The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science will embark on its inaugural year of operation with a Grand Opening Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Fort Hays Ballroom at the FHSU Memorial Union.
The public is welcome to attend this historic event.
KAMS, the state’s premier academic program for exceptional high school students, was established by the Kansas Legislature in 2006. After reviewing proposals from several schools, the Kansas Board of Regents selected Fort Hays State University to serve as the host institution for the state academy. KAMS provides a unique residential learning experience for select high school juniors and seniors. These exceptional students, who represent urban, suburban and rural communities from across the state, will earn a high school diploma from their sending school and 68 hours of college credit from Fort Hays State University.
Speakers at the grand opening on Thursday will include Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president; Ron Keller, director of KAMS; the co-founders of KAMS, former teacher, professor and administrator Dr. Donald C. Norwood and Johnson County Community College professor and administrator Jerry Magliano; Nick Jordan, former Kansas senator and the legislative sponsor of KAMS; and Dr. Paul Adams, director of FHSU's Science and Mathematics Education Institute, which oversees KAMS.
Immediately following the formal ceremony, time has been set aside for media interviews and photographs of the KAMS students and their parents with the gathered dignitaries.