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Annual May Recognition Ceremony

Wayzata Public Schools held its annual May Recognition Ceremony on May 19, 2014, at Wayzata High School in the auditorium to recognize academic achievement and community service at all grade levels. The following recognitions were given during the evening:
 
Elementary Academic Awards Middle Academic Awards High School Academic Awards
Elementary Service Awards Middle Service Awards High School Service Awards
 
Elementary Level
Reflections Award
PTA's Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts.
 
The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is The world would be a better place if... Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts.
 
This year, several students placed well in the PTA Reflections Program.
Lauren Sanderson, second place in music composition
Forest Johnson, third place in music composition
Deanna Dornisch, second place in dance choreography
Aymara Johnson, first place in visual arts
Alexandra Bushard, first place in photography intermediate level
 
Continental Math League 
Continental Math League is a problem solving mathematical competition, which asks students to use advanced thinking to solve a variety of multi-step problems. Students participating in the Continental Math League in grades two through five work diligently on their math skills throughout the year to prepare for the six-question, word problem challenge each month. Second and third grade students take three tests, and fourth through eighth grade students take five tests during the year. The scores are cumulative and those with the highest number correct are being honored tonight.
 
Wayzata Public Schools students consistently score well in this nationwide competition and their problem solving skills and hard work throughout the year have earned medals. The following students scored the highest at their grade level.
Grade 3
Damien Naylor
Nastassja Matus
Matthew Chen
Durant Steven
Alicia Ji
Jeongjoo Park
Aidan Rothaar
Andrew Zhang
Emma Zheng
Sidarth Gazula, perfect score on all tests
Priscilla Sun, perfect score on all tests
Jamie Trounce, perfect score on all tests
Elaine Cui
Grade 4
Aiden Theiste
Rohan Bhushan
Skyler Chan
Sarayu Godugichinta
Nathan Moon
Shreyan Purwar
Jack Ross
Cameron Weiner
David Xu
 
Grade 5
Marian Qian
Justin Silus
Andrew Yang
Kirtan Patel
Tanishka Mhaskar
Akshat Dwivedi
 
Math Masters
Math Masters of Minnesota is a mathematics competition designed to promote excellence in critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while recognizing academic effort and achievement. Students work through eight sets of mathematical problems including an individual fact round, four individual problem-solving rounds, and three team problem-solving rounds in which team members work collaboratively to find solutions.
 
Students from Wayzata Public Schools consistently perform well in this statewide competition. This is not only a testament to their academic excellence, but also to their attention to detail, hard work, and persistence throughout the year.
 
This year there were 39 teams and 187 individual competitors at the Regional Competition and more than 5,500 individual competitors at the State Level.
 
The following fifth grade students earned top awards for their efforts in the Fact Drill Round at the Regional Competition.
 
Anurag Methi and Sahil Chugani earned third place.
 
Sreeram Satish, Karthik Padmanabhan, and Nate Zouber earned second place.
 
Amogh Kulkarni not only placed first in the Regional Competition, but with a perfect score of 75/75 Amogh tied for first place in the statewide competition.
 
The following fifth grade students earned top awards for their efforts in the Individual Problem Solving Round.
 
Ibrahim Quraishi's outstanding performance earned him second place at both the Regional and State levels.
 
Sahil Chugani placed first in the Regional Competition and was awarded the Buck Anderson Award. With a near perfect score, Sahil also placed first in the 2014 statewide fifth grade Math Masters Competition individual round.
 
In the team round, recognition is given to the teams with the highest combined scores. This year, first, second, and third place honors were awarded to Wayzata teams.
Winners of the third place team include:
Akshat Dwivedi
Isha Godbole
Eugene Kim
Kirtan Patel
Lorien Zhao
Winners of the second place team include:
Anurag Methi
Tanishka Mhaskar
Annie Mignone
Ibrahim Quraishi
Andrew Yang
Winners of the first place, whose combined score also earned them first place in the Statewide completion, include:
Sahil Chugani
Amogh Kilkurni
Harrison Krause
Shawn Meng
Kevin Zhang
 
Destination ImagiNation 
Destination ImagiNation is an international problem-solving competition for kindergarten through college students that teaches life skills and expands imaginations through team-based creative problem solving. Destination ImagiNation emphasizes creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Teams of up to seven students, coached by parents, compete in both long-term problem solving and spontaneous problem solving.
 
The following schools placed well at state and earned a spot in the Global Finals held in Knoxville, Tennesee.
 
Coyote Creators, took first place in challenge Dig In and will be competing in the Global Finals in Knoxville.
 
Team members include fourth grade students Matthew Carlson, Skyler Chan, Nick Cichoski, Sarah Huebschen, Nurain Jiwani, Nathan Moon and Maddie Wendt.
 
Senior Awesome Stryker's Band of Umpa Lumpas, took second place in challenge Pitch and Play Service Learning at the state tournament and will advance to Global Finals in Knoxville.
 
Team members include fourth grade student Nithya Malisetti and third grade students Arnav Garg, Sidarth Gazula, Shaina Grover, Anya Kachru, Anushka Srivastava and Prachet Upadrashta.
 
Elementary Academic Awards Middle Academic Awards High School Academic Awards
Elementary Service Awards Middle Service Awards High School Service Awards
 
Elementary Service Awards 2014  
Elementary Service Clubs / School Community Service Projects 
This year elementary students from around the district participated in the following community service project:
 
Adopt-A-Family
This year, 40 people from eight families were given a total of 200 gifts through the Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) Adopt-A-Family program in November-December. At this time we'd like to invite the following students to the stage to represent their building's service: Logan Fragomeni.
 
Blankets for a Brighter Day
Fourth grade students tied more than 70 Blankets for a Brighter Day. This organization is a foundation that provides tie blankets to patients at Minneapolis Children's Hospital. At this time I'd like to invite the following students to the stage to represent this service project: Andrew Hancock, Prina Doshi, Michael Burica and Marta Pendergast.
 
Hammer Residence
This year, 90 planters and wreaths were donated to Hammer Residents. At this time we'd like to invite Sanjali Subash to the stage to represent their building's service.
 
