Eight students accompanied Northwest Passage High School (NWPHS), Coon Rapids, advisers Brandi Greer, Leah Bauman-Smith and Theresa Boisjolie to the MAAP STARS annual competition the Ramada Inn – Mall of America in which some 400 students from schools throughout the state participate.
NWPHS students prepared by taking a class at school prior to the competition.
Students involved themselves in both individual and team events, including public speaking, audio-video promotion, team advertising, community service project, interviewing, entrepreneurship and parenting decision-making.
“The students did an excellent job representing NWPHS throughout the competition by putting forth their best efforts,” said Peter Wieczorek, NWPHS interim director. “The hard work and planning that went into the competition paid off.”
Kelliann Foster and Allie Nylund earned first place in audio video promotion for their video that promoted the service learning the students and staff of NWPHS have been a part of this entire school year.
Gabe Kotilnek and Ervin Buljubasik earned third place in the same category for a video they put together targeting students and parents who are looking to attend NWPHS.
The team of Alyssa Schuck, Bella Klever and Hannah Bavery made it to finals in the audio video category for their efforts in putting a promotional video together aimed at encouraging students to attend NWPHS.
All three videos appear on the school’s website at www.nwphs.org.
Students also did well in the public speaking category as well as employment interview with students making it to finals and semi-finals, Wieczorek said.
As a way to give back to the MAAP STARS organization, the students and staff at NWPHS volunteered to make the award plaques for the competition, 65 total.
According to Wieczorek, events students participate in require them to prepare a presentation to be presented in front of judge(s).
Often when they advance to semi-finals and the finals, students are required to present their work multiple times in front of judges, Wieczorek said.
To achieve success students have to be very poised, focused and prepared, he said.
“These were all qualities NWPHS students showed and were successful at,” Wieczorek said.