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Maharishi School Achievements 2006-2007

School Achievements

National Merit Scholarship Program Honors:

Finalists: Noah Caplan, Owen Stowe, and Angela Folz
Commended: Mehul Kar and Atish Dey


National Society of High School Scholars:

Atish Dey was selected for membership in this national honors society founded by members of the Nobel family to recognize promising young scholars.


Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program

This program, sponsored by the Governor’s Office of the State of Iowa, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Farm Bureau honored outstanding student athlete Mehul Kar for achieving the highest GPA in the School.

QuestBridge College Match Scholarship

Suzannah Schindler was only one of 102 students from a pool of 3,346 nationwide to receive a full four-year college scholarship for her high level academic and extra-curricular achievements. The scholarship, worth over $160,000 is financing Suzannah’s studies at Wellesley College.


Iowa Science and Technology Fair (ISTF)

Raph Burne won the first place eighth grade physical science award for his study, “Sound Insulation Testing.” The Colleges of Engineering at the University of Iowa and Iowa State named the study overall best in the junior physical division and awarded Raph a $100 prize. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium also awarded him $100. Raph is only one of three students from Iowa to be selected as a national semi-finalist in the 2007 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge competition.


Atreya Dey won a second place eighth grade physical science award for his study, “Can We Replace Road Salt with Exothermic Organic Materials?” He also won a Discovery Channel Young Scientist Award for the study. Go! Magazine gave Atreya their Innovative Thinking Award and a $50 cash prize.

Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (EISEF)

The Junior Championship Award went to Raph Burne. First place awards went to Raph Burne, Lila Cutter, Wesley Folz and Jhana Valentine. Second place awards went to Atreya Dey, Penelope Makeig, Tahra Wilkins and Paavani Kar. Honorable Mention awards went to: Ryan Stakland, Elysia Belilove and Dodi Paige Thiel.


Other EISEF awards included: Cargill Industries Award to Atreya Dey (2nd place), FPL Energy Outstanding Achievement Award to Atreye Dey and Jhana Valentine, Alan B. Adams Meritorious Achievement Award to Penelope Makeig, and Epidemiology Student Association awards to Anna Brett (2nd place) and Ryan Stakland (Honorable Mention).

State History Day Awards

A Finalist Award in the performance category went to Phoebe Carter for “A Tragedy, A Triumph, A Miracle: the Story of Helen Keller.”


A Judges Choice Award in the group performance category went to Essa Johnson, Paris Lamoureux, Minna Mohammadi and Jonina Thorsteinsdottir for “The Titanic: The Story of the Unsinkable Ship and Its Survivors.”


A Judges Choice Award in the exhibit category went to Sam Arsanjani for “Dr. Mossadegh: The Crisis of Oil and Democracy in Iran.”


District History Day Awards

Minna Mohammadi, Essa, Johnson, Phoebe Carter, Paris Lamoureux, Pearl Sawhney, Caroline Fulcher, Jonina Thorsteinsdottir, Thomas Weiss, and Sam Arsanjani were district champions.

National Geographic Society 2007 Iowa Geographic Bee

Ryan Smelcer from the Boys Middle School has, for the second consecutive year, placed in the top 100 state qualifiers for the National Geographic’s state geography bee. Ryan won the School geography bee and then passed a qualifying test to garner an invitation to compete as a semi-finalist at the state level. He represented the School at the 2007 Iowa Geographic Bee at Drake University last March.

Achievements in the Arts

Superconference Art Awards

Mollie Cutler won Best of Show and a first place award for painting. First place awards also went to Deena Thiel for photography, Maria Aalto for drawing, Mira Moore for print making, and Peter Arnold for computer generated art. Third place awards went to Nathaniel Alexander for photography and Chris Gomes for print making. Honorable Mention went to Laura Tarnoff for photography.


The Congressional Arts Competition

Tye Huggins won the first place award for his photography, “Summer.” His framed photo will hang in the “tunnel” leading to the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for one year, representing the State of Iowa and Maharishi School.


Mario Aalto won second place for her drawing, “Leonardo Street.” The framed drawing will hang in Congressman Dave Loebasack’s Washington, D.C. office for one year.


Three photographs also won Honorable Mention in this competition: “Portrait of Darla” by Tye Huggins, “Pomegranate” by Mira Moore, and “Train Reflections” by Tahra Wilkins. All three photographs will hang framed in Congressman Loebsack’s Iowa district office for one year.


