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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 15, 2013

Missouri Academy teams place high at academic contests

Students attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University have placed high at multiple regional academic competitions during recent months.

Most recently, 24 Missouri Academy students participated with more than 400 students representing more than 20 schools Feb. 25 at the Future Business Leaders of America District I Leadership Conference in Maysville.

Twenty-four Missouri Academy students participated in the competition by way of online tests and creation events. Fifteen students received medals, and 12 qualified for the state competition. Individual qualifiers, with their events in parentheses, are: Lathan Clayton (Business Procedures), Bohyun Koo (Help Desk and Cyber Security), Hyukjin Kwon (Business Procedures), Rose Marinaro (Business Communications and Hospitality Management), Meghan McCreary (Computer Applications), Ye Eun Park (Business Calculations and Hospitality Management) and Matthew Peek (Sports Management). Team qualifiers are Sarah Minkler, Kimberly Sternberg and Abbey Wampler (E-Business) and Ruiling Wen and Byeong Uk Yoo (Global Business)

The Missouri Academy Science Olympiad team also traveled Feb. 9 to the Missouri Science Olympiad Northwest Regional competition at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. The team competed against six other regional schools and placed in the top five in 23 of the 25 events, finished in first place overall and qualified for the state-level competition this month. The individual results are as follows:


First-place winners

  • Designer Genes (Arielle Bodine and Kim Sternberg)
  • Chemistry Lab (Matt Peek and Alice Zhang)
  • Fermi Questions (Sean Nemetz and Jacob Wise)
  • Forensics (Blake Stephens and Sabrina Kim)
  • Disease Detectives(Blake Stephens and Sabrina Kim)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (Christianne Jafari and Sabrina Kim)
  • Material Science (Lathan Clayton and Rose Marinaro)
  • Experimental Design (Dustin Wagner and Blake Stephens)
  • Technical Problem Solving (Dustin Wagner and Jacob Wise)
  • Dynamic Planet (Matt Peek and Eunice Park)
  • Astronomy (Rose Marinaro and Christianne Jafari)
  • Rocks and Minerals (Eunice Park and Arielle Bodine)
  • Circuit Lab (Jacob Wise and Lathan Clayton)
  • Boomilever (Matt Wedewer and Lathan Clayton)
  • Mag Lev (Sam Knechtenhofer and Dustin Wagner)
  • Remote Sensing (Sean Nemetz and Matt Peek)
  • Gravity Vehicle (Matt Wedewer and Sam Knechtenhofer)
  • Thermodynamics (Kim Sternberg and Sean Nemetz)
  • Robot Arm (Lathan Clayton and Matt Wedewer)
  • Elastic Launched Glider (Kim Sternberg and Alice Zhang
  • Six Missouri Academy students also competed in Great Plains Math League (GPML) competitions, finishing third as a team at its Feb. 16 contest. Frank Pan finished second overall and second among 12th graders, while Lisa Huang placed third overall and first among 11th-grade students. In the spirit round competition, Toby Kim placed first among 11th graders. All three competitors students qualified for the state competition.

    In January, the National Merit Scholarship Program announced three Missouri Academy students – Danielle Doerr, Meghan McCreary and Jacob Wise – are finalists in the program. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT — a test in verbal, math and writing skills that serves as a screen of about 1.5 million applicants each year — and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. In October 2011, the Missouri Academy Class of 2013 took the PSAT test, along with 1.4 million other high school juniors across the United States and these three Missouri Academy students are in the top 1.1 percent of those student.

    Missouri Academy students also have been actively involved in community service activities, assisting at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School as well as Maryville’s Village Care Nursing Home, Treasure Island Thrift Store and the new Nodaway County Humane Society. So far in 2013, Missouri Academy students have completed more than 100 hours of community service.

    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. Graduates of the program earn an associate of science degree as well as a high school diploma. 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.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468