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Nate Faessler '12: Helping to Launch a Career


In 2011, the MSSM Foundation helped Nate Fasessler and two other MSSM students accompany researchers from the University of Maine's AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center on a trip to MARIN, a large-scale facility for testing floating wind turbines in the Netherlands. That trip helped Nate win a scholarship to attend the University of Maine and work in the AEWC lab.

Nate is from Sanford, Maine. His first introduction to MSSM came as a fifth-grade summer camper. He was so impressed with the MSSM student counselors that he knew he wanted to come here for high school. He’s glad he did; he would have exhausted his local high school’s math offerings as a junior.

MSSM has done more than just provide Nate with advanced math courses. It has helped him hone his childhood interest in alternative energy into a career path. Last year, the entire school toured the AEWC in Orono and saw cutting-edge research in wind and tidal energy. Then in the Netherlands, Nate gained inside access to a state-of-the-art engineering facility with wave pools, highly sophisticated testing equipment, and scale models of super-tankers, turbines, and platforms. He met engineers from MARIN, Maine Maritime Academy, and the University of Maine and interacted with Dr. Habib Dagher, the AEWC’s director.

Four days later, back in Maine, Nate and classmate Darius Haskell won the AEWC’s Windstorm Challenge, a competition in which students construct floating wind turbines. They received internships worth up to $20,000 to work in the AEWC lab while studying engineering at the University of Maine. Nate credits their win to the Netherlands trip. “Our design placed second in testing by just a few points but our presentation scored first by a lot and that’s how we won. The Netherlands trip gave it to us - we had a more educated view on where wind energy is headed.”

Nate says, “I am thrilled that I’m going to go to the University of Maine and be involved in these programs. That’s really where I want to be, and my confidence in knowing that is really all because of MSSM.”

Lillian Costello '15: “You're Changing Lives.”

Lil Costello came to MSSM from the small town of Milo, Maine, to pursue her dream of becoming an astronaut. In just one year, she has already experienced the role that the MSSM Foundation will have in her education – she conducted experiments in the newly renovated greenhouse, traveled to the state science fair, and tinkered with printers, electronics, and robots in the robotics lab. Happy in her decision to switch schools, she says, “I think MSSM is going to play a big role in my goals.” When asked what she'd tell people who donate to the MSSM Foundation, Lil says, “You're changing lives.”

Lil's great grandfather was a military pilot who worked with the first Apollo astronauts. Ever since inheriting his memorabilia, she has dreamed of becoming an astronaut herself. But her school wasn't preparing her. Through elementary and middle school, she was ahead of her peers and not getting extra enrichment from her teachers. She even experienced bullying. Finally one interested teacher helped her learn Algebra I outside of class and another instructor told her about MSSM. She attended an open house and was hooked. “The people were amazing,” she recalls.

In her first-year chemistry class, Lil tested the effect of water temperature on plant growth in the hydroponics facility funded by grants from the Perloff Family Foundation. That led to a trip to the Maine State Science Fair, paid for by the MSSM Foundation. Seeing student research from across the state and presenting to judges was a “really great experience,” recalls Lil.

Lil is glad she chose MSSM. “If I'd stayed [at my sending school], I wouldn't have gotten the education that I'm getting here. It's challenging and yet it's doable.” She credits the support of classmates and faculty with helping her make the transition. Lil hopes to attend a military academy and major in aeronautical engineering after MSSM.

Message from the Chair

Dear Friends of MSSM,

If you are reading this note, you probably already have an affection for MSSM. Maybe it’s because your son or daughter attended MSSM, and you witnessed the school’s life changing influence on them. Maybe you are an alumnus, and you know how the school impacted your life. Or, possibly you don’t know us, and are just curious about this plucky little school in far northern Maine.

I became involved with the MSSM Foundation because of the wonderful experience my son had at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. When I see the adult he is today, I can draw a direct line back to this school and the impact it had on him. I wanted to give back to the school some of what this school gave to my family.

Since joining the Board, I’ve personally seen how this institution works it magic on everyone who comes in contact with it – summer campers, students, faculty, parents, the people of Limestone, and the larger communities of Aroostook County and Maine.

Today, MSSM's enrollment is growing, and we’ve added a new dorm to accommodate this growth. We are attracting superb faculty from across the country, and developing new programs using new spaces like the Thompson Greenhouse. As Board Chair, I am delighted to report that MSSM is benefiting more Maine students and teachers than ever before. MSSM’s spirit and momentum is inspiring.