ATPI Fall Photography Contest

In this national contest sponsored by the Association of Texas Photography Teachers (ATPI), over 2,800 prints from 51 schools competed for awards. Our students won five awards. Toby Briggs won 2nd place for “Squirrel. Ali Swigart won 3rd place for “Skateboard and Shadow.” First Honorable Mention went to Nathaniel Alexander for “Jump.” Honorable Mentions also went to Lane Weaver for “Make Up Stuff” and to Deena Thiel for “Blue Hair and Mirror.”


PIEA International Photography Competition

Schools on every continent competed in this international event sponsored by the Photo Imaging Educational Association (PIEA). Winning photos are posted online and travel for 3 years on international exhibition tours.


In the Upper School category, with 1,793 images competing, Maharishi School students won two color photography awards. Tye Huggins won exhibitor honors for “Sari.” Mollie Cutler won exhibitor honors for “Shadow Board.” 


In the Middle School category, with 205 images competing, Maharishi School students won four color photography awards. Derek Thatcher won the Grand Prize award for “Face in Leaves. Jhana Valentine won 3rd place for “Reflection. Honorable Mentions went to Tahra Wilkins for “Box Car” and to Jay Stewart to “Face in Stream.”


Texas A&M National High School Shoot-Out

In this national competition with 2,356 prints competing, our students won seven awards.


In color photography categories, Benji Jones won first place for “Looking at You,” and  Deena Thiel won 3rd place for “Blue Hair and Mirror.” Honorable Mentions went to Michael Dearborn for “Face through Glass,” to Delaney Narducci for “Girl with Red Heels,” to Benji Jones for “Girl with Colored Clothing,” to Ike Winkler for “Swirling Flowers,” and to Toby Briggs for “Ice Cream Drip.


In black and white categories, Honorable Mention awards went to Sheila Higgins for “Pump Room Door” and to Benji Jones for “Portrait of Sheila Higgins.”

and Recreation swim team.


Iowa High School Music Association

Two students were selected to play in the All-State Music festival as members of the All-State Orchestra.


Violinist Anjali Krystofiak was a member of the Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra and a three-time member of the OPUS Honor Choir. This will be her third year in the All-State Orchestra.


Violinist Lee Anne Blackmore was ranked “First in Center” during the audition at Fairfield High School. She has also been selected to play in the All-State Chamber Orchestra as well as the main orchestra.


Destination ImagiNation

Our students won eight state championship awards, beating the previous School record of seven championships, set in 2005. Two of the teams won additional honors at State: a DaVinci Award for creative risk taking and a Renaissance Award for outstanding design, engineering, execution, and performance.


The eight teams included 42 students who advanced to the Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over 8,000 students on 991 teams from nearly 50 states and 13 foreign countries took part in the international competition.


Our senior boys’ team won first place at Global Finals. The world championship team of Ace Boothby, Noah Caplan, Donnie Chell, Jake Gratzon, Tim Shaw, Owen Stowe and Newlin Wilkins also won a Renaissance Award in Knoxville.


Destination ImagiNation is the world’s largest creative problem solving competition for students.


Sports Achievements


Our Boys Team won the District Championship for the 14th time in the last 20 years. They made in to the Final Four at State for the 10th time, finishing with a 3rd place at state. In singles play, Ti Liptak ranked #6 in Iowa. In doubles play, District Doubles Champions Mehul Kar and Devon Jarvis ranked #5 in Iowa with a victory over team mates Cooper Rose and Owen Blake, who were District Doubles Runners-Up.


Our Girls Team won the District Team Championship thanks to singles victories for Sheila Higgins, Mollie Cutler, Angela Sickler and Leya Alderfer.  Leya Alderfer and Mollie Cutler won their doubles match to close out the District Championship.


Boys Basketball

Our Boys Team won their section of the 2007 Superconference Tournament with a 40-38 victory of Winfield-Mt. Union in exciting overtime play.


Track and Field

Our Girls Team won the 4 x 100 and medley relays in the Conference Tournament at Waco. For the second consecutive year, defending district champion Lanie Goldstein was a state qualifier in the 100-meter dash. For the Boys Team, the 4 x 800 team of David Boyle, Newell Allen, Atish Dey, and Peter Arnold placed first in the Cardinal meet and were Superconference Tournament runners-up.


Though the team graduated 9 seniors who propelled the team to a #6 state ranking in the previous season, our young team has a strong leader in Team Captain John DeAngelis. John won numerous medals during the spring 2007 season for the best score of the event in both match and tournament play.

Congratulations to everyone for such a successful year!



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