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WS senior recognized as a top student in the state


Willow Springs High School senior Madalyn Poor has been distinguished as one of the top academic students in the state through the 2024 Missouri Scholars 100 program.

The statewide initiative, organized by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of 100 outstanding students from the graduating class of 2024.

The announcement of Maddie Poor's selection for this esteemed academic honor was made by Nick Schmitt, principal at the Willow Springs High School. The recognition will culminate in a special luncheon hosted April 21 in Columbia.

"It is a great honor for Maddie to receive this award," said Schmitt. "Maddie is a very well-rounded student. She is a leader academically and in student organizations. I am happy she has been recognized for her accomplishments."

Missouri Scholars 100 is a competitive program that invites schools across the state to nominate candidates based on academic excellence. The selection process employs a formula considering the student's grade point average and ACT or SAT scores. Nominees must meet the criteria of an "Academic Decathlon," successfully navigating 10 challenging academic events to showcase their scholastic strength.

To qualify, students must hold a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,280, rank in the upper ten percent of their class, and engage in advanced coursework in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. Additionally, nominees must exhibit excellent attendance, exemplary citizenship within the school and active participation in the school's activity program.