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Juniors spend summer at Missouri Scholars Academy

The Missouri Scholars Academy [MSA], held at the University of Missouri flagship campus in Columbia, recently hosted high school students from St. Peters and Dardenne Prairie.

Since 1985, MSA has provided rising high school juniors an opportunity to expand their educational and social skills. The program invites 300 students from across the state to spend three weeks in intensive classroom settings focused on math, science, social studies and the humanities.

Students from the St. Peters area included Connor Hopkins, Duchesne High; Caitlyn Elias and Reese Jones, Fort Zumwalt East High; David Yang, Francis Howell High; and Arianna Chaves, Francis Howell North High.

Students from Dardenne Prairie included Rishi Kondapaneni and Zachary Myers, Liberty High; and John Smallwood, Lutheran High of St. Charles County.

“All of the activities at the academy are designed to be broadening and enriching,” said co-director Steven Keller, an associate professor in Mizzou’s chemistry department. “We want to encourage these talented students to own their intelligence and inspire them to put it to good use. In particular, we hope to get students to engage in activities that are outside their comfort zones.”

Beyond the classroom, students were involved in activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers such as Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history and African American Studies at Georgetown University; Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy at Mizzou; David Wilson, co-founder of Columbia’s True/False documentary film festival; Linda Godwin, former astronaut and current professor of physics at Mizzou; and Grammy-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch.

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