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Lancaster High School Receives Mu Alpha Theta Charter, Inducts 52 Math Scholars

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – This spring, Lancaster ISD has celebrated academic achievements and young scholars through multiple ceremonies. At the National Elementary Honor Society Induction, 199 4th and 5th graders received pins and acknowledgement as they joined the elite academic organization. Fifty-three middle school students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and 97 high school students were inducted into the National Honor Society. In addition, Lancaster High School joined schools across the nation for College Academic Signing Day where seniors celebrated their commitment to higher education with college representatives and campus and district staff. In all, 196 seniors have publicly declared where they intend to attend school this fall.

And now, LHS has another prestigious, academic society for its students.

On May 11, 52 high school students, who excelled in the area of mathematics, were inducted into Mu Alpha Theta.

“These students have maintained a 90 average with no grade below an 85 in their high school math courses,” LHS math teacher and Lancaster alumna Laura Jacobs said. “Mu Alpha Theta is a highly recognized program at the university level and there are scholarship opportunities, regional and national conferences for students to network with leading scientists, university professors, engineers, and business leaders. I am very excited that Mr. Showell [LHS principal] has given the go ahead to bring this wonderful organization to LHS and I am more than pleased to sponsor and lead these exceptional students.”

Jacobs spearheaded the initiative to bring the organization back to the high school.

“Today, there are more than 2,200 chapters all over the United States and Canada with more than 110,000 members,” she said. “I am proud to say Lancaster High School is now one of these schools on the National register and we are one of 260 charters in the state of Texas.”
Mu Alpha Theta was organized in 1954 to recognize high achievement and promote interest in mathematics by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and The Mathematical Association of America. On May 5, 2017, LHS received its program charter.

LHS Math Master Teacher Tracy Terrell said that she is excited about the organization being a part of LHS

“Most of the time, math is looked upon as a hardship, so you want to celebrate those students who are excelling in mathematics,” she said. “It’s important to acknowledge them and motivate them to keep going forward in math”

For the induction ceremony, Dr. Ali Shaqlaih, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Secondary Education at the University of North Texas at Dallas, spoke to the students about the importance of math and how it helps develop critical thinkers.

“He was a wonderful guest speaker,” Jacobs said. “My goal is that students begin to see mathematics as the gateway for success. It teaches students how to think and process information. If we can get students to become better math students, their future opportunities will blossom.”