The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, January 30, 1982, Page 11, Image 11
SAT., JANUARY 33, 1922 TK CAMLIHA TI":S -11 7V.C. School of Science & Math Has Mu Black students excel in r-i V ' ' ' . . the betterment of aH." first scientists, serves as " The ischool's business ludes: consulunt to the tough academic at-' t v f "M fT V "At this nninf in thiir ' acting academic : dean., affairs are handled by numerous scientific and the tough academic at mosphere at the Norths 1 Carolina , ' School' of Science and "Mathematics, .but too i few blacks are enrolled. according to Ms. Ola Jv I Stringer, head of admis-' : i sions. Of the current - 301 -member. student ' body, only 46 students ' are black and, at this - point, it looks as if the percentage, will drop next year. So far; only four-j -teen black students have . filed a :, nomination, for - the 1982 junior class. , The North Carolina School of Science and ' Mathematics (NCSSM). located in Durham, is a public i residential high ichool fori gifted 'and alcnted young women wd men with intense in erest .and. strong poten-' ial for high achievement n the fields of science ind ; ; ; mathematics. Students are identified in' he tenth grade and ;pend their junior and leiiior high school years it the school. There is no :harge for tuition, room, ward, or other special ees. ' l- ' ... . The school is seeking :50 : North Carolina tudents for new admis ion in September 1982.' 'Minorities need to be lade aware of the ex ellent opportunities that xist at the school," Ms. itringer says. "Com nunity and church saders, school person- ; tel.- and private citizens teed to encourage 'pro nising students and their arents to investigate the opportunities available 'or this challenging educational experience." A core faculty teaches i rigorous program of science, mathematics, English, foreign languages, and social sciences as well as art and music. A residential life staff oversees the personal, social, and human needs of students in order to assure their total development. In addition, distineuished n f 0 JUNIORS ADRIAN LAWRENCE (left) from Fayetteville and BERYL G. BLOUNT FROM Greensboro, studying in the NCSSM library. lecturers in science,' mathematics, and a variety of fields often ap-, pear at the school. Black students cur rently enrolled not only excel academically, socially, and athletically at the. school but also compete well in the state and national arena. Eight students are semi-finalists in the Na-; lional Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students. The eight students are Lisa Dixon of Scotland Neck, Nathaniel Dobson of Teachey, Stephanie Jackson of Charlotte, Peter Lewter of Kelford, Otis Raeford of Burl ington, Ellis Smith of Elizabeth City, Chip Tillman of High Point, and Tricia Townes of Durham. Chip Tillman was selected as a finalist in competition for the 1982 Morehead Awards to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chip is also the school's first student body president. Per'cii Watkins of Zebulon was selected last- summer to attend a conference for noteworthy ' students ' conducted by the North -Carolina State Universi ty School of Engineer ing. Thomas Gilchrist of :, Raeford attended ' the Governor's School in the C summer of 1981. ' - Students - currently enrolled at -NCSSM find the benefits both positive and rewarding. Many see their experience as a " significant investment in the future. Regina Pettis of Charlotte finds that "the school has afforded her the opportunity to ex- -press and develop talent, that was hidden. lr strongly feel that this talent will benefit both; me and our society in'." future years." Gayc' 'Blount of Greensboro thinks that the most significant aspect of the school is its residential program. She says, 4, have adopted a new . family with unity and closeness. This family is the entire student body. I am so glad that I made the decision to attend.". Adrian Lawrence of Fayetteville feels that be- ing selected was "an im- r portant milestone in my . life as the school pro- vide a sophisticated education at a young age, and this will assist At this Doint in their lives, these students have a wealth of potential that can flourish in the en- vironment of the school as v they pursue career : paths and, in the future, they will make " signifi cant contributions ' to American society. They will become the leaders of tomorrow," says Ms. Sarah W. Hamilton, :dean of Academic Af fairs. ' Among the outstan ding staff members who help administer NCSSM is Ms. Ola 4 F. Stringer . who joined the original staff in . 1979 as the leading official in the of fice of admissions. Ms. Stringer ' brings an outstanding background to the school. Some of. her past appointments have included work at Richmond Technical In stitute in Hamlet (NC)as instructor, counselor and She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. :. Ms.' Hamilton was a teacher xf advanced placement students and has 28 years; of educational i ex perience with the North Carolina public school vstem ' She is a former Richmond County Carolina " Central, ' has Teacher of the Year, an been a leading force with administrator- Joe Gibbs, a graduate of Shaw University. Gibbs was the assistant comp troller at North Carolina Central University before joining the NCSSM staff. by numerous scientific and - I .r . Euuiduuiiai organiza tions, ; the National Academy of Science, the National Institutes of Health, and the Minority Institutions Science Tm- Townes received her B.S. Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year, Alpha Pi Chi Woman of the Year, and a National Dr. Marv . Townes. deeree at North CamKna graduate dean at North College, Durham, (now N.C.- . Central Universitvl. hrr M c the school since -it's in- and Ph.D. degrees at the ception. She is currently University of Michigan. a member of the Board "Because Dr. Townes' Foundation Teacher. Master' of' Advisors. Dr. Townes' background in the field of science in- daughter, Tricia, is a stu dent, Dr. Townes has in Continued On Page 13) t.v uuu iiii.i win a..i.t wv ...,.w mi v me in attaining my careeY registrar (1970-76); and and personal goals Regina Dobson of Teachey says that "Black students need hot expect perfection at NCSSM, but they should seek to perfect and, most of all. to accept and learn." She believes "that NCSSM was created to help make each individual want to change hisher world for as registrar and director of Admission and Records at Barber-Scotia College in Concord. Ms. Stringer received both the . bachelor's and graduate degrees at A&T State University. Ms. Sarah W. Hamilton, appointed by Governor Hunt to the founding Board of Trustees as one of the ; t i l i ivUS 'if t OTIS E. TILLMAN, JR. SENIOR FROM HIGH POINT; STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT ) PKolb)rEafeacMarra)r . ' -j n .., - . - - - "iU ym B3 L .-.1-. yt.-rk CURTIS ADAIR, SENIOR, FROM SOUTHERN PINES PImm by Enftme Murray, mtair at NCSSM ATTENTION Duke Power Company CUSTOMERS! ! Effective Friday, Jan. 29, at 5:00 P.M. 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