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Academy prepares for second class
As the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at
the University of North Texas ended its first year,
academy officials began processing applications for the
academy's second class of 100 of the state's brightest
In response to a nationwide shortage of science pro-
fessionals, the academy was created by the Texas Legis-
lature in 1987 to give an educational boost to gifted
teen-agers interested in the sciences.
The minimum scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test
for admission to the academy are 550 on the math sec-
tion and a 1,000 on the combined math and verbal sec-
tions out of a possible 1,600.
More than half of the 204 applicants for the second
class exceed the requirements, with 27 students scoring
more than 700 on the math portion and two students
scoring perfect 800s.
Students in the first academy class averaged 1,195 on
the SAT when they took the test as high school
sophomores. Their score was more than 300 points
above the Texas average (877) for seniors and more than
200 points above the national average (906) for seniors.
After the current academy students' first semester of
college classes, more than half had 3.0 GPAs or better,
with four carrying perfect 4.0 GPAs.
A special effort has been made to recruit minority
students because they are underrepresented in the sciences
and related professions, said Dr. Rogers Redding,
qdemy director. The first class has seven Asian stu-
s, four blacks and three Hispanics. Among the ap-
Wants for the second class are 29 Asian students, 29
Hispanics and 10 blacks.
Efforts also have been made to assure a wide geo-
graphic distribution of students. In the first class, stu-
dents came from as far east as Texarkana and as far west
as San Angelo, as far north as Denison and as far south
as Corpus Christi.
Two cities not represented in the first class are Austin
and San Antonio, but that's because no students from
those cities applied, Dr. Redding said. However, four
students from Austin and 13 students from San Antonio
have applied for the second class.
Other cities with several applicants are Fort Worth
with 12, Dallas with 11 and Houston with 10. Cities
with four or more applicants are: Brownsville, Garland,
Denton, Longview, Midlothian and Kermit. In all, 119
cities are represented.
Illinois, Louisiana and North Carolina have similar
programs in operation but the students in those pro-
grams do not live on campus and do not receive college
credit for their studies.
"The longer I study the (Texas academy) ... the more I
am amazed and intrigued by its promise," wrote Dr.
Julian Stanley, a member of the academy's advisory
board and the founder of the Study of Mathematically
Precocious Youth at Johns Hopkins University, in a
letter to Dr. Redding. "You and your associates have
come up with a brilliantly unique plan that seems to me
vastly superior in principle to the ... schools already
underway in North Carolina, Illinois and Louisiana and
being planned or considered in several other states
(Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi and New York)."
Stanley testified before the Maryland House Appropri-
ations Committee in 1988, recommending that the
Texas academy be used as a model for that state's
To help keep the students in Texas, North Texas offi-
cials are establishing an admissions network to ease
emy graduates' admission to other Texas uni-
University of North Texas The North Texan
CAPITOL IDEA- To inform government leaders about the Texas Academy of Mathematics and
Science at the University of North Texas, officials and students from the academy visited the
Texas Legislature during March. The visit, included tours of the Senate and House chambers and
a breakfast for key legislators. Also, the senate passed a resolution saluting the academy's 83
students as "our state's future leaders." Front row, from left: students Sharhonda Wilks of
Houston; Andrea Roth of Corpus Christi; Mauri Garcia of Laredo; Edward Thompson of Dallas;
Michael Shelton of Fort Worth; and Cody Dunagan of San Angelo. Back row, from left; Rep.
Jim Horn of Denton; Dr. Rogers Redding, director of the academy; Speaker of the House Gib
Lewis; Annetta Ramsay, associate director of student life; and Cletus Johnson, academy hall
Gaylord, Hughes bow out
The 16th annual Gaylord-Hughes Drama Scholarship
Benefit production in February also was the last per-
formance for its longtime organizers and stars, Dallas
actress Martha Gaylord and Dallas Summer Musicals and
Majestic Theater imptesario Tom Hughes.
Miss Gaylord and Hughes starred in Ernest Thomp-
son's "On Golden Pond" along with Hughes' wife, Anne,
who played Chelsea, the couple's daughter.
Hughes announced earlier that he and Miss Gaylord
would be taking a hiatus from acting in the production.
"Martha and I will take an active part as members of
the advisory committee, as participants in the audience,
as organizers of the buses from Dallas (for the gala),"
More than 200 students have received Gaylord-Hughes
drama scholarships at NT.
Joanna Hurley, wife of Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley,
is the newest honorary member of the Meritum chapter
of the Mortar Board honor society, which was
established at the University of North Texas in 1950:
Only two other people have been named honorary
members in the Meritum chapter's history.
Mrs. Hui}3 was inducted into the society this spring
because, "She has shown outstanding evidence of merit
through her sincere and earnest work on campus and for
the community, playing a major role in the leadership
and direction of the University of North Texas,"
according to the chapter.
On campus, Mrs. Hurley is host for more than 100
functions a year, including activities such as Honors
Day, commencement, fund raisers, alumni receptions,
.homecoming and Board of Regents functions. She also
is a member of the League of Professional Women and
the Faculty Wives Club.
In the community, she is a member of the Benefit
League, the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Arts Guild
and the Texas Women's Alliance.
Only 15 people in the nation were chosen for
honorary membership this year. .Nationally, Mortar
Board has 142,000 members in 198 chapters.
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