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STEM standouts are college bound

by May. 22, 2015, 12:17 PM

The 2015 class of SSMV, with Virginia Shepherd, director of the Center for Science Outreach and professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, at center. (Vanderbilt)

On May 9, 2015, the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) held its fifth commencement exercises. Together with their families, friends and community members, 23 graduates from four Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools celebrated completion of the four-year honors program.

Sharon Gentry, chair of the Metro Nashville Public School Board, was a distinguished guest and speaker. Jesse Register, director of MNPS, gave the commencement address.

These students are all headed to college this fall. Following are the graduates with their high schools and intended colleges and universities:

Fenan D. Debesai, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Davidson College
Kelsey G. Driscoll, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Claremont McKenna College
Catherine Elizabeth English, Overton High School, Vanderbilt University
Valeria A. Garcia Lopez, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Centre College
Evan B. Gordon, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Reed College
Varik Sevion Harris, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Reed College
Mayra Garitzia Hernandez, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Brigham Young University-Provo
Nhung Tuyet Thi Hoang, Overton High School, Swarthmore College
Isaac Ige, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Andriana D’an Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
Alex Steven Jolly, Hillsboro High School, Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth MacPherson, Hillsboro High School, Loyola University, New Orleans
Arturas Malinauskas, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Northwestern University
Xena E. McDonald, Overton High School, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Maylan Daniel Mehus, Overton High School, Haverford College
Dheeraj S. Namburu, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Brown University
Susannah E. Price, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Washington University in St. Louis
Samuel A. Rafter, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Northeastern University
Efrain I. Salazar, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Zaixing “Able” Shi, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
Camron M. Shirkhodaie, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
Cochran Gray Tettleton, Hume-Fogg Magnet, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Yae Eun Yang, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Johns Hopkins University

SSMV is a joint venture between Vanderbilt University and MNPS. The SSMV offers high school students a four-year, interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities, where internationally recognized faculty are leading the way in diverse fields of scientific study.

SSMV is supported in part by a National Institutes of Health NCRR Science Education Partnership Award, by Vanderbilt University and by MNPS.