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On Saturday, February 21st, Maharishi School performed at the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Six out of nine entries from MSAE were recognized at the All-State Festival this year. Only the top performances from each of the State-level competitions receive such an honor. Two Maharishi School pieces received special recognition at the All-State Festival and four pieces performed. Critics for the All-State Festival are chosen from all across the state to judge each of the categories. At the end of the day, each critic from each respective category choses his or her favorite performance of the day, thus awarding the Critic's Choice Award to that chosen performance and school and entrusting them with the banner to hang in their school for one year. This year, Maharishi School's group mime, "The Adventures of Miss Power and the Amazing Violet Velocity In: Dial "H" for Hero!" has received the Critic's Choice Award. This deems the mime, in the eyes of the judge, the best group mime of 2009 in the state of Iowa. The mime was developed by the performers and the coaches, Brendan Thomas and Alana Waksman. Performers: Essa Johnson, Angelia Mahaney, Paris Lamoureux, Caroline Fulcher, Pearl Sawhney, and Minna Mohammadi.

Congratulations to ALL Destination Imagination Teams - 2009


At the State competition in Ames, Iowa this past Saturday, April 4th, competing against 98 teams from all over Iowa, Maharishi School was represented by 8 teams.
4 First Place (these teams go on to Global Finals)
2 Second Place
1 Fifth Place
1 ninth Place

The four teams representing Maharishi School and the State of Iowa at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, in May include the following people:

6-8th Grade Boys: 

A New Angle  (Structure building/acting  team)

Heavy Metal Object Throwers

 Alexander Hauptman Nathan Haerr Avery Mullennauex

Michael Corazza Dimitri Makeig Solaris Nite

ViDIo  Lit Hits (Acting)

It’s Not Pink, it’s Lightish Red

Laser Nite Raffi Gelfand David Fleshman Vinit  Suganur

Matthew Rowe

9-12th Grade Boys

New Angle  (Structure building/acting)

Not Matilda

 Dominic Borg Toby Walker Eric Caplan Toby James James Francis Kwadjo Tillman

Private DI  (Imrov)

Wilkins Angels 

 Jordan Stakland Ryan Stakland Tye Huggins Yale Shaw Holden Ketterhagen

Maharishi School Students Win Top Award at Iowa State Science and Engineering Fair

Seven high school students from Maharishi School, Fairfield attended the Iowa State Science and Engineering Fair on March 28 at the Iowa State University in Ames. Pandora Wadsworth and Yogita Singh's project, “A Study on Ozone in a Small Midwestern Town” won the Grand Champion Trophy. First place went to Atreya Day (Biochemistry) and Raph Burne (Engineering). Minna Mohammadi won 2nd place in Biochemistry. Third place went to Pearl Sawhney (Medicine and Health Science) and Dominic Borg (Cellular & Molecular Biology). The V.O Hasek award, given each year to honor the teacher of the Senior Champions school, was presented to their teacher, Dr. Mousumi Dey.

Pandora, Yogita, and Raph were invited as finalists to the International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) on May 10-16 in Reno, Nevada. This opportunity is only awarded to three teams and three individuals from Iowa each year. Only 1,500 students from around the world are ever invited as finalists to the Intel ISEF. Attendees have the opportunity to meet International Nobel Peace Prize nominees, corporate leaders in the science and technology sectors and notable educators.




1. EISEF: Senior Champion + $500.00 each as scholarship to UIOWA – Pandy Wadsworth & Yogita Singh. “A Study on Ozone Pollution in A Small Midwest Town.

2. V.O Hasek award given to the teacher of the Senior Champions school, Dr. Mousumi Dey, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.

3. INTEL ISEF participant – Pandy Wadsworth & Yogita Singh – won a 7 day fully paid trip to the INTEL ISEF competition to be held at Reno, Nevada along with their teacher, Dr. Mousumi Dey for their project “A Study on Ozone Pollution In A Small Midwest Town.

4. 1st in Physical Science Division + $100.00 – Atreya Dey. “Comparing the Effects of Commonly Used Insecticides on alpha-amylase Activity”

5. 1st in Biological Science Division + $100.00 – Pearl Sawhney, “Can Vegetarianism Be A Solution to obesity and Environmental Problems.

6. Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club / Collins Amateur Radio Club: Outstanding EISEF: Senior Champion + $500.00 each as scholarship to UIOWA – Achievement Pearl Sawhney, “Can Vegetarianism Be A Solution to obesity and Environmental problems?”

