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Louis Boyd '12

Posted by Amy Barnard on Mar 5, 2019

“I wanted to be a Marine for as long as I can remember.  My first real memory is from 9/11–I would have been 6 or 7.  I remember coming down the stairs and my mom told me ‘get into the kitchen, you’ve got to see this.’  I saw the second tower get hit by the plane and didn’t understand what was going on; I definitely didn’t realize we were about to kick off a 20 year war.  I remember watching the US invading Iraq and every night coming home from school, another Marine or service member was killed. I wanted to be out there with those guys–alongside them. I wanted to be boots on the ground.”

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Mona Rae (Monie) '54 Larson

Posted by Amy Barnard on Mar 5, 2019

“I came home one day and found my mom in the kitchen praying with friends --and they were praying for me!”  Monie had begun to hang out with the wrong crowd, and her mom was concerned.  She wanted her to go to a  Christian High School, but her dad (who was not a believer) would have nothing to do with it.  

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Team Leaders: Alumni Jonathan and Kristen (Nelson) Olson in Business Together

Posted by Amy Barnard on Feb 7, 2019

 

 

As Vice President and President/Owner, respectively, of Major Mechanical, husband-wife team Jonathan and Kristen (Nelson) Olson have found their groove

It’s not often that a husband and wife work together towards a common goal for their day job.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Alumni Mark Lind Lands at Adidas

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 24, 2019

 

 

From kitchen appliances to footwear developer Lind says that it’s not what you have (what is out of your control), but making the most of what you have (what you can do something about).

When Mark Lind ('13) started his journey at the University of Wisconsin-Madison he had no idea that his love for engineering, problem-solving, and sports could all combine into one career. Just five years after graduating from Minnehaha Academy, however, Lind is working in an exciting role at Adidas as a footwear developer.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Good News About Who Our Students Are Becoming, Pt. 2

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 21, 2019

 

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Topics: Middle School, Academics, Cultivating Potential, Exceptional Academics

Alum Peter Williams' Journey To Leadership

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 17, 2019

In 2013 alum Peter Williams began an unexpected journey that lead to a national-level leadership role with the National Guard Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) Program in Arlington, VA. 

Sometimes the journey to using our gifts in service for others comes in a way that could hardly be planned. In 2013 the Minnesota National Guard asked Peter Williams ‘00, then a private practice lawyer, to spend three months helping them set up a victim advocacy program for victims of sexual assault.

“When our initial team started this program back in 2013, we could not have imagined the scope and reach of our work today,” Williams says.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Good News About Who Our Students Are Becoming, Pt. 1

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 14, 2019

In this two-part series we look at how students at the Middle School are learning to find the "I can" in the midst of challenges they face, choosing to make this sometimes awkward yet very special season of life their time to shine.

Last year English teacher Chantal Ulferts worked with a student who just couldn’t seem to connect with books.

Reading wasn’t a joy, and the boy was close to writing himself off as a non-reader.

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Topics: Middle School, Academics, Cultivating Potential, Exceptional Academics

Encouraging Reluctant Writers: Preparing Students for Success Part 4

Posted by Amy Barnard on Dec 13, 2018

 

Developing the drive for effective communication and the ability to connect literacy with areas of passion.

Recap: What's the Why?

If you've read our first post in this series, The Jobs That Don't Exist, you already know that more than half of the jobs our students will step into don't even exist today.

Our faculty work to prepare students not only with excellent academic skills, but also with the so-called "soft skills" that research shows are key to success in any job market. From clear communication to follow-through, research suggests that these soft skills may be even more important than academic success.

The final area we will look at in this series is how the Lower School writing curriculum both fosters a joy in communication and helps students to tap into the drive that is necessary to finish a project.

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Topics: Lower School, Academics, Cultivating Potential

Algebra Starts in Kindergarten: Preparing Students for Success Part 3

Posted by Amy Barnard on Nov 27, 2018

How our Singapore Math Curriculum develops flexible thinking and the ability for abstraction

Recap: Why are We Doing This?

If you've read our previous post in this series, The Jobs That Don't Exist, you already know that more than half of the jobs our students will step into don't even exist today, and that so-called "soft" skills ranging from flexible thinking to persistence are equally or even more important than hard skills in the current and coming job market. 

Even in seemingly straightforward courses, like math, our instructors are working to make sure students are prepared with these skills.

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Topics: STEM, Lower School

Where They Go: Alum Karen (Aust) Tinsely Plays a Part in Saving Lives

Posted by Amy Barnard on Nov 1, 2018

  • Beat Cancer.
  • Became a courier and advocate for the Bone Marrow Donor Program.
  • Inspired others to volunteer.

Retirement? Sort of.

Some people look toward their retirement-age years as a time to kick back and relax. For Karen Tinsley ('63), however, this has been a season of taking part in a community that saves lives.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

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