On February 3rd, incoming freshman Mas Scholars attended the Mas Reception. The reception allowed the incoming Mas Scholars of the class of 2020 to get a glimpse of what’s to come in Columbus and in the program. It also gave the upcoming Mas Scholars a chance to meet their future classmates and make a few connections before their high school career begins.
The Mas Reception also gave the incoming Mas Scholars a chance to hear from seniors currently in the program. “What stood out to me the most was hearing from the students,” said incoming freshman Mas scholar, Marcel Van Hemert, “and hearing about what they have done in the Mas program, I was happy to see that this does have results and I want to be a part of it.”
The senior Mas Scholars were happy to give the incoming students advice and share their experiences in the program. “ It’s really nice knowing that we are going to be passing down the torch to these guys,” said senior Mas Scholar Tomas De Las Casas, “we were all in the same place they are at so we know exactly what they’re going through, it feels really good to help them understand what they’re getting into.”
The Mas Scholars program brings together the intellectually elite students of Columbus. While being part of the Mas Scholars program, one partakes in exclusive classes only open to those in the program. These classes challenge students and test whether they truly deserve to be Mas Scholars. The curriculum for a Mas Scholar is considered to be one of the most challenging for high school boys in South Florida.
Not only does the Mas Scholar program open the door to exclusive classes, it also sets the students into a competitive environment that mentally prepares them for college. The top five students in the class of 2016 are all Mas Scholars, and their positions are constantly changing. Mas Scholars are also allowed to attend exclusive Mas Scholar college trips, which give the students in the program an up-close look to some of the best schools in the nation.
Being a Mas Scholar truly has its perks. Hopefully, the incoming Mas Scholars from the class of 2020 take full advantage of all the program has to offer.
With contribution by: Cesar Sabates