Friday, December 18, 2015

Research Showcase 2015-2016

Taken from Wingspan
Henry Youtt, Managing Editor (ISM Student)

The annual Research Showcase for FISD students in the Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) program was held on Thursday night at Heritage High for students to display personal research from within their individual fields of study, ranging from marketing to cardiothoracic surgery.
“The experience was fantastic,” ISM teacher Brian Wysong said. “I feel like the students did and exceptional job and were well-prepared. The thing I am most proud of is hearing them talk to students and other people and showcasing the knowledge of their field.”
ISM students had the opportunity...(Read More >>)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PICASSO AND PROMOTIONS - Student snapshot: Victoria Meng

Pablo Picasso is widely regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time. However, a fact that the average art lover may not know, is that Picasso was also an accomplished sculptor.

During a research interview, ISM student, Victoria Meng, got a unique opportunity to interact with Picasso’s perspective challenging "Head of Jacqueline" at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

In the process of studying marketing and advertising during her term in ISM, Victoria has been visiting with non-profit organizations to hear the unique perspectives of professionals involved in the art world. Much like how sculptures are not typically associated with Picasso, Andrea Devaldenebro, the marketing manager at the Nasher, shared her experiences in a unique array of tasks that aren't typically associated with marketing.

Throughout the interview, Victoria gained unique insight into the extent of creativity and flexibility needed in an environment where funding is often limited. However, most memorably she learned about a distinct benefit of non-profit marketing: the rewarding experience of promoting a valuable cause-- the chance to sell inspiration.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Student Snapshot: Sarah Philips, Editor-in-chief

Sarah Philips who is the Editor-in-chief of our new Liberty Wingspan is doing great things in ISM, but also in leading her broadcast team.

Sarah Philips is a senior and highly involved in the school. She has competed in UIL Journalism all four years of high school, and placed fifth in News Writing at the State Meet in Austin in May 2015. In addition to being the 2015-2016 Wingspan Editor-in-chief, her titles include National Honor Society President, Junior Frisco Women’s League President, member of Student Council, Academic UIL team member, connoisseur of AP classes, Independent Study and Mentorship student and Gryffindor (Potterhead for life). She hasn’t slept in the last four years, but survives on a very healthy mix of Starbucks or RaceTrac coffee (depending on how broke she currently is), the three C’s (ChipotleCane’s, and Chick-fil-A) and chocolate. If she could have lunch with any five people, she would choose Jesus, J.K. RowlingJon StewartStephen Colbert, and Emma Watson, just to see what would happen. Wingspan is everything she’s ever wanted for the media program at the school, and her only regret is not having it before her senior year. - See more at:

Friday, October 9, 2015

ISM Business Symposium 2015-2016

Our Liberty Independent Study and Mentorship crew participated in the annual Business Symposium.  Career professionals from the DFW area volunteered their time to conduct mock interviews, resume building workshop and networking opportunities.  This is one of the highlights of the ISM journey.

The Liberty students did a fantastic job representing Frisco ISD and the ISM program.  Read more on our Liberty Wingspan website >>

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015-2016 ISM Members

FIRSTLASTField of Study
SunjoliAggarwalComputer Engineering
ShahirAhmedSports Medicine
HalleBarhamVideo Production
AryceBattlePediatric Oncology
ToriBensonPrimary Care (ER)
FernandaBorja-PrietoPediatric Surgery
AditiChakradeoPediatric Cardiology
EuniseChenCardiothoracic Surgery
TomClineMechanical Engineering
IsabellaDalmacioDevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
HannahDanksLarge Animal Veterinary Sciences
AshleyFongMusic Education
RebeccaGottschalkNaturopathic Medicine
SarahJiangMusic Performance
ShrinidhiJoshiForensic Psychiatry
LukeJuddMusic Education
NithyaKetavarapuBiomedical Engineering
JulieKimMechanical engineering
AaronKimGeneral Pediatrics
KristenKirkGraphic Design
CharlieLinMusic Production
ShaneeLuElectrical engineering
DerricaMcDowellOrthopedic Surgery
RebekahMcMasterAtmospheric science
MaddieMeaselCommercial Real Estate
RyneOsborneMusic Direction/Composition
RamyaParthipanEmergency Medicine
NaishalPatelAerospace Engineering
SabrinaPengCorporate Law
SarahPhilipsPolitical Law
NatalieRamirezHomeland Security Investigations
SophiaRamirezForensic Psychology
SarahSamuelPediatric Neurosurgery
JaySchlaegelChristian Ministry
AbelSenArtificial Intelligence
JesseSullivanAerospace Engineering
MatthewTremmelDrumline Show Design
RafayUsmanCardiothoracic Surgery
NylaVineyPublic Relations
DavidWoodwardMusic Composition
AndrewWoodwardGraphic Design
CullenWoodwardCivil Law
HenryYouttMarketing and Public Relations
KendallZapoliPhotography/ Cinematography 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Quote of the Day

