Westonka News

  •  MWHS Seniors Receive $344K in Community Scholarships

    MWHS Seniors Receive $344K in Community Scholarships

    Mound Westonka High School hosted the annual Scholarship Awards Night on May 15, when 75 scholarships worth over $344,000 in scholarship money from 52 different donors were awarded to 67 members of the 2024 graduating class.

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  •  Westonka Way Award winner Todd Engebretson

    Todd Engebretson Named May Winner of Westonka Way Award

    Westonka Bus Service driver Todd Engebretson has been named the May recipient of the Westonka Way Award. The monthly award celebrates non-licensed Westonka Public Schools staff members who go above and beyond for families, students and other staff—because that's the Westonka Way!

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  •  MWHS Musicians Honored at Spring Choir Concert

    MWHS Vocalists Honored at Spring Choir Concert

    The Mound Westonka High School choirs hosted their annual spring concert on May 13 at the Westonka Performing Arts Center. The program took the listeners on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. The texts of each piece weaved together a beautiful story of powerful transformation, as the choirs presented "A Mural of Change."

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  •  Shirley Hills Kindergartners Host Annual Reading Cafe

    Shirley Hills Kindergartners Host Annual Reading Cafe

    Shirley Hills Primary School kindergarten families celebrated the annual Reading Café on May 10. Parents and visitors came hungry for a good book, read aloud by their students.

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  •  Westonka Schools Celebrate Staff During Appreciation Week

    Schools Celebrate Staff During Appreciation Week

    Teacher Appreciation Week is designated during the first week of May as a time to honor the individuals who lend their passion and skills to education. At Westonka, each school celebrated their special teachers and staff members in their own unique way.

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  • MWHS prom court

    MWHS Celebrates Prom 'Down on the Bayou'

    Mound Westonka High School Student Senate worked diligently to pull off another incredible prom for senior and junior students on May 4. Down on the Bayou was the theme, complete with decorations and backdrops that created a New Orleans vibe throughout the event. 

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  •  DECA students at Internationals

    Westonka Seniors Take Top Prize at DECA Internationals

    Mound Westonka High School sent a record 40 students to the 2024 DECA International Career Development Conference. Seniors Olivia Adam and Gabriella Larsen emerged as champions, taking first place for their Eli Hart Playground Chapter Project. This was the first time a Westonka chapter project has earned one of the coveted glass trophies at Internationals.

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  •  Westonka Tonkabots Earn State Championship

    Westonka Tonkabots Earn State Championship Trophy

    In a year of firsts, the Mound Westonka Tonkabots FIRST Robotics Team was one of 36 teams invited to compete at the Minnesota State High School League’s 2024 Robotics State Tournament on May 4 for the first time in program history. Not only did they compete, they won 11 of their 12 matches and emerged as state champions in alliance with teams from Becker and St. Peter.

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  •  Hilltop First Graders Host Annual 'Grandfriends' Day'

    Hilltop First Graders Host Annual 'Grandfriends' Day'

    Over 175 special guests visited Hilltop Primary School on May 2 when the first-grade classes hosted Grandfriends' Day. Classroom visits, a music concert, and art projects were all part of the fun.

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  •  MWHS Bands Honor Seniors at Spring Concert

    MWHS Bands Honor Seniors at Spring Concert

    The Mound Westonka High School bands performed their annual spring concert on May 6 on the Westonka Performing Arts Center stage. In addition to presenting an entertaining evening of music, the event provided an opportunity to recognize letter winners and present the traditional senior awards.

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  •  2024 Westonka Teacher of the Year Leanna Koepp

    Westonka Employees, Volunteers Honored at District Recognition Event

    On a beautiful spring morning May 3, Westonka Public Schools staff and retirees gathered at the Westonka Performing Arts Center for the annual district recognition event. The program honored staff who had reached years of service milestones, the building and Westonka Teachers of the Year, the winner of the Ann Bremer White Hawks Award for community volunteers, and the district’s 2023-24 retirees.

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  •  Gary Erdman and Jack Nelson

    History Repeating

    Westonka’s three-time state champions Gary Erdman ‘60 and Jack Nelson ‘24 reflect on high school wrestling careers

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  •  MWHS Choirs to Host 'Mural of Change' Concert May 13

    MWHS Choirs to Host 'Mural of Change' Concert May 13

    This year's MWHS Spring Choir Concert will begin with an accolades and awards ceremony, including recognition of graduating seniors on Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Westonka Performing Arts Center. It will also feature Madd Jazz and the senior song "The Road Home" sung by concert choir. 

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  •  Jack Nelson

    Jack Nelson is 2024 Winner of Yost-Haddorff-Leopold Award

    Mound Westonka High School is proud to name senior Jack Nelson as the 2024 male recipient of the Yost-Haddorff-Leopold Award. Other nominees for the annual outstanding male athlete award were Brett Bartkowicz, Connor Esposito, Jack Markstrom, Lucas Markstrom, Mikey Oftedahl, Charlie Paul and Carter Reinbold.

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  •  Robotics Season Continues for Westonka Tonkabots

    Robotics Season Continues for Westonka Tonkabots

    The Mound Westonka Tonkabots FIRST Robotics Team competed in the world competition in Houston, Texas in April for the first time ever. The team earned the opportunity to compete by earning a first-place finish at the 2024 Northern Lights Regional Competition.

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    Shirley Hills Carnival Exceeds All Expectations

    The Shirley Hills Primary School Carnival exceeded all expectations! Countless individuals and groups volunteered, and local businesses generously contributed to the silent auction, illustrating that this event truly thrives on a communal effort. 

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  •  National Honor Society officers

    National Honor Society Inducts New Members

    A total of 56 Mound Westonka High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a special ceremony for students and their families on May 1. Another 54 seniors, who were inducted into the program last year, were also on hand for special recognition.

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    MWHS Spring Band Concert to be Held May 6

    You are invited to the Mound Westonka High School Spring Band Concert on Monday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Westonka Performing Arts Center. The evening will also include year-end awards and senior recognition.

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  •  Superior artwork

    Students Present Outstanding Work at Visual Arts Festival

    Mound Westonka High School art students competed in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Visual Arts Festival, the largest regional art competition in the state, April 26 in Shakopee. Out of 17 entries, students earned 10 Superior Awards and five Awards of Excellence.

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