Marshall student attends summer academic program at MU

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

COLUMBIA -- Taylor Petzoldt, of Marshall, is among Missouri's high school students who attended the Missouri Scholars Academy June 12 -- July 2 at the University of Missouri.

MSA began in 1985 and provides students opportunities to expand their educational and social skills. This year, students spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, studying one of four individually selected subjects: mathematics, science, social studies and humanities. Each Missouri high school nominated one junior-to-be for the academy; larger schools could nominate more students. Students at the academy represent nearly every county in the state.

"All of the activities at the academy are designed to be broadening and enriching," said first-year director Steven Keller, an associate director of the MU Honors College "Here at the Missouri Scholars Academy, 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 and push themselves past arbitrary limits they might have subconsciously set for themselves."

Outside the classroom, students participate in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country. Author and illustrator Earl "E.B." Lewis will headline the Academy's Teacher Appreciation Day activities. Other guests include Missouri documentary filmmaker Mark Norwine, and Linda Godwin, former astronaut and current professor of physics at MU. Scholars will have the option to watch a dress rehearsal of the Missouri Symphony Society, listen to Grammy-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch, and participate in discussions on topics ranging from climate change to medical ethics, stem cells and the Syrian refugee crisis.

"The advanced classes offered at the academy such as neurology and psychology allowed me to broaden my intellect and expand my ambitions for my future," said Petzoldt.

Petzoldt, who attends Marshall High School, is a daughter of Mark and Judy Petzoldt.

MU is the largest and oldest university of the state's major public, land-grant research institutions.