Troy Area Jr. Sr. High School junior Emma Mack was recently accepted to attend the 2019 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences, to be held between June 30 and Aug. 3. She is the first Troy student to attend the program since 1997.
The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS), which is hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, was established in 1982 in order to provide a rigorous summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for talented Pennsylvania high school students, and to encourage them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The five-week intensive residential program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research.
PGSS offers talented students the opportunity to participate in true scientific research and specialized scientific study. The program received over 400 applications this year, and only 56 students were chosen from a pool of qualified applicants from across the state. A selection panel, comprised of PGSS administration and faculty, which includes Carnegie Mellon University faculty, reviews the applications.
Successful PGSS applicants must be Pennsylvania residents in their junior year of high school. Applicants are expected to demonstrate academic achievement, interest in the sciences and mathematics and a record of pursuing this interest in activities beyond the classroom. The acceptance committee also takes into consideration the opportunities that have been made available to the applicants through their schools.
Troy Jr. Sr. High School principal Dr. Alison Polly said, “Emma is a valuable member of the Troy High School community. Her accomplishments are commendable. We are proud to have her represent the Troy Area school district at the PGSS this summer. We are excited to find out what Emma can bring back and share with the school community.”
Jolene Smyth, Mack’s guidance counselor, stated, “We are so proud to have Emma represent Troy High School at this prestigious program. This will be a wonderful and enriching experience for her.”
Emma Mack is the daughter of Terry and Satomi Mack or Troy.