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March 13, 2018

Missouri Academy student among Missouri Scholars 100

Ruida Zeng

Ruida Zeng

Ruida Zeng, a student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing has been selected for the 2018 Missouri Scholars 100 program, a statewide recognition of 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the high school graduating class.

Zeng will be recognized with other honorees April 22 during a luncheon in Columbia, Missouri.

“Ruida is an outstanding student – both academically and in personality,” Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri Academy, said. “He represents the Missouri Academy ideals of integrity and quality, and deserves the Missouri Scholars 100 award.”

In addition to Zeng’s selection, Missouri Academy student Barbara Dyer received an honorable mention from the Missouri Scholars 100 program.

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 must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,600, 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,” Phil Lewis, executive director of MASSP, said. “The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals wants to celebrate the achievement and success of these students and their schools.”

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program located on the Northwest campus. Upon successful completion, students earn an associate of science degree and a high school diploma. A Missouri Academy student has been recognized by Missouri Scholars 100 annually since 2006.


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