IOCP Food Drive
Students throughout the district collected food to donate to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) Food Shelf, which helps local families and individuals in need. Fifth grade vision 21 students participated in Culver's Cadets and worked at the restaurant to raise $651.85 and purchased 561 pounds of food and everyday needs that were donated to IOCP. An additional $760 was raised through another IOCP Food Shelf project. Student Council and Destination Imagination team members also co-hosted a food drive for IOCP in March that collected 1,235 items that equaled 1,047 pounds. The Mosaic Company matched this donation with $1 per pound and donated an additional $1,047 to IOCP. At this time we'd like to invite the following students to the stage to represent their building's service: Blair Hayden, Blake Hayden, Morgan Johnson, Nate Zouber, Anastasia Baranivsky, Ali Khan, Calvin Mathe, Anna Nelson, Gavin Remark, Claudia Otero, Breda Christianson, Kate Adams and Ainsley Halvorsen. An additional 1,504 items of food was collected by fifth grade students.
 
Home Base Sleep Out for IOCP
Students in Home Base participated in the Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) annual Sleep Out, which raises money and brings awareness to people in the community without homes. This year, students raised $7,200. At this time we'd like to invite the following students to the stage to represent their building's service: Tim Hartigan, Lia Lejonvarn, Justin Silus
 
Pennies for Patients
Pennies for Patients is an organization that raises money to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students across the country in elementary, middle and high schools have raised millions of dollars since 1994 by collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaigns. In each school, the class collecting the most change receives a pizza party.
 
This year, students raised $880 through Pennies for Patients for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
 
People Serving People
Students collected and donated 100 learning games to People Serving People. At this time we'd like to invite Karthik Padmanabhan to the stage to represent this service project.
 
Impact Lives
Students packaged 50,000 meals for the Impact Lives Organization to feed people around the world. At this time we'd like to invite Affan Ahmer to the stage to represent this service project.
 
Project Linus
Students created 36 tie blankets for Project Linus, an organization that provides hand-made blankets to critically ill children. At this time we'd like to invite Sophia Schlorff to the stage to represent this service project.
 
Holiday Cards and Gifts for Seniors
Students created 300 holiday card gifts for local senior citizens. At this time we'd like to invite Taylor Stueve to the stage to represent this service project.
 
Sharing and Caring Hands
Students created 600 lunches for the Sharing and Caring Hands organization. I'd like to invite Priscilla Sun to the stage to represent this service project.
 
Letters to Service Men and Women
Students wrote 425 letters to men and women in the United States armed forces. At this time I'd like to represent Sarayu Godugichinta to the stage to represent this service project.
 
Giving Tree
Gift cards were purchased by students and their families to help local families during the holidays through the Giving Tree project. The effort raised $2,989 and helped 19 families including 31 adults and 45 children.
 
Hoops 4 Heart Fundraiser
Students participated in the Hoops 4 Heart Fundraiser for the American Heart Association and raised $7,495 for the American Heart Association during a students vs. teachers basketball game.
 
Family Service Night
Students and their families spent the evening working on various projects including 125 toiletry kits for People Helping People, 16 haircuts for Locks of Love, 150 letters for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, 1.5 carts filled with clothes for IOCP, 194 packaged food items for Prism, 275 cat and dog toys for SOS Relief and Adopt a Pet Shop, 500 sandwiches for the Marie Sandvik Center, 50 bundles for the Sojourner Project, 140 birthday bags for VEAP, $80 grant for book scholarship, 100 door hangers for residents at Cornerstone Commons, monetary donations to IOCP through a coin challenge. At this time I'd like to invite the following students to the stage to represent this service project: Claudia Otero and Hayden Kietzer.
 
Animal Humane Society
The student council raised $438.84 through a fundraiser for the Animal Humane Society.
 
I'd like to invite Lydia Gengler and Ashley Kanter to the stage to represent the following community service projects:
 
Make a Wish Foundation
Students held a lemonade stand at the school's community service night and raised $92 for the Make a Wish Foundation of Minnesota. Student also sold Heart-O-Grams and raised an additional $220.68 for the Make a Wish Foundation.
 
Amplatz Children's Hospital
Student created and delivered more than 110 Valentine cards to the Amplatz Children's Hospital.
 
IOCP Birthday Shelf Program
Students raised $2,560.58 through the Book Fair Coin Challenge to purchase books for Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners Birthday Shelf Program.
 
Elementary Academic Awards Middle Academic Awards High School Academic Awards
Elementary Service Awards Middle Service Awards High School Service Awards
 
Middle School Level
 
American Mathmatics Competition (AMC 8)
The American Mathematics Competition is a program of the Mathematical Association of America. It is dedicated to strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation's youth.
 
Certificates of Distinction are given to participants who have exceptionally high scores, 22 or above, which is in the top 1% nationally.
 
Name Grade Level Award & Score
Stephen Chen 7 Honor Roll of Distinction
Jason Weng 8 Honor Roll of Distinction
Matthew Qu 7 Honor Roll of Distinction
Geoffrey Chen 7 Honor Roll of Distinction
Ayush Ram 7 Honor Roll of Distinction
Matthew Jeon 7 Honor Roll of Distinction
 
Continental Math League
Continental Math League is a set of five competitions that take place at a student's school of enrollment but students compete state-wide with others at their same grade level. Second grade through high school are eligible to complete.
 
Each student works independently within the prescribed time period and with the exception of the Calculus League no calculators are allowed.
The following students scored the highest at their grade level.
George Lyu, sixth grade, first in district sixth grade
Andrew Tang, eighth grade, top score in district for eighth grade
Shubham Singh, eighth grade, top score in district for eighth grade
Geoffrey Chen, seventh grade, top score in district for seventh grade
Ayush Ram, seventh grade, top score in district for seventh grade
 
Junior High Math League
The purpose of the Junior High Math League is to encourage students to participate in math contests, serve as a "farm club" for the Minnesota State High School Math League, enable students to meet mathletes from other schools, and to provide recognition for students excelling in mathematics.
Member schools belong to a division of two to fifteen schools that often are aligned with their athletic conference competitors. Each school has a team (or teams) with a maximum of six students with no more than four eighth graders. Individual participation is also encouraged for those not on the official team. The teams in each division come together for five meets each season. The League has over 2000 students from 120 schools around the state of Minnesota participating in 25 divisions.
 
