By Jared Kaufman
Submitted to the Current
Four students from the Fenton area are among Missouri’s brightest high school students who attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) June 11-July 1 at the University of Missouri.
Lindbergh High School — Achintya Benegal, Fenton
Rockwood Summit High School — Ethan Budge, Fenton; Cameron Crews, Fenton
Ursuline Academy — Elizabeth Trn, Fenton
MSA began in 1985 and provides 300 rising high-school juniors the opportunity to expand their educational and social skills. This year, scholars spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, selecting a major and minor course of study from a range of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and the humanities. Students at the academy represented nearly every county in the state.
“All of the activities at the academy are designed to be broadening and enriching,” said co-director Steven Keller, an associate professor in the MU Department of Chemistry. “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.”
Outside the classroom, students participated in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country. Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University headlined the Academy’s Teacher Appreciation Day activities. Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy discussed the 2017 total solar eclipse.
Other guests included David Wilson, co-founder of Columbia’s True/False documentary film festival, and Linda Godwin, former astronaut and current professor of physics at MU. Scholars had the option to watch a dress rehearsal of the Missouri Symphony Society, listen to Grammy-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch, discuss topics ranging from climate change to medical ethics, stem cells and the African refugee crisis, and participate in a multitude of community service activities.
As the state’s largest and oldest public, land-grant university, Mizzou has more than 30,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees and 305,000 alumni. Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.