MacKenna Kelly displays the award she received during a banquet last weekend in Columbia.
Seniors MacKenna Kelly and Evan Garrison of Webb City High School were recognized last weekend in Columbia as two of the top 100 students in the class of 2023 in the state of Missouri. Missouri Scholars 100 is a statewide program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.
Schools across Missouri were invited to nominate outstanding seniors for this statewide 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 first to meet criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” which included ten “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. The student must have earned a high GPA, an ACT score above a 29, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class, and have taken high-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 the school activities.
Clark Mershon, executive director of the principals association, said, “The Missouri Scholars 100 Program is one of the most premier academic recognition programs in the country. It is truly a celebration of learning. Students who are selected to this program have taken a rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards. The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals wants to celebrate the achievement and success of these students and their schools.”
The 2023 program is the 29th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 recognition.