Monday, February 11, 2013
Award recipients will be recognized on KSTC-TV, Channel 45 during the broadcast of the Minnesota State High School League winter tournaments. They also will take part in an on-court award ceremony during the Girls' State Basketball Tournament in March.
Monday, February 11
by Lorrie Ham Mound Westonka High School junior Leah Pinault has been awarded the Minnesota State High School League’s ExCEL Award for 2013. The ExCel Award recognizes high school juniors who are active in fine art and athletic activities, who show leadership qualities and who are model citizens in their communities. Just 16 boys and girls are selected from across the state to join this very elite club. "I am so proud of Leah, but I must say I'm not surprised she's being recognized at the state level,” said Band Director Gretchen Chilson. “She is exactly the kind of student who should be recognized by the MSHSL, and we're so excited that she's representing our programs and community." Activities Director Dion Koltes added his …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards are a statewide regional affiliation of the National Scholastic Art Awards program, recognizing many of the state’s most creative teenagers.
by Lorrie Ham Once again, Mound Westonka High School was well represented at the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards. For the second year in a row, two MWHS artists earned individual Gold Key Awards for artistic excellence. Two students also earned Silver Keys, and two received Honorable Mention recognition. The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards are a statewide regional affiliation of the National Scholastic Art Awards program, recognizing many of the state’s most creative teenagers. The competition is open to all Minnesota students grades 7-12. This year, 1,849 individual works of art and 164 portfolios were submitted by schools around the state, which was up 500 from 2012. The jury awarded 183 Gold Keys for individual entries this year. …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
For the first time in recent memory Mound Westonka High School has had a musician—three, actually—selected for the University of Minnesota High School Honor Band.
Thursday, January 24
by Lorrie Ham A trio of Mound Westonka High School musicians—Hanna Brustad, Kristina Hayhurst and Leah Pinault—will participate in the 19th Annual University of Minnesota High School Honor Band on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus Jan. 25-27. "I have had quite a few students audition for this honor band over the years, but this is the first time in my seven years here that we've had even one student chosen to participate," Director Gretchen Chilson said. "So, to have three students earn their way in is wonderful." The weekend will culminate with the Honor Band concert on Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Ted Mann Concert Hall. The U of M Honor Band presents an outstanding opportunity for approximately 90 of the upper Midwest’s …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Leah Pinault and Bryan Tierney chosen for going above and beyond both in and out of the classroom.
Friday, January 18
by Lorrie Ham Juniors Leah Pinault and Bryan Tierney have been selected to represent Mound Westonka High School in the state ExCEL program. ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) is a unique recognition program of the Minnesota State High School League designed exclusively for the state’s high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities and who are model citizens. Pinault has a lengthy list of fine arts activities at MWHS. She is first-chair flute in the wind ensemble and was named Most Improved her sophomore year. She is a two-year member of the Musical Pit Orchestra and received five superior and two excellent ratings in the Solo/Ensemble contests her freshman and sophomore years. …