Wentzville Students Selected for 2012 Missouri Scholars Academy | Community Spirit
Three students from Holt High School and two students from Timberland High School have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three week residential program to be held June 10th through the 30th on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Holt students Abigail Piper, Benjamin Rackers, and Taylor Warren and Timberland students Hafsa Mansoor and Sean Rock were among 330 high school juniors from across Missouri selected for the program.
Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) celebrates its 28th 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 2012 Academy is supported in part by funds provided by the University of Missouri, by MSA alumni and friends, by Missouri corporations, and by a Student Activity Fee.
All of the Wentzville students participating in MSA also received a partial scholarship 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 one percent of the state’s sophomore class.
No grades or credits are awarded through the program, but students attending MSA will be exposed to a wide range of activities as well as to 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.
By the end of the 2012 Academy, more than 9,000 Missouri high school students and teachers will have participated in MSA since its inception.