School board recognizes City of Champions

Eagan, Eastview high schools announce National Merit Scholars

District 196 school board recognizes state lacrosse champions from EHS

      The District 196 school board Oct. 9 recognized dozens of Eagan and Eastview high school students who achieved national academic recognition.
      Madeline Matsoff, of Eagan High School, was recognized as a 2017 National Achievement Award in Writing. The award is a competitive achievement bestowed by a national council of English teachers looking for the best high school writers in the country. Matsoff was one of three students in Minnesota to receive the award.
      The board also recognized the district’s National Merit Scholars, those students who score in the top 2.5% of students taking the PSAT. The district’s National Merit Scholars include:
Eagan High School: Viola El-Afandi, Landon Borges, Truman Brown, Jeffrey Chen, Thomas Edelman, Elsie Goren, Benned Hedegaard, Kendra Held, Nicholas Johnson, Benjamin Leiran, Jessica Lundquist, Maxwell Marshall, Madeline Matsoff, Dane Miller, Kennan Miller, Lars Olson, Theresa Passe, Reece Peters, Colette Sandborgh, Madeline Sandish, Quenton Steffen, Charles Stock, Christopher Weinberger and Anne J. Wong

Eastview High School: Ross Abram, Yasmin Afifi, Sauviz Alaei, Andrew Borg, Edmund Buscho, Tyler Dodge, Ada Erdahl, Keran Han, Jordan Homstad, Akarshna Iyer, Jordan Kennedy, Jackson Lee, Ethan Lord, Alexander Moon, Sarah Most, Namita Nair, Brandon Nguyen, Molly Olander, Alexander Pan, Benjamin Patterson, Viraj Rajanayagam and Bryant Ruff.

   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.” 

Eagan High School principal named to National Speech and Debate Association 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.”