The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is pleased to announce that the Class of 2016 has been selected, and the following students from your area have been admitted into the highly selective school.

Arishanda Jefferson, of Philadelphia, is the daughter of Chrisanda Jefferson. She currently attends Choctaw Central High School.

Brittany Russell, of Philadelphia, is the daughter of Robert Russell and Dolores Russell. She currently attends These students vied with nearly 200 other Mississippi sophomores for the 135 slots available for the MSMS Class of 2016. Each student underwent a rigorous application process, which involved writing essays, submitting resumes, securing letters of recommendation, and submitting an original math or science project. Students' grades and ACT scores were also taken into consideration during the application phase. The Class of 2016 has an average incoming ACT score of 25.

For more than 25 years, the Mississippi School for Mathematics has existed as the state's only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of the Magnolia State's most academically gifted students. Located on the Mississippi University for Women's campus in Columbus, Miss., MSMS plays host to students during their junior and senior years of high school. MSMS students live and work on campus with other talented students from all corners of the state of Mississippi. Currently, students from more than 50 different counties make up the population of MSMS. The newly selected class of 2016 alone represents 45 Mississippi counties. On average, MSMS students are offered about $12.5 million each year in scholarship dollars from colleges and universities all over the world. In their last ranking, MSMS was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of the best high schools in America.