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 19th-22nd @ Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair
  • Northeast Region: March 7, 2023 @ Central Methodist University
  • Northwest Region: TBD @ Missouri Western State University
  • Ozark Region: March 8th, 2023 @ Missouri State University
  • Southeast Region: March 7th, 2023 @ Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southwest Region: March 28th, 2023 @ Missouri Southern State University
  • St. Louis Region: March 11th @ Marquette High School

Region Directors

Kansas City Region

Dr. Michelle Allen
Northwest Missouri State University

Mastodon Region

Ms. Samantha DeClue

Northeast Region

Dr. James “Tiger” Gordon
Central Methodist University
Fayette, MO 65248

Dr. Greg Thurmon
Central Methodist University
Fayette, MO 65248

Northwest Region

Dr. Csengele Barta
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, 64507

Ozark Region

Mr. Dylan Welker
Missouri State University

Southeast Region

Dr. Indi Braden
Southeast Missouri State University

Dr. Miriam Snyder
Southeast Missouri State University

Southwest Region

Dr. Teresa Boman
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO

Dr. Mary (Katie) Kilmer
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO

St. Louis Region

Ms. Jennifer Hess
Holt High School

Dr. Cathy Farrar


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.