Wichita high schools students learn more about college, science through Newman University Hispanic Scholar Program

Dec 09, 2011

Twenty-two Wichita area high school students got a taste of college life – and two hours of college credit – by successfully completing the 2011 Newman University Hispanic Scholar Program. The students, who performed individualized projects in the biological, health or physical sciences, were selected for the program as part of an ongoing effort by Newman to keep Hispanic students in high school and encourage them to pursue higher education. The students were recognized at a Dec. 7 banquet and awards ceremony on the Newman campus.

Hispanic Scholars Program 2011
Wichita area high school students who successfully completed the 2011 Newman University Hispanic Scholar Program are, l-r: Maria Hernandez; Juana Sarai Castellanos; Laura Ramos; Eva Nolasco; Danielle Komp; Hilda Flores; Nicole Ramirez; Michelle Lomeli; Gisel Carrerra; Taylor Oliver; Fabiola Rivas; Karen Sanchez; Amber Payne; Lorena Mireles; Denise Cadena; Jane Gonzales; Wendy Morones; Isabel Contreras, and Yadira Y Chavez-Arambula. Not pictured: Jonathan Hernandez, Azvcena Martinez, and Jacky Ocampo.

The Hispanic Scholar Program was created in 2001 to address concerns about the high dropout rate among Hispanic high school students. The program is offered to Wichita and Sedgwick County Hispanic high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, and is designed to strengthen students’ pre-college science, mathematics, and English skills by making learning a fun and familiar experience.

Newman University waives the tuition of $1,392 for each student and provides facilities and instructional materials. In addition to earning two hours of college credit, students receive a certificate of completion.

The program uses an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that integrates different academic disciplines. Each student selects a research topic, then conducts a literature search, performs laboratory and field experiments, collects data, analyzes results, draws conclusions and writes a paper in a scientific format. Students are encouraged to present their papers at the annual Kansas Junior Academy of Science meeting.

For more information on the program, contact Surendra Singh, Ph.D., professor of biology at Newman University and Hispanic Scholar Program founder and director, at 316-943-4351, ext. 2117.

Students who participated in the 2011 program are listed below by high school:

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Azvcena Martinez

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School
Danielle Komp

Wichita East High School
Hilda Flores
Laura Ramos

Wichita North High School
Denise Cadena
Gisel Carrerra
Juana Sarai Castellanos
Yadira Y Chavez-Arambula
Isabel Contreras
Jane Gonzales
Jonathan Hernandez
Maria Hernandez
Wendy Morones
Eva Nolasco
Jacky Ocampo
Nicole Ramirez
Fabiola Rivas
Karen Sanchez

Wichita South High School
Michelle Lomeli
Lorena Mireles
Taylor Oliver
Amber Payne