Cedar Ridge, NCSSM graduates

Jeremy Jump (left) completed a concentration in computational science. Dario Muller (right) earned a concentration in arts and sciences.

Two Cedar Ridge High School seniors completed their 2-year-long programs at the North Carolina School of Science and Math and graduated on Friday.

Dario Muller completed a concentration in arts and sciences and Jeremy Jump completed a computational science concentration, also winning the Dr. Robert M. Panoff Excellence in Computational Science Award. The award, along with a small scholarship and a computational chemistry research lab position at North Carolina State University, was presented by Mr. Robert Gotwals.

NCSSM, a 2-year high school in which students apply their sophomore years of high school, offers both the option to be a residential student in Durham or to stay at their home high school and live at home with their families. Both Jump and Muller decided on the latter.

In order to gain a concentration each had to take a minimum of four classes in a specific topic.

Though the courses are mostly all online, NCSSM uses sophisticated software for the seminars so that students may ask questions and there are two-way contributions.

Entrance to the program is very competitive, requiring SAT testing and an essay as well as several recommendations. All of Gotwals’ classes had a final paper due and this was a contributing factor to the reason Jump received the excellence award.

Both students will attend North Carolina State University. 

These students also participated in District C future leaders their junior year.

Jump is the son of Jody Lennon of Chapel Hill and Joseph Jump of Raleigh and is the nephew of Peter and Jill Hallenbeck of Efland. Muller is the son of Giovanna Peverelli of Hillsborough.