The MSSM Foundation has and will play a key role in this growth. Through the generosity of our donors, we make possible activities, programs, and investments that the school's traditional public funding sources simply cannot cover. Most importantly, we help to ensure that all Maine students regardless of financial circumstances gain access to and participate fully in the MSSM experience. Since its formation in 1994, the Foundation has raised over $1.6 million in support of this unique school.

If you have not given to MSSM in the past, I ask you to consider doing so now. And, to the many staff members, parents, alumni, and friends who already generously support the school with their gifts, you have my deepest thanks. It is your caring, your enthusiasm, and your financial support that keeps MSSM strong and growing.

Best regards,
Doug Baston
Chair, MSSM Foundation


Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

At first sight, it might seem somewhat incongruous to see a Foundation whose principle task is fundraising in support of what is a public school. But, as you all fully appreciate, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics is not just any public school, it is the best school in the State- in short, a residential community of academic excellence! As such we want to ensure that we are able to continue to offer and deliver the very best programmatic experience bar none to the truly amazing students in our charge. These young men and women are literally our collective futures, and direct support of them whether through our Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Scholarships, Planned Giving, or even Stock Donations, is nothing short of a vote of confidence in both MSSM and collaterally the great State of Maine, where many of our graduates will go on to shape businesses, politics, education, infrastructure, information-communication technologies, public service, and entire communities from Aroostook to York. In short, supporting MSSM is an investment in all of our hopes and aspirations for a better world, and that future starts with the ethical and comprehensive education of our children, which is nothing less than a national strategic imperative. In this life changing work, any help we receive is deeply appreciated and will, I promise you, make a great difference in all that we do.

Very sincerely,


David Pearson

Foundation Chair

MSSM Foundation Chair

December 15, 2018

Greetings!

I recently visited MSSM at the start of the school year to find my alma mater reinvigorated after the long summer with students roaming the halls of the school and studying in all corners of the dormitory. From discussions that extend past the end of class and spill out into the hall to weekend study groups that stretch on for hours, the academic excitement and the exploratory spirit that has animated the school since its birth is still alive and well in northern Maine.

As I take stock of the school’s past successes and look forward to another year that will be full of the achievements of its students, I am reminded of what the school has given to those who have been touched by it. Whether it was exposure to classes not available at a student’s home school, the chance to be around like-minded peers for the first time, or the joy of watching each child thrive in an environment of academic challenge and excellence, MSSM profoundly changed all those who passed through its doors - and with your support it will continue to do so well into the future.  

Please join me in providing for the school that has given us all so much. This year, with your generous support, we will work to raise $150,000 for the Annual Fund. This money will go to the school’s many unfunded requirements, from purchasing $15,000 in much needed new athletic equipment for the school’s gym, to giving many thousands more for financial aid to ensure that ability, and not ability to pay, determines who has access to an MSSM education. 

When you consider your charitable giving this holiday season and into the new year, I hope that you will generously give to the Maine School of Science and Mathematics Foundation. With your support, we will continue to give back to the school that has given so much to the state of Maine and all of us.

With warmest regards and most sincere thanks,

E. Clark Copelin, Class of 1998
Chairman, Maine School of Science and Mathematics Foundation
 

MSSM Executive Director

MSSM Executive Director

Dear Friends,

At first sight, it might seem somewhat incongruous to see a Foundation whose principle task is fundraising in support of what is a public school. But, as you all fully appreciate, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics is not just any public school, it is the best school in the State- in short, a residential community of academic excellence! As such we want to ensure that we are able to continue to offer and deliver the very best programmatic experience bar none to the truly amazing students in our charge. These young men and women are literally our collective futures, and direct support of them whether through our Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Scholarships, Planned Giving, or even Stock Donations, is nothing short of a vote of confidence in both MSSM and collaterally the great State of Maine, where many of our graduates will go on to shape businesses, politics, education, infrastructure, information-communication technologies, public service, and entire communities from Aroostook to York. In short, supporting MSSM is an investment in all of our hopes and aspirations for a better world, and that future starts with the ethical and comprehensive education of our children, which is nothing less than a national strategic imperative. In this life changing work, any help we receive is deeply appreciated and will, I promise you, make a great difference in all that we do.

Very sincerely,
David Pearson