Staff kudos:

Q&A: Nancy Galligan talks about becoming Athletic Administrator of the Year
The Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MnIAAA) recently named Nancy Galligan, the Athletic Director at Highland Park High School, the Region 4AA Athletic Administrator of the Year.

The MnIAAA honors its members and other individuals connected with Minnesota co-curricular programs who have distinguished themselves or have otherwise made significant contributions to Minnesota high school athletics. Galligan shared her reaction to the honor in a Q&A.

Q&A: Charlotte Landreau talks about being a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Landreau recently participated in a Q&A to discuss her experience as an educator and her reaction to becoming a Teacher of the Year finalist.

The selection panel meets again May 3 to conduct individual interviews with the 10 finalists and to cast votes for the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Student kudos:

Students and staff at 11 SPPS schools participate in National Day of Silence for LGBTQ+ rights
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Learn more at www.dayofsilence.org.

Students and staff at 11 SPPS schools participated in the National Day of silence on April 11 of this year. Members of each school’s Gay/Straight Alliances (GSA) and other community partners helped organize the event and supported students along the way.

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Two SPPS students to attend prestigious leadership program
Two SPPS sophomores, Aranelly A. from Harding High School and Vanessa P. from Johnson Sr. High School, will attend the National Hispanic Institute (NHI) National Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Program.

NHI aims to engage Latino high school youth in learning experiences that promote self-inquiry, introspection, leadership and community service. The program asks students to assess the promise and potential of a community rooted in a reality of dual cultures. Critical thinking, collaboration, and the ability to influence outcomes are essential skills they will develop.

One SPPS freshman will also be awarded a scholarship to attend the NIH Midwest Great Debate. The Great Debate allows students the opportunity to test and improve their written and verbal communication skills through organized discussions and debates about issues that impact today's Latino community.

Central students win state, national awards
The Central Economics Challenge team (Elsa M., Caitlyn N., Linnea P., and Martha T. won the Metro Area Economics Challenge Competition at St. Thomas University on March 25. The students advanced to the Minnesota Economics Challenge Competition where they won second place. Also at the state competition, Linnea P. was named Minnesota Economics Student of the Year because of her top individual score.

Three Central IB Economics students, Ellen L., Caroline L., and Elsa M., were all selected as finalists in the 2014 Minneapolis Federal Reserve Essay Contest. They wrote on the topic, "The Federal Reserve: The Next 100 Years." They will attend an awards ceremony on May 2 where all the finalists will be recognized and the top three essays from around the region announced.

Central debate students Tiana B. and Ayaan N. won second place at the Urban Debate League National Championships in Washington, DC this past weekend.

Harding students participate in regional and state National History Day competitions
This year, Harding sent 10 students to the regional National History Day Competitions, and is sending one to the state competition. These 10 juniors created projects on the following themes:

Student name(s) Project title Topic Type Award
Rainey R. Broken But Resilient Native American boarding schools Performance State competition finalist
Juan A. Emmett Till’s Contribution The story of Emmett Till’s murder Performance Honorable Mention
Rayveisha C. Segregation in the South, Ku Klux Klan Style The Ku Klux Klan’s emergence and activities Exhibit Honorable Mention
Liam S.
Omar S.
The Right to Free Travel: The Constitution Revealed Constitutional law and unknown civil rights Performance Honorable Mention
Ah T.
Phanny P.
Child Labor Child Labor of the late 1800s and early 1900s Exhibit  
Mia S. The Stonewall Riot The origins of the GLBT movement Exhibit  
Naomi B.
Nicole P.
The Mankato Hanging of 1862 The U.S. Dakota War