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MARCH 17, 2009 • ISSUE 28

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The winning mime team


“Untitled” by Avanish Kuntla


“Untitled” by Michael Corazza


“Untitled” by Sebastian Lacasse

Maharishi School Students Win Speech and Photography Awards

Maharishi School Mime Troupe
Wins Top Award at State Speech

A group mime performed by Maharishi School students won the top award in that category at the recent state speech association competition. “The Adventures of Miss Power and the Amazing Violet Velocity In: Dial ‘H’ for Hero!” received the IHSSA All State Critic’s Choice Award, which deems it the best group mime of 2009 in the state of Iowa. The 2009 Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival was held at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Six out of nine entries from Maharishi School 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.

The winning mime was developed by the performers and the coaches, Brendan Thomas and Alana Waksman. The performers were Essa Johnson, Angelia Mahaney, Paris Lamoureux, Caroline Fulcher, Pearl Sawhney, and Minna Mohammadi. Critics for the All-State Festival are chosen from across the state to judge each of the categories. At the end of the day, each critic from each respective category chooses his or her favorite performance of the day, thus awarding the Critic’s Choice Award to that performance and school and entrusting them with the banner to hang in their school for one year.

Maharishi School Students
Win International Photography Awards

Three Maharishi School students recently won awards at the 2009 Photography International Education Association (PIEA) International Photography Competition.

Winning honorable mention this year were Avanish Kuntla and Michael Corazza, while Sebastian Lacasse received an exhibitor award. This year, 114 schools entered 6,080 photos by 1,334 students from 10 countries. The 115 photographs that received recognition are featured in the touring exhibit, which began in Las Vegas on March 3, 2009, and will be touring the world for three years. The exhibit will be hosted by colleges, schools, arts organizations, galleries, and museums in Canada, Europe, Australia, China, South Africa, and the U.S.

“It’s a great honor that our students have placed in the PIEA exhibition,” said Greg Thatcher, who heads the Maharishi School art department. “This success reflects the students’ creativity and fundamental openness to the possibilities of photography.”

Over 150 photos, that were submitted by Maharishi School, are on exhibit at the Iowa State Bank on the Fairfield Square until the end of April.

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