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KAMS begins information tour


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

As the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science prepares to begin its fourth year at Fort Hays State University, academy staff also are preparing to travel across the state recruiting for the fifth year.

A letter from KAMS Director Ron Keller recently went out to all Kansas high school sophomores, inviting them to attend one of the free informational sessions scheduled for August.

Students who complete KAMS receive a high school diploma from their high school and receive a minimum of 68 hours of college credit from FHSU. Tuition, fees and books for 68 credit hours at KAMS are free for students attending a Kansas public high school.

Sessions in Bonner Springs and Topeka already have taken place. The following sessions still are scheduled:

* Parsons, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Parsons Public Library.

* Wichita, 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Wichita Public Library, Alford location.

* Salina, 7 p.m. Aug. 22, Salina Public Library.

* Hays, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, FHSU Memorial Union, Pioneer Room.

The sessions are free, and students who are beginning the seventh through 10th grade are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so the academy asks parents RSVP by visiting www.fhsu.edu/kams/meetings or calling (785) 628-4690.

Informational sessions also will be scheduled for Garden City, Colby, Manhattan and Emporia. Those times will be posted on the meetings page of the KAMS website, www.fhsu.edu/kams/meetings, when dates, times and places have been confirmed.

Students and their parents also can schedule individual visits by contacting the office.

KAMS is the state's premier early-entry-to-college program for high school juniors and seniors, focusing on strong academics, hands-on research opportunities, a vibrant on-campus living community, and leadership opportunities. Students in the academy stay enrolled in their high school but live on the FHSU campus and take college courses to complete their last two years of high school.