KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- A handful of hardworking students are only in their first year at Mazama High School, but they're already getting a jumpstart on their future.
40 students committed to the STEM&M program Wednesday during the school's induction ceremony.
"This is the largest group so far and is representative of the high level of achievements and dedication of this incoming class of 2022," said Laura Nickerson, a Mazama teacher and STEM&M advisor.
"It's also the first year we have seen a large number of students transfer to Mazama for possible admission into STEM&M, many of whom were successful in gaining acceptance."
The program partners with Oregon Institute of Technology and focuses on several career paths including science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Getting into the program is no easy task.
To apply, students had to submit transcripts, three letters of recommendation and an application essay. Mazama staff grade applications using a 240-point rubric. Students who scored 85 percent or higher were invited to join the STEM&M cohort. This year, of 48 applications from the freshman class, 40 students were accepted into the program.