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WSD Students Selected for Missouri Scholars Academy

Seven high school sophomores from the Wentzville School District have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three-week residential program to be held June 9-29 on the campus of the University of Missouri - Columbia. Heath Bana, LaNita Devine, and Ethan Dunsworth from Holt; Olivia Guffey from Liberty; and Huy Nguyen, Cassandra Lueck, and Michael Mischkot from Timberland are among 330 high school sophomores from across Missouri selected for the program.                                                                                                                                  

Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) celebrates its 34th season this year. The goals of the Academy are to help gifted students achieve their full potential and motivate them to use their abilities to attain high standards of achievement, to encourage local schools to improve and expand gifted education programs, and to assist in providing the state with experienced faculty and specialized curriculum for such students. The 2019 Academy is primarily supported by funds provided by the University of Missouri, the Missouri Legislature, MSA alumni and friends, and by Missouri corporations. WSD students participating also received $500 each from the Wentzville School District Foundation.


Every public and private high school in the state is allowed to nominate at least one student for the Academy. Academically, students represent the top one-half of 1% of their class in the state of Missouri. No grades or credits are awarded through the program, but students attending MSA are exposed to a wide range of activities as well as intensive instruction in their chosen area of specialization. The faculty is composed of outstanding teachers from high schools throughout the state. Guest speakers, performers, discussions, and career education will be combined with extracurricular and social activities to round out the curriculum. More than 11,000 Missouri high school students and teachers have participated in MSA since its inception in 1985.


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 Olivia Guffey, LHS MO Scholars Academy