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Thea Bowman student attends summer MIT program

Marsalis Gibson


A 16-year-old Thea Bowman Leadership Academy senior participated in the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology summer program.

Marsalis Gibson, of East Chicago, who has attended the Gary charter school since seventh grade, plans to major in electrical engineering in college, with a minor in economics. His first choice is Stanford University and his second choice is the University of California at Berkley.

MIT does not offer a traditional open-enrollment summer school program for high school students, however it partners with organizations to run small, specialized programs on campus.

Gibson was one of 80 students who participated in the minority engineering program, an intensive six-week residential academic enrichment program for high school juniors who intend to pursue careers in science, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Gibson said he learned a lot and made many friends while in Boston. He said he took physics, biology, calculus, humanities and architecture courses.

A well-rounded student, Gibson also participates in track and field and is a member of National Honor Society.

Thea Bowman guidance counselor Karen Fitzgerald called Gibson an excellent student.

"He skipped the eighth grade and went straight to ninth grade," she said. "He's graduating a year ahead of his class. He was a model student in junior high and is a model student in high school. He's been a hard worker, academically and in the community. He's just an all-around good student and a great young man."


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