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Nine Parkway students named to Missouri Scholars Academy

Nine Parkway sophomores have been named to the 2012 Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA). The academy is a three-week residential program held on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia for 330 of Missouri's gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school.  Schools from throughout Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for this statewide recognition. 

Parkway’s winners are:

Central
Melinda Lai
Elaine Reichert

North
Alicia Carr
Allan Khariton
Kyle Toser-Aldaz

South
Katherine Estep
Hannah Kloppenburg

West
James Lister
David McKnight

A special selection committee appointed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) screens and evaluates nominations.  Participants are selected on the basis of the following criteria and factors: 

  • Student scores from selected individual intelligence and aptitude tests
  • Grade point average
  • Student essays
  • Evidence of leadership, creativity, intellectual curiosity, problem-solving ability and initiative
  • Projected benefits to the student for participating in the Academy
  • Commitment to remain at the Academy throughout the entire three-week experience 

More information can be found at http://www.moscholars.org/