Special Order #54 was read at lunch this week, recognizing outstanding achievement during the second quarter of 2012-13 in Math. Math Department chair MAJ Ananta Khanal awarded the following cadets the Math Bar:
Two Missouri Military Academy cadets have been recognized for their performance in a recent mathematics competition. Sophomore cadet Brais Galvan ’15 and senior Yu Zhou ’13 both brought home awards.
The American Mathematics Competition (AMC10/AMC12) is organized by the University of Nebraska and sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Akamai Foundation. Students compete by taking a test at their school with the results passed along to the MAA. Students in grades 8-10 participate in the AMC10 group and AMC12 is comprised of 11th and 12th graders.
Math instructor MAJ Ananta Khanal says this is the fourth year MMA cadets have entered the competition. 15 cadets took this year’s test.
This was the second math competition in which MMA students participated this school year. Cadets also competed in November’s state level contest, “Excellence in Math”, organized by St Louis Community College.
For the third time in four years, a Missouri Military Academy cadet will begin classes at a United States service academy this fall. In 2013, Eoghan Matthews ’13 of St. Louis has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
The announcement came after Matthews received recommendations from Missouri representative Lacy Clay and Missouri senator Roy Blunt. Matthews is scheduled to report to the academy in July.
“I remember the first conversation I had about West Point with my family,” Matthews said.
He recalls that his family initially balked at the idea, but after a few years of research and working toward his goal, his family came around. Matthews says he has had West Point on his mind since 2009, and hasn’t given up since. With a 4.4 GPA and notice of his appointment, the next stage of packing and planning begins.
Matthews says he may take his first year to experience the Academy before settling in on a specific focus of study.
“I want to take a look around at all the Academy and the Army has to offer,” he said. “I know I’m interested in being an infantryman, but there could be other opportunities for me.”
It is a very difficult and arduous process to apply and subsequently be accepted to any service academy. A lengthy application, letters of recommendation from representatives, and an outstanding GPA are just some of the requirements to be fulfilled.
Matthews joins Luis Gonzalez ’10, Jared Roberts ’12, and Landon Smalley ’12 as MMA alumni to be appointed to service academies. Gonzalez and Smalley are currently studying at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Roberts is rehabilitating from a knee injury.
Matthews is the first MMA cadet to report to West Point since Devin Lang in 2009.
The PLAN test is offered to high school sophomores (and some freshmen) as a sort of practice for the ACT exam taken during their junior and senior year. The scores also give an indication of where the student’s test-taking skills before taking the ACT.
The highest sophomore score was posted by Kane Anderson ’15, who ended up in the 99th percentile of test takers. This means that Anderson scored better than 99% of students who took the test. Freshman cadet Nishan Khanal ’16 finished in the 98th percentile and Wade Lueckenotte ’15 tested better than 92% of PLAN students.
Anderson’s best performance came on the English and Math sections of the test, scoring in the 98th percentile. Khanal led the way in Math among cadets, scoring in the 99th percentile.
Anderson’s test-taking skills are not limited to the PLAN exam. He also posted the best score on the PSAT for the Class of 2015 in October. In addition to placing higher than 99% of students who took the PLAN, his overall score on the PSAT was better than 89 percent of students who took the test. Anderson also posted a very impressive score on the Writing portion of that exam, scoring in the 99th percentile of students who completed that section.
Other notable performances include Guangning Wei ’15, who scored in the 96th percentile of math students, and Sergio Salas ’15 testing in the 97th percentile for the reading section.
MAJ Richards Boyce has been teaching Missouri Military Academy middle school cadets about a famous Guinness World Record holder from the region. Robert Wadlow spent his adult life standing 8 feet, 11 inches tall until his death in 1940. Residing in Alton, Illinois, about 30 minutes north of St. Louis, people came from miles around to meet the tallest measured person in history.
This week, cadets have been using proportional measurement to convey just how tall Wadlow was on paper. Boyce presented a scale drawing of Wadlow’s hand, and then asked the cadets to “construct” the rest of his body on paper using the measurements of his hand.
Five Missouri Military Academy cadets have become full members of one prominent academic society. Juniors Jesus Herrera ’14, Dallas Lopez ’14, Nicholas Mabbs ’14, Jacob Priester ’14, and Jack Solls ’14 were officially recognized as part of the National Honor Society during Battalion Review Sunday.
Chapter adviser MAJ Mike Pemberton says members are selected by a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
“National Honor Society members are chosen and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Pemberton added. “These students are the most worthy of this honor.”
The Missouri Military Academy chapter of the National Honor Society has been active since 2005. The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s high schools and, since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have also been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the society’s sponsoring organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
For the first time, a Missouri Military Academy cadet shares a lofty status alongside 15,000 other U.S. high school students. Nischal Khanal ’13 was notified of the announcement at lunch today. Khanal was named a National Merit Semifinalist in September and had been awaiting news. He scored in the top one-third of the original 50,000 high scorers to achieve Semifinalist status.
According to the organization, Khanal’s abilities, skills, and accomplishments will determine if he is selected to receive a Merit Scholarship. National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) selectors will also evaluate Khanal’s academic record, two sets of test scores, information about his school involvement, and a personal essay, among other criteria.
Khanal is now in the running to be one of 8,300 Finalists that will be selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. Beginning next month and continuing to mid-June, NMSC will alert the winners.