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Student Sam Gersich achieves perfect WordMasters Challenge score

Sam Gersich, a Mankato Area Public Schools’ Hoover Elementary School student, scored 20/20 at a WordMasters Challenge meet. Of 7,300 students who participated nationwide, Gersich is one of 60 to achieve a perfect score. Gersich was also awarded high honors for receiving a cumulative score that was in the top 2 percent of all those competing during the school year. 
 
 
Mankato Area Public Schools’ Spirit of Youth Honorees include (bottom row left to right): Akram Osman, Hanna Shank, Dave Stahl, Nasra Ibrahim (representing Harbi Hassan); (top row left to right): Mark Zenk, Sara Meyer, Karen Barnett and Mike Shores. Not pictured: Abigail Blais
Mankato Area Public Schools’ students and staff honored as Spirit of Youth Honorees

The Spirit of Youth award recognizes outstanding youth, youth workers, coaches, teachers, adults, businesses and non-profits for their work in promoting positive youth development setting an exceptional example in supporting youth and youth efforts.
 
Outstanding students
Abigail Blais and Hanna Shank, East High School
 
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Kari Pratt, talent development math coach, works with Jefferson Elementary School students Zoii Alas and Da'Kajsa Nance as they play a math game.
Kari Pratt engages students in learning through math games

Kari Pratt, talent development math coach, created an engaging way for elementary students to practice math—Math Play. Students use playing cards and games provided to work on addition and subtraction. Since it’s important for students to continue to learn outside the classroom, games and cards were sent home.
 
Math games help students learn actively, develop a positive attitude about math, increase math confidence, develop problem-solving skills and master math skills. BankVista in Mankato donated 300 card decks to distribute to students..More Information

 
 
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Marcy Koch receives Elementary School Counselor of the Year award

Marcy Koch, counselor at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Kennedy and Roosevelt elementary schools, received the Elementary Counselor of the Year award from the Minnesota School Counselors Association.

The award recognizes counselors who demonstrate leadership,  advocacy and collaboration to promote equity, access to opportunities, provide education experiences for all students to maximize their achievement and collaborate with stakeholders.

 
 
Team members from left to right: Dave Stahl, coach, Kenzie Gleason, Samuel Mansfield, Kyle Ulrich, Andrew Miller, Jordan Pasker, Tessa Machado, Michael Shores, coach, Chris Thielsen and Dani Gleason. Team members from left to right: Coach Dave Stahl, Kenzie Gleason, Samuel Mansfield, Kyle Ulrich, Andrew Miller, Jordan Pasker, Tessa Machado, Coach Michael Shores, Chris Thielsen and Dani Gleason.
Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team is tournment champion at state competition

Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School's VEX robotics team won the championship at the state competition and advanced to the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
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.
 
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Melisandra McLaughlin top reader in myOn Blizzard Cup contest

Melisandra McLaughlin, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Middle School, was the top reader in the myOn Blizzard Cup reading contest with more than 81 hours of reading time.

She was awarded a KindleFire HD, contributed by myON, a literacy program. Roosevelt Elementary School earned the traveling trophy for having the most reading most minutes overall in the district; Eagle Lake Elementary placed second and Bridges Community School came in third...More Information

 
 
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Emily Spieker is Mankato Area Public Schools' Dakota Meadow Middle School's spelling bee winner

Emily Spieker, a student at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Dakota Meadows Middle School, won the school’s spelling bee. She advanced to the regional spelling bee and earned second place. 
 
 
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Students win AA State wrestling championships

Mankato Area Public Schools’ students Charlie Pickell, West High School wrestling team; and Logan Swanson, East High School wrestling team, won the AA State wrestling championship in their weight class.
 
 
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Leif Stout's game places third in STEMFFUSE challenge

Leif Stout, a student Mankato Area Public Schools’ East High School, placed third Blitz Race in the STEMFFUSE challenge. Stout developed the game as part of his computer science class. Stout won a $25 gift certificate and Mankato Area Public Schools received a curriculum license extension, a $1,500 value
 
 
Mike Shores
Teacher Mike Shores named VEX Robotics Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Mike Shores, a teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools’ East Junior High School was named the VEX Robotics Minnesota Teacher of the Year. This award is presented to a teacher who shows leadership and dedication to students and continually exceeds expectations to ensure a safe, enjoyable educational experience for students. Student teams nominate teachers and describe how they inspire, motivate and educate in a positive, enthusiastic and challenging way.
 

 
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