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USM's Karnes Center hosts open house

10th grade students Shakira Hall (left) and Jessica Henderson speak about the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Tuesday. 10th grade students Shakira Hall (left) and Jessica Henderson speak about the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Tuesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Teachers and staff in a gifted education program at The University of Southern Mississippi are hoping to get new supporters to help students with financial needs. 

The Area Development Partnership hosted an open house Tuesday afternoon at the J.B. George Building for the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

Since 1979, the center has hosted fall, spring and summer programs for more than 13,000 intellectually gifted students.     

"It's really just a great event to thank people who have supported us and hopefully, find new friends of the Center for Gifted Studies." said Pola Jakacki, Ph.D., interim director of the center.   

"It means so much," said Shakira Hall, a 10th grade gifted studies student from Bassfield. "I was never really busy in the summer time just doing anything until I finally started going to the gifted studies program."  

"It's meant a lot, it's given me the opportunity to meet new friends and to learn new things that I might not get a chance to learn at school," said Jessica Henderson, another 10th grade gifted studies student from Oak Grove.  

Students from six different states have already applied for summer courses offered by the center. 

To learn more about the gifted studies program, click here

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