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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

March 13, 2014

Missouri Academy student among Missouri Scholars 100

By Samantha Cole, media relations assistant

Rose Marinaro

Rose Marinaro

Rose Marinaro, a second-year student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, has been selected for 2014 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that annually honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the high school graduating class.

Marinaro, of St. Louis, will be recognized with the other honorees April 27 during a luncheon in Columbia.

“Rose deserves this honor because she is hard-working, positive in her interaction with others, very productive in her extracurricular activities and leadership, and she is very smart,” Missouri Academy Dean Dr. Cleo Samudzi said.

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 grade-point average of 3.75, 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.

“Students who are selected to this program have taken a rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards,” said Jim King, executive director of the principals’ association. “The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals wants to celebrate the achievement and success of these students and their schools.”

A Missouri Academy student has been recognized by Missouri Scholars 100 annually since 2006.

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

Northwest Missouri State University
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