7. 2nd in Physical Science DivisionRalphe Burne. “Sustainable Insulation & Conversion: Keeping Heat in & Sound Out”

8. 2nd Biological Science DivisionMinna Mohammadi. “Comparing phosphorus levels in tofu made from different kinds of soybeans, as a measure of bioavailability of iron”

9. Alan B Adams Meritorious Achievement in Science + Cash award $25.00 – Minna Mohammadi V.O Hasek award given to the teacher of the Senior Champions school, Dr. Mousumi Dey, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.

Maharishi School Wins 6 Congressional Art/Photography Awards 2008

Maharishi School won six awards out of seven in the 26th Congressional Arts Competition for 2008, “An Artistic Discovery,” hosted by Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa. The judging took place on April 12 at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. There was a reception afterwards, with Congressman Loebsack announcing the winners and meeting the teachers from the schools represented. There were 146 pieces entered from the 2nd District of Iowa.

The first-place winning work will be hung in the “Cannon Tunnel Gallery” of the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. representing Iowa for one year. Elysia Belilove has won three round-trip Southwest Airline tickets from Chicago to Washington, D.C. for her reception with Congressman Loebsack along with all of the other congressmen and their students to hang the new winning entries for this year in the Cannon Tunnel Gallery.

The Maharishi School winners are:

1st Place Award: Elysia Belilove, Grade 9 - Photography “Foot Soles” (pictured)
Teacher: Carolyn L. Waksman


3rd Place Award: Choey Shreck, Grade 11 - Drawing “Flow”
Teacher: Greg Thatcher


Honorable Mention Award: Benji Jones, Grade 12 - Photography “Alleyway/India”
Teacher: Carolyn L. Waksman


Honorable Mention Award: Hagen Rainbow, Grade 12 - Photography “Mark Rainbow”
Teacher: Carolyn L. Waksman


Honorable Mention Award: Dodie Page Thiel, Grade 9 - Photography “Girl/Train"
Teacher: Carolyn L. Waksman


Honorable Mention Award: Sothea Shreck, Grade 12 - Photography “India Woman”
Teacher: Carolyn L. Waksman


The Honorable Mentions will be hung in the Iowa District Offices of Congressman Dave Loebsack, representing Maharishi School for one year. “An Artistic Discovery” was created in an effort to recognize the creative talents of young Americans. All 50 states have artwork displayed in the “Cannon Tunnel Gallery.” Elysia’s photograph will be joining them, as well as one artwork from each of the congressional districts in Iowa. This is the 26th year if the contest, with students from all 435 congressional districts nationwide creating work for the theme “An Artistic Discovery.”

In five years the Maharishi School students have won 18 awards at the Congressional Art Competition.

Congratulations to all!

2008 Superconference Art Show

Maharishi Upper School students came away with 13 art and photography awards, out of 15 entered at the 2008 Southeast Iowa Superconference Art Show in Mt. Pleasant. Five of the awards were 1st places. The conference was held on April 8 at Iowa Wesleyan College. The students entered their work into the contest and participated in workshops taught by professionals in their fields. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn new skills by participating in the workshops and to show their work by entering the contest. The Maharishi Upper School Photography teacher is Mrs. Carolyn L. Waksman and the Maharishi Middle and Upper School Art teacher is Mr. Greg Thatcher.


The winners are:


1st Place-Camille Morehead, Grade 12, “Plastic Mask”

2nd Place-Benji Jones, Grade 12, “Painted Girl”

3rd Place- Dominic Rabalais, Grade 12, “Untitled”

Honorable Mention-Mollie Cutler, Grade 11, “Mask”

Honorable Mention-Mira Moore, Grade 11, “Emily”


Judges Category:

1st Place Photography (Multiple Image)-Ellora Hans-Price, Grade 12, “Sheila”


Computer Generated:

1st Place- Sophia Blitz, Grade 10, “Dancer”

2nd Place Sam Arsanjani, Grade 9, “Untitled”



1st Place- Sam Johnson, Grade 12, “Untitled”

2nd Place-Gabrielle Hathaway, Grade 10, “Untitled”


Achromatic Drawing:

Honorable Mention-Kenzie Wacknov, Grade 10, “Two-Faced”


Mixed Media:

1st Place-Gabrielle Lamaureux, Grade 10, “Tree”

3rd Place-Dominic Rabalais, Grade 12, “Untitled”


Congratulations to all!

