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Testimony from Sidney Carey, graduate of the 1st student cohort in Jackson, MS

Sidney CareyI was first introduced to the Algebra Project in 2002 when I started high school at Lanier High in Jackson MS. The thing that
really stuck out and kind of changed my life was the sense of ownership and control that I was given in and out of the classroom. During my first year with the Algebra Project, I was given the opportunity to not only read and learn algebra but I was able to teach it to other students as well. This gave me a sense of leadership and really revealed to my classmates and me that we had the ability to teach and help others. We were also given the opportunity to communicate with each other and help each other. In no other class were we given this opportunity. This basically changed my view on life and what the world has to offer.

After graduating high school I was given a chance to continue working with the Algebra Project through a summer institute for a new Algebra Project cohort at Edison High School in Miami, FL. I counseled and tutored high school students who attended the summer institute. This experience was very helpful for me throughout my years at Mississippi State University. I was able to gain more leadership skills, and it also helped build my confidence in and out of my classes. Each year I became bolder and stronger with my academics and in my everyday life.

On May 11, 2012 I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Services. During the summer of 2012, I was asked by Dr. Bob Moses to create an online  resource for Algebra project students to communicate with each other, share ideas and projects as they move through high school and college. Now I am putting together a committee of current cohort students to help design and put together a social networking website suitable for AP students. We will be meeting throughout the summer and will present our ideas at a Math Cohort High Schools conference at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ, July 18-21, 2013. Our goal is to have the website used by each member of the Algebra Project now and in the future.

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