The following students placed well in this year's Junior High Math League:
Ayush Ram, seventh grade, tied for first in state as an individual
Geoffrey Chen, seventh grade, tied for first in state as an individual
Shubham Singh, eighth grade, tied for third in state as an individual
 
The following team of students tied for first in state:
Ayush Ram, seventh grade
Geoffrey Chen, seventh grade
Matthew Jeon, eighth grade
Eric Zeng, eighth grade
Saee Patil, eighth grade
Shubham Singh, eighth grade
Akash Kaul, eighth grade 
Andrew Tang, eighth grade
Aniket Bhalero, eighth grade
Aditya Bhati, seventh grade
 
Math Counts 
MathCounts is a nation-wide competition, with live, in-person events in all 50 states as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department. Students can compete in up to 4 stages.
  1. The school stage - students compete for one of up to 10 spots on the school team, 4 of which make up the official scoring team.
  2. Local Competition – local school compete for medals and a chance to participate in the state competition
  3. State Competition – Individuals and schools throughout Minnesota compete for top individual and team awards. The top 4 individuals represent Minnesota at the National Level Competition.
  4. National Competition – is held alternating years in Florida and Washington DC in May of each year. Students are able to win scholarships and other prizes.
The following student team placed first in the state this year:
Ayush Ram, seventh grade
Geoffrey Chen, seventh grade
Matthew Jeon, eighth grade
 
In addition, Ayush Ram also earned second place in state as an individual competitor.
 
Math Masters
Math Masters of Minnesota is a competition designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills pertaining to mathematics. Its purpose is to challenge students and schools to use higher-order thinking skills and problem solving abilities and to give recognition for academic effort and achievement. Students compete individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems.
 
Wayzata Public Schools students consistently score well in this competition and their problem solving skills and hard work throughout the year have earned medals. The following students scored the highest at their grade level.
 
This year, the following students made up the first place sixth grade team in the Math Masters State Competition:
Katie Liu, sixth grade
Andrew Titus, sixth grade
William Nguyen, sixth grade
George Lyu, sixth grade
Eric Zheng, sixth grade
 
Promising Young Writers
Promising Young Writers is a program within the National Council of Teachers of English. The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize student's writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.
 
Eighth grade students are nominated for the Promising Young Writers program by their teachers. Each student submited two pieces of writing, which were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.
 
This year, Samantha Walters, eighth grade, received a certificate of recognition for first in state.
 
Daughters of the American Revolution 
This contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light. Each academic year, a unique essay topic is chosen and guidelines are made available. The contest is open to all students in grades 5-8. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.
 
This year, Divya Goel, eighth grade, won first place in state for eighth grade.
 
Minnesota State Scholastic Chess Championship 
The 49th annual Minnesota State Scholastic Chess Tournament is the official annual State Chess Tournament for students in grades K through 12 and was held this year at St. Catherine's University. The Minnesota State Chess Association is the registered state affiliate of the United States Chess Federation, and its charter is to regulate and conduct Minnesota title events and through which it advocates a life long love of chess and recruits coaches to mentor young chess players and clubs. Each year this association sponsors the K-9 and Junior High Minnesota State Scholastic Chess Championship.
 
This year, Andrew Tang, eighth grade, won the first place individual title in the Junior High K-9 Championship Section. Andrew will be the Barber Tournament of Champions Representative for Minnesota in Orlando, Florida in August.
 
Destination ImagiNation 
Destination ImagiNation is an international problem-solving competition for kindergarten through college students that teaches life skills and expands imaginations through team-based creative problem solving. Destination ImagiNation emphasizes creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Teams of up to seven students, coached by parents, compete in both long-term problem solving and spontaneous problem solving.
 
The following team placed well at state and earned a spot in the Global Finals held in Knoxville, Tennessee.
 
TARDIS, took third place in challenge Going to Extremes and will be competing in the Global Finals in Knoxville in May.
 
Team members include seventh grade students Christopher Caryotakis, Thomas Hagen, Nichol He, Abby Meyers and Claire Weiss and sixth grade student Ben Greenberg.
 
ACDA All-State Honors Choir 
At this time, I'd like to introduce middle school choir directors Chris Larson and Mary-Lynn Rhodes to the podium to introduce their students.
 
Every year, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota, organizes two middle school honor choirs. Each of these choirs consists of 100 voices, students from the state, that send in audition CDs as part of the selection process. The students record their performance of "America" and a major scale using solfege. The top voices are chosen to attend a day-long clinic, led by premier directors from all over the country. The choirs perform together at the end of the clinic.
 
The following students were selected to participate in the ACDA All-State Honors Choir this year.
Katherine Maderfeld, sixth grade, was selected as one of the top 100 singers in grades 4-6 in the state.
Brandon Pashina, eighth grade, was selected as one of the top 150 male singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
Divya Goel, eighth grade, was selected as one of the top 150 female singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
Christian Sites, seventh grade, was selected as one of the top 150 male singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
William Levine, seventh grade, was selected as one of the top 150 male singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
Stuart Leland, seventh grade, was selected as one of the top 150 male singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
Tanner Anderson, eighth grade, was selected as one of the top 150 male singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
Jack Sueker, eighth grade, was selected as one of the top 150 male singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
Luna Wang, seventh grade, was selected as one of the top 150 female singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
Eleanor Pak, seventh grade, was selected as one of the top 150 female singers in grades 7-8 in the state.
 
MBDA All-State 6-8 Honor Band Concert 
At this time I'd like to introduce Middle School Band Directors Karen Frawley, Ben Harloff and Marcia Thoen to the podium to introduce her students.
 
The following students were selected through audition to participate in the MBDA All-State 6-8 Honor Concert Band
Erin Kim, eighth grade
Jill Shoen, eighth grade
Graydon Howard, eighth grade
 
MBDA All-State Honors 7-8 Jazz Band 
At this time I'd like to introduce Middle School Jazz Band Director Karen Frawley to the podium to introduce her students.
 
The following student was selected through audition to participate in the MBDA All-State Honors 7-8 Grade Jazz Band.
 
Maja Samec, eighth grade
 
MNSOTA Middle Level Honors Orchestra 
At this time I'd like to introduce Middle School Orchestra Director Aimee Paar-Olson to the podium to introduce her students.
 
The MNSOTA Middle Level Honors Orchestra is a state-wide orchestra that is open to any 7th-9th grade student for audition. Students prepare audition tapes in October that include a required excerpt, scales and a solo of their choice. The top students are then chosen to participate in an orchestra. They have a day of rehearsals in February, where they work with some of the top music educators in the area, and then perform at the MMEA State Music Convention.
 
Julia Cornell, an eighth grade student, was selected to perform at the MMEA State Music Convention this year.
 
Connie Wang, an eighth grade student, was selected to perform at the MMEA State Music Convention this year.
 
History Bee 
The National History Bee is an individual academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics. The competition is divided into three distinct stages:
Stage 1: An optional Intramural Bee and a mandatory Online Regional Qualifying Exam
Stage 2: The top students from the Online Regional Qualifying Exam compete against each other in a buzzer competition coordinated by the National History Bee at one of 35 sites across the United States called the Regional Finals.
Stage 3: The top finishers from the 35 Multi State Regional Finals are eligible to advance to the National Championships and compete for the title of National History Bee Champion this June in Atlanta.
 
