Minnehaha Academy Blog

Allan Law '62

Posted by Nick Tofteland on May 2, 2019

Do you ever wonder why you are here? Allan doesn’t. “God put me on this earth to help the poor.” Allan Law is on the streets of Minneapolis 20 hours a day, and on call 24 hours a day. Last year alone, 350 churches and 260 schools and businesses made sandwiches for his ministry called ‘Love One Another,’ and he delivered a grand total of 850,000 sandwiches and 100,000 energy packs to individuals experiencing homelessness and the shelters and organizations that work with these individuals.

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Amy Bragg Carey '80

Posted by Nick Tofteland on May 2, 2019

Amy Bragg Carey was recently at the National Prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., in a crowded  room of 3,000 people from around the world. She was just about to sit down when she heard a voice say, “Amy Bragg?” It was one of her classmates from MA, Sue Johnson—they hadn’t seen each other since graduation! 

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Sandi (Monson-Flegle) Colaizy '68: From Creative Outlet to Studio 453

Posted by Amy Barnard on Apr 25, 2019

Sandi (Monson-Flegle) Colaizy’s journey from Minnehaha Academy days to the art that fills her hours and walls in 2019 hasn’t always felt brushed with the light seen in so many of her paintings.

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Katerina Misa '17: Getting Out of Her Comfort Zone

Posted by Amy Barnard on Apr 18, 2019

 She was the shy girl who insisted she hated writing, but kept coming back to the Talon and Reid Westrem’s journalism class year after year. Today, as a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, she manages the Twitter account for Dr. Steve Hanke, one of the world’s leading experts on troubled currencies.

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Topics: Alumni Stories, Cultivating Potential, Exceptional Academics

Diana Wallin '03

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Apr 17, 2019

The human brain is three pounds of mystery that scientists have wanted to understand for decades.  Diana Wallin’s fascinating research as a neuroscientist focuses on the brain and its development from an early age.

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Brad Person '89

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Apr 17, 2019

Our ideas of what we want to be “when we grow up” often change mid-stream.  That was true for Brad Person, who attended MA in grades 7-12.   MA strengthened his Christian walk and faith with friendships that merged at school, at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis, and at Covenant Pines Bible Camp.  After MA, Brad went to Bethel University and majored in business.  Upon graduation, he started his career in the tech industry.  But then, he discovered his true calling by simply being in an MA friend’s wedding.  He brought along a point and shoot film camera and took pictures. When he gave the couple the prints, they told him “We just paid thousands of dollars to a photographer for our wedding pictures, and your pictures are just as good!”  He had no idea that he had that gift, or that he could make a decent living doing it!  He realized he had a fierce entrepreneurial spirit, so he put together a portfolio, left his full-time job, and started telling everyone he was pursuing photography.  The jobs started to come in. At first, he shot sports and weddings—and then landed a position as one of primary photographers for University of Minnesota athletics.

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Steve Pontius '80: Ventures in Things That Matter

Posted by Amy Barnard on Apr 11, 2019

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Philip '49 & Barbara (Brandt) Weiler '55

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Apr 2, 2019

A New Season

Phil attended MA for 3 1/2 years but went back to his neighborhood high school for the spring semester of his junior year before returning to MA for his senior year. “I was very impressed that they let me back in, as my first years at Minnehaha were stormy ones,” he said.

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Andy Ness '97

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Mar 19, 2019

 

You may have heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” At Minnehaha Academy, it takes a village of teachers to raise a child.

In the eighth grade, Andy Ness knew he was going to be an artist when he grew up but he had a hard time ‘seeing’ how that was possible. That year, Carrie Johnson (his 5th grade teacher) scheduled a day where he got to “skip” school and spend the day with her father, an actor at the Children’s Theatre. Andy shadowed him for the day, meeting actors, set and costume designers, and others who worked in the arts. “This was a pivotal experience for me. Mrs. Johnson saw potential in me, and showed me that there are jobs in the arts and a place for me out in the world.”

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Mark Stromberg '74

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Mar 19, 2019

 

Even when Mark was young, he felt a call into Christian ministry. His time at Minnehaha confirmed that call, particularly as he reflects back on his time at the school: He was given opportunities to lead. There were teachers who encouraged him to use his gifts.

“I was encouraged and cheered on to grow in my faith,” Mark states. “Teachers wove their own faith into their teaching in a natural way. It didn’t feel forced or manipulative to me. Rather, the general tone and feeling was that you could talk about your commitment to Christ. You could ask questions and be taken seriously.”

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