Edward Toderescu-Stavilla, a sophomore at Smith-Cotton High School, has been selected to attend both the Missouri Scholars Academy and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy for their summer 2017 sessions.

Sedalia School District 200
Sedalia School District 200

According to the MSA website, the scholars academy is “a three-week academic program for 330 of Missouri's gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school.” It is held at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The fine arts academy, which takes place at Missouri State University in Springfield, “enrolls only artistically motivated students, and provides a curriculum different from that found in a public or private school. It offers unique opportunities for students to enhance their artistic abilities and creative energies, to explore the various roles the arts play in society and to encounter the arts in an interdisciplinary forum," according to the academy website.

Toderescu-Stavilla is a co-captain of the Smith-Cotton Academic Team, which recently took first place in district competition; he finished third among individuals at the event. He also has qualified to compete at the National Leadership Conference for HOSA, the Health Occupations Students of America-Future Health Professionals organization.

He is a member of the Smith-Cotton United Foreign Languages Club, the S-C Science Club, and National Honor Society, as well as serving as a class representative for Student Council, captain of one of two Smith-Cotton Envirothon teams, and an Executive Board member of the S-C Math Team.

He is a field manager for the Smith-Cotton Tiger Pride Marching Band and a member of the S-C Symphonic Band, along with performing with S-C’s new indoor performance group that will compete later this month at the Winter Guard International Winds World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Toderescu-Stavilla is a Community Café student leader and a member of S-C’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, the cross country team and the S-C Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.

In the photo: Smith-Cotton sophomore Edward Toderescu-Stavilla displays his third-place medal from the April 10 Missouri Scholar Bowl district competition. He has been selected to attend both the Missouri Scholars Academy and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy this summer.

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