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Student Spotlight

July 21, 2015

Missouri Academy students take first place at national convention

Missouri Academy students Mingzu Cai, Heejae Shim and Andrew Kaiser competed June 29 through July 2 at the National Beta Club Convention. Kaiser and Shim finished first in their respective categories, while Cai finished third.
Missouri Academy students Mingzu Cai, Heejae Shim and Andrew Kaiser competed June 29 through July 2 at the National Beta Club Convention. Kaiser and Shim finished first in their respective categories, while Cai finished third.

Two students representing Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing were crowned national champions at the National Beta Club Convention June 29 through July 2 in Nashville, Tenn. 

Andrew Kaiser, of Union, Mo., a second-year student at the Missouri Academy, was crowned national champion in the creative writing category, and Heejae Shim, a first-year student from Seoul, South Korea, was a national champion in the art competition for a pencil drawing she produced on site. 

Also, Mingzu Cai, a first-year student from Guangzhou, China, placed third in the science category. 

The Missouri Academy led all schools with the most winners at the convention, which attracted about 3,800 delegates. 

The three students qualified for the national competition by placing first in their respective categories at the state convention in March in Branson, Mo. 

The National Beta Club sponsors annual state conventions in 18 states with activities including academic contests, quiz bowls and talent competitions. The conventions provide opportunities for members to interact, compete, share project ideas and showcase their academic and leadership abilities. Founded in 1934, it is the largest independent, non-profit youth organization in the country and is geared toward recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, developing leaders, and community service. 

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 year of 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.

The Missouri Academy will commemorate its 15th anniversary with a weekend of activities, July 31 through Aug. 2. For more information about the anniversary celebration and the Missouri Academy, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/masmc.


For more information, please contact:

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

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