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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 12, 2011

Missouri Academy teams place high at academic contests

Students attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University placed high at multiple academic competitions during the month of November, including a first-place finish at a regional environmental competition.

Five Missouri Academy students, on Nov. 3, attended the northwest regional competition for Canon Envirothon, a national not-for-profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America. The competition, at Hartell Lake Conservation Area near Plattsburg, is designed to raise students’ awareness in wildlife and habitat management and preservation.

The Missouri Academy team – consisting of Nabig Chaudhry, Emilia Kaiser, Kaitlyn Kenig, Jacquelyn Kinney and Katlyn Lonergan – competed against six other Missouri teams from Union Star High School, Plattsburg High School, Norborne High School and South Holt High School.

The team finished first overall, earning 438.7 points out of a possible 600, and placed at the top of three individual categories. The team finished first in aquatics, soils and current issues, in addition to second-place finishes in oral presentation and wildlife, and a third-place finish in forestry.

Nov. 6-8, a team of 12 Missouri Academy students participated in the 37th Annual Mid-American Model United Nations at Missouri State University in Springfield. The competition is the largest high school Model United Nations contest in the midwest, with 35 schools bringing close to 300 students.

Missouri Acdemy student Judy Ji earned  two awards, the Distinguished Delegate Award and the Delegates Choice Award for her presentation in the historical survey council regarding 2003 security issues.

During the event, students from local area high schools and middle schools represented an assigned country as if they were delegates in the United Nations. Students were involved in committees discussing disarmament, social and humanitarian needs, sustainable development, economic and social issues, as well as the security issues involved during the years 1973 and 2003 as well as the present.

Other Academy students who attended the conference were Paige Brown, Abbie Kim, Bo Hyun Koo, Michael Gutman, Yuda Hu, Scott Larson, Ismael Matos, Hoo Jung Rhim, Jeremiah Robertson, Blake Stephens and Yan Zhou.

Fourteen Missouri Academy students also traveled Nov. 12 to the Great Plains Math League competition on the campus of Pembroke High School. The Missouri Academy finished second overall, competing against teams from Pembroke High School, Rockhurst High School, Washburn Rural High School, Leavenworth High School, Rock Bridge High School and Hickman High School.

Four Academy students placed among the top 10 individuals overall in the competition. Joshua Yang finished fourth, Junho Yoo was fifth, Jacob Wise placed ninth and Hoo Jung Rhim was 10th. In addition to the top finishers, three more Academy students qualified for the state competition: Abbie Kim, Caroline Kim and Daniel Lee.

Located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University, the Missouri Academy is a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program for academically talented and highly motivated high school students.

Students selected to enroll in the program have completed 10th grade at traditional high schools, and the Missouri Academy program replaces their junior and senior years of high school. All of the curriculum consists of college coursework taught by professors at Northwest. Missouri Academy students sit side-by-side in classrooms with traditional university students, and professors have the same high expectations for these students as they do for traditional university students.

High school students who complete the program earn an associate of science degree as well as a high school diploma.

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