WSD Seniors Selected for State Academic Honor
Holt senior Matthew Brawner and Timberland seniors Grace Cooper and Connor Monahan have been selected for the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2017.
Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates for this state-wide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student's grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet the criteria of an "Academic Decathlon," which included ten events, designed to test the academic strength of the student.
To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have had a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 2,400, be ranked in the upper ten percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English, and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen, and be involved in school activities.
Brawner has a 4.51 GPA, is ranked first in his class, earned an ACT Composite score of 35, and is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. He is currently enrolled in six Advanced Placement (AP) classes and is recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is also a member of National Honor Society, the award-winning Holt Scholar Bowl team and has attended both Missouri Scholars Academy and Missouri Boys State. In the 2017 Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Matthew earned fourth place for his project and also received the U.S. Air Force Certificate of Achievement Award. He has been a member of the Holt marching and symphonic bands for four years, and the jazz band for the past two years. He is a section leader for the marching band, and is a member of Freedom Percussion, a local competitive group. Matthew plans to study chemistry and music at Washington University or St. Louis University following graduation.
Cooper has a 4.46 GPA, is ranked first in her class, earned an ACT Composite score of 34 and is a member of the National Honor Society. She serves as the Senior Class Secretary, belongs to HOSA and has been a member of the Timberland marching and symphonic bands for four years and the jazz band for the past two years. She is a section leader for the marching band and played club lacrosse for two years. She is currently enrolled in four AP classes as well as a Project Lead the Way engineering course and is recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Grace received an Honor I Rating for her performance in a brass ensemble at the State Festival and was selected for the SIUE Bi-State Honor Band. She plans to study bio medical engineering at the University of Missouri – Columbia where she was accepted into the Honors College and has received the Mizzou Scholars Award.
Monahan has a 4.35 GPA, is ranked second in his class, earned an ACT Composite score of 35 and is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the award-winning Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team and he is currently enrolled in five AP classes as well as an Independent Science Research class and is recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He attended Missouri Scholars Academy, Missouri Boys State, and in the 2017 Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, he won 3rd place overall as well as the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award, the Mu Alpha Theta Award, the Yale Science and Engineering Association Most Outstanding Exhibit Award, and the U.S. Air Force Certificate of Achievement Award. He also won first place at the Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium held at the University of Missouri - Columbia and will advance to the national JSHS competition in San Diego next month. Connor plans to study computer science at the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
The students will be honored at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO on April 23, 2017.