Reading this year’s list of senior honors might fool you into thinking academics and leadership are easy: over 70% of the students graduated with honors, with 30 of the 78 graduating “With Highest Honors” (GPA of 3.8 to 4.0).
Had you walked the halls these past few weeks as students took AP calculus exams, rose early to watch their research project rocket towards the International Space Station, and put the finishing touches on their final musical performances, you would see that these students take their work seriously.
Two special people from the Minnehaha Academy community were recently recognized for their positive impact and dedication to the School. Don DuBois and Karen Percich both received awards from the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) at their 10th annual Private and Independent Education Awards ceremony. This celebration recognizes the excellence found in Minnesota’s private and independent school community.
Minnehaha Academy Upper School language students scored well in both the National Latin and French Exams.
Minnehaha Academy’s Annika Johnson (’20) was chosen to take part in the selective National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program and will be spending this summer in Nanjing, China. She came to MA as a freshman from Yinghua Academy, a Chinese immersion school in Minneapolis and has continued her studies in Chinese at MA. She’s also involved with the journalism program and other high level academic courses.
Last month several Minnehaha Academy Upper School student musicians participated in statewide honor ensembles. Each of these highly selective honor ensembles was featured at the state Music Educator's Midwinter Conference in Minneapolis. Congratulations to the following students for their hard work and dedication to making music at this high level:
The Minnehaha Upper School Math Team performed well at the recent State Tournament, placing second in their division and 11th out of the 38 teams invited to the competition.
Math Team advisor, Rich Enderton said, "It was a good time to have our strongest meet of the year."
Senior Daniel Stein received recognition for several accomplishments:
- Tied for first place as top individual participant for the regular season, with a perfect score
- Placed third in the individual invitational
- Took second place in the overall combined season, which included the individual competition plus meet competition
Daniel also competed in the Math Bowl, which included the top 10 participants from the morning's individual invitational. After the first eight questions in the Math Bowl, he was among the final five tied for the lead. Additional questions were asked in sudden death overtime competition, and Daniel and two others remained. Although Daniel didn't win, finishing in the top three was a great accomplishment.
The Minnehaha Academy 7th and 8th Grade Math Team had a great day at the MathCounts Competition held at the University of Minnesota!
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI) – and one of them is our very own Daniel Stein.
Sophie Olson, Minnehaha class of 2017, received first place in Minnesota, and sixth place nationally for her essay on the topic of values based investing. Congratulations, Sophie!