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Saint Thomas Academy’s Experimental Vehicle Team won the Urban Concept Battery Electric division at the MTEEA Supermileage Challenge on May 8-10 at the Brainerd International Speedway. The team’s battery-powered, one-person vehicle set a state-best 80 miles per kilowatt hour. (By comparison, the most fuel-efficient Tesla gets 4 miles/kWH.) The team also won the Design Proposal of the Year. This year’s team members include seniors Finn Chalmers, Andrew Miner, Joe Sabre and Tucker Foley; juniors Huy Do, Eric Zauha, Charles Davis and William Boland; and sophomores Henry Batzler and Greta Westlake. Team moderators are Sara Krivak and Mark Westlake.

Saint Thomas Academy’s Experimental Vehicle Team.

Katie Nichols, a Cretin-Derham Hall alumna and 2021 graduate of the University of Minnesota, has been offered a Fulbright grant to study abroad during the 2022-2023 academic year. Nichols plans to complete a master’s degree in European studies at Europa-Universitat Viadrina. After completing her degree, she plans to enter law school.

School District 197 (West Saint Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools) is one of 10 school districts in the state to receive $15,000 grants from the Minnesota Department of Education to establish nursing assistant training programs for their students. The grants will help cover the cost of approved equipment, supplies and curriculum. They are part of the state’s Next Generation Nursing Assistant Training initiative, which successfully recruited and trained nearly 1,300 new nursing assistants earlier this year.

Central High School senior Emma Clift has been awarded the Star Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, one of the largest community based women’s organizations in North America. Clift, who has dyslexia and ADHD, has been a member of the National Honor Society since her junior year. She was captain for both the girls’ tennis and badminton teams this year, and plays saxophone in the jazz and symphonic bands. She volunteers at several organizations in addition to Randolph Heights Elementary School. Clift plans to attend Saint Olaf College. 




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