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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.

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Superintendent’s Spud Award: Distinguished Service in Sports Reporting

September 9, 2019

The Superintendent’s Spud Award is presented to Chris Murphy for his distinguished service that positively impacts the community. As a sports reporter for The Forum, Murphy has done far more than write game stories and report scores. He has a skill for finding the human side of high school sports, which he has shared in his stories about Spud athletes and athletes from other area schools.

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We Are Proud: Moorhead High Girls Track

August 26, 2019

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We Are Proud of the Moorhead High School girls track team members who qualified for the 2019 Class AA state tournament. They are Claire Howell, Summer Lindquist, Summer Carlson, Cassidy O’Meara, Annamaria Davies, Willow Carrier, Princess York and Jada Schwindt. Claire Howell won the state championship in 400 meters, and she tied for eighth place in high jump and placed seventh in 200 meters. Claire Howell, Summer Lindquist, Summer Carlson and Cassidy O’Meara placed seventh in the 4x400m relay. Annamaria Davies, Willow Carrier, Princess York and Jada Schwindt placed seventh in the 4x100m relay. Ron Davies is the girls track head coach. Read More

We Are Proud: Moorhead High Boys Track

August 26, 2019

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We Are Proud of the Moorhead High boys track team members who qualified for the 2019 Class AA state tournament. They are Houston Hall, Sutter Colborn, Dawson Strom, Zach Johnson, George Nyanforh, Jameson Cozad, Lee Karfear, Nathan Wambach and Michael Haugo. At state, Sutter Colborn placed third in high jump and George Nyanforh placed ninth in triple jump. Spencer Stowers is the boys track head coach. Read More

We Are Proud: Adapted Bowling State Tournament

August 26, 2019

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We Are Proud of Moorhead High and Horizon Middle School adapted bowling team members Elijah Rosado, Hunter Streifel, Brandon Hilde, Kaiden Oye, Ted Pasche, Nicolas Knight, Shanda Youngquist, Serenity Else, Brett Solum, William Deschene, Aidan Eklund, Zachary Rinowski, Gabriel Oye, Mitchell Cragg, Julia Lehrer, Amy Lambrecht, Taylor Scholar and Addie Loerzel, who qualified for the 2019 state tournament. Kaiden Oye placed third at state in the boys singles CI division. In CI doubles, Ted Pasche and Nicolas Knight placed second and Shanda Youngquist and Serenity Else placed 22nd. Pasche, Knight, Brett Solum and William Deschene placed ninth in CI team. Elijah Rosado placed 19th in boys singles ASD division. Hunter Streifel and Brandon Hilde competed in ASD singles, and Taylor Scholar, Julia Lehrer, Amy Lambrecht, and Addie Loerzel competed in PI doubles. Mitchell Cragg and Gabriel Oye placed 15th in PI doubles. Gabriel Oye placed 11th and Mitchell Cragg placed 14th in boys singles PI division. Amy Lambrecht placed 12th, Taylor Scholar tied for 13th place, and Julia Lehrer tied for 20th place in girls singles PI division. Heidi Fisher is the adapted bowling coach. Andy Parochka and Jill Hanson are the adapted bowling assistant coaches. Read More

We Are Proud: Moorhead High Boys Golf

August 12, 2019

We Are Proud of Ian Simonich, a member of the Moorhead High School boys golf team, who placed first in the Section 8AAA tournament with a two-day score of 141 (three under par), the only player under par for the tournament. Simonich advanced to the 2019 state AAA golf tournament where he finished 16th. His second-round score of 72 tied for lowest second-round score out of all 88 players. Additionally, Simonich is the first Spud to win the MGA Junior Boys Championship held July 2-3. Eric Tollefson is head coach for the boys golf team. Read More

We Are Proud: Minnesota Principals Academy

June 24, 2019

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We Are Proud of Moorhead principals who were selected for and completed the Minnesota Principals Academy. They are Diana Johnson, assistant principalat Ellen Hopkins Elementary, Carla Smith, principalat Horizon Middle School West Campus, Angela Doll, assistant principalat Moorhead High School, Josh Haag, assistant principalat Moorhead High School, and Josh St. Louis, principalat 1 S.G. Reinertsen Elementary. The two-year program used the National Institute for School Leadership’s executive development program tailored for Minnesota educators. Each principalcompleted a culminating Action Learning Project where they identified and analyzed a problem of practice in their context, developed a strategy for improvement, and rigorously evaluated that strategy to make continued improvement. The Minnesota Principals Academy is a collaboration of the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association, Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, and University of Minnesota. Read More

We Are Proud: NDPC 2019 Communications Contest

June 10, 2019

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We Are Proud of Pam Gibb, communications coordinator, whose work was recognized in the North Dakota Professional Communicators 2019 communications contest. Gibb received second place for the district’s April 2018 Celebration of Schools dedication program, and she received two honorable mentions in the category specialty articles – education. Read More

Red River ALC math teacher named Vista Center Teacher of the Year

May 29, 2019

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Mary Jo Good believes it was her passion for helping young people and her love for mathematics that drew her to becoming a math teacher. A Moorhead High School graduate, Good has been a mathematics teacher at Red River Area Learning Center for the last five years and was named this year’s Vista Center for Education Teacher of the Year.

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We Are Proud: Letters About Literature State Finalists

May 28, 2019

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We Are Proud of Horizon Middle School East Campus students who were selected as state finalists and placed in the Letters About Literature competition sponsored by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and Minnesota Council of Teachers of English. State finalists are Ella Cole, Giancarlo D’Agostino, Liberty Johnson, Natalie Krogstad, Maddie Larson, Ethan Larson, Isabelle McDonald, Ethan Myers, Ava Nelson, Rylie Reveling, Marcus Stavenger and Max Stenehjem. Maddie Larson tied for third place overall in the middle school level, and Isabelle McDonald received an honorable mention. Dan Dooher is their Horizon East language arts teacher. Out of 235 submissions in the middle school level, 49 entries were selected as state-level finalists. Sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the contest asks readers to write a letter to an author describing how his or her work touched their life in a personal way. Read More

We Are Proud: MBDA Northwest Honor Band

May 28, 2019

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We Are Proud of Horizon Middle School West Campus students who were selected for the Minnesota Band Directors Association Northwest Honor Band. They are Greta Verkuilen (oboe), Sam Biselx (alto sax), Myana Bjelkengren (french horn), Ian Schimmelpfennig (trombone), Henry Theye (tuba), Jacob Gulbranson (tuba), Brittany Windingland (trumpet), and Sadie Kolehmainen (flute). Their band teachers are Dan Christianson and Tim Pipinich. The MBDA Northwest Honor Band performed April 13 at Horizon Middle School.

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We Are Proud: MBDA Grades 6-8 Honor Band

May 28, 2019

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We Are Proud of Horizon Middle School East Campus student Tim Foster, who was selected for membership in the Minnesota Band Directors Association Grades 6-8 Honor Band for the 2018-2019 school year. Foster was one of eight percussionists in the state selected for the band through audition. The band performed April 6-7 in Shakopee, Minn. His band teachers are Dan Christianson and Tim Pipinich. Read More

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