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Missouri Academy

The Alumni Association (MAAFA)

Missouri Academy graduates formed an alumni organization called the Missouri Academy Alumni and Friends Association (MAAFA). MAAFA was founded in 2006 by a group of Missouri Academy alumni who felt it was important to establish a "home" for alumni and to keep in touch. The Missouri Academy supports MAAFA and hopes that more graduates can participate.

Spotlight on Alumni

Brandon Thomas Taylor, Class of 2002

Brandon Thomas Taylor, Class of '02

After graduating from the Missouri Academy, Brandon went on the University of Texas-Austin where he was able to graduate with two degrees, in film and electrical engineering, in only four years. From there, he went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he balances his interests working toward a master's degree at MIT's Media Lab, "something that would have been much more difficult had I taken the traditional high school-to-college route."

"The biggest benefit I got from attending the Missouri Academy was having the chance to explore fields that weren't available to my home high school. Elective courses in television production sparked my interest and let me to apply to film schools."

Vladimir Pozdin, Class of 2003

Vladimir Pozdin, Class of '03

After graduating from the Missouri Academy, Vladimir went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Butler University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. He is interested in materials synthesis and organic electronic devices. His interests also include travel, soccer, music, cooking and dancing.

"My local high school only offered science classes that I had already studied years ago in my homeland of Ukraine. At the Missouri Academy, a rigorous curriculum comprised of challenging classes pushed my scholastic abilities and helped develop study habits that allowed me to succeed well beyond the Academy itself. Furthermore, it emphasized principles of not only science, but also creativity, social skills and verbal proficiency, essential talents than help draw interest and buyers to one's ideas in today's global economy."

Erica Glenn, Class of 2004

Erica Glenn, Class of '04

After leaving Maryville, Erica headed to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she majored in Exercise and Sports Science/Athletic Training. Her expected graduation date is May 11, 2008. Erica's interests include athletics, medicine and learning to cook.

"The structured college experience of the Missouri Academy provided me with vital skills that traditional high school cannot mimic. I started my undergraduate career at Carolina with a high level of comfort and confidence and that allowed me to succeed from day one. I have achieved every goal I'd set for myself."