This year the following students qualified for nationals:
Paul Schneider-Krumpus, eighth grade
Yashveer Bika, eighth grade
Evan Poellinger, seventh grade
Brian Sachs, eighth grade
 
Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search 
Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search is a program of the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwester University that offers above grade-level testing for academically talented students. NUMATS uses ACT and SAT testing to provide a more accurate picture of the mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities of talented sixth through ninth grade students. The CTD provides students with materials that aid them in understanding their test scores, locating appropriate educational opportunities, and planning their future education.
 
The following students earned perfect scores on segments of specific tests:
Matthew Qu, seventh grade, perfect score on SAT math segment
Stephen Chen, seventh grade, perfect score on ACT math segment
 
Other students in the district who scored extremely well on the test will be recognized in the fall when more information is available.
 
National Science Bowl Minnesota State Competition 
At this time I'd like to invite the WMS Science Bowl Coach Erik Gulsvig, to the podium to introduce his students.
 
The National Science Bowl Minnesota State Competition involves students competing in teams to solve technical problems and answer questions from all branches of science and math. The one-day competition is conducted in a fast-paced question and answer format. Teams go head-to-head and ring in to answer questions. The Minnesota Science Academy sponsors the competition, held this year at St. Thomas University.
 
This year, the following middle school student team placed second in state in the State Competition sponsored by the Minnesota Academy of Science.
Brand Lu, eighth grade
Simran Chugani, eighth grade
Jack Zhao, eighth grade
Thomas Hagen, seventh grade
Christopher Caryotakis, seventh grade
 
Reflections
The Parent Teacher Association Reflections Awards program is designed to encourage students in Pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts.
 
This year, the following middle school students placed well in the PTA Reflections Program. 
Sophia Rayas, second place in visual arts
Claire Weiss, first place in literature
Abby Meyers, third place in literature
Johanna White, first place in video production
 
Elementary Academic Awards Middle Academic Awards High School Academic Awards
Elementary Service Awards Middle Service Awards High School Service Awards
 
Middle School Service Awards 2014  
Middle Service Clubs / School Community Service Projects
School Supplies for Haiti 
At this time I'd like to introduce Debbie Kimlinger to the podium to speak about her students' service learning program.
 
Each year Wayzata Public Schools sponsors a Trojan Pride Charity 5K fun run/walk. Students and others in the community come together to raise awareness and money for those in need.
 
For the 2013 Trojan Pride Charity 5K proceeds and donated school supplies were sent to Haiti and the Common Bound group where a Wayzata teacher is volunteering her time while on sabbatical.
 
Last year the Wayzata Schools donated almost $3,500 in donations and school supplies to the Haita, Commo Bound group.
 
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps' premier community action program and an American tradition. Through its giving campaign during the holiday season the Toys for Tots message of hope for the future have motivated youngsters to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Toys for Tots has earned the distinction as a program which plays an important role in helping youngsters emerge from a background of poverty to adulthood as assets to society. Toys for Tots not only benefits children, but also has a positive impact on communities, on businesses – large and small, on the Marine Corp and on the nation
Representing these service projects are eighth grade students Caroline (Ellie) Hansen and Samantha Maldonado.
 
CMS Pennies for Patients
Pennies for Patients is an organization that raises money to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students across the country in elementary, middle and high schools have raised millions of dollars since 1994 by collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaigns. In each school, the class collecting the most change receives a pizza party.
 
This year, students at Central Middle School raised $14,000 through Pennies for Patients for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Pennies for Patients campaign at CMS is organized by Matthew Eicheldinger and Casey Zylla.
 
Elementary Academic Awards Middle Academic Awards High School Academic Awards
Elementary Service Awards Middle Service Awards High School Service Awards
 
High School Level
 
Athena Award
The Athena Award is an award that recognizes outstanding female students who stand out in the field of athletics and academics within their school. The winner of the 2014 Athena Award is Alayna Sonnesyn.
 
Alayna's accomplishments include the following:
While on the WHS Cross Country, she has been on the 2013 and 2012 state championship teams; the state third place team in 2011; the section champion teams in 2013, 2012 and 2011; and conference champion teams in 2013 and 2012. She is a five-time varsity letter winner in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. She was team captain in 2014 and on the national championship team in 2013.
 
While on the WHS Nordic Ski Team, she was a member of the 2014 and 2013 State Championship Teams; on the state runner-up teams in 2012 and 2010; on the state third place team in 2011; the section champion teams of 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010; the conference champion teams of 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009; the state runner up individual in 2012 and 2011; was named All State four times in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011; was named five-time All Conference in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009; was the four-time MVP in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011; was the team captain in 2014 and the National Champion Individual in 2013.
 
While on the WHS Track Team, she was a member of the 2013 state runner-up team; named two-time All-State in 2013 and 2012; named All-Conference three times in 2013, 2012 and 2011; was a three-time varsity letter winner in 2013, 2012 and 2011; and was team captain in 2014.
 
Her academic accomplishments include National Honor Society in 2014, Student Council Senate in 2013, 2012 and 2011 and Student Council Vice President in 2014.
 
In the future, she plans on skiing and running track at the University of Vermont.
 
National Merit Scholar Finalists 
This year, 16 Wayzata High School students have been named Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholar Program.
 
This year's finalists are:
Maxwell Anderson
Emily Chen
Sydney Farmer
Alice Hu
Jared Kaufman
Trisha Morrison
Samyuktha Narasimhan
Priyanka Narayan
Annelies Odermann
Apekshya Panda
Nicole Park
Zoe Tu
Monika Weimer
William Zeng
Sophia Zhang
Kevin Zheng
 
Commended National Merit Scholars
This year, 25 Wayzata High School students have been named Commended students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program.
 
This year's Commended Scholars are: 
Mason Anderson
Emma Bergeson
Lydia Boike
Christopher Chao
Jayant Chaudhary
Chaitanya Chittineni
Isaac Foote 
Anthony Giguere
Sydney Hamm
Jack Iverson
Faiz Jabir
Tiffany Lo
Erin Louwagie
Charlene Luo
Jeeva Palanisamy
Pavithra Paravastu
Nathan Polzin
Timothy Radermacher
Shruthi Rajasekar
Neil Swami
Katherine Talerico
Caleb Trouth
Srilakshmi Vankina
Andrew Xue
Eric Zhou
 
Business Professionals of America
At this time I'd like to welcome WHS BPA advisor Tyler Shepard to the podium to introduce his students.
 
