Seniors Awarded Over $1,609,000

May 15, 2019

MVL is pleased to announce the receipt of over $1,609,000 in college scholarships and grants by members of the graduating class of 2019. In an awards assembly held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 36 seniors, comprising 68 percent of this year’s graduating class, were awarded competitive and academic scholarships, as well as grants, from local organizations and colleges and universities throughout the upper Midwest.

The faculty and staff are grateful for the faithful application of talents and abilities demonstrated by these students, which has been recognized by local businesses and organizations and institutions of higher learning.

MVL will conduct its 2019 graduation service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, in the school gymnasium. Members of the public are welcome and invited to attend.

National Honor Society Inductees

February 21, 2019

MVL inducted 22 students into the National Honor Society. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Robert Klindworth, former principal of MVL.

The following students were inducted, as pictured: (Front Row) Mara Weisensel, Ari Selvey, Lauren Schauer, William Sanders, Madeleine Pearson. (Second Row) Emma Nelson, Abigail Nelson, Spencer Marth, Jace Marotz, Maida Jaspersen. (Third Row) Anthony Hulke, David Huang, Haley Herfendal, Theodore Giefer, Lexi Fosburgh, Trent Fluegge. (Fourth Row) Phillip Black, Sonya Bonnett, Colton Collum, Mason Cox, Kincaid Diersen, Julia Flitter.

National Merit Commended Student

September 24, 2018

Marshall Mohror, son of Jason and Melanie Mohror of New Ulm, has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit® Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Principal Tim Plath to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Top ACT Score

September 13, 2018

Jonah Kramer, son of Peter (MVL ’89) and Linda Kramer of Gibbon and sophomore at MVL, has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, only one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

In a letter to Kramer recognizing this achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score. ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.

MISF Awards STEM Grant

May 2, 2018

Thirty-five STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Grant Awards were presented to elementary and high schools throughout the state through MISF’s STEM Program at the 2018 Minnesota Private and Independent Education Awards on April 29 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. The awards program recognizes a number of outstanding K-8 and 9-12 teachers and leaders of the year, academic programs, staff, and volunteers contributing to the success of private and independent schools in Minnesota. The STEM grant funding will assist schools in developing hands-on curriculum to prepare students to be workforce leaders in STEM careers. Supporters of the MISF STEM Program are the 3M Foundation, Schott Foundation, and Xcel Energy Foundation.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School (MVL) plans to use the $7,455 award for a new Robotics course. The course will be taught by MVL teacher Heath Dobberpuhl and will be offered beginning next school year. For the past two years, MVL has participated in an automated mechatronics unit led by Chris Ingebritson of 3M. This grant will be used to purchase additional equipment to give MVL students experiences in both controlled and programmed robotics using VEX robotics equipment, in addition to the automated mechatronics unit that has been used.