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Examples of Excellence

Moorhead Area Public Schools has a tradition of excellence. We have students excelling in academics, activities, arts, music and athletics at all grade levels, from elementary to high school, and staff members who are recognized for their work and their accomplishments. Here are some examples of excellence that exist in our district.



We Are Proud Lee

February 25, 2020

We Are Proud of Jinu Lee, 7th-grade student at Horizon East Middle School, who placed first out of 100 participants in a local math competition, scoring a 20 out of 25 questions. Lee’s score ranked in the top five percent nationally of students who took the AMC 8. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute multiple choice exam in middle school math designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The math competition is coordinated at Horizon Middle School East Campus by Leigh Dornfeld.

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The Superintendent’s Spud Award

February 19, 2020


The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to School Board Members Cassidy Bjorklund, Melissa Burgard, Kara Gloe, Keith Vogt, Rachel Stone, Matt Valan, and Scott Steffes. Read More

We Are Proud Football

January 30, 2020


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School football team for winning the Minnesota Class 5A Section 8 championship to advance to the state tournament. Moorhead was narrowly defeated by Elk River in the state quarterfinals. Team members are Jonny Franklin, Tanner Kainz, Brady Walthall, Blake Walthall, Carson Zimmel, Dylan Dittes, John Paul Silverman, Drew Hagen, Carson Wendt, George Nyanforh, Zach Hilber, Samer Waz, Thomas Myers, John Lehrer, Caden Berg, Jack Schaub, Andrew Taylor, Maxwell Delbrune, Ernie Gonzalez, Jamal Dixon, Zach Taft, Keanan Wendt, Rafe Rasmussen, Mahmood Younis, Giulio Angotti, Austin Altepeter, Arzheen Shahin, Jackson Gotta, Scott Verkuilen, Justin Burnside, Hayden Netland, Haakon Peterson, Nathan Johnson, Conner Heinsch, Kalob Paquin, Alex Woida, Keeton Miosek, Zion Dyer, Christian Thingvold, Samuel Mcmanigle, Jackson Young, Carter Brooks, Jack Newcomb, Max Soeth, Alexander Pahl, Parker Buckner, Ian Klein, Jacob Wesley, Landon Berry, Karsten Stumo, Christian Vega, Alex Wolf, Nolan Maier, Jaydon Coley, Zane Linn, Gavin Sorby, Seth Anderson, Tyler Martin, Ellanius Davis, Jack Teiken, Alonn Salman, Gavin Quade, Michael Haugo, Quinten Peterson, Clayton Hagenbeck, Houston Hall, Brett Letness, Ignacio Delgado, Caden Triggs, Micah Jackson, Logan Hilber and Saif Allawi. Head coach is Kevin Feeney, and assistant coaches are Eric Paul, Justin Behm, Brandon Yoney, John Lubitz, Eric Stenehjem, David Kanuch, Alex Moses, Nick Eldred, Paul Cragg, Gerad Fugleberg, Matt Anderson, Spencer Stowers and Adam Schueller. Read More

We Are Proud Newcomb & Wesley

January 29, 2020


We Are Proud of Moorhead High's Jack Newcomb and Jacob Wesley for receiving the Minnesota State High School League’s Most Valuable Teammate Award for the week of Dec. 12 for their acts of kindness toward a football teammate. Newcomb and Wesley helped organize 70 Moorhead athletes and coaches to congratulate their teammate as he completed his final treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They all gathered at Roger Maris Cancer Center, surprising the teammate as he walked out. Read More

We Are Proud Volleyball

January 28, 2020


We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School volleyball team for advancing to the state tournament after winning the section title. The volleyball team advanced to the state tournament for the fifth straight year after a win against Brainerd in the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 semifinal and a win over Sartell-St. Stephens to take the section championship. Team members are Carleigh Vedder, Claire Howell, Alexa Gronwold, Ayana Blythe, Sam Zimmerman, Megan Haugo, Anna Knain, Ella Swedberg, Riane Mohagen, Willow Carrier, Bryn Stumo, Jalen Ennen, Rosie Anderson, Grace Perry, Mya Pfiefer and student manager Shelby Holman. Head coach is Char Lien, and assistant coaches are Amber Gunkel, Courtney Selbitschka and Kortney Carney. Read More

We Are Proud: 2020 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives

January 13, 2020


We Are Proud of the 2020 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 2020 Teacher of the Year Building Representatives include:

Kathleen Sayler, occupational therapist for Early Intervention Services at Probstfield Early Learning Center;
Julie Morlock, second-grade teacher at Dorothy Dodds Elementary;
Stacy Jenson, kindergarten teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary;
Ethan Schnabel, physical education teacher at Robert Asp Elementary;
Judy Werner, learner support services teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary;
Kate Rockstad, fifth-grade teacher at Horizon Middle School West Campus;
Rick Eidsness, AVID/math teacher at Horizon Middle School East Campus;
Jon Larson, orchestra teacher at Moorhead High School; and
Sara Bucher, learner support services teacher at West Central Academy.

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We Are Proud: Cross Country

January 13, 2020


We Are Proud of Moorhead High girls cross country team member Taylor Melton and boys cross country team member Granton Schneider for qualifying for the 2019 Class AA state tournament. Cross country coaches are Jeremy Blake, Dan Dooher, Isaac Lundberg and Erik Hanson. Read More

We Are Proud: Girl's Swimming and Diving

January 13, 2020


We Are Proud of Moorhead High girls swimming and diving team members Abbie Ishaug and Alayna Janke who qualified for the 2019 Class AA state swim meet. At the section tournament, Ishaug broke pool records at St. Cloud Tech and set new Moorhead school records in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Her first-place finishes in both events advanced her to the Class AA state swim meet. Additionally, Ishaug was named Section 8AA Swimmer of the Year. Janke broke the St. Cloud Tech pool record in the 100-butterfly at the section meet. Her first-place finish also qualified her for the state meet. Coaches are Pat Anderson, Jeff Schneider, Kjersten Frey, Kara Schmitz-Olson and Josh Starkweather. Read More

We Are Proud: Girl's Tennis

January 13, 2020


We Are Proud of Kylie Dumas and Azylen Lunak, members of the Moorhead High School girls tennis team, for winning subsection doubles to advance to the 8AA section tournament. It is the first time in 15 years that a Moorhead High girls tennis doubles team won the subsection. Head coaches are Jorde Hutton and Scott Matheson. Read More

We Are Proud: Jon Larson

January 13, 2020


We Are Proud of Jon Larson, orchestra teacher at Moorhead High School, for being named the 2020 Moorhead Teacher of the Year. Larson has been a teacher in the district for 17 years. Prior to that he taught at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., Bemidji (Minn.) High School, and Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minn. Larson earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., and his master’s degree in music education from the University of Minnesota. He was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Education Moorhead Communications Committee. Read More

We Are Proud: Initiators Fellowship

December 9, 2019


We Are Proud of Rachel Stone, Moorhead School Board member, for receiving a two-year Initiators Fellowship for 2020-21. Stone was one of seven finalists selected from 80 applicants to be awarded the $60,000 fellowship from West Central Initiative, Initiative Foundation and Southwest Initiative Foundation. The fellowship program strengthens recipients’ leadership within their communities and supports the growth and development of their social enterprise ideas. Stone’s social enterprise focus is on youth leadership. Read More

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