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business and office occupations and provides networking opportunities among education, business and industry and contributes to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.
 
The following students competed at the BPA State Leadership Conference held March 6-8. Of the 43 competitors, 25 students placed top in their event and will advance to the BPA National Leadership Conference, to be held in Indianapolis April 30- May 3.
 
Amrit Bhatia, Small Business Management Team
Morgan Cruse, Visual Basic Programming
Nickolaus Eaton, Insurance Concepts, PC Servicing and Troubleshooting
Peter Fomin, Mobile Applications, Visual Basic Programming
Owen Froese, JAVA Programming, Project Management Concepts, Visual Basic Programming
Anurag Gupta, Small Business Management Team
Katrina Kerick, Fundamentals of Web Design
Jeffrey Lee, Computer Animation Team
Joseph (Zeliang) Li, C++ Programming, Website Design Team
David Mo, Computer Animation Team
Trenton Nguyen, Systems Administration using CISCO, Website Design Team
Annelies Odermann, Fundamentals of Web Design, JAVA Programming
Shravan Panneer, Insurance Concepts, Small Business Management Team
Bhargavi Papisetty, Entrepreneurship
Bryan Pogorelsky, Video Production Team
Ariana Pooley, Mobile Applications
Matthew Prisby, Video Production Team
Nathan Ringo, C++ Programming, Computer Programming Concepts, JAVA Programming
Akshay Shekhawat, Systems Administration Using CISCO
Daniel Woo, Video Production Team
Luke Young, Website Design Team
Orien Zeng, Computer Programming Concepts
Tony Zeng, Computer Animation Team
Mason Zhang, Computer Animation Team, Computer Security
Kevin Zheng, IT Concepts, PC Servicing and Troubleshooting, Video Production Team
 
SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a nationwide organization serving more than 248,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in technical, skilled, service and health occupation training programs. SkillsUSA prepares America's high performance workers and provides experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.
 
The following individuals placed at State competition in March
First Place State Finishers (qualified for national competition in June)
Derek Feriancek – Related Technical Math
Nader Kablawi, Michael Kindler, Lakshu Periakaruppan (team event) – Engineering Technology
 
Second Place State Finishers
Quiz Bowl (team event)
Fernando Flores-Rodriguez
Christina Navarro
Hilson Dang
Derek Feriancek
Samuel Johnson
Lakshu Periakaruppan
Chase Davis
 
Third Place State Finishers
Samuel Johnson
 
DECA State Career Development Conference
DECA, an Association of Marketing Students, provides students marketing-related and leadership-development activities that enhance classroom study toward careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Minnesota DECA combines career exploration with school-based learning and sponsors a competition at the district, state and international levels. Participation in DECA develops skills in leadership, management, civic consciousness, job responsibility, motivation to excel, good work habits, critical thinking and problem solving.
 
Emily Paulson, junior, first place in Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling. Emily created a hospitality training plan for businesses to use to train their employees and then presented the information to a judge.
 
Ashlyn Bunning, senior, first place in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism. Ashlyn competed in a role playing event where she was given a scenario that involved marketing concepts in the field of Hospitality and Tourism and had to present her ideas to a judge.
 
Vedran Hadciosmanovic, sophomore, first place in Principles of Business Management and Administration. Vedran competed in a role playing event where he was given a scenario that involved marketing concepts in the fields of Business Administration and Management and had to present his ideas to a judge.
 
Hannah Nelson, senior, third place in Entrepreneurship Written Event. Hannah and Katie Curtin had to create a paper and presentation on a business that they would like to start in the future and then sell the idea to a judge.
 
Katie Curtin, senior, third place in Entrepreneurship Written Event. Katie and Hannah Curtin had to create a paper and presentation on a business that they would like to start in the future and then sell the idea to a judge.
 
Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Award
At this time I'd like to invite the Wayzata High School Theater Director Adam Hegg to the podium to introduce his students.
 
The Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Award recognizes students who participate and excel in high school musical theater and the program they perform in. The award program provides an opportunity for students to network with students from across the metropolitan area, receive constructive feedback for their production from professional evaluators and gain valuable knowledge from the workshops available to them at the Spotlight Annual Conference.
 
The following students received either Honorable Mention or Outstanding recognition from Spotlight in their performances in "Kiss Me, Kate" this fall. While the full cast did receive recognition for outstanding performance, the following students received individual recognition.
 
Spotlight does serve as a competition but it is different than invitational type competition. Spotlight sends three evaluators to the sites of its participating schools on three separate occasions. Each judge provides an independent evaluation of the work that the students have done. Whitney Rhodes, the head of Spotlight, then synthesizes these evaluations. For the purpose of this contest, the entire cast received Outstanding Overall Performance and the orchestra received Outstanding Performance by a Student Orchestra.
 
Individual students received the following honors:
Megan Olmscheid, junior, Outstanding Assistant Choreographer
Lucy Scherschligt, senior, Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress
C. Luke Soucy, junior, Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor
Annika Isbell, junior, Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress
Mack Spotts-Falzone, junior, Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor
Andrew Stern, junior, Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor
Isaiah Cammon, senior, Honorable Mention for Performance by Supporting Actor
Sam Sanderson, sophomore, Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor
Bridget Sperry, senior, Honorable Mention for Performance by a featured Actress
David Raketen, senior, Honorable Mention for Performance by a Featured Actor
Caleb Zarns, senior, Honorable Mention for Performance by a Featured Actor
 
WHS Destination ImagiNation Team
Wayzata High School's Destination ImagiNation team, the Psychedelic Hippie Kaleidoscopes, earned first place at the state competition held in April. The team competed in the challenge called Pandemonium.
 
Team members include:
Justin Greenberg, sophomore
David Mo, sophomore
Arman Shah, sophomore
Abby Trouth, sophomore
Leighton Zhao, junior
 
Future Problem Solvers
The Future Problem Solving Program teachers students how to think, not what to think. This is accomplished by teaching critical and creative thinking skills, and problem solving and decision-making skills via a six-step process. Developing these skills help students to improve their academic and social achievement. After learning the six-step problem solving process, students are able to participate in the Community Problem Solving Component. This component encourages students to become agents of change in their communities. Students explore challenges in the community, determine the underlying problem, brainstorm possible solutions, develop criteria to determine the best solution, develop an action plan and carry the action plan out.
 
Isaac Foote, Trisha Morrison, Lydia Boike and Emily Chen, earned second place in the Senior Division Written Competition and a berth in the International Competition.
 
