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Dist. 861 school board recognizes achievements (03/19/2006)
" The National Merit Scholarship Program has been a long-standing measure of student achievement. We are proud of our long history of annually announcing National Merit Scholars at Winona Senior High School. Each year juniors take the PSAT test. National Selection Indexes are used to honor students that score well on the test. Commended students are usually above the 96th percentile of college-bound juniors who take the test nationally.Some students perform at the semifinalist level in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These students represent less than 1% of high school seniors nationally and are the highest-scoring program entrants. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards to be offered next spring. We announced earlier our three semi-finalist winners. We are pleased to announce this evening, that two students have moved on to finalist status. They will continue in the process to determine National Merit Scholars. They are Katherine Dennehy, daughter of Keith and Susan Dennehy and Walter Meine, son of Lee and Susan Meine.

" Through a rigorous audition process students are selected as members of Minnesota Honor Bands and Orchestras. Winona Area Public Schools is proud of our history of our accomplished students selected as elite musicians. Elizabeth Roque, daughter of Juan and Kim Roque and Elizabeth Smart, daughter of Tom and Margaret Smart were selected to the Minnesota Middle Level Honors Orchestra.

Selected for the Minnesota Band Directors Association Middle Level Band are: Andrew Van Cleave (son of Marjie Van Cleave), Jonathan Birdsall (son of Dr. Scott and Deb Birdsdall), Olivia Eckhoff (daughter of John and Lisa Eckhoff) and Erik Chapman, (son of Steven and Patricia Chapman).

Wenonah Echelard (daughter of David Echelard and Suzanne Cooley) was selected for the Minnesota Band Directors Association 9th and 10th Grade Honor Band.

These students are instructed and directed by orchestra teachers Lori Carlson and Cindy Johnson; and band teachers Randy Blaser and Myron Haug.

" Congratulations to our WSHS Gymnastics Team for their 8th place finish in the Minnesota Class AA State Gymnastics meet. They continue to make us proud.

Team members include: Ashley Phillips (Jeffry and Paula Phillips); Aixa Evenson (David and Heidi Evenson); Brianna Wunderlich (Robb and Ellen Wunderlich); Courtney Benson (Scott and Cheryl Benson); Katie Edstrom (Nick and Lori Edstrom); Kelsey Boigenzahn (Jim and Lori Boigenzahn); Lexi Burnikel (Dan and Jayne Burnikel); Hannah Stoltman (Lee and Mary Stoltman); Shauna Fenske (Derrick and Lynne Fenske); Bailey Young (Steven and Corrine Young); and Caitlin McNally (Dave and Teri McNally). Congratulations too to Managers Allie Rose and Kelly Sing; Assistant Coaches Kristin Skime and Todd Stokke; and to Coach Beckie Rolbiecki. GO HAWKS!

" We are proud to recognize the four WSHS sophomores who have been chosen to receive the 2006 Strive for Leadership Scholarship. They are Bethany Johnson (daughter of Doug and Peggy Johnson), Alyssa Goodew (daughter of Robert and Susan Goodew), Drew Donahue (son of Cindy and Dave Donahue), and T. J. Bruels

(son of Carolyn and Joel Bruels). These fine recipients receive $225 in the form of a certificate of deposit which they can cash in with interest upon graduation from high school. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at SMU's Toner Center on April 20.

" The WMS combined 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras performed at the MN Middle Level Orchestra Festival in Shoreview on March 2nd. Their over-all ratings from the two festival judges were "Superior" and "Superior with Distinction".

" Congratulations to John Fox for his individual 10th place finish in the 100 breaststroke at the Minnesota State Swim Meet. Fairly new to swimming, John worked extremely hard to reach this personal goal. It is very difficult to get to state as an individual and to place 10th is very impressive. John, a WSHS senior, is the son of June and Tim Fox. 


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