A pair of Marion High School students signed Friday to attend the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science during a presentation at the high school. KAMS is the state’s “premier academic high school program for the state’s best and brightest high school students,” according to the Fort Hays State University website. Based in part after successful programs in Missouri and Texas, KAMS is a residential learning experience that provides high school juniors and seniors a potent blend of: college-level instruction by Ph.D. faculty; a high school diploma and 68 hours of college credit; hands-on research supervised by Ph.D. scientists; leadership development and civic engagement opportunities; co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to develop the whole student; a safe campus and residential environment; and trained support staff. In the top photo, David Frances signs his scholarship award with parents, Rebecca and Jason Schafers looking on. In the lower photo, Larry Zieammermann signs his scholarship award under the watchful gaze of parents Melissa and Matt Zieammermann; standing behind them are Larry’s grandmother, Cathy Martin, and brother Johnny Zieammermann.