Regions

For regional competition, the Junior Academy students are divided throughout the state according to the following:

Regional Competitions Dates

Please note that if no competition is being held in your region that you may compete in other regions (you should reach out to the regional director of the region in which you would like to compete). Please note all “in person” meetings are subject to change to a hybrid or virtual format.

  • Kansas City Region: no competition
  • Mastodon Region: March 23rd, 2024 @ Jefferson College
  • Northeast Region: March 5th, 2024 @ Central Methodist University
  • Northwest Region: TBD @ Missouri Western State University
  • Ozark Region: March 22, 2024 @ Missouri State University
  • Southeast Region: TBD @ Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southwest Region: March 26th, 2024 @ Missouri Southern State University
  • St. Louis Region: February 24th, 2024 @ Marquette High School

Region Directors

Kansas City Region

Open Director Position
(please email state directors if
you or your institution would
be interested in hosting a
regional competition)

Mastodon Region

Ms. Samantha DeClue
314-529-1329
director@mastodonfair.org
http://www.mastodonfair.org/

Northeast Region

Dr. James “Tiger” Gordon
Central Methodist University
Fayette, MO 65248
jgordon@centralmethodist.edu

Dr. Greg Thurmon
Central Methodist University
Fayette, MO 65248

Northwest Region

Dr. Csengele Barta
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, 64507
cbarta1@missouriwestern.edu

Ozark Region

Ms. Indigo Tran
Missouri State University
indigotran@MissouriState.edu

Southeast Region

Dr. Indi Braden
Southeast Missouri State University
isbraden@semo.edu

Dr. Miriam Snyder
Southeast Missouri State University
masnider@semo.edu

Southwest Region

Dr. Teresa Boman
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO
boman-t@mssu.edu

Dr. Mary (Katie) Kilmer
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO
417-625-3564
kilmer-m@mssu.edu

St. Louis Region

Ms. Jennifer Hess
Holt High School
jenniferhess@wsdr4.org
https://sites.google.com/wsdr4.org/mjas-stlouisregion/home

Dr. Cathy Farrar
Marquette High School
farrarcathy@rsdmo.org

Affiliation

To maintain affiliation with the MJAS, regions must pay an annual affiliation fee of $500. Students who compete at affiliated regions have the benefit of their registration fee being waived for the state competition. Students who compete at an unaffiliated region are responsible for paying a $50 registration fee/student for the state competition.

Funds raised through the affiliation fee are used to support and maintain the MJAS, thus ensuring the continued opportunities provided by this competition to our state middle and high school students.