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Left to right: Jack Links Plant Manager Mike Sheid, School Board Chair Ann Hendricks and Jack Links Human Resources Director Anna Boyanttari.
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.”
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Katrina Voda
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.
 

 
 
Justin Portner and Emma Murray Justin Portner and Emma Murray
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.
 
 

 
 
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Peter Trandem, East High School student. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Peter Trandem, East High School student.
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
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Row 1: Hannah Thorson, Briggs Carlson, Thomas Kliewer and Shea Westermann Row 2: Lilly Maes, Olivia Madson and Tyler Parker Row 3: Krista Goerger, Braeden Gatchell, Madi Begalka and Simon Koenigs Not pictured: Ford Johnson and Lexi Miller

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:

8th grade

Braeden Gatchell, trumpet         

Krista Goerger, flute                     

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West High School students (left to right) Lucas Baston, Nick White, Tristan Ambrose-Rossow, Paul Esslinger, Stephen Reynolds and Jake Fee.
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. 
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Mankato Area Public Schools' students selected for honor band

Mankato Area Public Schools' Dakota Meadows Middle School, East Junior High School and East and West High schools were selected to participate in the sixth annual South Central Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Band festival:

Dakota Meadows Middle School
Cori Carlson, flute
Nicole Glasnapp, clarinet
Lilly Maes, percussion
Josh Koser, trombone

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Rodrigo Madrigal and Mackenzie Franke.
Student bridge project teaches important concepts in physics


Design and construction of balsa wood bridges at West High School has been a long standing tradition for physics students. Students put their understanding of static forces to the test as they construct bridges designed to maximize strength while minimizing the materials used in construction. Bridges are scored by finding the ratio of the load they support over and the weight of each bridge. Breaking the bridge is also part of students' learning lessons to see what their bridges can support. View a video to see a student bridge breaking.
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Top photo, left to right: Ivy Glade, Aaron Marthaler, and Mitchell Bohrer; Bottom photo, left to right Kevin Krahmer and Kirsten Peters. Geography Bee participants: Top photo, left to right: Ivy Glade, Aaron Marthaler, and Mitchell Bohrer; Bottom photo, left to right Kevin Krahmer and Kirsten Peters.

Students participate in schoolwide Geography Bee; top two to take next qualifying test



Mankato Area Public Schools' students recently participated in a schoolwide Geography Bee. East Junior High School students Aaron Marthaler, Mitchelle Bohrer and Ivy Glade placed in the top three. Dakota Meadows Middle School students who placed in the top two spots are Kevin Krahmer and Kirsten Peters.
 
Marthaler and Krahmer will take a statewide qualifying test for the opportunity to compete at the state level.

 
 
Riona Ryan
Riona Ryan selected to honor band

Riona Ryan successfully auditioned for the 2013 University of Minnesota High School Honor Band.  She will Mankato Area Public Schools when she performs with 90 of the midwest's best high school musicians at the University of Minnesota.  The honor band experience culminates in a concert at Ted Mann Hall.  Ryan is a 10th grade flute player at West High School.

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