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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 11, 2017

Plastic surgeon, alumna to address Missouri Academy graduates

Dr. MyChi Le

Dr. MyChi Le

Dr. MyChi Le, a plastic surgeon and alumna of Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, will address its class of 2017 during its commencement ceremony this month.

The 16th class to graduate from the Missouri Academy, known as the Challengers, will celebrate their achievement with a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. 

“Dr. Le represents the very best that the Missouri Academy is about,” Dr. Cleo Samudzi, the dean of the Missouri Academy, said. “At one level, this program is about giving high-performing high school students, regardless of background, an opportunity to flourish. At another level, it’s about providing a strong STEM education and investing in our youth in Missouri. Dr. Le is a clear example of that investment coming to fruition.”

Dr. MyChi Le is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was born in Vietnam and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 6 years old, residing in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated in 2003 from the Missouri Academy as a member of its second class, called the Pacesetters.

Le went on to the University of Missouri–Columbia where she completed her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in two years and graduated magna cum laude. She completed her medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she was among the top 10 percent of medical students in her class, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and graduated with high honors.

Le matched into one of the most competitive residency positions in the nation at her top choice, the University of Missouri-Columbia. After a rigorous six-year integrative plastic surgery residency, she accepted a role with Mosaic Life Care. She provides the full spectrum of plastic surgery services including cancer resection and reconstruction, breast surgeries, hand and facial surgeries, and cosmetic surgeries.


About the Missouri Academy’s graduating class

Forty-eight students are set to graduate from the Missouri Academy this spring as members of its Class of 2017. The class includes 24 international students representing Panama, China and South Korea.

Forty of the graduates are advancing to colleges and university in pursuit of STEM-related degrees, while other graduates plan to pursue studies in the areas of accounting, film studies, psychology, graphic design, education and philosophy. The graduates are attending a list of universities that includes Baylor University, New York University, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Washington-Seattle, University of California-Davis, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley, Purdue University and University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as Missouri institutions such as Missouri University of Science and Technology, Truman State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Northwest.

Students took the General Education Assessment test this spring and averaged in the 91.8 percentile as a class; 40 of the graduates scored at the 80 percentile or higher.  

Additionally, the average cumulative grade-point average of the class is 3.67 with 33 students earning a cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 4.0. The class’s average ACT score is 30.67 as 29 students earned scores of 31 or higher, and all earned scores of 24 or higher.

Individuals interested in attending the commencement ceremony should contact Sue Smith, administrative secretary at the Missouri Academy, at 660.562.1960 or

In addition to the Saturday commencement ceremony, the Missouri Academy Class of 2017 will attend a graduation banquet with their families and Missouri Academy staff at 6 p.m. Friday, May 26, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

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 as Academy students participate 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. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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