A group of 14 high achieving high school juniors from across South Dakota recently gathered at Black Hills State University for the annual Rising Scholars in Math and Science workshop. The program is coordinated by the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU.

The Rising Scholars program involves mathematicians, scientists, educators and local artists who create an inspiring and educational experience for the students. The goal is to enrich the academic preparation of the most promising high school mathematicians and scientists from across the state while allowing them to have fun and make new friends with similar interests, according to Julie Dahl, program coordinator.

The scholars spent four days together dining with program faculty and staff, and immersing themselves in mind-expanding math and science challenges. “This summer’s program was spectacular. Not only did the participants find a way to succeed at each challenge, they had fun doing it,” said Dahl.

Participants this year include: Kayla Bertsch, St. Lawrence; Nathan Bridgman, Wessington Springs; Josh Garry, Webster; Jacqueline Godbe, Rapid City; Tony Jensen, Burbank; Jordan Krell, Plankinton; Kellen Mastick, Harrisburg; Sarah McMahon, Hartford; Matthew Mehlhaf, Menno; Lisa Nelson, Batesland; Josh Palmer, Madison; Haaken Phelps, Lake Preston; Ethan Robish, Strandburg; and Paul Scheetz, Spearfish.