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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 10, 2012

Missouri Academy students qualify as National Merit Scholars, place high in competitions

Students from the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University placed high in regional, state and national competitions this spring.

Among the recent honors for the Missouri Academy and its students, seven students qualified for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program. To qualify, students must have a selection index score of 200 or higher on the PSAT exam. Of the 1.5 million 11th graders who took the exam, only 50,000 scored above 200.

Missouri Academy students who qualified are Danielle Doerr and Meghan McCreary, of Joplin; Emilia Kaiser, of Leslie; Thomas Meisel, of Ballwin; Elizabeth Ottinger, of St. Joseph; Brandon Tuell, of Independence; and Jacob Wise, or Wentzville.

Additionally, 10 Missouri Academy students are qualified to compete at the Great Plains Math League Championship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Missouri Academy students traveled April 21 to the University of Missouri-Columbia for the statewide competition. The Missouri Academy team placed fourth in the large school division and ranked in the top five overall of 20 participating schools.  

Missouri Academy students who placed in the top five in their respective categories were as follows:

On April 18, five Missouri Academy students traveled to Columbia for the Missouri Envirothon competition. The contest was organized to promote awareness in the field of wildlife and habitat management and preservation. The Missouri Academy team placed 11th out of the 20 participating schools. The team consisted of Emilia Kaiser, Nabig Chaudhry, of Battlefield; Kaitlyn Kenig, of Weaubleau; Jacquelyn Kinney, of Sweet Springs; and Katlyn Lonergan, of Lebanon.

A separate team of 16 Missouri Academy students traveled April 14 to the University of Missouri-Columbia campus to participate in the Missouri Science Olympiad competition. The team did not place in the top 10 overall, but four students placed in the top five of their events. Yujia Guo, of Beijing, People’s Republic of China, and Jacob Wise placed third in optics and Blake Stephens, of Plattsburg, and Eun Jin Ahn, of Seoul, South Korea, placed fifth in disease detectives.

The Missouri Academy’s academic year comes to a close during the weekend of May 25-26 with its annual banquet and commencement ceremony. Dr. Rosemarie T. Nassif, special advisor to the assistant secretary for postsecondary education with the U.S. Department of Education, will address the graduating class at the May 26 commencement ceremony.

All 55 second-year students who began the spring 2012 trimester at the Missouri Academy completed it. Forty-nine percent of those students ended the trimester with a GPA greater than 3.5. Of those 55 students, 10 have indicated they will pursue their baccalaureate degrees at Northwest.

Additionally, 44 percent of the Missouri Academy’s 79 first-year students finished the spring 2012 trimester with a GPA greater than 3.5.

The Missouri Academy was established in 2000 as a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program on the Northwest campus. The program replaces the junior and senior years of traditional high school. Academy students enroll in the same classes as traditional students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit  

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