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
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, fluteMore 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.
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
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.
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 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.More Information