Local juniors were among the 330 high school students who attended the three-week long Missouri Scholars Academy [MSA] this summer.
MSA began in 1985 and provides 300 rising high school juniors the opportunity to expand their educational and social skills. The academy is a residential program held on the campus of the University of Missouri at Columbia, also known as Mizzou. Students are selected by GPAs, standardized test scores, IQs, recommendations and formal essays.
This year, scholars spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, selecting a major and minor course of study from a range of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and the humanities. Students at the academy represented nearly every county in the state.
Outside the classroom, students participated in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country.
Local students who participated include Aditi Seetharaman of Chesterfield; Justin Hudgins, Katherine Luckerman and Yerin Moon from Parkway Central High; Connor Huthsing, Jessica Goldberg and Safiya Ratliff from Parkway North High; Emily Linn and Amy Zhang from Parkway South High; Lauren Chapman and Deirdre Jost from Parkway West High; Eleanor Hahn from The Fulton School at St. Albans; Lauryn Hall and Logan Kayser from Eureka; Varun Devraj, Brooke Davis and Nicole Goodman from Marquette; Emily Liu and Michael Lu from Lafayette; Patrick Levitt from Whitfield School; and Allison Kelley from Visitation Academy.