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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: 2017 Moorhead Teachers of the Year

January 23, 2017

We Are Proud of Tammy Ressler and Angie Jelinek, the 2017 Moorhead Teachers of the Year. Ressler and Jelinek were selected as Teachers of the Year by the Education Moorhead Communications Committee. Ressler has been a special education teacher for Moorhead Area Public Schools for 22 years, first at Moorhead High School and since 2009 at Robert Asp Elementary. Ressler graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned her master’s degree from University of St. Thomas. She is a member of the Moorhead cadre for the state’s Universal Design for Learning team. Jelinek has been a science teacher at Moorhead High School since January 2003 where she currently teaches physical science and AVID and coaches the Science Olympiad team. She graduated from Concordia College and earned her master’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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We Are Proud: 2017 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives

January 23, 2017


We Are Proud of the 2017 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives. Each school selects a teacher of the year for that school, and the Moorhead Teacher of the Year is selected from these candidates. The 2017 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives include:
• Angie Jelinek, physical science teacher at Moorhead High School;
• Aura Lee Mohror, English and English learners teacher at Red River Area Learning Center;
Janelle Frost-Geiser, social studies teacher at Horizon Middle School;
• Jessica Rieniets, fourth- and fifth-grade Spanish Immersion teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary;
• Tammy Ressler, special education teacher at Robert Asp Elementary;
• Melissa Kyser, first-grade teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary; and
• Shelly Hanson, early childhood special education teacher at Probstfield Center for Education.
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We Are Proud: Moorhead High School Volleyball

December 12, 2016


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School volleyball team for advancing to the state tournament after winning the section title. The Spuds beat Wilmer in three sets to win the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 championship on Nov. 5. The volleyball team placed sixth at the state tournament Nov. 10-12 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Team members are Callie Ahlgren, Maci Hart, Madison Dierling, Brooke Gronwold, Andie Kassenborg, Alyssa Knain, Brooke Tonsfeldt, Brook Carney, Lexi Gilbertson, Claire Howell, Kortney Carney, Brooke Walthall, Megan Haugo, Ayana Blythe and Jalen Ennen. Head coach is Char Lien, assistant coaches are Amy Bjerke, Anna Curley, Amber Gunkel, Britta Holland and Alison Reinke, and student manager is Mallory Lee.

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We Are Proud: Moorhead High Boys Soccer

December 12, 2016


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High boys soccer team for winning the Class 2A Section 8 championship and advancing to the state tournament. Moorhead lost to Andover in the state quarterfinals. Team members are Carson Kosobud, Caden Triggs, Kyler Kleven, Luke Gramer, Noah Yak, Thomas Swenson, Imani Silas, Zach Olson, Alhasan Alomar, Ryan Friesen, Joey Grundstrom, Abdifatah Ibrahim, Abdirahman Hassan, Suleiman Ali, Carter Johnson, Jake Holtgrewe, Emmanuel Danquah, Jacob McCarthy, Clay Riveland, Parker Delorme, Saif Allawi and Devon Thompson. Lance Hansen is the head coach, and Ben Herbst , Mark Hutt and Osi Osman are the assistant coaches. Student managers are Evyn Judisch and Owen Cullen. Read More

We Are Proud: Moorhead High Cross Country

November 14, 2016


We Are Proud of Moorhead High boys cross country team member Eric Gibbons for qualifying for the 2016 Class AA state tournament. Cross country coaches are Jeremy Blake, Dan Dooher and Tom Dooher. Read More

We Are Proud: Midwest Academic Talent Search

October 10, 2016


We Are Proud of Horizon Middle School students who had outstanding achievement in the 2015-16 Midwest Academic Talent Search sponsored by Northwestern University. The Talent Search identifies academically talented students 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.

Emma Pranger and Bianca Turman had outstanding performance on the ACT test. Other Horizon students were recognized last spring for outstanding performance on either the ACT or SAT. Some scores weren't available until summer.

This fall Emma Pranger was invited to the Northwestern University Recognition Ceremony for students who scored in the top 3 percent of participating students, and she was invited to the Minnesota awards ceremony on Oct. 1 at Hamline University for being a high scorer in Minnesota.

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

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We Are Proud: NSPRA 2016 Golden Achievement Award

August 22, 2016


We Are Proud of Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent, Brandon Lunak, assistant superintendent of finance and operations, Missy Eidsness, assistant superintendent of learning and accountability, and Pam Gibb, communications coordinator, for receiving a 2016 Golden Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association for the Shaping Our Future for Growth and Learning 2015 bond referendum information campaign. Golden Achievement Awards are presented for programs that demonstrate outstanding achievement in the four steps of public relations -- analysis of the need, planning to meet the need, execution and communication of the program, and evaluation. Entries are judged individually against these award criteria. Read More

We Are Proud: Moorhead High Boys Golf

July 18, 2016

We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School boys golf team for tying for sixth place in the Minnesota Class 3A state golf meet. Team members are Easton Masseth, Parker Dronen, Alex Schwab, Regan Steen, Carter Czichotzki and Jake Beedy. Coaches for boys golf are Eric Tollefson and Jon Ammerman. Read More

We Are Proud: Moorhead High Track

July 18, 2016


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School boys and girls track team members who qualified for the 2016 Class AA state track tournament. They are Matt Bye, Connor Salisbury, Kyle Johnson, Nicole Kurtti and Jada Schwindt. Kyle Johnson placed second in pole vault, and Connor Salisbury placed third in pole vault. The boys and girls track coaches are Tom Dooher, Rachael Lexen, Justin Gall, Adam Stein and Julie Rosenfeldt. Read More

We Are Proud: 2016 Minnesota Scholar of Distinction in Theater Arts

June 27, 2016

We Are Proud of Moorhead High School student Sarah Schulz, who was named a 2016 Minnesota Scholar of Distinction in Theater Arts. 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-one Minnesota students were honored at a recognition ceremony May 14, 2016. Schulz was one of five students who received the designation of Scholar of Distinction in Theater Arts.

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We Are Proud: SpotLight Musical Theatre Program

June 27, 2016


We Are Proud of Moorhead High’s fall musical “Tarzan” for being recognized with Hennepin Theatre Trust’s highest honors in the 2015-16 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 technical team, outstanding student orchestra, outstanding movement/dance performance by an ensemble, outstanding A/V board, and outstanding costume crew. This is a record number of awards for the Moorhead High theater program.

Individual Spotlight acting awards went to Devon Solwold as Tarzan, Jessica Anderson as Kala, and Sarah Schulz as Jane for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role; Abby Dahlberg as Sabor for Outstanding Performance as a Featured Dancer; and Mason Pickar as Porter and Carter Martinson as Clayton for Honorable Mention for Performance in a Supporting Role. Special adjudicator recognition went to Levi Seidel as Terk, Sean Dahlberg as Kerchak, and Finn Larson as Little Tarzan. Rebecca Meyer-Larson directed “Tarzan.” Moorhead High students will be honored at the SpotLight Showcase on June 12, 2016, at the historic State Theatre.

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