Mina Yuan, Ashmita Sarma, Emily (Amy) Deutscher and Mistiha Jayaraj, earned second place in the Middle Division Written Competition and a berth in the International Competition (which they declined)
 
Issac Foote, Trisha Morrison, Lydia Boike and Emily Chen, earned third place in the Senior Division Presentation of Action Plan Competition.
 
Science Bowl
At this time I'd like to invite the Wayzata High School Science Bowl Coach Karen Hibbs to the podium to introduce their students.
 
The Science Bowl competition involves answering questions in a range of subjects including chemistry, biology, physics, earth and space science, energy, and math. A team of five students (four participate at a time while one serves as a substitute) face off against another team. The questions include toss up questions that are answered only by the individual who buzzed in first, and bonus questions which are offered to the whole team after their team member correctly answered a toss up question. The Wayzata teams have been practicing every Tuesday after school since September 10th. WHS hosted a practice tournament on January 17th that five schools and 70 students attended. The State Science Bowl Tournament consisted of 32 teams from around the state. This year's event was held at Macalester College in Minneapolis on January 24 and Wayzata High School won first and second place at State and the first place team advanced to the National competition in Washington, D.C., in April.
 
The following students make up the first place team:
William Zeng, senior
Orien Zeng, junior
Jayant Chaudhary, senior
Nathan Stocking, senior
Joseph Chen, sophomore
 
The following students make up the second place team:
Sruti Paladugu, junior
Jeffrey Lee, sophomore
Daniel Ibeling, sophomore
Daniel Qu, sophomore
Faheem Jabir, junior
 
Chemistry Olympiad
At this time I'd like to invite the Wayzata High School Chemistry Olympiad Coach Jodi Grack to the podium to introduce her students.
 
The Chemistry Olympiad is designed to stimulate all young people to achieve excellence in chemistry, to recognize outstanding chemistry students and encourage additional learning at a formative time in their intellectual development, and to challenge the chemical knowledge and skills of young students.
 
Zoe Tu, senior and Orien Zeng, junior, both qualified to take the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam in April (by tying for second place on the regional exam). The regional exam is a paper/pencil test and the National exam includes a lab component.
 
Quiz Bowl
At this time I'd like to invite the Wayzata High School Quiz Bowl Coaches Meaghan and Brian Decker to the podium to introduce their students.
 
Quiz Bowl is an academic competition coached by Meaghan Decker and Brian Decker. Four student teams play matches against other schools in answering questions in science, history, literature and other academic subjects. This year, Wayzata won second place at both the state competition and the more prestigious League Championship. WHS qualified 28 players for the Nationals Competition, which will be held at the end of May in Chicago, Illinois. Wayzata is the only high school in the history of Minnesota Quiz Bowl to bring four teams to Nationals, and this is the high school's second year in a row doing so.
 
The following students played on the second place State Tournament Team:
Michael Cai, sophomore
Jayant Chaudhary, senior
Steele Kowalczyk, junior
Luke Soucy, junior
 
The following students played on the second place League Championship Team:
Michael Cai, sophomore
Jayant Chaudhary, senior
Alan Chiang, junior
Joseph Chen, sophomore
Jared Kaufman, senior
Andrew Schmidt, senior
 
The following students qualified for the National Academic Quiz Tournament (* denotes captains):
Abhinav Bhaskar, sophomore
*Jack Buan, senior
Michael Cai, sophomore
Jayant Chaudhary, senior
Joseph Chen, sophomore
Alan Chiang, junior
Elizabeth Hannigan, senior
Cody Hou, sophomore
Jared Kaufman, senior
Steele Kowalczyck, junior
Pranav Maddula, freshman
Edward Mu, sophomore
Sruti Paladugu, junior
Kevin Qian, sophomore
Michelle Qian, junior
Nathan Ringo, sophomore
Andrew Schmidt, senior
Luke Soucy, junior 
Nathan Stocking, senior
Lucas Sun, junior
*Katie Telrico, senior
Vineeth Thirunavu, junior
Joram Zaragoza, junior
Orien Zeng, junior
Austin Zhang, junior
Mason Zhang, junior
*Thomas Zhang, junior
 
3-2-1 Competition
3-2-1 is a replacement for the popular Knowledge Master Open which is no longer in operation. 3-2-1 provides the opportunity to compete nationally with a different format and multi-media questions that features short-answer questions with an audio/visual element that is accessed online.
This year, the 11th and 12th grade 3-2-1 team from Wayzata High School were State Champions in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 competition as well as third in the nation.
 
The ninth and 10th grade 3-2-1 team was only two points behind the 11th and 12th grade team and placed second in state in the fall competition and fifth in the nation for the spring 2014 competition.
 
The following students are members of the 11th and 12th grade team:
Michael Ansusinha, junior
Sweta Bhoopatiraju, junior
Kate Carroll, senior
Alan Chiang, junior
Jakob Cornell, junior
Isaiah Jarmon, junior
Jared Kaufman, senior
Anna Nagel, junior
Sruti Paladugu, junior
Michelle Qian, junior
Amelia Rolf, junior
Bella Roussanov, junior
Hannah Slovut, junior
Vineeth Thirunavu, junior
Prasanna Vankina, senior
Alicia Wong, junior
Mason Zhang, junior
Thomas Zhang, junior
 
The following students are members of the ninth and 10th grade team:
Emma Baldry, sophomore
Abhinav Bhaskar, sophomore
Smita Bhoppatiraju, freshman
Michael Cai, sophomore
Bridget Carroll, sophomore
Rishav Dasgupta, sophomore
William Drew, freshman
Deriek Feriancek, sophomore
Cara Fragomeni, freshman 
Stewart Hagen, sophomore
Cody Hou, sophomore
Pooja Kandikonda, sophomore
Ian Kariniemi, sophomore
Nick Kessler, freshman
Denis Kornberg, sophomore
Karma Lama, freshman
Pranav Maddula, sophomore
David Mo, sophomore 
Mark Moses, sophomore
Edward Mu, sophomore
Lakshu Periakaruppan, sophomore
Priya Periakaruppan, sophomore
Kevin Qian, sophomore
Gayathri Rao, sophomore
Gowri Rao, sophomore
Adhmita Sarma, freshman
Anika Tella, sophomore
Alex White, freshman
George Zhu, freshman 
 
WHS Math Team
The Wayzata High School Math Team took second place in the State Math Tournament in March this year.
 
WHS junior Jenica Zhong tied with one other student for 2nd place in the overall regular season scoring title with 66 out of 70 possible points.
 
