Maharishi School

Arts Achievements


  • Maharishi School Takes Top Honors in Speech Competition

  • Maharishi School Senior Wins National Grand Prize for Photography
    Elisa Burkhardt won the National Grand Prize award for her black & white photograph, titled "Light Forms", at the "An Artistic Discovery Competition" on May 5 in Pella, Iowa. Her photo will be representing the State of Iowa and will be on display for one year in the Tunnel Gallery, located between the House of Representatives and Senate buildings in Washington, D.C. This is the third year that an MSAE student has won this prestigious award.

    In addition, Jenny Czinder won 2nd place honors for her black & white photograph, titled "Raspberries", and received a $50 gift certificate at Dick Blick Art Supplies.

    The awards were presented to MSAE upper school photography teacher Carolyn Waksman by Congressman Leonard Boswell at the Central College Mills Gallery in Pella.

    The congressional art competition, "An Artistic Discovery", is open to high school students and presents an opportunity for young talented artists to receive statewide and national recognition for their creativity.

  • First in drama competition
    For the third year in a row, Maharishi Upper School has won the prestigious Critic's Choice All-State Banner for outstanding Choral Reading from the Iowa High School Speech Association. The Choral Reading named "Rhapsody" expresses the range of emotions evoked by love. Maharishi School's Theatre Department, under the direction of Rodney Franz and Mosie Lasagna, has won more Critic's Choice awards than any other school in the state.

  • Maharishi school receives honor to represent the U.S
    Showcasing our nation's best at the world's largest performing arts festival. Maharishi School was chosen along with 32 other high schools to represent the U.S. at the 2002 American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, after rigorous review of the 481 schools that were nominated because of their past achievements in theatre. The Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival attract a half-million people to the world's largest performing arts spectacular for three electric weeks annually.

    On November 27, 2000, Maharishi School drama teacher, Rodney Franz, received a letter from the American High School Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia, congratulating the Maharishi Upper School for being nominated. Once nominated, a lengthy application-including a video of students' work, photos of past productions, a detailed report of their productions and achievements for the past three years, and the philosophy of the theatre department was to be returned. It was evaluated and ranked by a prestigious Board of Advisors from such places as Juilliard School of Drama of New York, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts of California, Boston Conservatory and Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas.

    Maharishi School's list of achievements went on for three pages, starting with their winning the Iowa High School Speech Association's All-State Banner/Critic's Choice Award for three years in a row for Choral Reading. The theatre department's goals were holistic and purposeful: to empower the student to be self-sufficient, to develop students' initiative, discipline, focus, and presence both on stage and off, so that they are at home in all situations; to promote throughout the process an experience of the essential unity between the author, acto, and the audience; and to create and maintain a joyful team experience.

    Director Franz adds, "We are honored and excited about performing in Edinburgh. It's a dream come true. We've had such a wonderful experience performing across the state in the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group Competition. We're eager to draw from those experiences and take the challenge to reach a larger audience. We also have a sister school in Skelmersdale, England, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to meet them."
  • At the Iowa Educational Media Association State Photography Contest this year, Maharishi School students won 15 awards, of which 7 were first places.
  • A Maharishi Middle School student placed second in the PIEA International Student-Teacher Photo Competition and Exhibition, a national competition in which 104 schools from 7 countries participate.
  • At the Southeast Iowa Superconference Art Show, Maharishi School students won a total of eight art awards including two first places.
  • In the Manningham Poetry Trust Awards national contest, a Maharishi School student placed 4th nationally.

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