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Archive of School Achievements by Year

School year 2003–2004

  • Five Maharishi School teams were chosen to compete in the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State competition. One of our group mime teams was selected as “Critic’s Choice” winning the All-State Banner. Maharishi School has now won more All-State banners than any school in the history of the state.
  • At the DestinationImagiNation and Odyssey of the Mind state level competitions, seven teams from grades five through 12 won at the state level and went on to their respective Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. This brings Maharishi School’s total of state championships in these events to 34, more than any school in the history of the state.
  • At the Global Finals for DestinationImagiNation our teams received four awards, the third, fourth, and fifth places and the Renaissance Award—more than any other single school in the world!
  • Three students have been named finalists in the 2004 National Merit Scholarship program. Another student has been named a Commended Scholar. There have been a total of 24 National Merit Scholar Finalists from Maharishi School in the last 13 years.
  • A Maharishi School senior was named a State of Iowa Scholar. This is an award given by the state to top ranked students.
  • At the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair Junior Division, Middle School students won a total of 15 awards. There were eight first place awards. In addition there were four students who received the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge Awards.
  • Last autumn a Middle School student was one of three Iowa students named as a semifinalist in the 2003 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. The student was one of 400 students nationwide chosen to advance to the finalist competition in Washington, D.C.
  • In photography and art Maharishi School students have won a total of 32 awards at four different competitions. At the Photo Imaging Educational Association International Photography Competition four students received awards, including a grand prize award. The winning images will be on display at the PMA Imaging Convention and will be seen by over 30,000 leaders from the world photo community.
  • At the Association of Texas Photography Instructors Contest, a national competition, 11 photography awards were given to Upper School students. Four of them were first place in their category. These images were chosen out of 2,075 entries from 45 high schools.
  • At the Texas A&M Commerce University High School Shootout National Photography Contest, Upper School students received five awards including two second- place awards and one third-place award.
  • Maharishi School Upper School students came away with 12 awards from the Superconference Art Show including best of show and two first-place awards.
  • Three students were selected for participation in the 18th annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. One Maharishi School student was also selected as a solo finalist. Two students were chosen to perform at the Iowa Junior Honors String Orchestra Festival Concert in Ames, Iowa.
  • A Lower School student won second place in the third grade division in the National Kids Philosophy Slam competition. There were approximately 3,000 entries in this competition for grades K to 8.
  • An Upper School student was one of 13 students selected for an eight-week-expenses paid internship in China by the World Food Prize Foundation.
  • The Students Creating Peace Network held a successful weekend conference attended by high school students from other schools, organizations, and American Indian groups.

School year 2002–2003

  • Four students have been recognized as National Merit Scholar Finalists.
  • At the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group All-State Competition, Maharishi School received the Sweepstakes Trophy for being the school with the most entries performing at the All State Competition. The school took home the Critic’s Choice awards in Choral Reading and Group Mine.
  • At Destination ImagiNation 2003 all 12 of Maharishi School’s teams won at the regional level. At the Global Finals three teams placed second, fourth, and seventh in the world.
  • At the Junior State Science Fair two eighth grade students won awards. The students were eligible to compete at the International Science Fair in Washington, D.C.
  • At the Southeast Iowa Superconference Science Fair, Junior Division, Middle School students were awarded one first place, one second place, and two third place medals.
  • At the Regional Math Counts Competition Maharishi School won first place as a team, and first and second place individually. The students went on to compete at the State Math Counts Competition with a Middle School student finishing in the top four, earning him a place on the team that represented Iowa at the National Competition in Washington, D.C.
  • A Maharishi School 12-year-old student won in the National “A World Fit for Children” student essay contest. This contest was inspired by the recent United Nations session on the needs of the world’s children. The winning essay topped entries from 6-to-18 year olds from all over the country standing out among them as an essay of vision and compassion.
  • Three students performed in the Middle School choir at the Opus Choir Festival, and two students were selected to perform in the Junior Honors Strings Orchestra at the All-State Festival. These are state level awards in music.
  • At the Iowa Educational Media Association State Photography Contest, Maharishi School was awarded first, second, and third place in the Upper School black & white photography division. In the color photography division the Upper School was awarded second and third place and the Middle School was awarded first and second place.
  • At the PIEA 2003 International Photo Competition, Middle School students won first, second, and honorable mention. All three photographs along with 117 other winners were featured in the PMA Imaging Convention in Las Vegas. The display was seen by over 30,000 leaders from the world photo community.
  • At the Texas A&M Annual High School Shootout, a National Photography Contest, Maharishi Upper School was awarded second place in color photography and third place in black and white photography. Five students received Honorable Mentions for their photographs. There were 2,081 prints entered from 29 high schools.
  • At the Southeast Iowa Superconference Art Show Maharishi Upper School students entered 15 works and came away with 11 awards of which five were first place