Freshman William Drew and senior William Zeng both participated in the "Math Bowl," a head-to-head competition between the top 10 scorers in the invitational tournament.
 
The WHS team had more students invited to the invitational than any other team with 10 of the top 50 scorers in the state throughout the regular season.
 
Prior to the tournament, the WHS team finished the regular season in first place with a cumulative score of 575, beating out their nearest competitors, Mounds View, Edina, and Eden Prairie, by 38, 42 and 64 points, respectively.
 
This year's varsity tournament team included the following students:
Apekshya Panda, senior
William Zeng, senior
Leighton Zhao, junior
Jenica Zhong, junior
Se Ri Choi, sophomore
Jeffrey Lee, sophomore
Daniel Qu, sophomore
William Drew, freshman
 
Also qualifying to compete at the tournament but not on the varsity team:
Orien Zeng, junior
David Mo, sophomore
 
American Invitational Mathematics Examination
The American Invitational Mathematics Examination is a nationwide exam reserved for students who qualify based on their scores on the American Mathematics Competition. The cut-score for 10th grade (or younger) was 120 and the cut score for 11th/12th grade was 100.
 
The following students qualified for the AIME:
Apekshya Panda, senior
William Zeng, senior
Leighton Zhao, junior
Bella Roussanov, junior
Se Ri Choi, sophomore
Jeffrey Lee, sophomore
Daniel Qu, sophomore
Matthew Qu, seventh grade
Rithvik Pasumarty, freshman
David Mo, sophomore
Orien Zeng, junior
 
Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest
At this time, I'd like to invite the Wayzata High School Music Listening Team coach Mark Gitch to the podium to introduce his students.
 
The Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest expands the music experiences of students – primarily through the use of Western art music, commonly referred to as classical music. The contest materials cover classical music, global perspectives and a variety of musical influences. The object of the contest is to inspire students to become lifelong participants in the musical experience. Students are provided with a study guide and recorded examples of the music being studied. Aurally prompted written exams are given at the Region and State levels. The two teams earning top exam scores at the state compete in a College Bowl final round.
 
This year, the Wayzata High School team took second place at the state competition held in February at Augsburg College. The WHS team includes:
Andy Xue, senior
Rohan Patnaik, senior
Evan Block, senior
 
State / National French Contest
At this time I'd like to invite WHS language teachers Madame Berg, Madame Magallanes and Monsieur Tuura to the podium to introduce their students.
 
Students from Wayzata High School placed at the state and national levels of the 2014 National French Contest, or Le Grand Concours. The annual event is a 60 minute examination taken by students across the country that are enrolled in French courses. Approximately 94,000 students nation-wide participated in this year's contest.
 
The following 10 WHS French students placed national and were honored May 15 at the University of Minnesota.
Aiyana Signer, freshman, placed 12th in the nation and 6th in the state in Level 1
Masa Arafa, senior, placed third in the nation in Level 2
Mark Nelson, sophomore, placed 11th in the nation in Level 2
Valerie Wollman, junior, placed 12th in the nation in Level 2
Maeve Andrews, junior, placed 12th in the nation in Level 3
Neha Bhatt, sophomore, placed second in the nation in Level 4
Jared Matson, sophomore, placed 12th in the nation in Level 4
Isabel Rayas, senior, placed 6th in the nation in Level 4
Emma Wagner, sophomore, placed 11th in the nation in Level 4
Cecilia Pompeo, senior, placed 12th in the nation in Level 5
 
National German Exam
At this time I'd like to invite WHS language teachers Karen Nickel and James Nagel to the podium to introduce their students.
 
Students from Wayzata High School earned top places on the national levels of the 2014 National German Exam administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). The National German Exam, now in it's 54th year, are a diagnostic tool that provides a means of comparing Wayzata students to other students of German in levels 2 and above in all regions of the country. The exam was administered on January 9 and the results of the exam are among the criteria used in selecting the recipients of chapter awards as well as the AATG/PAD Study Trip Awards. The two-part exam is comprised of a listening and viewing portion, as well as a reading and text completion portion.
 
Special congratulations go out to Cecilia Pompeo, Ben Birkholz, Annika Kohrt and Cody Hou who qualified and participated in the speaking portion of the competition at the University of St. Thomas. Cecilia received the distinction of the Minnesota Chapter of the AATG and was a runner-up for the National Study Trip Award.
 
Gold
Emma Wagner, sophomore, Level 4, 99th percentile
Cody Hou, sophomore, Level 4, 95th percentile
Cecilia Pompeo, senior, Level 2, 96th percentile
Ben Birkholz, sophomore, Level 2, 90th percentile
Annika Kohrt, sophomore, Level 2, 90th percentile
 
Silver
Brighton Magnuson, junior, Level 3, 86th percentile
Jakob Cornell, junior, Level 3, 83rd percentile
Quinton Dornisch, sophomore, Level 2, 88th percentile
Griffin Caryotakis, sophomore, Level 2, 86th percentile
Mark Kerbel, junior, Level 2, 84th percentile
Ariana Pooley, junior, Level 2, 84th percentile
Lauren Swenson, sophomore, Level 2, 84th percentile
Stewart Hagen, sophomore, Level 2, 83rd percentile
 
Bronze
Heidi Brown, junior, Level 3, 74th percentile
Mikaela Kendall, senior, Level 3, 72nd percentile
Calvin Fisher, sophomore, Level 2, 75th percentile
Collin Carpenter, junior, Level 2, 70th percentile
Jason Senior, sophomore, Level 2, 70th percentile
Jeenue Vang, sophomore, Level 2, 70th percentile
 
National Spanish Exam
At this time I'd like to invite WHS language teachers Mary Doege Mallea, James Nagel and Monica Vlach to the podium to introduce their students.
 
Students from Wayzata High School earned top places on the national levels of the 2014 National Spanish Exam. The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for grades six-12, given voluntarily by more than 3,800 teachers throughout the U.S. to measure proficiency and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.
 
The National Spanish Examinations are the most widely used tests of Spanish in the U.S. In the spring of 2013, a total of 152,726 students participated in the online version of the test.
 
Gold
Smita Bhoopatiraju, freshman, Level 2
Hannah Emmons, freshman, Level 3
Allison Sholl, freshman, Level 3
 
Silver
Emma Baldry, sohphomore, Level 4
Kaitlyn Haller, senior, Level 3
Alyssa Lentine, senior, Level 3
Sruti Paldugu, junior, Level 3
Mina Yuan, freshman, Level 2
 
Bronze
Grace Albright, freshman, Level 3
Sweta Bhoopatiraju, junior, Level 4
Gauri Binoy, freshman, Level 3
Rachel Grosser, sohpmore, Level 3
Christopher Johnson, junior, Level 4
Annelies Odermann, senior, Level 4
Daniel Qu, sophomore, Level 3
 
Minnesota All-State Band
At this time I'd like to invite WHS Band Director Donald Krubsack to the podium to introduce his students.
 
