Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School has released its Middle and Upper School 2017-2018 spring semester honor rolls. Students earning High Honors earned at least a 90 average and no more than one grade of B or lower; a student who averages over 90 percent during a semester and receives more than one B will earn honor roll status but not high honors. Students on the Honor Roll earned an 80 to 89.9 average. No student may have more than one grade of C or lower to receive honors.
Upper School High Honor Roll 9th Kayley Ball
10th Simran Anis
11th Lexxy Ahn
12th Hallah Butcher
Honor Roll 9th Asenath Arzet
10th Ryan Beyersdorfer
11th Isaac Dickinson
Richard Joseph III
12th Elias Burrough
Middle School High Honor Roll 6th Allison Ding
7th Shayaan Anis
8th Alivia Beard
Honor Roll 6th Vigo Aguilar
7th Kip Atteberry
Congratulations to the TJ students who earned awards in the 2018 National History Day State Contest in Columbia, Mo., April 29. Freshmen Johanna Jeyaraj, Sydney Stamps, and Sonia Carlson earned 2nd Place at state in the group exhibit category, and advance to the national contest in Maryland June 10-14. Their entry, “The Missouri-Kansas Border Wars: The Lawrence Massacre,” also won two special prizes: Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Prize, and the Local History Prize. Each of the special prizes included cash awards for the students. Acelynn Tate earned 3rd Place in the state contest for her senior individual exhibit entry “Coloring Books and Conflict: The Black Panthers, Congress, and the Origin of WIC.” She is an alternate for the national contest. Grace Jacobs earned the Missouri Press Association Prize for her senior individual exhibit presentation, earning a $200 cash prize. Sania and Alizeh Hammad were finalists at the state contest in the junior group documentary category, meaning they were in the top 6. Lane Wilson was a finalist (top-6) in the senior paper category. The state competitors from TJ, including the students listed above and Evelyn Wilson, were among 600 students competing for state honors out of the more than 5,000 who initially entered in regional contests earlier in the school year.
Congratulations to Senior Hallah Butcher for earning distinction as a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation made the announcement today, and named the semifinalists who scored in the Top 1% in the nation on the PSAT. More than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) last school year. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for scholarships, and high school students enter by taking the PSAT -- a test which serves as an initial screen of entrants each year -- and by meeting published program entry/participation academic requirements. Hallah joins an elite group of people recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program including Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ben Bernanke, and Joseph Stiglitz. For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit http://www.nationalmerit.org.
Congratulations to the 21 TJ 7th graders who qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search based on their standardized test scores as 6th graders. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school (TJ students who scored at or above the 95th percentile on the CTP tests in 6th grade). Candidates have the opportunity to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as 7th graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. These students also are invites to participate in unique enrichment programs, and they gain access to valuable resources for gifted students. On average, more than 50 percent of each 6th grade class has qualified for the highly-selective 7th grade Duke TIP Talent Search.
These TJ students qualified for Duke TIP’s 36th Annual 7th Grade Talent Search: Shayaan Anis, Kip Atteberry, Jay Ball, Nico Carlson, Benjamin Carroll, Nat Curtis, Jaiden Dorris, Ryken Garren, Tannah Grigg, Alizeh Hammad, Sania Hammad, Jessica Joseph, Eva Locher, Yasmina Mokhtar, Mary Parker, Andrew Renner, Jaxon Robinson, Alisabeth Rogers, Samantha Seto, Sophia Sweeny, and Richard Zhang.
Congratulations to the 20 Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School students who were
recognized for exceptional performance on Advanced Placement exams this year.
The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams
with the AP Scholar Awards. The awards are acknowledged on all AP score reports that are sent to colleges after the award has been conferred.
Upper School students at Thomas Jefferson take Advanced Placement courses during their junior and senior years, and they take end-of-course
exams in May. All TJ students take several AP courses as part of the regular program.