School year 2001–2002

  • Two students have been recognized as National Merit Scholar Finalists.
  • Four seniors were named State of Iowa Scholars by the Iowa College Student Aid Committee.
  • One Upper School student qualified as a Presidential Scholar and was invited to Washington, D.C.
  • Nine Maharishi Upper School students received 29 awards at the Academic Decathlon regional competition taking second place overall in the state in the small school division. A Maharishi School student won second place overall at state, and she will go on to the National competition in Florida in June to represent the state of Iowa.
  • At the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group All-State Competition, Maharishi School continued its winning tradition this year taking home Critic’s Choice awards for Reader’s Theater and Group Mime.
  • First Place at the Iowa State Science Fair, Senior Division. The students went on to win fourth place at the International Competition. Their project was a machine called the altebine with a turbine that created electricity from ocean current.
  • Continuing Maharishi School’s winning tradition in the Junior Science Fair. This year eighth grade students won the grand prize and first place in the Biological, Physical and Team categories.
  • At the International Photo Imaging Education Association competition (PIEA) a Maharishi School ninth grade student won first place for her color photograph and another student won second place for her black-and-white photograph.
  • Nine First-Place awards were received for photography at the Iowa Educational Media Association competition.
  • At the 20th Annual Texas A & M Commerce National High School Shootout, a Maharishi School student won second place in color photography.
  • In music, four students represented Maharishi School at the OPUS State Honor Choir, and two students were in the All-State Strings Orchestra.
  • In the Iowa Poetry Association contest, a Maharishi School student was given First Honorable Mention, placing fourth out of 353 entries in the state.
  • A Middle School student was chosen as one of the top ten poets in a five-state regional competition.
  • Seven Maharishi Middle School students won awards for their projects at District History Day sponsored by the Southern Prairie Area Education Agency, and qualified to display their work at the State History Day competition in Des Moines.
  • The End School Violence Now (ESVN) and Students Creating Peace Network (SCPN) has given presentations on radio stations, participated in Youth Development in the 21st Century sponsored by the 4-H clubs of America, and given presentations to guests of Maharishi School.

The students have given presentations at the St. Louis Enlightened Sentencing Project Graduation. They were invited to represent Southeast Iowa at the Youth Development in the 21st Century Conference at Iowa State University in Ames, and invited to Expo High School in Waterloo, Iowa. They were also invited to the kick-off event for the Season of Non-Violence in Los Angeles where they spoke to educators, parents, and the event organizers. While in Los Angeles a presentation was given at a South Los Angeles alternative high school. All the events met with great success.

The students are working on a student-to-student video, a website, and other projects to bring 8,000 Yogic Flyers to Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City.

School year 2001

  • Maharishi Upper School students again scored in the 99th percentile in the Iowa Test of Educational Development both nationally and in Iowa. This is the sixth year in a row that we have accomplished this.
  • Three of our seniors have been named Commended Scholars in the National Merit Scholarship competition. This brings our all time total of students recognized in this competition to 45.
  • At the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, Senior Division, a Maharishi School student won First Place and went on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Detroit.
  • At the Junior Division fair all 20 Maharishi School students who entered the competition won awards. Of the 15 first-place awards, nine were won by Maharishi School students.
  • At the State History Fair, a Maharishi School student placed first in the Individual Documentary category.
  • At the Math Counts Regional Competition a team of four eighth grade students won first place in the team division and a Maharishi School student won the individual math competition.

Creative Arts

  • At the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group All-State Competition, Maharishi School once again won the Critic’s Choice award for the Outstanding Choral Reading. This is the first time any school has won this banner three years in a row. Maharishi School has won more Critic’s Choice awards in the past decade than any other school in the state.
  • At the Regional Destination Imagination competition this year, all 15 teams from Maharishi School were chosen to go on to compete at the State level. This is the largest number of entries from our School to compete at the State level. Last year four teams of Maharishi School students placed in the top 10 at the Global Finals placing first, second, sixth, and eighth. This is first time any Iowa team has ever garnered a first-place trophy at the world level competition.
  • At the Iowa Educational Media Association State Photography Contest, Maharishi School students won 15 awards, of which seven were first places.
  • A Maharishi Middle School student placed second in the PIEA International Student-Teacher Photo Exhibition and Competition, a national competition in which 105 schools 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 fourth nationally.

Sports

  • Maharishi School made Iowa tennis history by completing back-to-back Triple Crown sweeps, winning the singles, doubles, and team boys state tennis titles in two consecutive seasons. A Maharishi School sophomore won third place in the girls State Tennis Tournament.
  • Our Boys Varsity Basketball team had the best season in our School’s history. They finished the season with a record of 23-2. The team was ranked fifth in the state in Class 2A and won both their conference (12-0) and the district championship.
  • In track and field a Maharishi School student won the 800 meters at state setting a new Class 1-A record.
  • Maharishi School Girls Varsity Volleyball team won the prestigious Danville Volleyball Tournament.

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 second, fourth, and eighth 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, all 20 students that entered the competition got awards.
  • Out of a total of 15 first-place awards, Maharishi School took nine 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 International 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 Women’s Clubs in recognition of its contribution to the study of Women’s 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 videotape 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 fifth 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.
  • With a speech on “Single Gender Education” at the Iowa State Academic Decathlon, a Maharishi School student received a perfect score of 1000 points to win first place in the state.
  • For the fourth year in a row, Maharishi Upper School’s Math team placed first 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 9–12 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 sixth 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 first-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 seventh grade teams in the Iowa Odyssey of the Mind competition, qualifying Maharishi 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 eighth grade team in the Iowa Odyssey of the Mind state competition.
  • Winner of the Iowa State Spelling Bee for the seventh and eighth 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 seventh 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 semifinalist, and one was a Presidential Scholar semifinalist.

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 Maharishi 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 semifinalists nationwide. Another student was a National Merit semifinalist. 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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