Students are selected based on audition to participate in the Minnesota All-State Band.
Mathew Jensen, senior
Erin Louwagie, senior
Rohan Patnaik, senior
Timothy Radermacher, senior
 
Minnesota All-State Orchestra
At this time, I'd like to invite the Wayzata High School Orchestra director Mark Gitch to the podium to introduce his students.
 
The Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State program is a designed to develop the finest musicians and leaders among Minnesota's most accomplished high school students. Students are selected based on audition process.
 
This year, four students were selected from Wayzata High School:
Christine Ko, senior
Jakob Cornell, junior
Jonathan Roberts, senior
Grant Kim, junior
 
ACDA and MMEA Honor Choir
At this time I'd like to invite WHS Choir Director Rebecca Wyffels to the podium to introduce her students.
 
The ACDA 9-10 Honor Choir and MMEA All State Choir select top high school vocalists from around the state each year to learn and perform at a special event.
 
Students are selected for the ACDA 9-10 grade Honor Choirs by competitive audition. Approximately 800 students from across Minnesota audition and 100 are selection. The choir met in February, rehearsing during the day and performing at Central Lutheran Church for the Minnesota Music Educator's Conference.
 
Students selected for the Minnesota All State Choir are selected by competitive audition. Approximately 1,200 students audition and the 200 students selected for three choirs attend a week-long, intense camp of 10 hours a day of rehearsal at St. John's University. They also performed at Orchestra Hall on February 15, 2014.
 
The following students were selected to participate in these choirs:
Aaron Carlson, senior, All-State Men's Choir, Outstanding performance of Day, MSHSL Region Solo Contest
Josh Grosser, senior, All State Men's Choir
Katie Hochmuth, senior, All State Mixed Choir (soloist, All State Mixed Choir), Outstanding Performance of the Day, MSHSL Region Solo Contest
Alyssa Lentine, senior, All State Women's Choir
Shruthi Rajasekar, senior, All State Women's Choir (soloist, All State Women's Choir)
Billy Yancey, senior, All State Men's Choir
Heidi Bakk, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Women's Honor Choir
Bhavana Bellamkonda, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Women's Honor Choir
Neha Bhatt, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Mixed Honor Choir
Ella Brummer, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Women's Honor Choir
Gina Carter, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Women's Honor Choir
Chin-Yen Liang, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Mixed Honor Choir
Olivia Pak, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade Mixed Honor Choir
Samuel Sanderson, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Mixed Honor Choir, Outstanding Performance of the Day, Region MSHSL Solo Contest
Nicholas Scheffler, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Mixed Honor Choir
Emma Wagner, sophomore, 9th and 10th grade ACDA Women's Honor Choir
Isaiah Cammon, senior, 2nd place in National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Competition
Lauren Capps, senior, Honorable Mention, Outstanding Performance of the Day, MSHSL Region Solo Contest
Cydney Chamberlain, junior, 2nd place West-Central Regional Minnesota Music Teachers' Association Competition, understudy for role in Minnesota Opera's production of "The Magic Flute" (professional production)
Shruthi Rajasekar, senior, first place in NATS State Competition, Regional Winner in NATS competition, will participate in National NATS in June, first place winner in National Carnatic Idol Competition, Outstanding Performance of the Day in MSHSL Region Solo Contest.
 
MBDA State 9-10 Honor Band
At this time I'd like to invite WHS Band Director Donald Krubsack to the podium to introduce his students.
 
Students are selected based on audition to participate in the Minnesota Band Directors Association State 9-10 Honor Band.
Denis Kornberg, sophomore
Nick Zaczkowski, freshman
 
MBDA State 9-10 Honor Jazz Band
At this time I'd like to invite WHS Band Director Donald Krubsack to the podium to introduce his students.
 
Students are selected based on audition to participate in the Minnesota Band Directors Association State 9-10 Honor Jazz Band.
Nick Zaczkowski, freshman
 
Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association Middle Level Honors Orchestra 
At this time, I'd like to invite the Wayzata High School Orchestra director Mark Gitch to the podium to introduce his students.
 
The MNSOTA Middle Level honors Orchestra is a state-wide orchestra that is open to 7th through ninth grade students for audition. Students prepare audition tapes in October that include a required excerpt, scales and a solo of their choice. The top students are then chosen to participate in an orchestra. They have a day of rehearsals in February, where they work with some of the top music educators in the area, and then perform at the MMEA State Music Convention.
 
This year, four ninth grade students were selected from Wayzata High School:
Liam Heigis
Rachel Liou
Annika Seager
Rachel Wyffels
 
University of Minnesota High School Honor Band 
At this time I'd like to invite WHS Band Director Donald Krubsack to the podium to introduce his students.
 
Students are selected based on audition to participate in the University of Minnesota High School Honor Band. This year, the band performed at Ted Mann Concert Hall in January.
 
Briana McGrane, sophomore
 
U.S. Presidential Scholar Finalist
Students are chosen for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Award based on their accomplishments in many areas including academic and/or artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and the community and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America's youth.
This year, senior Zoe Tu was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in May.
 
The U.S. Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. IN 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
 
Elementary Academic Awards Middle Academic Awards High School Academic Awards
Elementary Service Awards Middle Service Awards High School Service Awards
 
High School Community Service Awards 2014  
High School Service Clubs / School Community Service Projects 
She's the First
Students raised more than $3,000 to benefit She's the First, a national, non-profit, student run organization that raises money to help support the education of young women in developing countries.
 
IOCP Adopt-A-Family
Student Council and the Wayzata High School student body raised $4,000 for the Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners Adopt-A-Family program this year. I'd like to invite Jack Iverson and Alayna Sonnesyn to the stage to represent this service project.
 
ShelterBox
The Student Council and WHS student body raised $2,000 for ShelterBox this year. I'd like to invite Heidy Anita Bello Gimenez to the stage to represent this service project.
 
Miracles of Mitch Foundation
WHS National Honor Society raised $15,000 for the Miracles of Mitch Foundation.
 
Yudabands
Students sold and purchased Yudabands to raise $500 to support the education of two students in Honduras. I'd like to invite Tiffany Haas to the stage to represent this service project.



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