Katie Chappell, Camdenton, and Shelby Huey, Linn Creek, are among Missouri’s most talented students who recently attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) at the University of Missouri.
Both students attend Camdenton High School.
MSA began in 1985 and provides students unique opportunities to expand their educational and social skills.
This year, students spent their time at Mizzou in an intensive classroom setting, studying one of four individually selected subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and humanities. Each Missouri high school nominated one junior-to-be for the academy; larger schools could nominate more. Nearly every county in the state was represented.
“Our goal is to bring some of the brightest young minds in Missouri together and give them an educational experience that they will never forget both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Ted Tarkow, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and director of MSA.
Outside the classroom, students were introduced to a series of activities, workshops and discussions by guest speakers. Students learned from experts in the field of mathematics, physics and astronomy.
In addition, the students had an opportunity to hear from John Dau, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” a group of child refugees from the Sudan who were orphaned after the second Sudan Civil War; and mathematician Curtis Cooper who discovered the largest prime number. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, Missouri Crossword Puzzle Champion Patrick Blindauer made an MSA-themed crossword puzzle which will be published by the New York Post.
“MSA gave me three of the most stimulating, memorable and exciting weeks of my life!” said Chappell. “It has been such a blessing, and I’ve made so many friends while learning so much!”
Chappell is the daughter of Randy and Ann Chappell. At Camdenton High School, she is involved in theater, music, student council and the speech and debate team. Chappell also serves as the junior class vice president.
“Missouri Scholars Academy was one of the best experiences I’ve had,” said Huey. “It brought together a lot of cool people and gave us the opportunity to learn simply for the sake of learning.”
Huey is the daughter of Ken and Bev Huey. She is involved in science research, the Laker Theatre Company and Bel Cantos at Camdenton High School.