“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”  - Jim Collins

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Year 2015 - First Day of Class Takeaways

First Day of Class - ISM Takeaway Points:
  • Networking is key - Connections can open doors to future opportunities
  • Choose excellence and exemplify character - Liberty ISM's motto
  • Personal mangement is knowing where you are today, where you want to go (what your goals are), learning from your past and then using that to formulate or mange the process of achieving those goals
  • Good is the enemy of great
  • Let us do the best that we can and enjoy the journey
  • Knowledge is power.  Take advantage of the opportunity that ISM provides to learn more about your field of study

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Orchestra/ISM Seniors

ISM had multiple students participate in the Liberty Orchestra this year.  In this picture, you can see that the orchestra seniors know how to pose for a picture!  Check out the Youtube link to watch and hear our crew during their last show.  They were amazing!

Yue Chu
Sharan Mohan
Yuixi Yu
Shannon Matthews
Grace Jeong
Casey Kim

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Student Spotlight: Casey Kim - Finance

Casey Kim, a senior at Liberty High School, has been studying finance this past year in the Independent Study and Mentorship Program. He has had the opportunity to study under the mentorship of Mr. Robert Hrnicek, a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Casey learned about different financial models and the various aspects of what being a financial advisor entails. Furthermore, he explored different investment options such as mutual funds, stocks, and ETF’s and now realizes the importance of catering to a client’s financial needs. For his final product, Casey conducted a study using data from four different index funds from the 1980’s and intermediate signals from Lowry Research, a technical investment advisory, to see if a simple strategy could time the markets. He is tremendously grateful for the various experiences only made possibly through his mentor and the ISM program. Casey plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis this fall to major in business with a concentration in finance.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Student Spotlight: Siddhant Ankolekar

From Siddhant Ankokar:

This year through ISM I had the opportunity of working at Legacy Vision under the mentorship of Dr. Ken Kirkland. Coming into the mentorship, I thought my visits would simply consist of shadowing the doctor and looking at their selection of frames. However I was pleasantly surprised that there was much more to my experiences than I had previously assumed. Some of my most memorable experiences consisted of making glasses upon order, looking inside all the patient's eyes, and trying on contacts for the first time. Making glasses was extremely cool, because I would observe patients order lenses through their new prescriptions and frames, and within an hour we would have them ready. Looking inside of people's eyes was interesting because this took the use of an Optomap, which was an alternate to dilating eyes. By looking at the back of their eyes, I was able to observe how the back of their eyes look. The last experience allowed me to experience a whole new world for the first time in my life. All my life I have been wearing glasses, so when I was able to try on contacts for the first time, it was extremely interesting. It allowed me to play sports and wear sunglasses without having to worry about my glasses. Overall my time at Legacy Vision provided me with great memories. I could not be grateful to the whole Legacy Vision team because I will never forget my time with them through this program.

