Summary of Achievements

Summary of Achievements for 2016-17

Summary of Achievements for 2015-16

  • Pranav Chhalliyil won the State Science Fair Grand Championship as a 9th grader, the youngest in state history, and won 4th place at the International INTEL Science and Engineering Fair. He studied the relative effectiveness of three different methods of traditional oral hygiene.
  • The team of Anna Unger and Devan Burke won the State Champion Critic’s Choice banner in Musical Theatre, our 18th championship in drama and our first in this category.
  • We won our first awards in Iowa High School Musical Theatre program, with three participants in the All-State performance in Des Moines.
  • In the creativity competition Destination Imagination, seven Maharishi School teams won state championship awards in their division, qualifying them for the international competition. At the Global Finals, teams placed 7th and 17th.
  • The Rocketry Team finished 112th out of 789 entries in the largest national competition.
  • In track, Ross Emmanuel earned 2nd place in the State 800 meter and Distance Medley events, and 5th in the 400 meter run in which he set our School record.
  • The Boys’ Tennis team finished in the Top 8 in Iowa, with Chandre Morales earning 3rd Place in State Singles and Kai Vessey and Daniel Zhu earning 3rd Place in State Doubles.
  • We successfully expanded Project-Based Learning with many creative projects: entrepreneurship, rocketry, video production, ceramics, culinary arts, food blogs, app design, experimental music and songwriting, individual projects, and more. These projects had real world applications and specific products that were shared in our quarterly Showcase events.
  • Graduating students have been accepted at 35 colleges across the US, including Rensselaer Polytech, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, Washington U, Academy of Art in San Francisco, Sarah Lawrence, Maryland Institute, Arcadia, South Dakota, Purdue, University of Wisconsin.

Achievements During Maharishi School's 30-year History

University Admissions

17 National Merit® Scholars (highest academic honor for top 1% of national entrants)

  • Twice the national average over the last 30 years
  • Over 100 Finalists, Semifinalists, and Commended Scholars



Destination ImagiNation (international creative problem-solving competition)

Speech (Drama)

Visual Arts




  • Two boys state champions (individual and team)

Track and Field

  • Track and Field: Two boys state champions (long jump and 800 meters)


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NOTE: The state of Iowa has a population of 3 million with 500,000 students and over 400 high schools. Each year national college admission test scores of Iowa’s seniors rank Iowa in the top three of the United States.

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