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William Gannon, 16, a pianist from Mendota Heights, won the Mariellen Jacobson Award as part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s Symphony Concert Association’s (YPSCA) 65th annual Concerto Competition for advanced student musicians in grades 7-12. In addition to cash awards, all winners will also be invited to perform at YPSCA events throughout the year. The majority of competition winners have gone on to musical performance or teaching careers.

Minnesota Connections Academy, a tuition-free, full-time public virtual school serving students in grades K-12, has opened enrollment for the 2022-23 academic year. The academy is offering opportunities for families to hear from other parents about how virtual education works. For more information or to begin the enrollment process,  visit MinnesotaConnectionsAcademy.com or call call 800-382-6010.

Saint Thomas Academy’s Crack Drill Squad will hold a public performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the school’s Founders Court in Mendota Heights. Formed in 1937, the precision drill team performs marching and synchronized aerial gun maneuvers that have been the same for nearly a century. Register at cadets.com/drillevents.

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William Gannon
Pianist William Gannon

Two Rivers High School in Mendota Heights will present Saturday Night Fever as its spring musical at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 (understudy performance) and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29-May 1. The cost is $4-$6.

Saint Paul College will receive $500,000 in federal funding to expand its Four Directions Pathway Initiative, which supports postsecondary access for American Indian and indigenous students and their families. The funding, which was announced by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith in mid-March, will allow the program to expand from 12 to 200 students per year as they progress from high school through college. For more information, visit saintpaul.edu/news/saint-paul-college-receives-federal-funding.

Kelby Woodard, now in his second year as headmaster at Saint Thomas Academy, will receive the 2022 Leadership Award in the 9-12 category from Minndependent, a membership association for Minnesota private and independent schools. The honorees will be recognized at the 14th annual Private and Independent Education Awards ceremony on May 1.

Visitation School science teacher Kristen Piehl won the prestigious Seagate Excellence in Science Mentoring Award during the 85th annual Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair on March 20-31. The award recognizes teachers who find creative ways to nurture students’ interest in scientific research and discovery. It includes a $1,000 prize and Seagate portable hard drive for her, and another $1,000 for the school.

Linnea Cooley of Saint Paul Academy earned fourth place in the North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium for her paper entitled “Effect of Ethanol and Octocrylene on the Cell Growth and Chlorophyll-a Levels of Cyclotella meneghiniana.” The competition was hosted virtually by the Minnesota Academy of Science on March 20-31. She was to advance to the national competition on April 20-23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Saint Thomas Academy’s Experimental Vehicle Team will compete in the “Urban Concept” class of the Minnesota Technology & Engineering Educators’ Association’s Super Mileage Challenge on May 8-10 at Brainerd International Raceway. The team has built many electric vehicles in the past, but this is the first time it is making the body from foam core, reinforced with carbon fiber and vinyl, to minimize the weight. This year’s team members include seniors Finn Chalmers, Andrew Miner, Joe Sabre and Tucker Bakko; juniors Huy Do, Eric Zauha, Charles Davis and William Boland; and sophomores Henry Batzler and Greta Westlake. The team is sponsored by Power Systems Research.

The Saint Paul Public Schools will continue to provide meals at no cost to all children 18 and younger, and those with a disability currently enrolled in a school program, through summer 2022. Meals will be available at more than 50 schools, recreation centers, libraries and community sites. The SPPS also plans to debut a new food truck this summer that will serve burgers, gyros and other food truck fare at parks and community centers around Saint Paul. More information, including the food truck schedule and special events, will be available soon at spps.org/summermeals.


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