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June 3, 2013
By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant
Sixty-one students received Associate of Science degrees along with their high school diplomas Saturday, becoming the 12th graduating class of the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University.
A record percentage of the graduates, 58 of the 61, have chosen to complete their bachelor degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Additionally, 12 Missouri Academy students will continue their education at Northwest, said Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri Academy.
Dr. Mary K. Thomas, a 2002 alumna of the Missouri Academy, addressed the class of 2013, known as the Seekers.
“Plan to seek the highest quality experiences available to you at any given time,” Thomas said. “Plan to seek the path that feels the most right to you over time, even if it means taking a diversion from, or completely abandoning the path you set today.”
Missouri Academy staff, students and their families also gathered for a banquet Friday night that recognized the success of various student groups at regional, state and national competitions as well as several individual honors.
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.
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