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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 5, 2012

Missouri Academy students place high at recent competitions

Students attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University placed high among their peers at regional and national competitions during the months of January and February.

Most recently, twenty-eight students, on Feb. 16, representing the Missouri Academy’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the District I Leadership Conference of the FBLA at Northwest. Participating with 700 students from more than 20 schools, Missouri Academy students were among the top three finishers in 19 of the 64 events.

Missouri Academy students who finished among the top three in their respective categories were as follows:

  • Business Communications: Eunice Park (gold medal)
  • Business Ethics: Brianna Cagle, Tarrin Casey and Summer West (bronze medals)
  • Business Procedures: Meghan McCreary (bronze medal)
  • Computer Applications: Jeremiah Robertson (gold medal), Aakash Patel (bronze medal)
  • Computer Problem Solving: Sheldon Harper (bronze medal)
  • Cyber Security: Sara Williams (gold medal), Sheldon Harper (bronze medal)
  • Database Design & Applications: Aakash Patel (gold medal)
  • Global Business: Hyukjin Kwon, Endya Piggee and Yan Zhou (gold medals)
  • Healthcare Administration: Kimberly Shrine (silver medal), Nabig Chaudhry (bronze medal)
  • Hospitality Management: Jasmine Meyer (bronze medal)
  • Impromptu Speaking: Brittney Spratt (silver medal)
  • Marketing: Yongxin Ji and Bo Hyun Koo (silver medals)
  • Networking Concepts: Sheldon Harper (gold medal), Christopher Pratt (silver medal)
  • Personal Finance: Brett Wheeler (gold medal)
  • Public Speaking II: Rachel Diamond (silver medal)
  • Sports Management: Meghan McCreary (gold medal)
  • Spreadsheet Applications: Jeremiah Robertson (silver medal)
  • Technology Concepts: Aakash Patel (gold medal)
  • Word Processing II: Jeremiah Robertson (silver medal)

On Feb. 4, the Missouri Academy Science Olympiad team traveled to the Missouri Science Olympiad Northwest Regional competition at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. The Missouri Academy team, which consisted of 15 students, finished first overall and qualified for the state-level competition April 14 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Individual results were as follows:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 3rd (Arielle Bodine and Yoon Hyung Lee)
  • Astronomy: 1st (Sheldon Harper and Lathan Clayton)
  • Chemistry Lab: 5th (Lathan Clayton and Eun Jin Ahn)
  • Disease Detectives: 1st (Eun Jin Ahn and Blake Stephens)
  • Dynamic Planet: 2nd (Lathan Clayton and Yoon Hyung Lee)
  • Experimental Design: 1st (Natalie Yocum, Sheldon Harper, Scott Larson)
  • Fermi: 2nd (Yujia Guo and Jacob Wise)
  • Forensics: 2nd (Blake Stephens and Kristian Shupe)
  • Forestry: 4th (Arielle Bodine and Scott Larson)
  • Gravity Vehicle: 2nd (Joseph Hutchins and Jaykob Maser)
  • Helicopters: 3rd (Daniel Lee and Sheldon Harper)
  • Microbe Mission: 1st (Yoon Hyung Lee and Natalie Yocum)
  • Optics: 3rd (Yujia Guo and Jaykob Maser)
  • Protein Modeling: 1st (Eunice Park, Scott Larson, and Arielle Bodine)
  • Remote Sensing: 1st (Daniel Lee and Scott Larson)
  • Minerals: 3rd (Joseph Hutchins and Kristian Shupe)
  • Sounds of Music: 3rd (Blake Stephens and Kristian Shupe)
  • Technical Problem Solving: 3rd (Yujia Guo and Natalie Yocum)
  • Thermodynamics: 2nd (Jaykob Maser and Jacob Wise)
  • Towers: 2nd (Jaykob Maser and Joseph Hutchins)
  • Water Quality: 4th (Lathan Clayton and Eun Jin Ahn)
  • Write It Do It: 2nd (Eunice Park and Natalie Yocum)

A team of four Missouri Academy students also traveled Feb. 4 to Kansas City for the Great Plains Math League (GPML) competition at Pembroke Hill High School. Competing against five other teams from the region, the Missouri Academy placed second.

Additionally, five Missouri Academy students traveled Jan. 26-29 to Philadelphia to compete at the Ivey League Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

More than 3,000 delegates from nine different countries, including China, Brazil, Mexico, and Lebanon, participated in the conference. Meanwhile, more than 50 University of Pennsylvania students served as hosts, including 2010 Missouri Academy graduate Phillip Venice.

The Missouri Academy team, accompanied by Northwest faculty advisor Dr. Brian Hesse and Residential Counselor Maurice Bolden, participated as a representative of Mozambique.

Missouri Academy student Michael Gutman, playing Mossad Intelligence Director Amit Rabinsky, received an honorable mention as a distinguished delegate and is now eligible to participate in the national Model UN conference in China this summer.

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.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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