SPOTLIGHT

    • TueApr25 4th Grade Orientation 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMFridley Middle School
    • ThuApr27 Jazz Concert 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMFridley High School Auditorium
    • SatApr29 Prom Grand March 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMFridley High School Auditorium
    • SatApr29 Prom 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • FriMay05 Stevenson Box Tops turned in Stevenson Elementary

Fridley High School is one of two schools from Minnesota that will be represented at the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference in London, England.

Fridley High School junior Nicolas Fite was chosen by the Minnesota Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (MNIB) as one of two Minnesota representatives.  MNIB will cover his travel and lodging, along with others costs associated with the trip.  In addition, Fite will be speaking at the first annual MNIB Association meeting in September about his experiences.

On finding out that his application was accepted, Fite immediately ran to the high school’s IB office where coordinator Jessica Baker celebrated with him.

“I got an email saying ‘Congratulations, we’d like to inform you your application has been accepted,’” Fite said.  “I was excited.  I was frantic!”

The application process included information about community service hours, awards received, a parent statement and a letter or recommendation from Baker.

Baker noted how the MNIB scholarship is becoming more competitive.  In her letter of recommendation, she highlighted Fite’s history of leadership, including serving as student council vice president, captain on three athletic teams since his sophomore year, sitting on the panel to choose the new high school principal, and appointment in a leadership position with Youth in Government for the past three years.  His grade point average, as well, is an exceptional 4.19. 

“He models the IB learner profile,” said Baker.  “He’s engaged in service, works hard academically, is motivated, cares about people… and he’s inclusive.  He wants everyone to be part of things.”

The IB World Student Conference will take place August 6-12, 2017 at King’s College London.  The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Well-being in a healthy world: personal responsibility and global health.’  Students from around the globe will explore and discuss how individual actions define their own selves, affecting mind and body, and impacting the health of people across the globe with a focus on how to work together and improve the well-being of the world’s most vulnerable people.

To that end, Fite said, “I’m excited to learn and get perspectives from people around the globe.  I think it will be an amazing experience to meet all these different people, hear the speakers and explore a new world.”

Fite’s parents will be traveling to London to join him for a family vacation the week after the conference.

 

 

 

 

Lfet: Amir Khadar.  Right: Khadar's Gold Medal winning piece 'Black Barbie Beauty Project.'

 

Amir Khadar, a senior at Fridley High School, has again placed high in fine arts competition; this time on the national level.

Khadar received a record-setting six national awards from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. His winning pieces are:

  •  Black Barbie Beauty Project. Gold Medal, Digital Art
  •  Unsolicited Advice to a Gay Boy in the Back of a Classroom Who Can’t Say No. Silver Medal, American Voices Medal Poetry
  •  WitchCraft. Gold Medal, Poetry
  •  Safety Pin Solution. Silver Medal, Editorial Cartoon
  •  That is Not My Job. Gold Medal, Editorial Cartoon
  •  Trump’s Presidential Cabinet. Gold Medal, Editorial Cartoon

Out of the over 330,000 works submitted, less than one percent are recognized at the national level. The awards include 29 categories, such as poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, and video game design. Alumni of the prestigious awards include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham.

With the national recognition, Khadar has been invited to the National Ceremony on June 8 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 

A wonderful surprise was waiting for Stevenson Elementary teacher Andrea Erichsrud the morning of March 16, 2017.

WCCO television’s Kim Johnson surprised Erichsrud with the news station’s Excellent Educator Award. She was nominated for the award by the parent of one of her students, only to find out later a second parent also tried to nominate her.

Erichsrud was taken off guard by the presentation. “I love these kids like they’re my own,” she said. “It was my grandmother who pushed me and said this is what you’re meant to do. It’s truly the relationship with kids that I love.”

Erichsrud currently teaches 3rd grade, but takes part in looping – meaning she’s had the same group of students since 2nd grade. Next school year, she will start with a new class of 2nd graders and see them through 3rd grade again.  Congratulations, Andrea and keep up the good work!

 

 

(Left photo): Duante Williams. (Right photo) L-r: Ivan Pugachov, Mike Yocum, Colton Bielawski, Andrew Akermann and coach Kari Reiter. Back row, left to right: Coach Greg Pokorski, Chad Haugstad, Graham Hoglund, Jacob Johnson and Farrque Hussein.

 

Younger athletes stepped up this year for Fridley High School’s swimming and diving program, and will continue to build on what they gained this year for next season.

Daunte Williams, a sophomore, took Section 4A Diving Champion recognition with a score of 333.95. He went on to place 18th in his first run at a state title. Williams’ highest 6-dive list score this season was 233.6, and a highest 11-dive list score of 378.75 at True Team.

“Daunte is so naturally able to complete his dives and what he’s asked to do,” said Kari Reiter, diving coach. “We’re working on getting closer to the board, which has improved dramatically this year. And finding the bottom of the dive; getting in clean and vertical. But he absolutely belongs at the state level.”

On the swimming side, coach Greg Pokorski noted the influx of freshmen and sophomores in pivotal roles. “The greatest success as a team was we had a lot of younger athletes, who had not previously seen themselves as great contributors in terms of scoring points or team success, move into the section roster, score points and realize the possibility that in the next couple years they could be participants at the state level,” Pokorski said. “The sophomores, in particular, saw a lot of growth as leaders.”

In state competition, sophomore Andrew Akermann came in 13th for the 100-year butterfly and 12th for the 200-yard freestyle; Ivan Pugachov, also a sophomore, placed 11th in the 500-yard freestyle; Farrque Hussein, a junior, took 9th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 16th in the 200-yard individual medley. Hussein also set a team record in the 100-yard backstroke.

Competing in team relays were Andrew Akermann, Ivan Pugachov, Graham Hoglund, Farrque Hussein, Chad Haugstad, Jake Johnson and Colton Bielawski. The 200-yard medley relay team placed 14th and set a team record.

“Being a member of the swim team provides the boys an opportunity to use their energy in a productive way that helps them maintain focus during the day and evening,” said Pokorski. “It provides them with a competitive outlet to channel efforts toward a tangible goal and see those results quickly.”

 


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