Two Northeast Missouri students were among state high schoolers to attend Missouri Scholars Academy.

Two Northeast Missouri students were among state high schoolers to attend Missouri Scholars Academy.

Makenzie Prenger, of Hannibal, and Della Rodenbaugh, of New London, are among Missouri’s brightest high school students who attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) June 11 – July 1 at the University of Missouri.

MSA began in 1985 and provides 300 rising high-school juniors the opportunity to expand their educational and social skills. This year, scholars spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, selecting a major and minor course of study from a range of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and the humanities. Students at the academy represented nearly every county in the state.

“All of the activities at the academy are designed to be broadening and enriching,” said co-director Steven Keller, an associate professor in the MU Department of Chemistry. “We want to encourage these talented students to own their intelligence and inspire them to put it to good use. In particular, we hope to get students to engage in activities that are outside their comfort zones.”

Prenger, who attends Hannibal High School, is the daughter of Mindy Prenger. She is a member of the Student Council and her high school and YMCA swim teams.

“The opportunity to participate in Missouri Scholars Academy was a once-in-a-lifetime chance that I am very thankful for,” she said. “Participating in MSA broadened my educational experiences and allowed me to gain very valuable information as I start to look at my future.”

Rodenbaugh, who attends Hannibal High School, is the daughter of Rodney and Gina Rodenbaugh. She is involved with River City Revue, All-District Choir and the Holy Family youth group.

“This experience helped me become more independent, and the academy changed how I think about my education,” she said.

Outside the classroom, students participated in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country.