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MARCH 23, 2010 • ISSUE 73

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Essa Johnson with her mime award


Four students from the girls choral reading group: Grace Fernyhough, Chosie Titus, Eugenia Catherine Davis, Rachel Hathaway
(photo by Werner Elmker)


The Maharishi School science team: Yogita Singh, Pearl Sawhney, Minna Mohammadi

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The Maharishi School math team: Jacqueline Leete, Avery Travis, Kadie Roberts, Mickey DeAngelis, Avery Mullenneaux, Vinit Sunagar

Maharishi School Students Win Top Honors

Essa Johnson Wins Top Mime Award at State Competition

Maharishi School 10th-grader Essa Johnson recently won the Critic’s Choice banner, the top award, in the Solo Mime category at the annual Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival.

“The room just exploded in cheers when she was done,” said Brendan Thomas, who along with Laura and Tati Ticciati coached Essa and the other students who participated. This is the third year in a row that Maharishi School mime artists have won the top award.

Also making it to the final competition and performing at All-State was the Girls Choral Reading group. The Girls Acting Ensemble and the Boys Readers Theater received honorable mention.

“There are so many aspects of Maharishi School that I appreciate,” said Caty Titus, whose daughter performed in the Girls Choral Reading group. “Children learn two important qualities: they learn to value the Self, and the power that comes with that, and they learn that the world is their family.”

Science Team Honored in National Science Competition

Three Maharishi School students won honorable mention for their project about breast cancer detection in a national science competition that had 4,550 project entries submitted online. The award places the team’s project among the top 10% of all entries.

Now in its 18th year, Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science.

The team, Pearl Sawhney, Minna Mohammadi, and Yogita Singh, explored an innovative alternative breast cancer detection and treatment method using nanorobotics (microscopic robots).

“These students were very dedicated and focused,” said science teacher and team sponsor Mousumi Dey, M.D.

Math Team Earns Second in Math Competition

A Maharishi School math team recently won second place at the Mathcounts chapter-level competition in Ottumwa, Iowa, competing with about 50 middle school students from Southeast Iowa.

Students on the team were Vinit Suganur, Avery Travis, Mickey DeAngelis, and Avery Mullenneaux. The alternates were Kadie Roberts and Jacqueline Leete.

Vinit Suganur will represent Maharishi School at the State Competition in Des Moines on March 26. The students are coached by math teacher Barbara Hays.

Maharishi School Spring Fundraiser

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