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Jake Makela Jake Makela
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.

Jameson Auger and Lauren Smith Jameson Auger and Lauren Smith
Mankato Area Public Schools' students recognized for academic achievements

This year's Mankato Area Public Schools' National Merit semifinalists are Jameson Auger and Lauren Smith, students at West High School. Semifinalists advance for an opportunity to win scholarships.The National Merit Scholarship program recognizes 16,000 semifinalists from the 1.6 million who entered the competition by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.
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Ariana Lopez Ariana Lopez
Ariana Lopez places third in National History Club contest

Ariana Lopez, Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School, placed third in the National History Club’s “Lessons of Leadership” contest for her website about Allan Spear. Students were to select an elected official and describe how this person risked his or her career by making a decision at odds with public opinion. Students were encouraged to detail how that act of political courage can continue to guide and inspire today. Lopez also received a $500 prize...More Information

Mary Berg Mary Berg
Mary Berg named "Capstone Teacher of the Year"

Mary Berg, teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School, has been named “Capstone Teacher of the Year” by Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest. This honor recognizes educators who have helped make Junior Achievement capstone programs available to students. These programs encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems and develop real-world skills

Sam Gersich Sam Gersich
Student Sam Gersich achieves perfect WordMasters Challenge score

Sam Gersich, a Mankato Area Public Schools’ Hoover Elementary School student, scored 20/20 at a WordMasters Challenge meet. Of 7,300 students who participated nationwide, Gersich is one of 60 to achieve a perfect score. Gersich was also awarded high honors for receiving a cumulative score that was in the top 2 percent of all those competing during the school year. 

Mankato Area Public Schools’ Spirit of Youth Honorees include (bottom row left to right): Akram Osman, Hanna Shank, Dave Stahl, Nasra Ibrahim (representing Harbi Hassan); (top row left to right): Mark Zenk, Sara Meyer, Karen Barnett and Mike Shores. Not pictured: Abigail Blais
Mankato Area Public Schools’ students and staff honored as Spirit of Youth Honorees

The Spirit of Youth award recognizes outstanding youth, youth workers, coaches, teachers, adults, businesses and non-profits for their work in promoting positive youth development setting an exceptional example in supporting youth and youth efforts.
Outstanding students
Abigail Blais and Hanna Shank, East High School
Outstanding individuals
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Kari Pratt, talent development math coach, works with Jefferson Elementary School students Zoii Alas and Da'Kajsa Nance as they play a math game.
Kari Pratt engages students in learning through math games

Kari Pratt, talent development math coach, created an engaging way for elementary students to practice math—Math Play. Students use playing cards and games provided to work on addition and subtraction. Since it’s important for students to continue to learn outside the classroom, games and cards were sent home.
Math games help students learn actively, develop a positive attitude about math, increase math confidence, develop problem-solving skills and master math skills. BankVista in Mankato donated 300 card decks to distribute to students..More Information

Marcy Koch Marcy Koch
Marcy Koch receives Elementary School Counselor of the Year award

Marcy Koch, counselor at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Kennedy and Roosevelt elementary schools, received the Elementary Counselor of the Year award from the Minnesota School Counselors Association.

The award recognizes counselors who demonstrate leadership,  advocacy and collaboration to promote equity, access to opportunities, provide education experiences for all students to maximize their achievement and collaborate with stakeholders.

Team members from left to right: Dave Stahl, coach, Kenzie Gleason, Samuel Mansfield, Kyle Ulrich, Andrew Miller, Jordan Pasker, Tessa Machado, Michael Shores, coach, Chris Thielsen and Dani Gleason. Team members from left to right: Coach Dave Stahl, Kenzie Gleason, Samuel Mansfield, Kyle Ulrich, Andrew Miller, Jordan Pasker, Tessa Machado, Coach Michael Shores, Chris Thielsen and Dani Gleason.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team is tournment champion at state competition

Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team won the championship at the state competition and advanced to the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
Student teams were given a design challenge and used VEX equipment kit to design, build and program a robot to perform certain tasks. Students were introduced to the world of robotics with the VEX Robotics Design System in partnership with Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs. A goal of STEAM is to help produce employees and leaders of tomorrow that can help solve real-life problems. This is done by engaging and motivating students about STEAM subjects in a fun and interesting way.
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Melisandra McLaughlin Melisandra McLaughlin
Melisandra McLaughlin top reader in myOn Blizzard Cup contest

Melisandra McLaughlin, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Middle School, was the top reader in the myOn Blizzard Cup reading contest with more than 81 hours of reading time.

She was awarded a KindleFire HD, contributed by myON, a literacy program. Roosevelt Elementary School earned the traveling trophy for having the most reading most minutes overall in the district; Eagle Lake Elementary placed second and Bridges Community School came in third...More Information

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