Student Spotlight: Yue Chu

Student Spotlight: Grace Jeong - Pediatric Surgery

Grace Jeong is a senior who's studying Pediatric Surgery under the mentorship of Dr. Hannah Piper. Dr. Hannah Piper is an attending pediatric surgeon at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Grace had the opportunity to shadow Dr. Piper to various surgeries and clinics. One of her favorite experiences was watching a surgery to repair a vascular ring and esophageal atresia on a newborn baby. The fact that she was able to witness the surgeons help the newborn become healthy was incredible to her. Grace also learned about conditions that she never knew existed and was amazed by the current medical technology and the body's elasticity that enables the body to heal. The experiences and the knowledge she got to obtain were immensely valuable, and she can't thank Dr. Piper enough. 

Grace will be heading to University of Texas at Austin to study Biochemistry. She hopes to continue to strive for her dream of becoming a surgeon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Student Spotlight: Harshith Dasara - Pharmecology

From Harshith Dasara:

It has been a pleasure to study pharmacology under the mentorship of Mr. Devendra Patchala, the Pharmacist-In-Charge at American Specialty Pharmacy. I cannot thank him enough for employing me at his pharmacy as a technician trainee, giving me exposure to the atmosphere of a specialty pharmacy, an experience that the typical high school student does not get. He took time out of his busy schedule to accommodate my curious and ambitious self. I was encouraged to go to the compounding lab and directly witness various high profile medications being made and sent all across the nation to patients in need. At the pharmacy, I have gotten in touch with various pharmacists, doctors, and high administrators whom I look up to as role models. All of this was thanks to my amazing mentor, who I am gratefully thankful for.

Student Spotlight: Huixi Yu - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Huixi Yu, a senior at Liberty High School, has been studying cardiothoracic surgery for the past year in the Independent Study and Mentorship program. She has had a great experience studying under the mentorship of Dr. David O. Moore, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Baylor Regional Medical Center of Plano’s Heart Hospital. Throughout the year, Huixi learned about the different types of diseases and surgeries cardiothoracic surgeons see and perform. She sat in on patient clinics, read X-rays, and observed a coronary artery bypass graft surgery. For her Original Work, Huixi wrote a paper on identifying the demographics of people at risk for aortic dissection. For Final Product, Huixi created a brochure raising awareness for aortic dissection and created an informational website so that the public can understand the field of cardiothoracic surgery better. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity of a lifetime and is very appreciative of everything Dr. Moore has done for her. Huixi plans on attending Washington University in St. Louis this coming fall, majoring in health care management while on a pre-med track. 

Student Spotlight: Michael Lee - Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Michael Lee, a senior at Liberty High School, has been studying pediatric emergency medicine for the past year under the mentorship of Dr. Rustin Morse and Jaimie Ostrom RN. At Children’s Medical Center at Plano, Michael observed and analyzed the clinical and structural components of the pediatric emergency department. Not only did he experience the responsibilities of physicians in the ED but also the nurses who are involved in every aspect of patient care. With the help of his two mentors, Michael has gained extensive knowledge and understanding of the ED such as the various roles, organizational and staffing structure, plan of patient care, growing problems, and how quality of care can be improved for the patients. In addition, over the course of his mentorship, Michael developed a profound interest in healthcare administration and in the end his final product was a comprehensive report that detailed all of his research and experiences. This year’s ISM was a remarkable and life-changing moment for Michael in that he has found his true passion and hopes to work in the medical field one day. He wants to become a physician who will make positive impacts on the patients he sees. Michael is thankful for his mentors who have made his senior year of high school one of the most memorable times of his life.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Student Spotlight: Larry Yin - Biochemistry

Larry Yin is junior who was able to study Biochemistry and mentor under Dr. Kelli Palmer at the University of Texas at Dallas. Over the course of 2014-15 school year. He learned about HIV/AIDS, antisense treatment, and various other subjects. With Dr. Palmer, he learned about plasmids, E. faecalis bacteria, and how to analyze genomic databases like GenBank, which is the largest database of its kind in the world and has over 170 million unique genomic sequences. Using these new skills, Larry was able to take different strains of E. faecalis and figure out which strains had which plasmids.

