20 Missouri Military Academy Cadets Earn Presidential Education Awards

In recognition of their 2020 academic success, seven cadets have earned the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and thirteen cadets have earned the President’s Award for Educational Achievement.  

The awards are provided by the President's Education Awards Program (PEAP), which honors students from roughly 25,000 public, private and military schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Outlying Areas—American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—and American military bases abroad. 

PEAP was founded in 1983. Every year since then, the program has provided the nation's schools with the opportunity to recognize students who meet high standards of academic excellence and those who have given their best effort.  

Individual recognition is bestowed by the U.S. President and the U.S. Secretary of Education, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The award includes a congratulatory letter to the student and certificate signed by the President, the Secretary, and the Academy president.  

President’s Award for Educational Excellence 

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence recognizes the highest academic success in the classroom for seniors and 8th graders. To be eligible, cadets needed to meet the following requirements: 

  • Having a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher 
  • For seniors, scoring a composite of 27 or higher on the ACT or 1,350 or higher on the SAT  
  • For 8th graders, scoring above the 75th percentile in math or reading on the MAP test 

Cadets who earned the President's Award for Educational Excellence are:  

  • John Murphy, senior 
  • Michael Naughton, senior 
  • William Delaplane, 8th grade  
  • Oskar Fontana, 8th grade  
  • Zhixuan Liu, 8th grade  
  • Kai Passmore, 8th grade  
  • Zijie Zhou, 8th grade  

These cadets have received a gold certificate and a red pin to signify their accomplishment. 

President’s Award for Educational Achievement 

The President’s Award for Educational Achievement recognizes students that show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects. Its purpose is to encourage and reward students who give their best effort, often in the face of special obstacles.  

Cadets who earned the President’s Award for Educational Achievement are:  

  • Robert Abbott, senior 
  • Ethan Blitz, senior 
  • Dongyang Chen, senior 
  • Maxwell Dawson, senior 
  • William English, senior 
  • Thomas Huckins, senior 
  • Devonte Knight, senior 
  • Derek Nguyen, senior 
  • Bruno Pozzani, senior 
  • Ayush Raheja, senior 
  • Nathan Dempsey, 8th grade 
  • William Fogarty, 8th grade 
  • Kyle Rada, 8th grade  

These cadets have received a silver certificate and a white pin to signify their accomplishment. 


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