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Mike Shores
Teacher Mike Shores named VEX Robotics Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Mike Shores, a teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools’ East Junior High School was named the VEX Robotics Minnesota Teacher of the Year. This award is presented to a teacher who shows leadership and dedication to students and continually exceeds expectations to ensure a safe, enjoyable educational experience for students. Student teams nominate teachers and describe how they inspire, motivate and educate in a positive, enthusiastic and challenging way.
 

 
 
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Jay Eichhorst honored for commitment to student musical growth and achievement

Mankato Area Public Schools’ East Junior High School Teacher Jay Eichhorst was recently named a member of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters’ Fraternity. Eichhorst was recognized for his “deep commitment to his student’s musical growth and achievement, his leadership roles in regional and statewide music education organizations, and his mentor work with prospective music education majors in the region.”  
 

 
 
Sam Mansfield
East High School student Sam Mansfield earns perfect ACT score

Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School student Sam Mansfield earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. The ACT consists of English, mathematics, reading and science tests, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of these four test scores.

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduation class of 2015, about 1,500 of more than 1.92 million students earned a composite score of 36. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
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Team KaBuum (left to right): Lucas Baston, Stephen Reynolds, Gavin Honken, Ahren Dahlgren, Coach Mark Zenk, Hallie Olson, Eric Westberg, Ryan Buendorf and Joe Peterson.
Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School's VEX robotics team wins programming skills challenge at state competition

Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School's VEX robotics team, Team KaBuum, won the programming skills challenge at the state competition. They've advanced to the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky (April 20 to 23) and will compete with students from around the world.
 
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...More Information

 
 
Arianna Mlaker and William Gronewald
Mankato Area Public Schools' Geography Bee winners

Mankato Area Public Schools' students Arianna Mlaker, East Junior High School, and William Gronewald, Dakota Meadows Middle School, won their school's Geography Bees. Mlaker and Gronewald will take a statewide qualifying test for the opportunity to compete at the state level.

 
 
(Front row-left to right) Conner Harbarth and Ben Rudenick; (middle row) Noah Peters, Riley Bruning and Andrew Kim; (back row) Coaches Kim Spears and Steven Peters. (Front row-left to right) Conner Harbarth and Ben Rudenick; (middle row) Noah Peters, Riley Bruning and Andrew Kim; (back row) Coaches Kim Spears and Steven Peters.
Mankato Area Public Schools' First Lego Team wins sectional design award; advances to state competition

Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Department's First Lego League Team, "The Guardians of Garbage" qualified to participate in the state championship. During the sectional competition, the team won the "Design award," and was one of only three teams in Minnesota to earn more than 700 points. First Lego League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling and energy. They are challenged to develop a solution and must design, build, program a robot to compete on a table-top playing field. Learn more...More Information

 
 
Franklin Elementary Student Recognized for Coding Skills

Mankato Area Public Schools' Franklin Elementary School student Baran Skistad, sixth grade, was recognized for his technology coding skills as a featured curator on Scratch, a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. As curator, Skistad selected favorite activities to be highlighted on Scratch.

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Monroe Elementary School receives highest honor

Mankato Area Public Schools' Monroe Elementary School, North Mankato is shown receiving a National Blue Ribbon School award presentation.  The award honors high-performing schools in reading and math.  The Blue Ribbon award is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve. 

Monroe Elementary School was named a Rewards School by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2011, 2013 and 2014 before being named a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School in 2015. 

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First grade student Kate Nessler 
 


Kate Nessler, a first grade student at Mankato Area Public Schools' Jefferson Elementary School, contributed $100 to Connecting Kids, offered through the district's Community Education and Recreation Department. She raised funds by selling her grandparents' sweet corn. Nessler came up with the idea after learning about the program from her mother. Nessler wants all area children to have the opportunity to participate in out-of-school activities...More Information

 
 
Cal Duis Cal Duis
Cal Duis named "Capstone Teacher of the Year"

Cal Duis, teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Schools, was named “Capstone Teacher of the Year” by the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. Duis was recognized for sharing energy, insight and positive work with youth.

 
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