Maharishi School

Summary/History of Academic
& Science Achievements

Maharishi School students have regularly taken top honors in state science fairs, winning at least one first prize in eight of the past ten years; students have excelled in history, math, spelling, and Odyssey of the Mind competitions; and, in the past nine years, eight students have won National Merit Scholarships, with three additional National Merit finalists, and four semi-finalists.

Over the past five years, 95% of the graduates of Maharishi School have gone on to attend four-year colleges and universities around the country.

2000

  • Three teams of Maharishi School students placed in the top 10 at the World Finals of Destination Imagination (Odyssey of the Mind). The students took 2nd, 4th, and 8th place in the World. This is the best any Iowa team has ever done at the World Competition.
  • At the junior division of the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair of the 20 students that entered the competition 20 got awards. Out of a total of 15 first place awards Maharishi School took 9 of them. Maharishi School students were very noticeable in their school uniform as they were called one after another as prize winners.
  • First Place at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, Senior Division. This student's project proved there was a flaw in the paper backed insulation used in power plants. She went on to compete at the Internationally Science and Engineering Fair in Detroit.
  • An Upper School student, placed first in the Individual Documentary category at the State History Fair. Her ten minute video documentary entitled "Title IX: Turning Point for Women in Sports and Society" also won a cash award from the Iowa Federation of Women¹s Clubs in recognition of its contribution to the study of Women¹s History.
  • The senior class has started an organization called End School violence Now. This student group is promoting the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation program into schools around the country as the only proven solution to the problem of mounting school violence which has shocked the nation in the past year. This group is achieving great things across the country. They have made a video tape and have presented at several conferences including in Littleton, Colorado, the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, and in San Diego.
  • A Maharishi School student was chosen as a Millennium Dreamers Ambassador for his outstanding contribution to the community for helping to establish an End School Violence Now chapter in the Middle School. He won a trip to Disney World in Orlando.
  • Out of a senior class of 41 students, eleven have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Four students were named National Merit Commended Scholars and seven were named National Merit Scholar Finalists.
  • Three Destination Imagination (Odyssey of the Mind) teams have qualified for the World finals.
  • This Fall all the classes in the Upper School scored in the 99th percentile in the Iowa Test of Educational Development. This is the 5th year in a row that this has been achieved.

1999

  • In the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) six 11th grade students scored in the 99th percentile, which qualifies them to be considered for National Merit Scholarships. One student has been named a National Merit Scholar.
  • At the Iowa State Academic Decathlon, Maharishi School student received a perfect score of 1000 points to win first place in the state with a speech on "Single Gender Education."
  • For the fourth year in a row, Maharishi Upper School's Math team placed 1st in their division in Iowa in the American High School Math Exam (AHSME).
  • First place, Southeast Iowa Super Conference Academic Bowl.
  • Maharishi School student named the Iowa Junior Chess Champion for the second time.
  • First place, Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, Junior Division, for the third year in a row.

1998

  • For the fourth year in a row Grades 9Ğ12 scored in the 99th percentile in the Iowa Tests of Educational Development, both nationally and in Iowa. The 9th grade class scored the same as the average 12th grade class in Iowa.
  • In the American Junior High School Mathematics Exam, an eighth grader placed first in Iowa. Out of almost a quarter of a million students who took this exam from around the world, only 17 achieved a higher score.
  • In the American High School Math Exam (AHSME), Maharishi School has been the state champion for the past two years. Our students again placed first this year setting a new school team record. AHSME is the most prestigious math competition in the U.S.
  • At the Odyssey of the Mind state finals, our eleventh grade team finished in first place and took 6th place at the World Finals in Orlando, Florida.
  • Second place (alternate place) on the state level at the National History Fair with the exhibit titled "Jacques Cousteau, Pioneer of the Sea."
  • At the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, Maharishi School students won three of four 1st place medals in the Junior Biological Division and won the grand prize for the most outstanding project.

1997



State Championship
Odyssey of the Mind Team
  • Ranked #1 in Iowa in class 2A American High School Mathematics Exam.
  • Two upper school students were named National Merit Scholars.
  • First place in the Junior Physical Science Division of the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair.
  • The Odyssey of the Mind Team was selected to represent the United States at the First Latin American Showcase in Curacao.

1996

  • For the second year in a row, grades 9-12 scored in the 99th percentile in the Iowa Tests of Educational Development—both nationally and in Iowa.
  • Grade 8 scored in the 99th percentile in the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills—both nationally and in Iowa.
  • First place in the senior division of the Iowa State History Fair Group Media Competition for the second year in a row.
  • First place was won by two 7th grade teams in the Iowa Odyssey of the Mind competition, qualifying the School to represent Iowa at the World Finals for the third year in a row.
  • Winner of the Iowa State Spelling Bee for the 7th and 8th grade for the second year in a row.
  • Ranked #1 in Iowa Class 1A in the American High School Mathematics Exam.
  • First place in Iowa in the American Junior High School Mathematics Exam.

