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Kudos: April 24, 2017

  • Students from Horace Mann, LEAP win We Made a Difference video contest
    Congratulations to the 2017 We Made a Difference video contest winners -- Horace Mann Family Service Night and LEAP High School: Students as Teachers. Community Education’s We Made a Difference video contest highlights and promotes the amazing things that youth are doing to make our world a better place. Winners received $200 to support their future community action efforts.

    2 SPPS educators are finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
    Michael Houston and Ong Xiong have been named finalists for the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Michael Houston is a math teacher at Harding Senior High School. Ong Xiong is a kindergarten teacher at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet.

    Overall, 11 teachers from across the state have been named finalists in the Education Minnesota’s annual award. A panel of leaders in the areas of education, business, government and nonprofits selected the finalists from a group of 37 semifinalists. The 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named Sunday, May 7.

    2 OWL students receive Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards
    Two students from Open World Learning (OWL) recently received the corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship award. Grace L. Gardner, who plans to study aerospace engineering, and Sovigne P. Gardner, who plans to study international relations, each received an award from 3M.

    Scholars were selected from students who advanced as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition, and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

    Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

    Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

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