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Graduates among 100 in Missouri cited for academic excellence

Several Lee’s Summit area graduates are entering the next phase of their lives knowing they were among 100 elite academic performers in Missouri.

They were chosen for the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in this year’s graduating class. Those selected include:

• From Lee’s Summit High School: Connor Lovelace and Paige Maxwell.

• From Lee’s Summit North High School: Stacey Edmonsond.

• From Lee’s Summit West High School: Collin Thompson.

• From Blue Springs South High School: Cale Connors and Seth Henks.

• From Lone Jack High School: Elissa Gafford.

Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade-point average and ACT or SAT college-preparation score.

Each nominated student had to first meet criteria of an “academic decathlon,” which included 10 events designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have 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 10 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.

This year’s Scholars 100 class was recognized at a luncheon last spring.