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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

March 22, 2012

Missouri Academy student among Missouri Scholars 100

Jee Min Lee

Jee Min Lee

Jee Min Lee, a second-year student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, has been selected for the 2012 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that annually honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class.

Lee, an international student from Seoul, South Korea, will be recognized Sunday, April 29, during a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

“Jee Min Lee deserves this recognition because she embodies the complete values of the Missouri Academy – academic excellence and student development,” said Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri Academy. “She has done extremely well academically and she is an excellent leader.” 

Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. 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.

Samudzi noted there are as many as 15 Missouri Academy students who met the criteria for Missouri Scholars 100, but schools are permitted to nominate only one student per year.

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program, located on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. 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, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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