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University High School of Science and Engineering’s Fifth Class to Graduate on June 13

Posted 06/11/2012
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Seventy-seven seniors will graduate from the University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) on Wednesday, June 13, at 5 p.m. in Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus. This group of students, known as the Encore Class, is UHSSE’s fifth graduating class.

Matt Fleury, president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Science Center, will deliver the keynote address. Yasmine Ali of Windsor was selected as the student speaker.

Members of the Encore Class come from 15 cities and towns throughout Connecticut. They will continue their education at colleges and universities such as the University of Hartford, Colby-Sawyer College, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of Connecticut, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The Encore Class includes Samantha Cedeno and Bo-Edward Lawrence, two students who helped conduct an experiment that launched to the International Space Station in May aboard the first commercial flight to the International Space Station. Cedeno and Edwards worked with a faculty member and an undergraduate student from the University of Hartford and with 7th and 8th? grade students from the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School to study bone loss in space. Cedeno plans to study forensic science at the University of New Haven. Lawrence will be a pre-med student at the University of Hartford.

The Class of 2012 also includes National Merit Scholar Charles Wentzell of South Windsor, who plans to study biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The University High School of Science and Engineering opened on the University of Hartford campus in 2004, making the University the only private university in the nation to have two public magnet schools on its campus. (University Magnet School, a pre-K through grade 5 school, opened in 2001). It was founded on the "Early College" model, in which qualified students can take college courses and earn credits for college while still attending high school. Fifty-one UHSSE students took classes at the University of Hartford during this past academic year.

UHSSE has received significant recognition in its eight-year history. Last month, it was named a Magnet School of Excellence award winner for the second time since 2008. It was one of just of 57 schools nationally to receive the designation this year. Math teacher Marilyn M. Jack-Ortique was named Hartford’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. In 2009, UHSSE was named the top performing school in the Hartford Public School district and one of the top 100 high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report.