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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.
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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.
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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

Kayley Ball
Sonia Carlson 
Owen D'Amour 
Noah Hamlett 
Killian Helms 
Victoria Henson-Miyauchi 
Edwinna Hiebert 
Ally Jacobs 
Johanna Jeyaraj 
Juliana Joseph 
Alice MacDonald 
Jane Min 
Tri Nguyen 
Laynie Solum 
Sydney Stamps 
Olivia Staso 
Jesse Stone 
Nicholas Turney 
Christopher Wheelen 
Evelyn Wilson 
Parker Woods  

Simran Anis
Brock Conklin 
Savannah Dillard 
Dillon Dodge 
Jade Eschenbrenner 
Luke Goodhope 
Madeline Goodman 
Colton Henkle 
Thomas Hershewe 
Preston Johnson 
Caroline Martucci 
Layla Mokhtar 
Jaden Moore 
Audrey Neighmond 
Ruchi Patel 
Elizabeth Patterson 
Allison Price 
Humza Rehman 
Bella Scutti 
Acelynn Tate 
Reagan Thompson 

Lexxy Ahn
Cyra Evans 
Matthew Palmer 
Olivia Renfro 
Shannon Tewari 
Christopher Underwood 
Aaron Wells 
Lane Wilson

Hallah Butcher
Imogen Eads  
Austin Flake  
Riley Henson  
Catherine Lant  
Andrew Lown  
Caitlin Mueller  
Elena Rodriguez  
Hannah Triplett

Honor Roll

Asenath Arzet
Kelsey Atteberry 
Matthew Dohmen 
Elsa Hussain 
Jax Palmer 
Keya Pandey 
Kennedy Schwartz 
Anastasia Young  

Ryan Beyersdorfer
Hallie Corle 
Nathan Eschenbrenner 
Chase Kellenberger 
Gabriella Laird 
Clara Scales 
Morgan Soetaert

Isaac Dickinson
Grace Jacobs 
Richard Joseph III 
Luke Kirk 
Andrew Lewis 
Yang Qiu 
Arionna Rincker 
Vera Robinson 
Adam Turney

Elias Burrough
Andrew Corle 
Aaron McDonald 
Hayley Neighmond 
Haaris Rehman 
Henry White

Middle School

High Honor Roll

Allison Ding
Adeline Dunn 
Alaina Edmondson 
Ewa Flake 
Gabriella Hiebert 
Avery Hocker 
Alissa Kean 
Sarah Mueller 
Prithvi Nagarajan 
Caden Purcell 
Chengle Qian 
Nayab Rehman 
Emalee Ro  
Alexis Stamps 
Jack Tyrrell 
Felicia Valle

Shayaan Anis 
Jay Ball 
Nico Carlson 
Benjamin Carroll 
Eve Cartwright 
Nathaniel Curtis 
Evan D'Amour 
Ryken Garren 
Alizeh Hammad 
Sania Hammad 
Jessica Joseph 
Eva Locher 
Yasmina Mokhtar 
Mary Parker 
Jaxson Robinson 
Samantha Seto 
Sophia Sweeny 
Richard Zhang 

Alivia Beard  
Dev Bhatt  
Astrid Cardenas  
Alea Davis  
Emily Delman  
Ian Ding  
Jennalee Dunn  
Sydney Flake  
Drew Goodhope  
Kyra Hayes  
Abhijith Jenkins  
Luke Miller  
Shrihari Nagarajan  
Jiao Nelson  
Emma Patterson  
Elias Rincker  
Alexandra Robinson

Honor Roll

Vigo Aguilar
Noah Burnison 
Melinda Fauss 
Rocco Joseph 
Lauren Laird 
Logan Lant 
Jaxon Miller 
Mary Nguyen 

Kip Atteberry
Kaitlyn Beyersdorfer 
Tyler Brouhard 
Cain Butcher 
Tannah Grigg 
Joseph Ipsen 
Mack Kirk 
Marisa Martucci 
Andrew Renner 
Alisabeth Rogers 
Grayson Scutti 
Tony Touma 
Levi Triplett

Liam Chevillard
Luke Ralston 
Brinn Schnelle 
Sophia Schwartz 
Sydney Walker 

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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.

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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

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