Thirty-one students from Kansas, South Korea and China have been accepted for the fifth class of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science on the Fort Hays State University campus. The class began its two-year curriculum on Aug. 19.
KAMS provides a unique residential learning experience for select high school juniors and seniors. Prospective students must have completed at least two years of high school with distinction in mathematics or science. However, outstanding academic achievement is not the only criterion for acceptance. KAMS selects students based on drive, interest, maturity, stability, and personal and family commitment.
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 FHSU.
This class also includes nine international students, three from South Korea and six from China.
New students are listed alphabetically by hometown with their sending high school:
Anshun, China: Shan "Katherine" Zhong, daughter of ZeGang Zhong and ChuiLan Kong.
Beijing, China: Xiao Wang, son of Jianwen Wang and Chenjie Tian.
Xining Li, son of Xiaocen Li and Xia Zhu.
Zhong "Steven" Yang, son of Wenhao Yang and Li Yang.
Daejeon, South Korea: Yeong Su Han, daughter of Wansuck Han and Namyun Kim.
Derby: Cooper Cummings, Derby High School, son of John and Tracy Cummings.
Emporia: Tayler Kriss, Emporia High School, son of Thomas and Michelle Kriss.
Guangzhou, China: WenKai "Kevin" Shu, son of Changchun Shu and Jing Zhao.
Xiaoying "Sharon" Lin, daughter of Lin TongFu and Jiao Jian.
Haysville: Adison Townsley, Clearwater High School, son of Michael and Michelle Townsley.
Horton: Victoria Kist, Horton High School, daughter of Brian Kist, Horton, and Kathryn Downing, Olathe.
Hoyt: MaRyka Smith, Royal Valley High School, daughter of Kevin and Lisa Smith.
Junction City: Jonithan Bennett, Junction City High School, son of Jeff and Sahra Bennet.
Liberal: Adan Rosales, Liberal High School, son of Adan Rosales and Reyna Salazor-Rosales.
Tuan Le, Liberal High School, son of Hoang Le and Nga Ngo.
Lyndon: Alyssa Brecheisen, Lyndon High School, daughter of Rex Brecheisen.
Lyons: Evan Shanelec, Lyons High School, son of Daniel and Catherine Shanelec.
Paxico: Cheyenne Carlson, Wabaunsee High School, daughter of Roger and Tonia Carlson.
Protection: Payton Jellison, South Central High School, daughter of Chris and Jeanette Jellison.
Russell: Tammy Nguyen, Russell High School, daughter of Tom and Van Nguyen.
Seneca: Kayce Feldkamp, Nemaha Valley High School, daughter of Stanley and Dawn Feldkamp.
Seoul, South Korea: MinSoo Choi, son of JaeWon Choi and SooJin Joo.
Topeka: Adele Coultis, Topeka High School, daughter of Andy and April Coultis.
Gregory Kenyon, Seaman High School, son of Greg and Maryann Kenyon.
Kaitlyn Emerson, Shawnee Heights High School, daughter of Tony and Allison Emerson.
Lucas Barnes, Washburn Rural High School, son of Kent and Naoma Barnes.
Patrick Duensing, Shawnee Heights High School, son of Edward and Amy Duensing.
Tanner Reece, Washburn Rural High School, son of Michael Reece and Ginger Oroke.
Ulysses: Logan Heinrichs, Ulysses High School, son of Kendall Heinrichs, Ulysses, and Val Dietrich, Ulysses.
Wichita: Noah Stapleton, Maize South High School, son of David and Patricia Stapleton.
Yongin, South Korea: SeonYeong Ha, son of Keol Ha and Miryung Kim.