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Seven WMST rising seniors to take college courses next school year

Seven rising seniors at Washington Mathematics Science Technology (WMST) Public Charter High School will be enrolled in courses at five local universities for the Fall semester.

Through the High School-College Internship Program (HiSCIP) run by the District of Columbia Public Schools, the seven classmates will be able to take one class during the Fall semester and as many as two courses in the Spring 2011 Semester, according to Enrique Watson, director of student services at WMST. District of Columbia Public Schools will pay the tuition, while each student's family will be responsible for purchasing books and transportation.

“Part of our work here at WMST is to instill a college-going culture. It will enable our students to acquaint themselves with a college environment so that by the time they graduate, they will be ready for college campus life” said Watson.

Saul Henderson has been accepted for the HiSCIP program at American University; Diamond Wren will take classes at Trinity University. Jordan Bell will participate in the HiSCIP through George Washington University; Sheisha McNeil is participating in HiSCIP through Georgetown University. Demia Simms will take part in HiSCIP through the University of Maryland, while Derrick Jones and Niah Wilson will take classes at the University of the District of Columbia. The nine credit hours for three completed courses will be transferrable to any university of the student's choice.

Watson asked WMST rising seniors who had grade point averages of at least 3.0 to apply for the HiSCIP program. Of the submitted applications, seven of these students have been admitted.

A good performance in class will make it easier for the participating HiSCIP student to gain admission into the school where they are enrolled in classes.