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MWHS Student Achievements Recognized

AP Scholars 2019

AP Scholars were among the groups recognized by the school board in May. Back row: Kevin Zhang, Henry Ness, Connor Prok, Robert Brustad, Adam Born. Middle: Gage Olson, Anders Erdahl. Front: Kate McGown, Grace Hanson, Sarah Malchow, Tristian Kaye. Not Pictured: Grace Peterson, Hampton Velarde, Alexandra Welty. 

May 21, 2020 — Each year, the Westonka School Board recognizes students from all grade levels at the May board meeting for their achievements in arts and academics. Although the personal recognition was not possible this year, the School Board and the district still want to recognize these students for their outstanding accomplishments. This week’s recognition focuses on Mound Westonka High School students.

“The board is going to miss personally seeing these outstanding students this year but we want them to know that we are very proud of what they have accomplished,” said School Board Chair David Botts. “Congratulations to all the award winners.”

View the list of Mound Westonka High School Arts and Academics Award Winners.

Thirty-two MWHS DECA students qualified at state competition for the high honor of going on to DECA Internationals. The International competition, typically held in April, like so many other events, had to be canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Multiple members of both the MWHS band and choir participated in the Wright County Conference Honor Band and Choir. Junior Carson Merrit was named to the All State Orchestra and several vocalists sang with Minnesota Honor Choirs. Juniors Josh Nkhata and Aly Schneider performed with the U of M State Honor Band.  Seniors Bailey Ayres and Grace Hanson were invited to take part in this year’s prestigious Dorian Vocal Festival, hosted by Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. 

The 2019 fall musical production of “Annie” earned several honors from the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education Program. The MWHS production, which featured 78 students in the cast, crews and pit orchestra, earned a long list of Spotlight Awards

A total of 37 Mound Westonka High School students earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams last school year. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

Several student artists earned recognition at the 2019 #WestonkArts High School Juried Art Exhibit, a high-caliber juried exhibit, in October. MWHS art students were also honored with a record number of awards in the 2020 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards competition. Junior Maya Jable earned Best in Show at the Youth Art Month State Exhibition.

Westonka Speech had a tremendous 2019-2020 season, winning the Wright County Conference for the first time in school history. The team took home hardware from several tournaments this year and even traveled to Boston for the Harvard International Tournament.

Congratulations to these hard-working students!