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Group pictured left to right (front row): Cole Theobald, Hannah Weng and Brandy Modrow (back row) Bryce Sellner, Andre Fortin, Jared Steiner and Lucas Larson. Also pictured is Bridgit O'Brien.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School DECA students earn state recognition

Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School students earned state recognition and an opportunity to advance to compete with 20,000 top students from around the world at the International Career Development Conference.
  • Bridgit O'Brien – first place, employment interview, advanced level
  • Bryce Sellner, Jared Steiner and Cole Theobald – first place, virtual business challenge-sports
  • Hannah Weng – fifth place, apparel and accessories marketing series
  • Andre Fortin, Aaron Marthaler, Stephany Morrow and Bryce Sellner – fifth place, marketing plan
  • Jared Steiner – top 12 finisher, employment interview, advanced level
  • Cole Theobald – seventh place, sports and entertainment marketing operations research; and top 10th percentile, financial literacy exam
  • Luke Drummer – top 10th percentile, business administration core exam
  • Tage Wrage – top 15 finisher, sales demonstration-hard lines
  • Lucas Larson, Andre Fortin and Brandy Modrow – thrive level, membership campaign
Approximately 3,500 Minnesota DECA student members participate in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in more than 50 events focused in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, marketing and other related fields. Competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development...More Information

 
 
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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.

 
 
Teams earning World Championship invites are (left to right) The Pink Team and Betaversion 1.0. Teams earning World Championship invites are (left to right) The Pink Team and Betaversion 1.0.
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:
  • The Pink Team: Coach Michael Shores, Megan Geraets, Grace Morgan, Kendyl Stueber, Lauren Reuter, Sophia Murphy and Sydney Prybylla
  • Betaversion 1.0: Leif Stout, Amber Marrs, Dylan Moore, Kenny Yu, Alex Hyun, Jayden Siegle, Michael Nguyen, Ryan Swanson and Cole Himmer
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Teams earning World Championship invites are (top left to right): Team Sierra, Steel Phoenixes; (bottom left to right) Team KaBuum and the Knights. Teams earning World Championship invites are (top left to right): Team Sierra, Steel Phoenixes; (bottom left to right) Team KaBuum and the Knights.
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:
  • Team Sierra: Trent McCabe, Larkin Hansen, Dayton Moore, Chris Slocum, Ben Abbott, Keidron Pohlman, Eric Rucker and Abdikarem Ibrahim.
  • Steel Phoenixes: Ben Liebl, Liam Garbes, Tucker Jones, Carter Langworthy, Mitchell Robertson, Justin Qualley, Conner Johnston and Andrew Herold.
  • Team KaBuum: Andrew Baston, Hallie Olson, Terry Moore, Alanna Pohlman, Gavin Honken, Rachel Arndt, Ryan Buendorf and Hunter Stevensen.
  • Knights: Lucas Guo, Devin Baker, Andrew Birkmaier, Kade Brandel, Matthew Krueger, Ian Muggli, Ethan Rittmiller and Tom Lauer.
The Knights partnered with two other school teams to win the state tournament championship. Team Sierra, Steel Phoenixes and Team KaBuum partnered and were tournament finalists, which earned them a World Championship invitation. The Steel Phoenixes tied for Robot Skills and earned a robot skills finalist award, qualifying them for World Championships.
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Emily Spieker and Gavin Davis
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.

 
 
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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.

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Mankato Area Public Schools’ Triple A award winners) left to right) Torey Richards, Nathan Scruggs, Jonas Fu and Lauren Smith.
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.

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(left to right) Doug Lago-Educare, Wade Abed, II-Educare, Kelly Sonnek-Jack Links, Brian Corbett-Educare, Patricia Lopez-Jack Links, Superintendent Sheri Allen, Mark Zenk-West High School, School Board Chair Ann Hendricks and Michael Shores-Prairie Winds Middle School
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

 
 
Pictured left to right: Malachy Bloom,  Gavin Davis, Madeline Wilcox and Mikayla Stanley. Pictured left to right: Malachy Bloom, Gavin Davis, Madeline Wilcox and Mikayla Stanley.
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).

 
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