1995

  • Grades 9-12 scored in the 99th percentile in the Iowa Tests of Educational Development—both nationally and in Iowa.
  • First place in the Iowa State History Fair Group Media Competition senior division. At the National History Fair, the project was named the outstanding project among senior division entrants from Iowa.
  • First Place in the Iowa Poetry Association’s High School Contest.
  • Winner of the State “Young Poet of the Year” award.
  • Winner of the State “Young Writer of the Year” award.
  • First place was won by an 8th grade team in the Iowa Odyssey of the Mind state competition.
  • Winner of the Iowa State Spelling Bee for the 7th and 8th grades.

1994

  • First place in the senior Biological Division at the Southeast Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, and third place in the Medicine and Health category at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Birmingham, Alabama for a project titled, “Cigarette Smoke Damage to DNA: Protection by Maharishi Amrit Kalash and Other Anti-Oxidants.” Also the V.O. Hasek Award for the Senior Biological Division—the Outstanding Award Certificate by the U.S. Public Health Service for research illustrating the Surgeon General’s call for a smoke-free society by the year 2000.
  • First place at the Iowa State Geography and History Fair for a project entitled “The Impact of Mogul Migration on India’s Political Geography.”
  • Two Lower School teams and one Middle School team won first place in the 1994 Odyssey of the Mind state competition, and went on to the World Competition where the Middle School team placed third out of 62 teams. At the state level, Maharishi School won the highest number of first place awards of any school, with three out of a total of 13 first places. The School’s winning 7th grade team received the prestigious Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity. The Odyssey of the Mind competition, sponsored by IBM, combines creativity, decision making, and teamwork in problem-solving assignments.
  • An Upper School student was named a National Merit scholar finalist.


Winners of State Science Fair Awards

1993

  • First place in the junior Biological Sciences Section at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair.
  • First place in the written competition in the Physical Sciences Section at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair. An Upper School student won the Yale Engineering Association Award at the state science fair.
  • An Upper School student was named a National Merit Scholar. Three Upper School students were named State of Iowa Scholars.

1992

  • An Upper School student won first place in the Senior Biological Sciences Division at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair for her project on cell metabolism measuring the effects of Maharishi Amrit Kalash on electron transport chain activity in plant mitochondria. She went on to win third place at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • First place was won at the State History Fair in the individual projects category, and two students won first place in the Group Media category.
  • Three Upper School students were named National Merit Scholars, a fourth was named a National Merit semi-finalist, and one was a Presidential Scholar semi-finalist.

1991

  • Maharishi School students won a total of 36 awards at the Iowa Science Fairs. A Maharishi School student’s project on launching space vehicles using atmospheric buoyancy won first place in the papers competition at the Hawkeye State Science Fair.

1990

  • A Maharishi School junior won first prize at the Hawkeye Science Fair in Des Moines with a project “Can Certain Antioxidants Aid the Growth of Beneficial Bacteria in Free-Radical Producing Environments?” and went on to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • One of the School’s science teachers received a $2,500 Tandy Scholars Award, given annually to 100 science, math, and computer science teachers in the United States.

1989

  • Three Maharishi School students placed second in the State History Fair competition, and became the first Maharishi School students to represent Iowa at the National History Fair.
  • First place in the Senior Physical Sciences Division at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair for the project “A Comparison of Wing-tip Anti-vortex Devices,” and later represented Iowa at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, receiving an Honorable Mention.

1988

  • First place was won in the Biological Division at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair for a project “Inhibition of Cancer Cell Growth through Herbal Preparations.” The project also later placed in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Two Maharishi School students were named National Merit Scholars from 15,000 semi-finalists nationwide. Another student was a National Merit semi-finalist. Two students were named State of Iowa Scholars for their exceptional test scores. Two other students were named Iowa Math and Science Scholars.

1987

  • At the Hawkeye State Science Fair, an Upper School student received first place in the Biological Division with a project on “Herbal Exogenous Biological Response Modifiers: A New Approach to Cancer Therapy.” Another student received first place in the Physical Sciences Division with “Universal Symbolic Language for Artificial Intelligence.” Both attended the International Science Fair in Puerto Rico, where one of the students won third place.
  • First place in the Iowa Scholastic Poetry Competition.
  • First place in the papers competition at the Iowa Academy of Science.

1986

  • An Upper School student won first place in the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, with a project entitled “The Role of Beta-Adrenergic Receptors in Leukemia,” and later attended the International Science and Engineering Fair in Fort Worth, Texas.
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