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Maharishi School Achievements 2007-2008

School Achievements

National Merit Scholarship Program Honors:

Commended: Dominca Borg


National Geographic Society 2008 Iowa Geographic Bee


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 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.


Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair Competition

Maharishi School students won five prizes at the Senior Division of the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair Competition. Four students from Maharishi School competed in the Senior Division against some of the best students in the state of Iowa who have been working on their projects for at least four years at the University of Iowa/Iowa State University labs. A total of 217 students attended with 171 exhibits. There were 39 exhibits at the senior level, mostly by seniors and juniors, Upward Bound, and TAG students. This was the first year of participation in the senior division for Maharishi School students. These students also were selected to attend the State Science Fair at Ames on March 28 and 29.


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.


State Science and Technology Fair

Maharishi School students received nine top awards at the Iowa State Science Fair 2008, including two Best of Category awards. There were three projects entered in the senior division and one project entered in the junior division.

In addition, each year two freshman students are awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the 2008 International Science and Engineering Fair in Georgia. This year, Maharishi School students Atreya Dey, Raph Burne, as well as Dr. Mousumi Dey, their sponsoring teacher, attended the conference in May. 

Achievements in the Arts

2008 Congressional Arts Competition
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. There were 146 pieces entered from the 2nd District of Iowa.
The first-place winning work, "Foot Soles" by Elysia Belilove, was displayed in the “Cannon Tunnel Gallery” of the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. representing Iowa for one year. The Honorable Mentions will be hung in the Iowa District Offices of Congressman Dave Loebsack, representing Maharishi School for one year.


Destination ImagiNation
Two Destination ImagiNation Teams at Maharishi School won first place at the State competition in Ames. Both Senior level boys’ teams went on to compete at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 20-25. Two teams also received "The Spirit of DI" Award, one for being great role models for the younger students and the other for not giving up in the face of adversity.


2008 Southeast Iowa 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 Maharishi Upper School Photography teacher is Mrs. Carolyn L. Waksman, and the Maharishi Middle and Upper School Art teacher is Mr. Greg Thatcher.


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

Maharishi Upper School Photography students, taught by Mrs. Carolyn L. Waksman, won five national awards at the 2008 Texas A&M University-Commerce Third Floor Photographic Society National High School Shoot-Out. 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 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.


Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Competition

Maharishi School Senior David Boyle brought home the State Banner for Solo Mime. David triumphed over 17 other top competitors in the solo mime category with his first-place performance of "The Joy of Skiing" at the competition. Mime judge Brian Begley praised David's performance saying, "I'd like to have you on my fencing team because you have amazing control of your body. You are a gifted natural and I can't believe you've never done mime before."


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.


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!



Congratulations to everyone for such a successful year!

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