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Maharishi School Students World Champions in Creativity Contest

This was a banner year for Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment teams participating in the Destination ImagiNation program, the world’s premier creative problem-solving competition. Eight teams came in first in the Iowa state competition and advanced to Global Finals, where the senior boys team won first place and a prestigious Renaissance Award for outstanding design, engineering, execution, and performance.

World championship team members Ace Boothby, Noah Caplan, Donnie Chell, Jake Gratzon, Tim Shaw, Owen Stowe, and Newlin Wilkins impressed judges with their teamwork and their display of both artistic and scientific creativity.

To win the top score in the long-term problem, the boys wrote and performed a cosmic mystery play. The play features the planets as funk band members in search of their drummer Pluto, who has mysteriously disappeared.

Amid live music and rotating scenery, the boys unveil their pièce de résistance, a homemade binary computer precisely engineered to compute the speed at which Pluto is traveling based on an input of distances between melting ice shards.

Noah Caplan designed the computer and Jake Gratzon built it, integrating tin foil and copper wire electromagnets and switch contacts. The judges described the computer as “highly sophisticated and amazingly detailed. What a WOW!”

Of the 200,000 students participating in the DI program worldwide, the top 8,000 qualified this year for Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. There 991 teams from nearly 50 states and 13 foreign countries convened for two days of competition, celebration, and pin trading, a popular DI custom that allows team members to meet and interact in a spirit of camaraderie.

Although many schools offer DI only to students in talented and gifted programs, any student at Maharishi School can participate. The School has a history of success at the highest level of competition. In 2005, the School sent seven teams to Global Finals and brought home more awards than the entire state of California! Of the 15 state championship teams representing the state of Iowa this year, eight of them were from Maharishi School, a new record.

Mark Wilkins is the DI coordinator for Maharishi School. He coached three teams this year, and has been involved with DI for the past eight years as team parent and manager.


Maharishi School student awarded full-ride college scholarship worth $160,000

The Fairfield Ledger, December 13, 2006

Suzannah Schindler of Fairfield is one of only 102 students to receive a full-ride scholarship from the College Match.

The College Match, a national program that awards grants to top American colleges, has selected Maharishi School's Suzannah Schindler as one of 102 recipients of its most prestigious prize from a pool of thousands of applicants from around the country.

Schindler will be guaranteed a four-year scholarship worth more than $160,000 covering tuition, room and board at Wellesley College next year. She was chosen out of a national applicant pool of 3,346 students from every state in the United States.

Schindler has been a standout student at Maharishi School. She has won numerous awards at school for her scholastic achievement and also is a member of the volleyball team. In an Odyssey of the Mind competition, she finished first in the state. In a Destination Imagination competition, she finished first in the world.

To win the four-year scholarship from College Match, Schindler had to fill out a 20-page application that included three essays and a parade of short answer questions by Oct. 1. The College Match is administered by QuestBridge, a foundation in Palo Alto, Calif., that matches talented low-income students with elite colleges.

"Suzannah embodied the ideals of a College Match student," said Tim Brady, QuestBridge's CEO. "She's passionate. She's public service minded. She will do great things at Wellesley College."

At Wellesley College, Schindler is planning to pursue interests in Liberal Arts and the Sciences.
She is the daughter of Rich and June Schindler of Fairfield.

Maharishi Upper School Students Win Five National Photography Awards

Maharishi Upper School photography students came away with five national awards at the 2006 Association of Texas Photography Teachers (ATPI) Fall Photography Contest.  The contest took place on November 4, 2006 in Arlington, Texas. Judging lasted over seven hours as they viewed over 2,800 prints from 51 schools.

“Entering this contest is such a great opportunity for the high school students to show their work. It also nourishes and educates photography students in learning about the field.” said Carolyn L. Waksman, Maharishi Upper School Photography teacher.

The Maharishi Upper School winners are:

2nd Place: TOBY BRIGGS, Grade 12, “Squirrel”--Advanced B/W Landscape/Nature.

Honorable Mention: LANE WEAVER, Grade 11, “I Make Up Stuff”--Advanced B/W Portrait.

(B/W photograph was developed and printed by student)

First Honorable Mention: NATHANIEL ALEXANDER, Grade 11 “ Jump”--Advanced B/W Sports/Action.

 (B/W photograph was developed and printed by the student)

3rd Place: ALI SWIGART, Grade 12,  “Skateboard and Shadow”--Beginning Color Sports/Action.

Honorable Mention: DENA THIEL, Grade 10, “Blue Hair and Mirror”--Beginning Color Portrait.

Congratulations to all!

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Violinists Selected for All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to Anjali Krystofiak and Lee Anne Blackmore who have been selected for the All-State Orchestra. Last weekend auditions were held in 16 Southeast Iowa counties. In Fairfield, 38 students auditioned and Anjali and LeeAnne were among the 15 violinists who were selected. Special recognition goes to Anjali for her third consecutive year in the All-State orchestra and to Lee Anne who was ranked "First in Center" with the highest score of all auditioning violinists in Fairfield.

Dr. Ashley Deans on Consciousness-Based Tour in China

See MUM Good News story of the China tour.

View photo of Dr. Ashley Deans with students at a school in China, which has signed a cooperative agreement with Maharishi School. Dr. Deans has been touring China with a delegation of scientists and experts in Consciousness-Based education and agreements of cooperation have been signed with several schools.

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View Schedule for Fall 2006 Children’s Health and Education Conferences – North America

Bike-a-Thon and Bikefest, October 13 and 14, 2006

The Middle and Upper School Bike-a-Thon takes places this year on Friday October 13, starting at 1 p.m.

This is the first and one of the most enjoyable fundraising opportunities of the year. Students will be riding bikes, hiding, and canoeing on an overnight camping trip. There are special prizes to inspire the fundraising activities of each student, including a gift certificate for Best Buy and a meals at Revelations, India Cafe, or Los Portalges, for the class that raises over $4,000.

The Lower School Bikefest takes place on Saturday October 14th starting at 9 a.m., with children fundraising for every mile they ride. Again there are prizes for the most fundraising achieved, including either a half day or full day outing for the winning class.

View 2005 photos

National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists and Commended Scholars

Congratulations to seniors Angela Folz, Noah Caplan, and Owen Stowe who are semifinalists in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship competition. Congratulations also go to Atish Dey and Mehul Kar, who are Commended Students in the competition.

More than 1.4 million juniors from across the United States entered the 2007 National Merit competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) last year. Approximately 16,000 students qualified as semifinalists and another 34,000 as designated Commended Students. The semifinalists will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth a total of $33 million, that will be offered next spring.

It is a great achievement for a school to have just one National Merit semifinalist or Commended Student in any year. We are extremely proud to have three semifinalists and two Commended Students this year.

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