The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy recently inducted 50 students from throughout
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia(Aurora) speaks with IMSA Student Council President Mamatha Challa and other students and parents following the inaugural National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.
IMSA President Dr. Max McGee said this ceremony is particularly special because having an IMSA chapter of the National Honor Society was a student driven initiative.
“They (IMSA students) made a compelling case to the national organization to allow IMSA to use a different criteria—the service and production, and eventual dissemination of an original work of scholarship—as the primary criteria for members,” McGee said.
Since IMSA does not have class rank, calculate grade point averages or GPA, the traditional criteria used to establish NHS chapters would not apply.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (www.imsa.edu)
2008 National Honor Society Inductees
Mrs. Peg Cain
Mr. Patrick Furlong
Mr. Jim Gerry
Mr. Jose Palos
Dr. Aracelys Rios
Dr. Max McGee, Advisor