SSMV Class of 2018 Graduates

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt held its eighth commencement exercises. Together with their families, friends, and community members, 18 graduates from seven MNPS high schools celebrated completion of the four-year, honors program. Ms. Jill Speering, Metro Nashville Public School Board Member and Vice-Chair, was a distinguished guest and speaker. Rich Hayes, creative director with the Union of Concerned Scientists, gave the commencement address.

Below are the list of graduates with their high schools and intended colleges and universities:

  • Megan Dernberger, John Overton High School, Vanderbilt University
  • Eghosa Eguakun, Hillsboro High School, Vanderbilt University
  • Elizabeth Gaviria, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Rice University
  • Kevin Gomez, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
  • Erna Hrstic, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, DePaul University
  • Chaitu Konjeti, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Austin Lu, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Boston College
  • Cassady Lutz, McGavock High School, Belmont University
  • Kristi Maisha, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
  • Adaora Mgboh, Antioch High School, Vanderbilt University
  • Grayson Peters. Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jacob Peters, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Williams College
  • Alexis Sheeler, John Overton High School, Tennessee Technological University
  • Taylor Smith, Hillwood High School, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Katelyn Sutherland, McGavock High School, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Mudi Yang, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Yale University
  • Youli Yao, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, New York University
  • Lu Zheng, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Yale University

The School for Science and Math (SSMV) at Vanderbilt is a joint venture between Vanderbilt University and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. 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.

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has received support from a National Institutes of Health NCRR Science Education Partnership Award, Vanderbilt University, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, and other generous donors.

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