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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 27, 2017

Missouri Academy math team earns Meritorious Award

A team of students representing Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing was named a meritorious winner recently at the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) and is now eligible to compete in the third annual International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) this spring.

The Missouri Academy team was one of 840 teams to compete in the 19th annual high school contest and one of 81 teams to achieve the meritorious ranking.

Competing teams, comprised of four students each, represented 190 schools throughout the world. Teams chose from two modeling problems and then constructed solutions at their own schools during a designated 36-hour period Nov. 4-21, 2016.

The Missouri Academy team consisted of Jie Qiu, Woo Jin Shim, Siyun Tan and Yoo Na Kim. Dr. Mary D. Shepherd, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, advises the team.

“The students benefit by getting a chance to creatively apply mathematical reasoning to real world problems,” Shepherd said. “They must do all the analysis, modeling and make recommendations with no help from any adult or other with expertise.”

About the Missouri Academy

Founded at Northwest in 2000, the Missouri Academy replaces the junior and senior years of high school for its students. Missouri Academy students enroll in the same classes as Northwest’s traditional students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates earn a high school diploma and associate of science degree. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit

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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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