West High School students selected as National Merit semifinalists
Jonas Widness and Colt Baker, Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School students, were named National Merit semifinalists. They have the opportunity to advance in the competition to compete for 8,000 available National Merit scholarships.
A student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards are all criteria considered. About 1.5 million juniors across the nation entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, about 16,000, were selected as semifinalists...More Information
West High School student earns perfect ACT score
Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School student Colt Baker 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 graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 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...More Information
Team earns medal at national history competition
Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School team of Mary Traxler, Lindsey Chambers and Holly Hankins recently earned 3rd place at National History Day competition, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. The competition's purpose is to engage students in history.
Other focal points of the history opportunity include: critical thinking and problem-solving skills; research and reading skills; oral and written communication and presentation skills; self esteem and confidence; and a sense of responsibility for involvement in the democratic process...More Information
West High School students take top honors at state history day competition
Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School students who took top honors at the state history day competition are Isaac Mehlhaff, John Haley, Paul Esslinger, Kennedy Maker, Nusla Mohamed , Lindsey Chambers, Mary Traxler and Holly Hankins.
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program that makes history come alive. It engages students in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future.
Jack Links beefs up Mankato Area Public Schools' budget
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky presented a $10,000 check to Mankato Area Public School Board at their recent meeting.
This is the second year Jack Link’s has donated to the school district. Last year's donation added technology to Mankato Area Public Schools elementary school libraries.
“This year, the funds provided by Jack Link’s will go toward our English Language Learners (ELL) Mobile Learning Initiative,” said Superintendent Sheri Allen. “The district will purchase iPad Minis to give these students access to technology to meet their individual learning needs, including specifically selected textbooks in digital and audio format, text reading apps, language videos and digital guides with dictation software. This initiative aligns with our district’s mobile technology plan.”
Katrina Voda is Minnesota Swim Coaches Association scholarship recipient
Katrina Voda, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota Swim Coaches Association.
West High School students selected for Honor Band
Justin Portner and Emma Murray, Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School students, were two of 81 students selected to participate in the Minnesota Band Directors Association's 9th and 10th grade Honor Band. Portner and Murray were among 220 students who auditioned to be a part of this band. The opportunity includes working with music educators from throughout the state and performing in a concert.
East High School student Peter Trandem receives $20,000 scholarship
Peter Trandem, a senior at Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School, has been named the 2013 Horatio Alger National Scholar and will receive a $20,000 college scholarship. As part of Trandem's recognition, he attended the 2013 Horation Alger National Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C. During his trip, Trandem had met with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and attended a black tie event at the Daughter's of the American Revolution Constitution Hall.
Dakota Meadows Middle School students selected for honor band
Thirteen Dakota Meadows Middle School students recently participated in the 17th annual Southeast Minnesota Honor Band. Student selected:
Braeden Gatchell, trumpet
Krista Goerger, flute..More Information
West High School students receive Energy Award
Mankato Area Public Schools' West High School students Lucas Baston, Nick White, Tristan Ambrose-Rossow, Paul Esslinger, Stephen Reynolds and Jake Fee received the Energy Award at the "Dream it, do it" Central Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament. The award recognizes their team spirt and enthusiasm.
As part of the statewide competition, the West High School student team designed and built a robot using skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Other skills they practiced were communication, project and site management and positive competitive spirit.