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National Math Science Initiative students in Oklahoma honored

The National Math and Science Initiative is a public-private partnership funded in Oklahoma by a $900,000 grant from Northrop Grumman.
by Matt Patterson Published: August 24, 2012

Dylan Smith-Sutton logged plenty of hours inside the walls of Carl Albert High School during his senior year.

The Oklahoma City University freshman was honored Thursday at the state Capitol for his efforts in the National Math and Science Initiative.

The initiative is a public-private partnership with companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Northrop Grumman pledged $900,000 to help fund the program for three years at Carl Albert, which is in the Midwest City-Del City School District, and at Lawton's Eisenhower High School.

The initiative is aimed at military families. Mid-Del and Lawton schools have large student populations that come from families serving at Tinker Air Force Base and Fort Sill, but all students at the schools were invited to receive instruction in math, science and English and take Advanced Placement courses on those subjects.

Students who earn qualifying scores of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exams receive $100 checks for each qualifying score, said Dale Fleury, senior regional director for National Math and Science.

Smith-Sutton said the money he received Thursday comes in handy. His father is a retired military service member and is disabled. His mother also served in the military and was seriously injured in a car accident.

“I went through a difficult time,” Smith-Sutton said. “My dad is 100 percent disabled, and my mom has also had some health problems. You have to pick up money wherever you can. I started looking for jobs when I was 13.”

Smith-Sutton spent up to seven days a week at Carl Albert managing the difficult course load of Advanced Placement classes. He received qualifying scores on three of the four Advanced Placement exams he took as a senior.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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About the initiative

Oklahoma is one of 10 states participating in the National Math and Science Initiative. Plans call for the program to be added in four more states in the coming year. The initiative has expanded this year to other high schools in the two districts, with more than 750 students now participating, said Dale Fleury, senior regional director for National Math and Science.


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