Maharishi School

Summary/History of Arts Achievements

Many Maharishi School students have distinguished themselves in the visual and performing arts, including the following achievements:

2000

  • First place in the Congressional High School Art Contest. This is the second year a Maharishi School student has won the competition. The collage will be the only piece of art selected from Iowa and it will be exhibited along with 200 other works from around the country in the connecting passageway between the United States House of Representatives office buildings and the U.S. Capitol Building. Her work will represent Iowa for one year.
  • At the Southeast Iowa Superconference Art Show, Maharishi School students won a total of eight art awards including a first place in photography and first place in sculpture/ceramics.
  • A sophomore student placed 4th nationally with her poem "White Paint" in the Manningham Poetry Trust Awards national contest.
  • Maharishi School students won 11 out of 12 awards at the State Media Festival hosted by the Iowa Educational Media Association. In addition, the Maharishi School Middle School students received 4 out of 8 awards given by the State.
  • At the Iowa High School Speech Association, Maharishi School was awarded the Critics Choice award for the Choral Reading "Geography of Yearning" and the Group Mime "Film Noir." Over 300 high schools compete for the Critic's Choice, best of the best award, and over the past decade our School has won more Critic's Choice awards than any other school in the state.
  • Maharishi School students received first, second, and third place awards in both color and black and white photography in the Iowa Educational Media Association state competition.

1999

  • At the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival, Maharishi Upper School Choral Reading won the "Critics Choice" and the All-State Banner for their performance entitled "Deep Blue Sea".
  • At the Student Media Festival, hosted by the Iowa Educational Media Association, an Upper School student placed first in color photography and second in black and white photography.
  • At the state competition of Odyssey of the Mind, three teams advanced to the World Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Two students won first place in the Iowa Writers Association Creative Writing Contest.
  • Winner, 1999 Congressional High School Art Contest.
  • Winner, 1999 "Best of Show" at the Southeast Iowa Superconference Art Show. Maharishi School students also won first place in the Sculpture/Ceramics and Photography division.
  • Teen People Magazine has an article on Maharishi School in the April 1999 issue. They have given Maharishi School the title of "Cool School of the Month."

1998

  • Winner of the "Sweepstakes Trophy", 1998 Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Large Group Festival. This trophy is awarded to the school with the highest number of performances judged to be outstanding.
  • Winner in all three categories of the National Scholastic Art Competition.


Iowa High School Speech Association
“Critic’s Choice” Award

1997

  • First place in the colors competition of the Iowa Educational Media Association (IEMA) photography competition.
  • “Best of Show” award at the Southeast Iowa Superconference Art Competition.

1996

  • Highest rating in both district and state competitions was received by all the Maharishi School groups who competed in the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group Competition. The Upper School choral reading “Visions of Light” won the Critic’s Choice Award as the most outstanding in the state.
  • Winner in all three categories of the National Scholastic Art Competition for the second year in a row.

1995

  • Winner in all three categories of the National Scholastic Art Competition. Two Upper School students won the highest honor—National Gold Key Awards.
  • First place in the Iowa High School Speech Association for group mime.
  • First place in the Iowa Junior Chess Championship.

1994

  • Upper School students won the Critic’s Choice Award as the Outstanding Choral Reading for their performance named “Heavenly,” presented at the 1994 Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival.
  • Twenty Middle and Upper School students were selected for the East Central Iowa Scholastic Art Awards at the Scholastic Art Competition. Two students received the Gold Key award, the highest honor in the competition.
  • First place in the under 16 age group at the 1994 Berger and Culp 28th Open in Des Moines, the largest chess tournament in Iowa.

l993

  • In drama, the School won four special-recognition honors at the state speech competition. The performers of the choral reading “Jazz” received outstanding honors and were invited to perform in the All-State Festival in Des Moines.
  • For the “Miss Firecracker Contest,” Maharishi School won third place in the Bravo Cable Channel National High School Theatre competition.
  • Maharishi Upper School students won seven of 27 Gold Keys awarded at the regional Scholastic Art Competition—the largest number for any of the 40 eastern and central Iowa high schools in the competition.

1992

  • Fifteen works of art by Maharishi School students were accepted for exhibition at the Scholastic Art Awards competition for East Central Iowa. Hallmark Honor Award and blue ribbons for the national Scholastic Art Awards contest in New York. Only 25 out of 1,740 entries were selected.
  • For the one-act play, “A Young Lady of Property,” Maharishi School was awarded grand prize in the Bravo Cable Channel National High School Theatre competition.

1991

  • Gold medalist for cello performance in the Iowa High School Music Association competition.
  • Gold Key, the highest regional honor, from the Scholastic Art Awards competition. A Gold Key qualifies a work to enter the national art competition in New York.

1989

  • Gold medalists at the Iowa High School Music Association competition and Outstanding Performer Award.
  • Blue Ribbon at the 1989 East Iowa Regional Scholastic Art competition.

1988

  • The one-act play “A Young Lady of Property” became the School’s first state championship when it was selected as the Critic’s Choice at the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival.
  • Gold medalist for cello performance at the Iowa High School Music Association competition.
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