Teacher Mark Zenk named VEX Robotics mentor of the year
Mark Zenk, West High School teacher and VEX robotics coach, was selected as mentor of the year. This award is given to a mentor or engineer that has helped their students achieve goals that were seemingly out of reach. This individual is a role model, a leader and an extraordinary mentor who helps show students new ways to expand their knowledge and solve problems.
Two VEX robotics teams earn World Championship invitations
Two Mankato Area Public Schools VEX robotics teams from Prairie Winds Middle School and East High School have qualified and earned World Championship invitations. Teams include:
Four VEX robotics teams earn World Championship invitations
Four Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School VEX robotics teams have qualified and earned World Championship invitations. Teams include:
Mankato Area Public Schools’ spelling bee champions
Mankato Area Public Schools’ students, Emily Spieker, Dakota Meadows Middle School, and Gavin Davis, Prairie Winds Middle School, were their school’s spelling bee champions. They advanced to the regional spelling bee. Regional winners advance to the national spelling bee held in Washington D.C.
Alex Emery and Connor McGraw are geography bee winners
Mankato Area Public Schools’ students Alex Emery, Prairie Winds Middle School, and Connor McGraw, Dakota Meadows Middle School, won their school’s competition as part of the National Geographic Bee. Emery and McGraw took a qualifying test and up to 100 of the top scorers in the state will be eligible to compete in the state spelling bee in March.
Mankato Area Public Schools' students selected to perform in state and national choirs
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School students Aliya Mukamuri, grade 9, and Lauren Senden, grade 10, auditioned and were selected to sing with the Minnesota American Choral Director's Association 9th and 10th grade Women's Honor Choir. They will perform under Therese Hibbard of St. Olaf College at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 16 Central Lutheran Church, 333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis.
Senden was also selected to perform with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Mixed Honor Choir, conducted by Grammy winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, March 11 at Minneapolis Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall...More Information
Mankato Area Public Schools' announces Triple A award winners
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Torey Richards and Nathan Scruggs; and West High School students Jonas Fu and Lauren Smith received the Triple “A” (academics, athletics, arts) award. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts. To be eligible, students must be a high school senior, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) sponsored athletics and fine art activities and comply with the MSHSL student code of conduct...More Information
Jack Links donates $30,000 to Educare for Mankato Area Public Schools
Jack Links representatives Kelly Sonnek and Patricia Lopez presented a $30,000 donation to Educare for Mankato Area Public Schools on December 19. The generous donation will be used to fund Makerspaces in Mankato Area Public Schools' elementaries. Makerspaces combine manufacturing ..More Information
Students are finalists in state debate championship
Mankato Area Public Schools’ students were finalists in the recent State Classic Debate Championship. Malachy Bloom, East High School, and Gavin Davis, Prairie Winds Middle School, placed as quarter finalists (top 8 of 46 novice division teams). East High School students Madeline Wilcox and Mikayla Stanley placed as octa-finalists (top 16 of 46 novice division teams).
Jake Makela named Mr. Soccer
Jake Makela, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School, has been named Mr. Soccer by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. He was selected first in Class 1A . The Mr. Soccer award is presented to top senior high school soccer players who are considered best overall players in the state.