By Nez Savala
Six seniors from the Fort Zumwalt School District, three seniors from the Francis Howell School District, three seniors from the Wentzville School District and one senior from Lutheran High School of St. Charles County have been selected as members of the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a program that honors 100 of the state’s top students in academics.
From Fort Zumwalt are Lauren Nowakowski of East High, Melanie Spence of North High, Tanmayee Pydimukkala and Sahithi Katragadda of South High and Jordyn Sengl and Marshall Vaccaro of West High. From Francis Howell are Rachel Stepanek of Howell Central and James Dohrman and Yuki Takenaka from Francis Howell North. From Wentzville are Matthew Brawner of Holt High, and Grace Cooper and Connor Monahan of Timberland High. From Lutheran High is Allison Hartman. The students will be honored at a special reception on April 23.
Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools are invited to nominate candidates for recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated has to first meet the criteria of an Academic Decathlon, which includes 10 events designed to test the academic strength of each student.
To meet the decathlon require-ments, students must have a min-imum 3.75 GPA, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 2,400, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. Students must have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen and be involved in school activities.