Congratulations to Seniors Aaron Wells and Lane Wilson for earning distinction as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. Lane and Aaron represent half of the students in the entire Four-States area who were selected (total of four National Merit Semifinalists – two from TJ, one from another Joplin private school, and one from Pittsburg (Kan.) High School). 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 the 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. Aaron and Lane join 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.
Congratulations to the 18 TJ 7th graders who qualified for the highly-selective Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search based on their standardized test scores as 6th graders.
These TJ students qualified for DukeTIP’s 37th Annual 7th Grade Talent Search: Avery Hocker, Jack Tyrell, Alexis Stamps, Felicia Valle, Alissa Kean, Sarah Mueller, Lainey Edmondson, Bilal Mir, Allison Ding, Emalee Ro, Adeline Dunn, Hannah Davis, Zoe Zimmer, Devan Murali, Prithvi Nagarajan, Jaxon Miller, Karma Miller, and Chengle Qian.
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 DukeTIP 7th Grade Talent Search.
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 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