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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

March 18, 2011

Missouri Academy student among Missouri Scholars 100

By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Missouri Academy student Hayeon Lee will be honored as one of the 2011 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2011.

Lee, an international student from Seoul, South Korea, will be recognized May 1 during a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

"We follow a very precise formula in order to nominate a student for this award, and Lee absolutely deserves it," said Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. "The difference between Missouri Academy students is very small and we have about 24 students that are also deserving of this honor."

Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate students who meet criteria of an "Academic Decathlon," which includes 10 events designed to assure the academic strength of the student. The student also must have a minimum GPA of 3.750, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,900, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of his or her class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. The student must have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen and be involved in school activities.

"The program we run is better than most quality programs," Samudzi said. "Students get the opportunity to participate in summer research projects, internships, science olympiads and math competitions, which are fun and complement, as well as, add volume to the classroom environment they experience."

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 college coursework taught by Northwest professors. Upon successful completion, students earn an associate of science degree and a high school diploma. The Missouri Academy gives high-performing and exceptional students an opportunity to live, socialize and study in a learning community of peers.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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