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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 4, 2010

Missouri Academy students place high at recent competitions

MARYVILLE, Mo. - In recent weeks, students at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing have participated in a series of competitions and brought home numerous awards.

During the weekend of Feb. 18-21, a team of about 12 Missouri Academy students participated in a Model United Nations competition at Duke University in Durham, N.C. The participants consisted of Zoe Samudzi, Yvette Odu, Ruth Prewitt, Moon Soo Choi, Courtney Flood, Peter Sable, Jacob Taylor, Jihoon Kim, Hayeon Lee, Clayton Buback, Ethan Cooper, Drew Paulman, Victor Lee and Hojin Lee.

Four awards were available for each committee - Verbal Commendation, Honorable Mention, Outstanding Delegation (2nd place), and Best Delegation (1st place). Missouri Academy students earned the following awards:

Competing on Feb. 13 at the Great Plains Math League qualifying contest in Springfield, Mo., a team of about 12 Missouri Academy students took second place among seven large schools.

The events included the target round, during which individuals must solve four pairs of mathematics problems without a calculator, and the sprint round, which involves a multiple-choice test fashioned after the SAT.

Participants consisted of Joe Courtaway, Sara Maria Jensen, Jihoon Kim, Hunter Lehr, Garrett Meyer, Junseok Oh, Elmer Rho, Stephen Ryan, Jason Sauerbrei, Florencio Serrano Castillo, Jacob Taylor, Penny Wang and Winnie Yang. They earned the following honors:

Additionally, Jihoon Kim, Junseok Oh and Elmer Rho took first place in the overall relay round, which involves individual members of a three-person team receiving different parts of a mathematics problem. The team must work together by passing their solutions to different parts of the problem, all without use of a calculator.

Another event, the team round, involves six-member teams solving mathematics problems in all fields. Florencio, Jihoon, Hunter, Elmer, Jason and Winnie took second place in the event; the team of Joe, Garrett, Junseok, Stephen, Jacob, Penny placed third.

On Feb. 6, a team of 15 Missouri Academy students participated in the northwest Missouri regional Science Olympiad competition in Trenton. The Missouri Academy team placed first overall out of 11 teams, and the students received many individual first place and second place awards.

Participants consisted of Shivani Singh, Jayde Moran, Esther Kim, Sarah Shawver, Junseok Oh, Hui Lin Yang, Penny Wang, Woo Jin Chang, Charity Haugh, Melanie Kessler, Jihoon Kim, Wilson Pipkin, Florecio Serrano Castillo, Cassidy Swain and Nicole Hulsey. They earned the following honors:

Missouri Academy students are participating, March 3-6 in the Robotics Regional Competition at the Hale Arena in Kansas City, Mo., with 60 teams from the Kansas City region. The Missouri Academy also will host the Great Plains Math League on March 13 and compete in the State Science Olympiad in Columbia, Mo., on March 27.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program, located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing the junior and senior years of traditional high school. While at the Missouri Academy, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of all college coursework taught by professors at Northwest. Upon successful completion, students earn an Associate of Science degree as well as a high school diploma.

One of just 17 similar programs in the country -- and the only such school in the state -- the Missouri Academy provides a foundational education tailored for highly motivated students with career aspirations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Academy belongs to the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) and is a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Early Entrance-to-College Programs (AAEECP).

For more information about the Missouri Academy, call 877.398.4615, send an e-mail to, or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468