Alyson Miller, Silex, is among Missouri’s most talented students who recently attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) at the University of Missouri.
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 was 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.
“I loved the community at MSA,” said Miller. “It is really like no other place I have been before. I can’t imagine planning my future or any other goals had I not gone to MSA. It has opened my eyes to many new opportunities and increased my desire to learn more about the world and people.”
Miller, who attends Silex R-1 High School, is the daughter of Steven and Sandy Miller. She is the granddaughter of Grace Miller and Frankie and Sharon Stanek. Miller enjoys softball, basketball, singing and playing the guitar in the Christian band at Journey Church in Troy. She is the executive president of the Student Council, secretary for the National Honor Society, active in S.A.D.D.
Miller also learned and enjoyed Taiso, a Japanese synchronized exercise through the experience.
MU is the largest and oldest university of the state’s major public, land-grant research institutions.