The 2015 Engineering Summer Institute was held June 8 to July 2 at the College of Engineering on the campus of Southern University.

Twenty-four students in grades nine through 12, representing 12 schools in Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas, competed for top awards in content subject areas, technology, robotics, presentations, projects and individual as well as team design awards.

For the first time in ESI’s 41 years, there was a tie for Most Outstanding Scholar.

Most Outstanding ESI Scholars: Javian Pierson, Scotlandville Magnet High; and Louis Russell III, Southern University Laboratory School

Most Outstanding in Calculus: Michael Stewart, Scotlandville Magnet High

Most Outstanding in Advanced Algebra: Kiersten Kelly, Baton Rouge Magnet

Most Outstanding Web Page Design: 9-10 Level: Kelly; first runner-up, Kasey Williams, Baton Rouge Magnet. 11-12 Level: Russell; first runner-up, Anassas Anderson, C.E. Byrd High, Shreveport.

Most Outstanding in Communications: 9-10 Level: Miriam Ghebreyesus, McKinley Magnet High. 11-12 Level: Pierson.

Most Outstanding in Critical Thinking: Anston Broadway, Scotlandville Magnet High.

Most Improved in ACT — English: Benjamin Youngblood, Battle Creek Central High, Battle Creek, Michigan. Honorable mention: Dylan Weaver, West Feliciana High; Shola Akinniyi, Baton Rouge Magnet; Kelly; Williams; and Jaylon Breaux, Turner High, Pearland, Texas.

Most Improved in ACT — Mathematics : Codasia George, Scotlandville Magnet High. Honorable mention: Weaver; Williams; Adrian Ard, Scotlandville Magnet; and Youngblood.

Most Outstanding ExxonMobil Team Presentation Award : 9-10 Level: Williams; George; and Tre’Vione Johnson, Scotlandville Magnet. 11-12 Level: Ard, Russell, Anderson and Youngblood.

Most Outstanding Robotics Team: Russell, Anderson and Youngblood.

Most Outstanding Engineering Project/Design Team Award : Emezole Adikema, Baton Rouge Magnet; Kelly; D’Andre McKinnis, Baton Rouge Magnet; Weaver; and Anderson. First runner-up: Russell; George; Johnson; Breaux; Kimani Cadney, William Hough High, Charlotte, North Carolina; and Williams.

ESI instructors were Carla Buckner, Troy Bryant, Dr. Hamid Majlesein, Lauri Patterson, Louis Poché and Dr. Rose Thompson. Student counselors were Barrington Moses and Gerald Russell.