History Day

Six of our 7th graders were chosen to compete at the State competition in Des Moines on April 28. The entire 7th grade class competed against 12 other schools at the History Day District on Tuesday, March 18. The competition was held at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center for the very first time. Teacher, Marie Loiselle and parent Donna Nelson accompanied them, with many other parents attending for parts of the day. Judges representing our district were John Huff and Gary Gagnon.

District winners, their projects and categories are:

Individual Documentary:

Olin Knight, "Conflict Over the Destruction of Smallpox"

Group Documentary:

Chosie Titus and Rachel Hathaway, "Conflict and Compromise Over the Rightful Place of Wolves”

Megan Comey and Grace Fernyhough, "The Amistad - Conflicts and Compromises Over the Fight for Freedom"

Science Fair

All eighth grade students participated in the Super Conference Science Fair in Burlington. There were some interesting and innovative projects for the judges to evaluate. The projects will be on display at the School in April.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Pearl Sawhney, Silver medal in the Junior Physical Science Division: “Digestion of Animal and Plant Protein.”

Thomas Weiss, Bronze medal in the Junior Physical Science division: “What is the Best Coat Insulation?” Sam Arsanjani, Bronze medal in the Junior Biological Division: “The Effects of Certain Neuroplasticity Exercises on the Stoop Effect.”

Pearl Sawhney competed in the Iowa Science and Engineering Fair in Ames at the end of March. Thanks to the following parents who judged and chaperoned: Shelley Fulcher, Carole Simmons, Peter Lamoureux, Tim Mahaney and Ali Arsanjani.

2008 Texas A&M University-Commerce National High School Shoot-Out


The results are in for the 2008 Texas A&M University-Commerce Third Floor Photographic Society National High School Shoot-Out. The contest now in its 26th year, was held during the ATPI Winter Conference in Arlington, Texas, on February 16. The annual contest is sponsored by the Third Floor Photographic Society at the University and is a student organization of the Photography Division. The Texas A&M Photography Program is widely recognized as the best photography program in the southwest.

There were 2,001 prints entered from 24 high schools across the nation. The judges were Jerry Jones and Greg Kopriva. Both are commercial photographers and alumni of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Photography Program. The judges acknowledged the high quality of work entered. “The competition was incredible.” The level of design, composition and conceptualization involved in the imagery impressed the judges.

Maharishi Upper School Photography students won five national awards. The teacher was Mrs. Carolyn L. Waksman. The winning students are:


1st Year Color:

1st Place: Owen Blake - Grade 12, “Pasha” (pictured)

2nd Place: Camille Morehead - Grade 12, “Mask”

3rd Place: Tye Huggins - Grade 11, “Black Hand”

Honorable Mention: Owen Blake - Grade 12, “Mirrors”


All Years Open Color:

Honorable Mention: Mollie Cutler - Grade 11

“Portrait of Phoebe”


Congratulations to all!  

Maharishi School Coach Eyre Receives Sectional Coach of the Year Award

Feb. 26, 2008

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has selected Maharishi School Coach Lawrence Eyre to receive the 2007 Central Sectional Coach of the Year award for the sport of Boys Tennis. The Central section includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. As the Central sectional winner Coach Eyre became a finalist for the national coach of the year award.

Coach Eyre led the Pioneers to the state team tourney for the tenth time in 2007. Maharishi School won team titles in 1991, 1999, 2000 and 2002, with second place efforts in 1992, 1997, 1998 and 2006.  Twice — in 1999 and 2000 — his team won the Triple Crown of prep tennis by taking the singles, doubles and state team titles. Eyre, a 1970 Yale University graduate, started the Pioneers' team in 1988 and it ranks as one of the state's most consistent and respected programs.

In his 20 seasons with Maharishi School, Coach Eyre's players have earned 16 state championships (7 in singles, 5 in doubles, and 4 in team tennis) and 7 runner-up finishes (1 in singles, 2 in doubles, and 4 in team tennis) in Iowa 1-A tennis.

Coach Eyre's teams have advanced to the Final Four ten times in 20 seasons.

