Two BMS students to spend a week for FREE at the School of Science and Math in Durham this summer!
Left to Right: Bertie Middle School Principal Mona Gilliam, Timya Freeman, Jahkia Basnight, and Beta Club Advisor Sandra Williams-McGlone.
Bertie Middle School pair to spend a FREE week at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham this summer
WINDSOR—Out of approximately 150 applicants statewide, two students from Bertie Middle School were selected to attend a free, one-week residential program at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics this July!
Only 50 students in the whole state were chosen to be a part of the “Step Up to STEM program,” which will occur July 14-19 in Durham.
Jahkia Basnight, grade 8, is the daughter of Mashawanda Razor of Windsor. She is an Honor Roll Student and a member of the National Junior BETA Club at Bertie Middle School, where she serves as the President. Jahkia is also a Varsity Cheerleader and represented Bertie Middle School as “Miss BMS.” Jahkia has been accepted to the Bertie Early College High School for the 2019-2020 school year.
Timya Freeman, grade 8, is the daughter of Cheryl Jefferson (Guardian), Sandra Vaughan, & Careem Freeman (parents) of Windsor. She is an Honor Roll Student and a member of the National Junior BETA Club at Bertie Middle School, where she serves as the Chaplain. Timya is also a Varsity Cheerleader and serves as Captain for the Junior Varsity Team. She has also been accepted to the Bertie High School Early College for the 2019-2020 school year.
“Step Up to STEM” is an innovative, interdisciplinary academic program that uses exciting real-world subjects to challenge rising 9th graders across North Carolina to build their skills in science, math and communications.
During the program's residential summer institute, students live and learn on the historic campus of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where they have the opportunity to take advantage of the many unique enrichment activities available throughout the Triangle.
This unique summer program, which is being made available to our students for FREE, is valued at $1,495 per student.
“Step Up to STEM” provides students with opportunities to engage with curriculum in ways not typically available to them during the standard school year. During the week-long summer program, students will be studying an interdisciplinary science, mathematics, and biomedical engineering curriculum—all of which are supported by a writing component. Specifically, the summer program will explore biological systems and associated cellular processes.
A variety of enrichment activities outside of class time further develop students' social and academic learning through on-campus events and off-campus field trips. Past activities have included Morehead Planetarium shows, hip hop writing workshops, Durham Bulls games, visits to labs at Duke, board game nights, sports, STEM career panels, ice cream socials, and tours of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This is a FREE ONE WEEK residential summer program valued at $1495.00. Jakhia Basnight, and Timya Freeman along with 150 other applicants was received. These two young ladies were invited to be one of the 50 participants in the 2019 Step Up to STEM program. The program will be held July 14 - 19, 2019 at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.
Bertie County Schools would like to congratulate Jahkia Basnight and Timya Freeman on their acceptance to the summer “Step Up to STEM” program!