• Congratulations to sophomores Oyinloluwa Ganiyu, Celina Genta, and Lauren Straub who are among 330 high school sophomores from across Missouri selected for the Missouri Scholars Academy.  This year, due to the pandemic, the program will consist of two weeks of virtual classes which will meet two hours each day and feature an all-academy speaker each afternoon. 

    Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) celebrates its 36th 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 Academy is primarily supported by funds provided by the University of Missouri, the Missouri Legislature, MSA alumni and friends, and by Missouri corporations. WSD students who are selected for the program receive a $250 award from the WSD Foundation to cover MSA student fees.

    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 1% of their class in the state of Missouri. More than 12,000 Missouri high school students and teachers have participated in MSA since its inception.