Wednesday, May 15, 2013
State Rep. Karen Clark told the Associated Press about recruiting Dibble to work for her. Together they shepherded their marriage-equality bill through the Minnesota Legislature.
The Associated Press describes the backgrounds of two south Minneapolis legislators—state Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) and state Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis)—to make gay marriage legal in Minnesota: Dibble, 47, graduated from high school in the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley and came out in college. He cut his teeth politically in the late 1980s as a member of the Minnesota chapter of ACT UP—a gay civil rights group that engaged in civil disobedience out of anger toward government neglect of AIDS and HIV sufferers. He got an early chance to join the establishment from Clark, who tapped him to run one of her re-election campaigns. "I pulled him from street politics," she said. Dibble was elected to the House in 2000, and in…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mitchell J. Dawson was selected from a pool of 15,000 finalists.
Mitchell J. Dawson, a senior at Apple Valley High School, is among the winners of the $2,500 National Merit Scholarships released Wednesday, the organization announced. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation selected the Burnsville student from among 15,000 finalists in the 2013 National Merit Program. The winners are judged to have the best combinations of “accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.” The number of winners in each state is proportional to the number of graduating seniors in the state. A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors selected the winners using: This year’s competition began when 1.5 million juniors across 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked three schools in Apple Valley and Rosemount among the best high schools in the country. Eastview High School in Apple Valley was named the 302nd best high school in the country, Apple Valley High School was ranked 1,206th and Rosemount High School 983rd. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about Eagan High's ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. School: Eastview High School Rank: 302 Grad Rate (%): 99 Colleg Bound (%): 92 Avg ACT: 24.3 Average AP Scores: 4.1 Newsweek Scores: 3.34 School: …
A handful of AVHS students named to the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State ensembles for the 2013-14 school year.
The Apple Valley High School Performing Arts Department has 13 new reasons to be proud. That's the number of AVHS students named to the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State ensembles for the 2013-14 school year. The band, orchestra and choir students were chosen via a live audition process before a panel of judges, according to an announcement posted to the school's arts blog. Those chosen will attend an All-State camp in August, where they will rehearse and perform with other members from around the state. Apple Valley students receiving the honor include: All-State Concert Band All-State Jazz Ensemble All State Mixed Choir All-State Symphone Band All-State Orchestra
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The team has qualified to compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Washington, D.C.
Apple Valley High School's rocket team will be headed to Washington, D.C., on May 11 to compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge for a chance to win a free trip to the Paris Air Show or a share of $60,000 in scholarship money. In building a rocket capable of flying 750 feet in the air and descending softly without breaking the raw egg passenger "eggstronaut," the four students on the team learned about rocket aerodynamics, took careful altimeter measurements and kept log data for all practice flights. The Apple Valley team is one of two in the state and 100 in the country to qualify for the national tournament. “The biggest hurdle is that every detail matters,” the team's coach Neil Michels, an Apple Valley physics teacher, told the …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Two Apple Valley High students won first-place titles in this year's tournament.
Pam Wycoff has served as the head coach of Apple Valley High School's speech team for 24 years, involving herself in every detail of the program down to clothing and jewlery choices. When she retires from the speech team at the end of the year, she'll be able to boast a legacy of 71 state champions and more than 100 national finalists. “Ever since she came in 1989, she’s been the heart and soul of everything that’s done here,” Joe Wycoff, the arts and activities director at Apple Valley, told the Star Tribune. “The legacy of speech and debate at Apple Valley is the legacy of Pam Wycoff.” Wycoff plans to keep teaching at Apple Valley for a few more years before her retirement from education. The 2013 Tournament This year, four District 196 …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The school moved up in the rankings from No. 36 last year.
The annual ranking of public high schools was announced Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, and Apple Valley High School has moved up in the rankings from 36th last year to 31st this year. But its national rank moved down to No. 1,498 from No. 1,392 last year. More than 21,000 public high schools throughout the country were reviewed. Criteria include student-teacher ratio, a college readiness index (determined by percentage of students taking and passing Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams), and students' proficiency on standardized tests. A total of 31 percent of Apple Valley High students took one or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams and 71 percent received a passing grade in the 2010-2011 school year, the data …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Apple Valley High School won the team title in the qualifying tournament.
District 196 students have a long tradition of excelling at speech competitions. Apple Valley High School has won more medals than any school in the state, and Eagan High School boasts the third-highest statewide medal count. And the past serveral years, district students have won a majority of state titles awarded in the 13 categories of competition and about a third of all medals awarded at state each year. It's looking like this year won't be too different. District 196 students won 35 of the 39 spots in the qualifying tournament on April 4 at East Ridge High School. Students will compete for state titles on April 19 at Blaine High School. Here's a list of qualifying students provided by the district. Apple Valley High School had 15 …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The electric cooperative will pay for a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., for two students from Apple Valley and Rosemount high schools.
Two local high school students will tour the nation's capital this June in a week-long trip sponsored by Dakota Electric Association. Zachary Eichten, a Rosemount High School student, and Miranda Lawell, a student at Apple Valley High School, were chosen by the electric company for the trip. The students will meet their elected officials; visit tourist attractions, including the Smithsonian, the FBI Building and the Vietnam Memorial; and learn about government partnerships with electric cooperatives. “Dakota Electric is proud to sponsor local students to attend an event like the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour,” Greg Miller, Dakota Electric's president, said in a press release. “Some of the nation’s brightest students gather together to have …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Apple Valley had no trouble defeating Park Center 74-57 on Saturday night at the Target Center.
A rematch between the Apple Valley High School boys high school team and Park Center—the only team to defeat the Eagles this season—ended in Apple Valley's favor on Saturday night. The Eagles (31-1) took down Park Center 74-57 at the Class 4A state tournament championship on Saturday night at the Target Center. It's the first championship title for the team in seven state tournament appearances—a feat that earned the Apple Valley seniors a standing ovation as they exited the floor, according to the Minnesota Boys Basketball Hub. Apple Valley junior led the game with a total of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Dustin Fronk scored 18 points and junior Dennis Austin scored 15. Park Center's Quinton Hooker racked up 20 points.