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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

May 23, 2017

Missouri Academy students earn chemistry awards

Woo Jin Shim

Woo Jin Shim

Junseo “Jason” Lee

Junseo “Jason” Lee

Two students attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University were recognized April 10 during the Kansas City American Chemical Society’s (ACS) annual awards ceremony as winners of the ACS High School Student Awards.

Woo Jin Shim, of Seoul, South Korea, and Junseo “Jason” Lee, of Gwacheon, South Korea, received certificates and $500 each in recognition of their meritorious efforts. 

The Kansas City Section of the ACS annually recognizes two area high school students for their achievements in chemistry to stimulate interest in the field and encourage high school students to pursue careers in it. Students are selected based on their exam scores in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad as well as recommendation letters and academic accomplishments.

Tish Warner, a chemistry instructor at Northwest, had both students in her general chemistry course last fall and provided assistance to the students with their testing and application materials.

Lee is a first-year Missouri Academy student with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.79. He hopes to establishe a career in medical research.

“Jason is driven and wanst to do well,” Warner said. “He did very well in my chemistry lecture course. When presented with an intersting science topic, you can see the wheels turning in his head and you know the questions are coming. Jason has a unique personality.”

Shim also is a first-year Missouri Academy student who hopes to enter the medical research field. He has a 3.84 cumulative GPA.

“Woo is a brilliant young man,” Warner said. “He grasps concepts very easily. When asked to list his hobbies, he is so ‘into’ chemistry, he lists chemistry and labs as something he likes to do for fun.”

Located on the Northwest campus, the Missouri Academy is 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

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