June 1, 2011
Missouri Academy recognizes students for individual, team accomplishments
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MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University honored the successes of individual students and varied academic teams during a banquet Friday, May 27.
The Missouri Academy hosted the banquet in conjunction with its annual commencement ceremony Saturday, May 28. Seventy-four students comprising the 10th class to graduate from the program received associate of science degrees along with their high school diplomas. The Missouri Academy's 2011 class, known as the Pioneers, was the largest in the program's history.
The Dean's Award was presented to Jay Taylor, of Kansas City, and Hui Lin Yang, of Herculaneum. The Dean's Award is given to students who possess a grade-point average of 3.90 or higher; aspirations in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields; and character consistent with principles of integrity and quality.
The Academic Excellence Award was given to Ji Hoon Kim and Ha Yeon Lee, of Seoul, Korea; Garrett Meyer, of Stanberry; Jacob Taylor, of Poplar Bluff; Mikayla Muzzey, of De Soto; Jennie Ransom of Grain Valley; and Mohammad Muhi, of Maryville. The Academic Excellence Award is based on a cumulative grade-point average of 3.90 or higher, standardized test scores and academic accomplishments.
The Student Development Award was presented to Dustin Crouse, of Eugene; Sarah Emerick, of Lee's Summit; Lydia Welker, of Perryville; Megan Carson, of Savannah; and Rachael Protzman, of Maryville. The award is given to students who demonstrate principles espoused by Student Development, including responsibility, citizenship, leadership, community service, and integrity and quality.
The Delta Award was given to Amber Norman, of St. Peters; Ashley Nuhn, of Kearney; Taylor Mulik, of Joplin; April Protzman, of Maryville; and Samantha Dawson, of St. Peters. The award, established this year, is given to students who demonstrate the greatest improvement academically and socially.
Additionally, the banquet included a special recognition of Tyler Kent, of Excelsior Springs, in honor of his upcoming deployment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Formally recognizing his acceptance to the Naval Academy, Tom Van Hoozer, captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps., U.S. Navy, said Kent was among 1,400 people accepted from a pool of 17,000 applicants. Kent will receive a scholarship valued at about $300,000.
The Missouri Academy also recognized students for their participation with organizations and academic teams throughout the school year. Notable accomplishments included:
- Eleven Missouri Academy students advanced to the state contest of the Great Plains Math League Competition.
- The Model United Nations team received the distinguished delegation award at the regional competition in Springfield, and 12 students participated in the national competition in Washington, D.C.
- Thirteen members of the Missouri Academy's Future Business Leaders of America chapter placed first or second at the regional competition and advanced to state.
- The 15-member Science Olympiad team finished second at the regional competition, placing among the top five in four events.
- Two Missouri Academy students - Andrew Paulman, of Blue Springs, and Alexander Ratcliff, of Lake Saint Louis - and Missouri Academy alum Daniel Swan, who is now a graduate assistant, earned second place and a $150 prize at the Central Plains Student Programming Contest.
- Jennie Ransom was awarded first place in the 2011 Undergraduate Library Research Awards competition at Northwest.
- Andrew Paulman and Samantha Compton, of Independence, competed with the Northwest Forensics Team in regional tournaments and earned several individual awards.
The class included students from across the state of Missouri as well as South Korea and Panama. Fifty-five percent of the graduates have a cumulative grade-point average greater than 3.5.
All of the graduates plan to attend a four-year college or university to complete their baccalaureate degrees. Some of the schools Missouri Academy graduates plan to attend include Brigham Young University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as Northwest.
About 77 percent of the graduates plan to pursue studies in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics - known as STEM fields - such as biochemistry, pre-med, aerospace, nano-scale science and physics. Missouri Academy graduates also are pursuing fields such as international business, Christian ministry studies, psychology, history, political science and journalism.
The Missouri Academy, established in August 2000, is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program, located on the Northwest campus. Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing their junior and senior years of traditional high school. Academy students enroll in a rigorous curriculum consisting of college coursework taught by Northwest professors while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers on a college campus.
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