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Members of the Missouri Academy's Beta Club pose for a photo with their hardware after students earned seven top three finishes at the Missouri Beta Convention.

Members of the Missouri Academy's Beta Club pose for a photo with their hardware after students earned seven top three finishes at the Missouri Beta Convention. (Submitted photo)

    March 8, 2016

    Missouri Academy students take four first-place awards

    Four students representing Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing took first place at the Missouri Beta Convention March 4-5 in Branson, Missouri. 

    Heejae “Nicole” Shim, of Seoul, South Korea, won first place in the pencil drawing category for the second consecutive year. Ruidi “Frank” Cao, of Changsha, China, and Qianchen “Jason” Zhang, of Shanghai, China, took first in the mathematics category. Justin Turner, of Lone Jack, Missouri, won first in poetry.

    Katherine Burrows, of Blue Springs, Missouri, won second in English, and SeongJun “Jason” Kim, of Busan, South Korea, was second in spelling.

    A team of five students took third place in the Beta Club Talent Show. The group consisted of Sunmin “Sandra” Lee, of Gyeonggi Do, South Korea; Yifei “Natalie” Chen, of Guangzhou, China; Boheng “Janet” Wang, of Jinan, China; Luqi “Reggie” Zhao, of Guangzhou, China; and Shuhao “Emily” Xing, of Shanghai, China.

    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. Founded in 1934, it is the largest independent, non-profit youth organization in the country and is geared toward recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, developing leaders, and community service. 

    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. Academy students enroll 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, please contact:

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

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