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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 7, 2012

Missouri Academy teams place high at academic contests

Students attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University placed high at multiple regional academic competitions during the month of November.

Most recently, eight Missouri Academy students earned a second-place finish Nov. 10 in the Great Plains Math League contest at Pembroke Hill High School in Kansas City. Representing the Missouri Academy were Lisa Huang, Kyu Seok Kim, Rose Marinaro, JaeWhan Park, Dustin Tanksley, Matt Wedewer, Costarine Wen and Jacob Wise. Five Missouri Academy students also qualified for the state-level competition in April 2013.

Additionally, Missouri Academy alumni who are continuing their baccalaureate degree programs at Northwest placed third in the ACM Programming Competition Nov. 3 at the University of Central Missouri. The team of Connor Douthat, Duncan Kelly and Jayde Moran also finished 60th in the region, which was comprised of 156 teams representing 67 colleges and universities from nine states in the Midwest.

Missouri Academy teams also placed first and second Nov. 1 in the Northwest Regional competition of Envirothon at Crowder State Park near Trenton. Envirothon is designed to raise student awareness in the field of wildlife and habitat management and preservation. Five schools, each with multiple teams, participated in the competition.

The Missouri Academy students participating consisted of Nabig Chaudhry, Emilia Kaiser, JacqueLyn Kinney, Katlyn Lonergan and Ruiling Wen competing as Team A, and Lvxiao Chen, William Chlanda, Larin Fielder, Sarah Medina and Matthew Peek competing as Team B. Missouri Academy Team B finished first in the contest and Missouri Academy Team A finished second.

The competition consists of six parts – aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, current issues and oral presentation. Students are tested in the first five portions throughout the day, with each team member focusing on a different topic. The oral presentation is given by the entire team and focuses around a specific issue, which was “Rangeland Management.”

In addition to competitions, Missouri Academy students logged about 1,100 hours of community services during the months of September, October and November. Their activities included assisting at the Village Care Nursing Home, Treasure Island Thrift Store, Nodaway County Humane Society, Cookie Crew & Cookie Runs, Horace Mann Laboratory School, the Nodaway Historical Society and the Maryville Public Library.

Located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University, the Missouri Academy is a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program for academically talented and highly motivated high school students. Graduates of the program earn an associate of science degree as well as a high school diploma.

Students selected to enroll in the program have completed 10th grade at traditional high schools, and the Missouri Academy program replaces their junior and senior years of high school. All of the curriculum consists of college coursework taught by professors at Northwest. Missouri Academy students sit side-by-side in classrooms with traditional university students, and professors have the same high expectations for these students as they do for traditional university students.

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