Coach Eyre received the 1993 USPTA Missouri Valley Coach of the Year (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma) and the 2000 Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year.  He has been on the Iowa High School Athletic Association Tennis Advisory Committee since 2000.  He established a National Junior Tennis League chapter in 1990 and a USTA After-School Team Tennis program in 2003.  He implemented the USTA No-Cut Tennis Team program in 2006.  He has held the United States Professional Tennis Association Level 1 Certification since 1992; was named in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Educators in 1997 and 2007; and has served as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Certified Umpire (Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences) from 1998 to the present.

Coach Eyre's reflects his philosophy of athletics in the following statement: "My goal as a teacher and coach is to help student-athletes grow to express their full potential. I aim to provide a balance of encouragement and challenge, emphasizing that commitment to the process of continuous improvement is more enriching than working toward outcome goals alone."

Maharishi School Junior Earns "Superior" Rating at State Competition

Katie Dinkel, a junior at Maharishi School, competed in the State Piano Solo Competition last Saturday, February 9, at Iowa Wesleyan College. Katie's brilliant performance brought in 24 out of 25 possible points for a rating of “1” for superior.  She played "Prelude in C# minor" by Rachmaninov, arranged by her piano teacher, Werner Elmker. As a pianist, Katie is "poised and professional," said the judge. "Katie breaths divine life into even the simplest of melodies, but with a fine work like the 'Prelude in C# minor,’ her true genius as a musician really shines," says Dorothy Rowe, her school music teacher. "Katie is an exceptional girl and music provides a venue for her greatness to find expression yet remain close to its source."  

Good job, Katie!

National Merit Scholarship Program Honors

Commended: Dominca Borg

National Geographic Society 2008 Iowa Geographic Bee

RYAN SMELCER WINS MAHARISHI SCHOOL GEOGRAPHIC BEE 3RD YEAR IN A ROW!! Moves One Step Closer to $25,000 College Scholarship

Ryan Smelcer, an 8th grade student at Maharishi School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee the week of January 16, competing against 15 other finalists from grades 5-8. The second and third place winners were 8th graders, Thomas Weiss and Phoebe Carter, respectively. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 20th annual National Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society.


ATPI Fall Photography Contest

Maharishi Upper School photography students came away with seven national awards at the 2007 Association of Texas Photography Teachers (ATPI) Fall Photography Contest. The contest took place on Saturday, November 3, in Arlington, Texas.  Many hours passed as the judges viewed over 2,988 prints from 59 high schools. The end result of the contest was 206 winners from 45 schools high schools nationwide.

“Entering this national contest is a great opportunity for the high school students to show their work and also helps to educate them about the field of photography,” says Carolyn L. Waksman, Maharishi Upper School Photography teacher.


The 2007 Maharishi School winners are:

1st Place: Deena Thiel, Grade 11 Beginning Open “Untitled”
1st Place: Deena Thiel, Grade 11 Beginning Sports / Action “Skateboard Jump!”
3rd Place: Camille Morehead, Grade 12 Beginning Open “Face”
3rd Place: Mollie Cutler, Grade 11 Beginning Portrait “Phoebe in Blue”
1st Honorable Mention: Dominic Rabalais, Grade 12 Advanced Open “Untitled #1”
Honorable Mention: Mollie Cutler, Grade 11 Beginning Portrait “Portrait of Phoebe”
Honorable Mention: Kenzie Wacknov, Grade 10 Beginning Open “Untitled”

PIEA International Photography Competition

The Maharishi Middle and Upper School photography students have been honored with four international awards this year in the 2008 PIEA (Photo Imaging Education Association) International Photography Competition. The 2008 contest received 6,150 entries from 1,309 participants from 115 schools in nine countries!

Student and teacher winners come from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities in Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, India, South Africa, UK and the USA. Award winners and exhibitors share in the over $158,000 in valuable prizes sponsored by 81 generous PMA member companies and organizations from four countries. Prizes include film, digital cameras, memory cards, printers, tripods, scholarships, printing paper, photo accessories and more.

Entrants compete in nine categories by age group. Each category awards Grand, First, Second, Third, Honorable Mention and Exhibitor Awards.


The 2008 award winners for the Maharishi School are as follows:

Grades 9 and Under-Single Image:

2nd Place: Dodie Paige Thiel, Grade 9 “Purple Hat/Train”
Honorable Mention: Satya Griggs, Grade 9 “Chains”
Exhibitor Award: Elysia Belilove, Grade 9 “Foot Soles”

Grades 10,11,12-Single Image

Exhibitor Award: Josh Posner, Grade 11 “Boy on Skateboard”

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