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Moore earns Honorable Mention for 2021 Missouri Scholars


Amari is the daughter of Bettina and Andy Comstock of Perryville and Brad and Lakrisha Moore of Cape Girardeau. She is the granddaughter of Trevor Arathoon of Perryville.


At PHS, Amari is the captain of the Varsity Academic Team, and a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. She is a member of the drama club, participating in eight plays. She has completed YMCA Leadership and STEM Conference training.


Amari has earned the Silver Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and has been the Elk’s Student of the Month. She was selected to attend Missouri Girls’ State in 2020. She has shown her work in the SEMO Art Show and in 2020-21 won second and third places in drawing, third in fabrics and earned the Academy Award.


Her volunteer work is extensive; she’s served over 1000 hours at Hope Center USA and donated more than 75 hours painting a mural there. She has also volunteered with Southeast Hospital, Women’s Safe House and Perry County Memorial Hospital events. She has volunteered with the local Special Olympics since 2018.


Amari also works as a server at Parket Diner.


She will graduate summa cum laude in May, with a 4.0 grade point average, and earned a 31 composite score on the ACT. She earned the Presidential Scholarship, worth $100,000, to attend Saint Louis University where she will major in chemical biology and pharmacology/neuroscience.


Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for this statewide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the students’ GPA and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had first to meet criteria of an “Academic Decathalon,” with included ten “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or SAT score of 1,600, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class and have taken high-level courses in math, English, science and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen and be involved in the school activity program.


Clark Mershon, executive director of MoASSP, said, “The Missouri Scholars 100 Program is one of the most premier academic recognition programs in the country. It is truly a celebration of learning. Students who are selected to this program have taken a rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards. MoASSP wants to celebrate the achievement and success of these students and their schools.” This is the 27th year of the Missouri Scholars 100 recognition.