McAuley Catholic High School Senior Selected for State Academic Honor

JOPLIN, Mo. ­– Elaine “Lainey” Moran was selected for the 2020 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2020.

Lainey and the other Missouri Scholars will be recognized at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo. on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

“We are very proud of Lainey,” said McAuley Catholic Principal Dr. Emily Yoakam. “This is an amazing recognition for her to receive based on her successes. We can’t wait to see Lainey’s accomplishments after graduation.”

Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary Principals. Schools across Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for this statewide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had first to meet criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” which included 10 “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.750, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,600, be ranked in the upper ten percent of the class and have taken high-level courses in mathematics, science, English, and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen, and be involved in the school activity program.

“The Missouri Scholars 100 Program is one of the most premier academic recognition programs in the country,” said Clark Mershon, executive director of the principals’ association. It is truly a celebration of learning. Students who are selected to this program have taken rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards. The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals wants to celebrate the achievement and success of these students and their schools.”

In McAuley Catholic’s 2019 graduating class, Madison “Maddy” Szell received the recognition of Honorable Mention from the Missouri Scholars 100 Program.

The 2020 program is the 26th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 recognition. For additional information, contact MoASSP, 573-445-5071