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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

May 29, 2015

William Koh succeeds in and out of classroom at Missouri Academy

Kyungchan (William) KohKyungchan (William) Koh graduates from Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing this spring and has excelled academically, receiving a perfect composite score of 36 on his ACT.

“William is extremely bright in and out of the classroom, and we celebrate that,” said Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri Academy.

Koh, an international student from Seoul, South Korea, served as president of the student government for the Missouri Academy while maintaining an overall grade-point average of 4.0. This spring, he also was selected for the 2015 Missouri Scholars 100 program, a statewide recognition of 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the high school graduating class.

In the fall, he plans to attend Rice University to study engineering and computer science.

Koh attended the Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes, Texas, for ninth and 10th grades before enrolling at the Missouri Academy in July 2013. Koh said attending the Missouri Academy has contributed to his academic success in a number of ways.

“It is a unique experience in that as a junior in high school, I am living the college life,” Koh said. “At first, it was incredibly frightening, living without parents and having too much time on my hands. I know it will help me when I move on to my real college experience. Also, taking college courses has given me an education higher than that of which I would have received in a normal high school. That’s going to help me a lot, too.”

As he begins the next chapter of his academic career, Koh says his experiences at the Missouri Academy with stay with him.

“I have matured significantly,” Koh said. “I have met people and made friends that will last a lifetime. Honestly, what more could I wish for, right?”

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program, located on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing the junior and senior years of traditional high school. While at the Missouri Academy, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of college coursework taught by Northwest professors. Upon successful completion, students earn an associate of science degree and a high school diploma. The Missouri Academy gives high-performing and exceptional students an opportunity to live, socialize and study in a learning community of peers.


For more information, please contact:

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

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