A team of students from Minnetonka West Middle School has earned its way to the National Science Bowl.

Minnetonka West’s Team 1 defeated Eden Prairie Central Middle School Team 1 last Saturday to claim the regional title at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

On the winning team were Alexander Schneider, Rory Cole, Julian Calder and Nathan Schneider. They were coached by teacher Frederick Stock.

Next up is the national competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and held from April 28 to May 2 in Chevy Chase, Md.

Last month, Edina won the high school regional and a trip to the National Science Bowl.

Paul Walsh


Safety patrol members get hot chocolate, Goldy

The Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation and the Gophers are teaming up for a “Day in the Life of a Safety Patroller” for the safety patrol program.

The event ran last week at Alice Smith Elementary in Hopkins, and will be at Countryside Elementary in Edina Feb. 22, according to AAA Minneapolis. The rundown includes hot chocolate and chatting with student athletes; then, the athletes and Goldy Gopher will accompany student patrollers on the job.

The student patrol program has thousands of members in more than 30,000 schools nationwide.

Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden and Caitlyn Jenner were all patrol members, according to AAA.

Beena Raghavendran


College fair season starts early in St. Paul

If you are in fifth grade, you are not too young to start thinking about college in St. Paul.

A 12th annual college fair for students and their families is set for Feb. 27 at Harding High on the city’s East Side.

JoAnn Clark, who founded the Thinking College Early Fair, said in a news release that she came up with the idea of a family-oriented event after attending traditional student-only college fairs and seeing students leave without important information to share with parents.

Families will have an opportunity to meet with college representatives and learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Middle school students also will have access to a new Career Exploration Zone covering farming and bricklaying — as well as possible futures in finance.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to students in grades 5-12.



Maple Grove seniors put on fundraiser for camp

The Maple Grove Senior High fundraising showcase next week strikes a personal chord for student Allie Rudin.

She has a neuromuscular disease and went to a camp run by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It costs about $800 to send one kid to camp; if a fundraiser could help other kids go, she said, “This would be a great way, I thought, to give back.”

So she and Connor Scheidler, both seniors and in the National Honor Society, have teamed up to chair a fundraising show.

Students are pitching in to perform, and the acts run the gamut, Rudin said: African stepping dance, a father-son duo and country solos.

The show has a suggested donation, and the evening includes a raffle. The performance is Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Beena Raghavendran