Class of 2022: SSMV Graduates

School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt Graduates Excel on Two Fronts
Posted on 05/26/2022
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MNPS’s Class of 2022 included a group of 20 students who actually graduated from two schools: their high schools and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, a four-year, research-centered honors program. Vanderbilt School for Science and Math Class of 2022 group photo

SSMV is a joint venture between MNPS and Vanderbilt University, where students spend a day each week taking classes and doing hands-on research. This year’s commencement exercises were SSMV’s 12th, and the keynote speaker was an alumnus from the program’s first year: Dr. Isaiah Bolden, a 2011 SSMV graduate who recently earned a Ph.D. in oceanography and is now working in Vanderbilt’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

This year’s SSMV graduates include three MNPS valedictorians and one salutatorian, and all 20 are planning to continue their education at top colleges and universities in Tennessee and across the country.

The SSMV graduates, their high schools and their college destinations are:

  • Beatrix Adams, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Desiree Bailey, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet, Spelman College
  • Jed Jenner Comia, Martin Luther King, Tennessee Tech University
  • Paul George, Martin Luther King, Belmont University
  • Emi Gilmer, Hume-Fogg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Lucia Hall, Hume-Fogg, Rhodes College
  • Jack Hartert, Martin Luther King (valedictorian), Vanderbilt
  • Ian Henson, Hillsboro High, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • Marina Kamal, STEM Preparatory Academy, University of Virginia
  • Jennifer Li, Hume-Fogg, Johns Hopkins University
  • Elle Murphey, Hume-Fogg, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Laurel Nicholas, Martin Luther King (salutatorian), Vanderbilt
  • Maya Reilly, home-schooled, Duke University
  • Natalie Rodriguez, Valor College Preparatory, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Seth Shaw, Hillsboro, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Rena Shi, Hume-Fogg (valedictorian), Dartmouth College
  • Nathan Solomon, Martin Luther King, Vanderbilt
  • Maya Underwood, Nashville School of the Arts (valedictorian), Rhodes College
  • Xuan Yang, Hume-Fogg, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Hamza Yousuf, Martin Luther King, Middle Tennessee State University

Congratulations to all of these graduates on a job very well done!

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