Saturday at FHSU

5/9/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

The 26 members of the 2014 class of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science will graduate at 3 p.m. Saturday in Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union, Fort Hays Ballroom.

This is the academy's fourth graduating class. Members voted to name their class the Vanguards.

"This group of students has a phenomenal road ahead of them," said Ron Keller, KAMS director. "They have a great start with what they have accomplished while in the program. Seven of the 26 students will remain here at FHSU, while nine of them will be attending other Kansas state schools, for a total of 16 students staying in state. We are very proud of them and know they will do great things."

Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, will give the address. Also in attendance will be the academy's co-founders, Donald Norwood and Professor Jerry Magliano.

The Kansas Board of Regents sited KAMS on the FHSU campus in 2008 following an extensive selection process.

The Kansas Legislature established the Academy to promote mathematics and science education, to reduce the "brain drain" in which many of the best and brightest young Kansans go out-of-state universities and never return, and to promote economic development by providing a well-educated workforce.