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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.

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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