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March 9, 2016

Two Missouri Academy students among Missouri Scholars 100

Jamie Wise

Jamie Wise

Jinwoo Choi

Jinwoo Choi

Two students attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University have been selected for the 2016 Missouri Scholars 100 program, a statewide recognition of 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the high school graduating class.

Jinwoo Choi and Jamie Wise, representing her sending high school of Timberland High School in Wentzville, will be recognized with other honorees April 24 during a luncheon hosted in Columbia.

“These are two very deserving students,” Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri Academy, said. “They are diligent, very talented and resilient, and contribute significantly to their community. We are thrilled to see Jamie Wise and Jinwoo Choi honored in this way.”

Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate students who meet criteria of an academic decathlon that includes 10 events designed to assure the academic strength of the student.

The student also must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,900, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of his or her class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. The student must have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen and be involved in school activities.

“Students who are selected to this program have taken a rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards,” said Phil Lewis, executive director of MASSP. “The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals wants to celebrate the achievement and success of these students and their schools.”

A Missouri Academy student has been recognized by Missouri Scholars 100 annually since 2006.

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program located on the Northwest 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 about the Missouri Academy, visit

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