Spotlight: Syna Sharma Receives Excellence Awards

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Syna and her family moved to the states after the hurricanes, relunctantly leaving VIMSIA, the only school Syna had ever known. She now attends High School in the states and was recently awarded with 5 Excellence Awards. Her mother Juhi says, “The teachers just love her! They are asking if she has any siblings. For her to do so well her first year makes us so proud. Please be sure to say thank you to all of the wonderful VIMSIA teachers that have been so instrumental in her success. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

You’ll see it in this short video - our students stand out!

Andy Yu Accepted US Naval Academy Summer STEM Program

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Andy Yu, PGIA 8th grade student, has been accepted into the US Naval Academy Summer STEM Program in Annapolis, Maryland! This program allows students to explore, create, build and expand critical thinking and collaboration skills. Andy gets to experience the program with students from all over the world who are interested in STEM fields! Congratulations Andy! Please contact Ms. Ebe to learn more or share details of your upcoming summer experience!

Mimi Boumedine Accepted Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence 4 All Program

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Mimi Boumedine, PGIA 9th grade student, has been accepted into Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence 4 All Program this summer! This three week program allows students to study artificial intelligence with Stanford faculty and graduate students as well as take field trips to local companies involved in Artificial Intelligence. Students also complete a research project to round out the program. Congratulations Mimi!  Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer!  Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience. 

Kira Mitchell Accepted to Oxford Scholastica Academy, England

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Kira Mitchell, PGIA 10th grade student, will participate in the Oxford Scholastica Academy in England this summer! She will participate in the Medicine Preparation Academy and experience many types of university teaching and learning styles. Students will learn more about how the body works, interact with patients, conduct clinical examinations and develop medical knowledge and research skills. Student also have the opportunity to publish an article in a scholastic medical journal. Congratulations Kira! Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer! Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience.

Marissa Bornn Accepted John Hopkins University Summer Program

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Marissa Bornn, PGIA 10th grade student, has been accepted to a summer program at Johns Hopkins University! The Discover Hopkins Medical School Intensive program allows students to focus on techniques related to surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and biomedical science. Students participate in lectures, labs and hands on medical training at John Hopkins Medical Simulation Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Congratulations Marissa! Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer! Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience.

Ricky James Winner of 2019 Youth Role Model University Bound Program at UVI

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Well don't we just need some good news today? As you all knew from earlier in the year, Mr. Axel Bartsch, was the winner from our school as the 2019 Youth Role Model for the University Bound Program at UVI.  We are so proud of him!

The University Bound Program selected their own winner for the 2019 Youth Role Model Award and that young man is also a PGIA student.  Mr. Ricky James will also receive this award this spring!

VIMSIA creates great young people, and these students are fully deserving of this accolade.  Sharp, strong, reflective young men who have led by example in staying committed to academics and strong character.

Today is a proud day for VIMSIA.  Congrats Axel and Ricky!

Diego Zakers Accepted to Frontiers Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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PGIA 11th grade student, Diego Zakers, has been accepted to the Frontiers Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this summer!  Diego will explore Interactive Media and Game Development as well as Entrepreneurship.  Congratulations Diego!  Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer!  Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience.   

Caroline Gaskin Accepted to Harvard University's Secondary School Program

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PGIA 11th grade student, Caroline Gaskin, has been accepted to Harvard University's Secondary School Program this summer!  Students get the opportunity to experience course work and life as a college student while developing independence and learning about the world around them.  Caroline's course options include Creative Writing, Biochemistry, Japanese and many more.  Congratulations Caroline!  Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer!  Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience.    

Mimi Presents at ASLO in San Juan

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This week PGIA 9th grader Mimi Boumedine, along with six other St. Thomas high school students, presented at the international ASLO (Association for the Sciences of Liminology and Oceanography) 2019 aquatic sciences meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Mimi shared her student team's research on fish preferences for natural vs. artificial coral reefs. She and her team built artificial reefs, then observed which fish preferred their reefs vs. the natural ones, categorizing by species and age. Their research was conducted this past summer with the Youth Ocean Explorers program at UVI. The presentation was given at a special high school poster session initiated and organized by none other than Dr. Michele Guannel, Assistant Professor of Biology with the Virgin Islands Institute for STEM Education Research and Practice at UVI.

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Mireille Boumedine Receives Honorable Mention

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Time to share some good news!  This fall Mireille “Mimi” Boumedine, 9th grader at Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy (VIMSIA), applied for the Aspirations in Computing award sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information and Technology.  As a 9th grader, this was her first year of eligibility. There are two levels of the award, regional and national.  We still do not know about the regional results (for us that is the PR/USVI region), but the national award winners are now official.

There are usually approximately only 15 girls who achieve the national award recognition.  Mimi is not one of those this year. There are more 350 nationally who receive the honorable mention at the national level.  Most of them are not in 9th grade.  Mimi recently was notified that she received the national honorable mention award!

She is the first Virgin Islands student ever to receive any kind of national level award from the Aspirations in Computing program.  Congratulations Mimi!