School board recognizes City of Champions

High school principal named to speech and debate hall of fame

   Eagan High School principal Dr. Paulette (Polly) Reikowski has received national recognition for commitment to excellence in speech and debate.
     The District 196 school board recognized Reikowski for her induction into the National Speech and Debate Association’s Hall of Fame.
     “There is no question about it,” Mark Parr, the district’s director of secondary education, told the school board. “Polly Reikowski is the champion of champions for speech, debate, and performing arts in general.”
     The principal has been active in speech and debate since she was 14, Parr said. She began her teaching career at Rosemount High School before helping further speech and debate programs in the district at Apple Valley High School and as an assistant principal and principal at Eagan High School.
     Reikowski serves on the board of the national association and was named its Principal of the Year in 2014. She was one of five professionals nationwide inducted into the hall of fame.
     District 196 school board chair Jackie Magnuson called the honor “well-deserved.”

District 196 school board recognizes state lacrosse champions from EHS

   The District 196 school board started its meeting with a celebration this week, recognizing the Eagan High School boys’ lacrosse team for winning the state championship.
   The team was introduced by Eagan High School lacrosse coach Bob Felter, who was named Minnesota Coach of the Year for 2017 by the Minnesota State High School Boys Lacrosse Coaches Association.
   In his introduction of the team to the board, Felter described the exponential growth in popularity of lacrosse since he moved to Minnesota from Syracuse in 2000.
   “Back in the day, we had kids starting in ninth or tenth grade,” Felter said.  “Now…they’re starting in kindergarten.”
   “It’s the fastest growing sport in the country,” the coach said. “Let alone Minnesota.”