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We Are Proud

Moorhead Area Public Schools recognizes outstanding achievements of students, staff and community members in the We Are Proud section of the School Board agenda. These achievements are acknowledged to the audience and retained in the district permanent records.


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We Are Proud: MBITE 2017 Teacher of the Year Award

October 9, 2017

We Are Proud of Kathi Salvevold, business teacher at Moorhead High School, for receiving the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to business education by a secondary teacher from Minnesota Marketing, Business, Information Technology Educators (MBITE). Salvevold was recognized at the MBITE fall conference on Sept. 15.

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We Are Proud: 2017 Midwest Academic Talent Search

September 25, 2017


We Are Proud of Moorhead students who had outstanding achievement in the 2017 Midwest Academic Talent Search. Last school year 20 students at Horizon Middle School participated in the Midwest Academic Talent Search sponsored by Northwestern University. The Talent Search is designed to identify academically talented students and to provide them with recognition, information and opportunities to help them develop their talents. Qualifying seventh- and eighth-graders choose to take either the ACT or SAT to gain a more accurate understanding of their academic potential.

Claire Atchison, Thalia Christenson, Jasmine Thayer, Lila Stanley, William Hallman, Lillian Kolehmainen and Grace Kolo had outstanding performance on the ACT test. Lila Stanley and Emma Pranger had outstanding performance on the SAT test.

This fall Emma Pranger was invited to the Northwestern University Recognition Ceremony for students who scored in the top 2-3 percent of participating students.

The Midwest Talent Search is coordinated at Horizon Middle School by Leigh Dornfeld.

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We Are Proud: Moorhead High Track

August 28, 2017


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School boys and girls track team members who qualified for the 2017 Class AA state track tournament. They are Claire Howell, Ashley Warne, Otis Weah, Eric Gibbons, Hunter Wollschlager, Cole Crompton and Noah Melton. Claire Howell placed sixth in the 400-meter dash, and Ashley Warne placed ninth in the triple jump. Track head coaches are Tom Dooher and Rachael Lexen and assistant coach is Isaac Lundberg.
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We Are Proud: Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy

July 17, 2017


We Are Proud of Moorhead High School student Bridget McManamon who placed first for her business, Herstory, at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Shark Tank in April. She advanced to compete in the Saunders Scholars Competition in Rochester, N.Y., on May 5. McManamon’s business, Herstory, aims to raise awareness and access to hygiene products for underprivileged girls. Read More

We Are Proud: 2017 Minnesota Scholar of Distinction

July 17, 2017

We Are Proud of Moorhead High School student Izzy Larson, who was named a 2017 Minnesota Scholar of Distinction in Theatre Arts for her performance and scholarship project concerning connection and collaboration in social justice theater. The Scholars of Distinction award program, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, honors students who demonstrate excellence in theater arts, science, STEM, mathematics, social studies and leadership. The Perpich Center for Arts Education administers the Scholars of Distinction in Theater Arts program, which requires students to submit a portfolio of work and present a culminating artistic project. Fifty-seven Minnesota students were honored at a recognition ceremony May 20, 2017. Larson was one of five students who received the designation of Scholar of Distinction in Theater Arts. Read More

We Are Proud: 2016-17 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program

July 17, 2017

We Are Proud of Moorhead High’s fall musical “Little Shop of Horrors” for being recognized with Hennepin Theatre Trust’s highest honors in the 2016-17 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program. The company was awarded outstanding overall production, outstanding overall performance, outstanding ensemble performance, outstanding vocal performance by an ensemble, outstanding acting performance by an ensemble, outstanding dance performance by an ensemble, outstanding student orchestra, outstanding overall technical team, and honorable mention technical crew.  
Individual Spotlight acting awards went to Sarah Schulz and Devon Solwold for outstanding performance in a leading role and Izzy Larson, Ariana Grollman and Jessica Anderson for outstanding performance in a supporting role. McKensie Bedore and Jason Daniels received honorable mentions. Evaluator recognition went to Kenan Stoltenow, Alex Church, Jaxon Dewald, Konner Doucette and Jacob Fuder. Rebecca Meyer-Larson directed “Little Shop of Horrors.” Moorhead High students was honored at the SpotLight Showcase on June 12, 2017, at the historic State Theatre.
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We Are Proud: National YoungArts Foundation

