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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:

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:

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

Northwest Missouri State University
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