Alyssa Pham and Javeriah Chughtai
Students place first in Minnesota History Day competition
Alyssa Pham and Javeriah Chughtai, West High School, placed first in the Minnesota History Day competition their senior group website on Jonas Salk. The History Day contest encouraged students to conduct original research on a topic of their choice related to the theme of "Taking a stand in history." Because they received first place, Pham and Chughtai advanced to the national competition held at the University of Maryland.
Madison Heiser (photo courtesy Braunshausen Photography)
Madison Heiser places third in national history contest
Madison Heiser, West High School, placed third in the National History Club's Lessons of Leadership Contest for a research paper she wrote about President Franklin Roosevelt. The contest invited students to select a quote from a historical figure and examine how that person’s actions ..More Information
Top row (left to right): Lizzy Ambrose, Steve and Margo Druschel Middle row (left to right): Shirleyann Lange-Talle, Kayla Mikohowwicz and Steve Peters; Bottom row (left to right): Kathy Vos, Jim Roy and Dave Ulrich; not pictured John Marsten
Mankato Area Public Schools' announces Community Education and Recreation Outstanding Volunteer recipients
Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Outstanding Volunteer recipients:
- Lizzy Ambrose – West High School
- Steve and Margo Druschel – Mankato Area Adaptive Ski Program
- Shirleyann Lange-Talle – Hoover Elementary School
- John Marsten – Mankato Area Adaptive Ski Program
- Kayla Mikohowwicz – Connections
- Steve Peters – First Lego League Program
- Jim Roy – Community Education and Recreation Advisory Council
- Dave Ulrich – First Lego League Program
- Kathy Vos – Adult Basic Education
This Community Education and Recreation Outstanding Volunteer award recognizes outstanding volunteers engaging through Mankato Area Public Schools’ classrooms and programming...More Information
Guillermo Ponce-Rodriquez selected as a “Read 180 All-Star” and was national finalist
Guillermo Ponce-Rodriquez, a Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School student, was selected as a “Read 180 All-Star.” As a national finalist, he won $100. As part of Read 180, Ponce-Rodriquez improved over two grade levels in one semester.
Read 180 is an intensive reading intervention program that differentiates instruction for each student. Each program is personally tailored to meet students’ reading needs and goals. Data is checked daily as they move through the program...More Information
Pictured left to right: Bryce Sellner, Cole Theobald and Jared Steiner.
East High School students place at DECA International Career Development Conference
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School students Cole Theobald, Bryce Sellner and Jared Steiner placed sixth at DECA’s International Career Development Conference for their virtual business challenge, sports. Nearly 16,000 students from around the world participated in the conference.
Pictured left to right are Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School counselors Andrew Vander Linden, Heather Krause and Holly Evans.
School Counselors at Mankato East HS
Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School counseling team receives state award
East High School's counseling team is one of three teams from throughout the state that received the Student Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC) award. This award was presented to the team for development of a continuous improvement document that helps demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to getting results.
Group pictured left to right (front row): Cole Theobald, Hannah Weng and Brandy Modrow (back row) Bryce Sellner, Andre Fortin, Jared Steiner and Lucas Larson. Also pictured is Bridgit O'Brien.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School DECA students earn state recognition
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School students earned state recognition and an opportunity to advance to compete with 20,000 top students from around the world at the International Career Development Conference.
- Bridgit O'Brien – first place, employment interview, advanced level
- Bryce Sellner, Jared Steiner and Cole Theobald – first place, virtual business challenge-sports
- Hannah Weng – fifth place, apparel and accessories marketing series
- Andre Fortin, Aaron Marthaler, Stephany Morrow and Bryce Sellner – fifth place, marketing plan
- Jared Steiner – top 12 finisher, employment interview, advanced level
- Cole Theobald – seventh place, sports and entertainment marketing operations research; and top 10th percentile, financial literacy exam
- Luke Drummer – top 10th percentile, business administration core exam
- Tage Wrage – top 15 finisher, sales demonstration-hard lines
- Lucas Larson, Andre Fortin and Brandy Modrow – thrive level, membership campaign
Approximately 3,500 Minnesota DECA student members participate in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in more than 50 events focused in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, marketing and other related fields. Competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development...More Information
Teacher Mark Zenk named VEX Robotics mentor of the year
Mark Zenk, West High School teacher and VEX robotics coach, was selected as mentor of the year. This award is given to a mentor or engineer that has helped their students achieve goals that were seemingly out of reach. This individual is a role model, a leader and an extraordinary mentor who helps show students new ways to expand their knowledge and solve problems.
Teams earning World Championship invites are (left to right) The Pink Team and Betaversion 1.0.
Two VEX robotics teams earn World Championship invitations
Two Mankato Area Public Schools VEX robotics teams from Prairie Winds Middle School and East High School have qualified and earned World Championship invitations. Teams include:
The Pink Team: Coach Michael Shores, Megan Geraets, Grace Morgan, Kendyl Stueber, Lauren Reuter, Sophia Murphy and Sydney Prybylla
Betaversion 1.0: Leif Stout, Amber Marrs, Dylan Moore, Kenny Yu, Alex Hyun, Jayden Siegle, Michael Nguyen, Ryan Swanson and Cole Himmer
Teams earning World Championship invites are (top left to right): Team Sierra, Steel Phoenixes; (bottom left to right) Team KaBuum and the Knights.
Four VEX robotics teams earn World Championship invitations
Four Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School VEX robotics teams have qualified and earned World Championship invitations. Teams include:
- Team Sierra: Trent McCabe, Larkin Hansen, Dayton Moore, Chris Slocum, Ben Abbott, Keidron Pohlman, Eric Rucker and Abdikarem Ibrahim.
- Steel Phoenixes: Ben Liebl, Liam Garbes, Tucker Jones, Carter Langworthy, Mitchell Robertson, Justin Qualley, Conner Johnston and Andrew Herold.
- Team KaBuum: Andrew Baston, Hallie Olson, Terry Moore, Alanna Pohlman, Gavin Honken, Rachel Arndt, Ryan Buendorf and Hunter Stevensen.
- Knights: Lucas Guo, Devin Baker, Andrew Birkmaier, Kade Brandel, Matthew Krueger, Ian Muggli, Ethan Rittmiller and Tom Lauer.
The Knights partnered with two other school teams to win the state tournament championship. Team Sierra, Steel Phoenixes and Team KaBuum partnered and were tournament finalists, which earned them a World Championship invitation. The Steel Phoenixes tied for Robot Skills and earned a robot skills finalist award, qualifying them for World Championships.