Robys in Ivy League

Jessica Robyns, 17, who will be a senior at Marquette Senior High School in the fall, is studying at an Ivy League university this summer. Robyns will take a course on engineering and alternative energy at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in July. She received a $1,800 scholarship from the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar Program and a $2,000 scholarship from Brown University to cover tuition and travel expenses. The Joyce Ivy Foundation, based in Ann Arbor, promotes the academic advancement and leadership development of young women from the Midwest. The Summer Scholar Program gives women students who are in the top ten percent of their class access to the nation’s top universities. Art teacher Jake Fether and Matthew Ludwig, who is the director of bands at Marquette Senior High School, wrote letters in support of Robyns’ application to the Joyce Ivy Foundation. Ludwig, who holds a doctorate of music in wind conducting, said Robyns has a brilliant future. “Jessica excels in the classroom as both an artist and a technician,” he said. “Her dedication to the craft of music will always serve her well.” Robyns plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. She is the daughter of Suzan Travis-Robyns and Marcus Robyns, of Marquette.