Student Spotlight: Sneha Kannan - Orthopedic Surgery

Sneha Kannan is a senior at Liberty High School who has studied Orthopedic Surgery under the mentorship of Dr. Victoria Knoll, a hand and wrist surgeon at OrthoTexas. Through ISM, Sneha has gotten the opportunity to not only follow Dr. Knoll through her clinics, but she has also gotten the opportunity to stand in the operating room and watch several surgeries in person. For her final product, Sneha tested the effects of PRP therapy. She has learned a lot over the course of ISM and hopes to become as great a surgeon as Dr. Knoll.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Student Spotlight: Aaron Jabir

Aaron Jabir is a member of Liberty’s ISM program, and a senior at Liberty High School. He had an amazing experience under the mentorship of Dr. Seema Yasmin, who is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and a journalist for the Dallas Morning News. She began her writing career at the University of Toronto where she completed her graduate studies, and then began her work with the CDC.

Over the course of this year, he has learned much from Dr. Yasmin through both class lectures and one on one experience. She has given him a head start in his adult life and given him a great deal of advice for the coming future. Under her guidance, Aaron was able to complete and refine both his final product and original work for the ISM program.

Student Spotlight: Chandrandshu Rao - Computer Engineering

Chandranshu Rao is a senior ISM student at Liberty High School. As a part of the Independent Study and Mentorship program, he studied Computer Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. David Junkin, the Technical Talent Development Manager at Texas Instruments. Under his mentorship, he has been able to experience the responsibilities and skills needed by a successful computer engineer. He has been able to visit the Texas Instruments Dallas headquarters and see the innovations computer engineers at TI are making everyday to improve technolog. Under his mentor’s guidance, Chandranshu was able to complete his Original Work over networks and create an embedded machine, allowing a coffee machine to tweet, as his Final Product. Through his mentorship experience, Chandranshu has been able to get hands-on experience in the Computer Engineering field and learn about its various subfields.

Student Spotlight: Sarah Samuel - Pediatric Neurosurgery

Taken from Sarah Samuel's Blog:

As I look back upon this year, I cannot help but be incredibly grateful for all that unique and amazing opportunities I have had under the mentorship of Dr. Bradley Weprin. My favorite memory with him is actually my first interview with him. I remember walking in and we began talking about various neurological disorders. We were talking about hydrocephalus and I knew a little about the topic and the main treatment is something called a shunt. But what stood out to me about this interview was the fact that Dr. Weprin stopped during his interview to go and get an actual shunt. He put it into my hands and this was a really neat experience for me. Although to others it may seem like something insignificant, the fact that he made a point to teach me something new in a tangible way and help me understand in a different perspective really impacted me. Out of all my other experiences with him, I particularly treasure the conversations that I have had with him in his office -- that's not to say that seeing craniofacial surgeries or tumor resections or going on rounds or shadowing in clinic was not exciting or fascination. But the conversations that I had with my mentor took our relationship to the next level. Whether we were talking about why certain neurological disorders occurred more frequently in some geographical areas than others or the latest fetal surgery techniques or my college plans, every conversation that I had with him taught me something new. He invested so much of his time and energy into teaching me not only about the field of pediatric neurosurgery but valuable life lessons. I am truly appreciative of the his desire and willingness to teach and mentor me. I honestly could not have asked for a better mentor.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Student Spotlight: Ruth Ann Philip - International Relations

Ruth Ann Philip is a senior in the ISM program of 2014-2015 at Liberty studying International Relations under the mentorship of Dr. Clint Peinhardt, a professor at UT Dallas. During her time in the Independent Study and Mentorship class, Ruth has learned, more than ever, that she wants to pursue the field  in college as well. For her final product, Ruth created a research portfolio focusing on a particular International Law, the sub-field she wants to focus in. The knowledge that Ruth has gained, especially in terms of gaining confidence and becoming a better public speaker, will definitely still continue to help her in the future. She has enjoyed working with her mentor and learning under the direction of Mr. Wysong, while relating to every other ISM student in their journey as well. She plans to attend Oral Roberts University this fall in order to major in International Relations and minor in both French and Pre-Law, to hopefully, one day, work at the United Nations.