July 17, 2017

We Are Proud of Moorhead High School seniors Sarah Schulz and Devon Solwold for being named National YoungArts Foundation winners. Schulz was named an honorable mention winner in theater, and Solwold was named a merit winner in cinema arts. Thousands of young artists nationwide submitted auditions and portfolios in 10 disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts; the winners represent the top 8 percent of all applicants. Schulz and Solwold participated in master classes, workshops and performances with other winners during YoungArts New York from April 25-30, 2017. They are students of Rebecca Meyer-Larson. Read More

We Are Proud: National Speech and Debate Association Qualifiers

July 17, 2017


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School students who qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association tournament in Birmingham, Ala., in June. The following students qualified for the national tournament: Alex Church in humor, Jessica Anderson in oratory, Skyler Klostreich/Abby Dahlberg in dramatic duo, Ariana Grollman in humor, Kenan Stoltenow in dramatic duo, Sophia Klindt in dramatic duo and humor, Simon Beach in international extemporaneous speaking, Bridget McManamon in domestic extemporaneous speaking, McKensie Bedore in informative speaking, Devon Solwold in dramatic duo and dramatic interpretation, and Izzy Larson in dramatic duo and programmed oral interpretation. Head coach of the Moorhead Speech team is Rebecca Meyer-Larson. Read More

We Are Proud: State Speech Tournament

July 17, 2017


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School speech team for being named the Section 8AA champions for the 23rd consecutive year and advancing 28 speakers in 26 entries to the 2017 state speech tournament on April 21. At the state tournament, the Spuds earned 16 medals, including five gold medals, and won a second-straight State AA speech championship.
The following students were medalists at state: McKensie Bedore placed first in storytelling, Sarah Schulz placed first in informative speaking, Noel Kangas placed first in prose, Carolyn Solberg placed first in great speeches, Devon Solwold and Izzy Larson placed first in dramatic duo, Luke Seidel placed second in drama, Ariana Grollman, placed second in humor, Maryn Cella placed third in great speeches, Sophia Klindt placed fourth in humor, Megan Duchene placed fourth in extemporaneous reading, Abby Dahlberg and Skyler Klostriech placed fifth in duo, Kenan Stoltenow placed sixth in drama, Jennie Hastings placed sixth in poetry, Katherine Leiseth placed seventh in extemporaneous reading, Lauren Cartwright placed eighth in creative, and Bridget McManamon placed eighth in extemporaneous speaking. Head coach of the Moorhead Speech team is Rebecca Meyer-Larson.
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We Are Proud: Adapted Bowling

June 26, 2017


We Are Proud of Moorhead High and Horizon Middle School adapted bowling team members Alec Stein, Brett Solum, Aidan Ecklund, Nick Knight, Taylor Scholar, Seth Helland, Julia Lehrer, Reis Welle and Elijah Rosado, who qualified for the 2017 state tournament. Elijah Rosado placed first at state in the boys singles ASD division. Rosado and Reis Welle placed ninth in the ASD doubles. Alec Stein, Brett Solum, Aidan Ecklund and Nick Knight placed 11th in the CI team competition, and Solum and Ecklund placed 14th in the CI doubles. Seth Helland competed in the PI singles, and Julia Lehrer competed in PI singles and PI doubles. Taylor Scholar placed 15th in the girls’ singles PI division and competed in PI doubles. Heidi Fisher is the adapted bowling coach, and Lesley Hughes is team manager. Read More

We Are Proud: Drafting Competition

June 12, 2017


We Are Proud of Moorhead High School student Luke Gulbranson for placing first for the second year in a row in the local level of a drafting competition sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation. Gulbranson’s plans then placed first at the regional level, which includes nine Midwest states, to advance to the national competition. Gulbranson is a student of Hannah Reisdorf, Moorhead High industrial technology teacher.
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