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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

June 25, 2013

Missouri Academy student finishes second at national competition

Kyu Seok Kim at the National Beta Club convention June 19-22 in Mobile, Ala.

Kyu Seok Kim at the National Beta Club convention June 19-22 in Mobile, Ala.

Kyu Seok Kim, a second-year student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, was a national runner-up at the National Beta Club convention June 19-22 in Mobile, Ala.

Kim, of Seoul, South Korea, took second place in the mathematics category. He qualified for the national competition by finishing first in the state contest in March in Branson. 

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. About 3,000 delegates attended this year’s national convention.

Founded in 1934, the National Beta Club is the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. The group is committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills and encouraging service to others.

The Missouri Academy, established in 2000 on the Northwest campus, is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program. Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing their junior and senior years of traditional high school. Academy students enroll in a rigorous curriculum consisting of college coursework taught by Northwest professors while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers on a college campus. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Science degree along with their high school diploma.


For more information, please contact:

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

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