National AP Scholars Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams:
AP Scholars with Distinction These students earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams
taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams:
AP Scholars with Honor These students earned an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams
taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams:
AP Scholars These students earned scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams:
"One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is
performance on Advanced Placement Examinations." William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard University
"The confirmation that college-level learning took place is in the published
results. The AP Exam grade is a national standard I understand and rely upon." Joellen L. Silberman, Dean of Enrollment, Kalamazoo College
Congratulations to the 25 members of the TJ Class of 2017 who celebrated their graduation on Sunday, May 28, 2017, in the TJ Concert Hall.
The Class of 2017 is TJs largest graduating class so far, and the students have an average ACT Composite Score of 29.
They earned more than $5.1 million in merit-based scholarship offers. Click the "Printable Version" button above to see the ad that ran in the May 28, 2017, Joplin Globe.
Click here to see video from the Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Ceremony. Scroll down to see where they were admitted, and which schools they will attend.
The Thomas Jefferson Class of 2017
Class of 2017 acceptances and matriculation: (school names in bold indicate matriculations):
American University Amherst College
Baldwin Wallace University - Conservatory of Music
Baylor University Baylor University - College of Music
Bowdoin College Bradley University
Calvin College- Honors
Case Western Reserve University Centre College
Chapman University - Dodge College of Film Clark University
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Columbia University Connecticut College
Drury University- Honors College Earlham
Emory University Emporia State University
Harvey Mudd College
Indiana State University
John Brown University
Kansas State University
Lafayette College Loyola Chicago
Memphis College of Art
Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri Western State University
Montana State University New York University
Northeastern University - Honors Program
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University Otis College of Art and Design
Parsons School of Design
Pittsburg State University Pratt Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Louis University
Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University - Meadows School of the Arts Southwestern University
St. Olaf College
Texas Christian University
Truman State University University of Alaska
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas- Honors College
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Riverside
University of Central Missouri
University of Colorado- Boulder
University of Denver
University of Kansas - Honors College University of Massachusetts
University of Mississippi - Honors College University of Missouri
University of Missouri- Honors College
University of Missouri–Kansas City
University of Missouri–Kansas City - Honors College University of Montana- Missoula
University of North Carolina
University of North Texas
University of Oklahoma
University of the South- Sewanee
University of Tulsa
University of Tulsa- Honors Program University of Virginia
University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming
Villanova University - Honors College
Wake Forest University
Washington University St. Louis
William Jewell College
William Woods University
The Middle School scholar bowl team earned the conference championship trophies in both divisions after winning the tournament at Southwest Feb. 15. The conference tournament is for 7th and 8th graders, and this is the fifth year in a row the Cavaliers have won the conference championship. The varsity and JV conference championship trophies are on display in the Latin room.
Congratulations to Coach Zina Lewis and the Middle School students on another successful Middle School scholar bowl season.
The championship A Team is Johanna Jeyaraj, Killian Helms, Shrihari Nagarajan, and Ian Ding.
The championship B Team is Parker Woods, Owen D’Amour, Dev Bhatt, Liam Chevillard, and Sophia Schwartz.
Congratulations to Mrs. Fang Martin and her Chinese language students who participated in the 2017 Chinese Speech Contest in Overland Park, Kan., on Jan. 28. Of the 15 TJ students who qualified and participated in the final round, 10 placed in the top-3 for their divisions. Students in Mrs. Fang Martin’s Chinese classes wrote, memorized, practiced, and delivered speeches in Chinese that range in time from two to four minutes, depending on grade level and experience. The initial entries were judged at the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, and the students who advanced to the finals competed against other Chinese language students from Kansas and Missouri when they delivered their speeches in front of a large audience and judges Jan. 28. The students competed by grade level, and in divisions and groups within their grade and experience levels.
These students placed in the Top-3 in their categories: Lower school: Catherine Martin-2nd place
6th grade: Levi Triplett-1st place; Evan DAmour-2nd place; Cain Butcher-3rd place
9th grade: Preston Johnson-1st place; Jade Eschenbrenner-2nd place;
10th grade: Alan Jones-1st place
11th and 12th grade: Jasmine Butcher-1st place; Hannah Triplett-2nd place; Hallah Butcher-3rd place