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Meet Our Remarkable Students and Staff

Meet Tiger and Chintana
04/04/2016
Great Start Preschooler Tiger Vongsoury is a remarkable example of what a child can accomplish through the Robbinsdale Area Schools’ Early Childhood Family Education, Family Literacy and Great Start Preschool programs.
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Meet Candace
03/21/2016
Candace Lewis, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, knows a thing or two about spelling. The Northport Elementary School fourth-grader won the Robbinsdale Area Schools District Spelling Bee in her grade category for the second year in a row.
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Meet Helen
03/14/2016
Helen Quan, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, has found a world of learning and friendship in the district’s Adult Academic Program.
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Meet David
03/07/2016
Some people might see lightning strike damage as a challenge, but when a bolt knocked out a weather station at Sandburg Middle School, science teacher David Reynolds saw an opportunity. Reynolds, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable staff members, raised donations for a replacement weather station, and embraced the potential of the Internet to share this very local weather data with others.
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Meet Michael
02/29/2016
Michael White, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, will represent Robbinsdale Cooper High School and the Robbinsdale Area Schools when he travels to compete in Lincoln-Douglas debate during the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament June 12-17 in Salt Lake City.
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Meet Niilante
02/23/2016
Niilante France, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, enjoys the work-based opportunities at the Robbinsdale Transition Center. “I have friends here,” Niilante said. “We do fun things.”
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Meet Èowyn
02/16/2016
If you’ve purchased a mug from Dunn Brother’s Coffee in the last few years, you may have some of Èowyn Quaintance’s artwork in your home or office already.
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Meet Kate
02/08/2016
As the result of Kate Fuller’s work and initiatives, the College Board’s Advanced Placement Capstone program will be implemented at Armstrong in 2016-17. Capstone is an innovative and engaging college-level program for high school students that complements and enhances discipline-specific AP courses.
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Meet Aidan
02/01/2016
For Robbinsdale Middle School eighth-grader Aidan Bimberg, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, math adds up. Aidan won the gold medal for the highest cumulative score for the season in Minnesota Jr. High Math League among the roughly 120 students who participated.
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Meet Stacy
01/25/2016
Sonnesyn Elementary School third-grader Stacy Moraa, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, takes an interest in ensuring that other students succeed in the classroom. The Student Council member worked with one of her classmates every day last year to help him with his reading skills.
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Meet Mark
01/18/2016
Mark Campbell, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, pushes himself on and off the basketball court. “I love basketball,” the FAIR School Crystal eighth-grader says. “I started four years ago, and I’ve progressed a lot.”
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Meet Issac
01/11/2016
Isaac Griffin-Wiesner, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, pushes himself as an athlete and academic. This Robbinsdale Cooper High School senior keeps busy both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Meet Heaven
01/04/2016
Heaven Shaw, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, loves music. She has taken this passion and started making her own soundtrack with Robbinsdale Middle School’s Beatz and Mindz DJ club, and always has headphones with her.
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Meet Rayna
12/14/2015
Rayna Nisswandt, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, likes the challenge of playing two musical instruments and singing in choir (but not at the same time, of course)
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Meet Megan
12/07/2015
Megan McCollom wanted to teach math. Taking a motor behavior class for her coaching minor changed that. “It’s really rewarding,” she says of her work with students overcoming physical disabilities. “There are those moments that really excite you – you can see kids taking steps, and progressing.”
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Meet Victoria
12/01/2015
Victoria Dalton, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, has found an outlet for self-expression in her school’s dance studio.
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Meet Tytiana
11/27/2015
Currently a student at the University of Winona, Tytiania is giving back to Robbinsdale Area Schools by teaching at the Youth Summit. Tytiania knows just how vital it is for students—especially middle school students—to have someone to help show them the way.
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Meet Jamarcus
11/24/2015
Jamarcus Clark graduated from Highview Alternative Program on Nov. 20, 2015. He overcame many obstacles to cross the stage and get his diploma, including losing a kidney to cancer his senior year at Cooper High School.
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Meet Nadrat
11/20/2015
This remarkable Armstrong High School freshman is already interested in civil rights and helping people who cannot help themselves. Born in Nigeria, Nadrat won the Human Rights Essay Contest at the school level when she was an eight-grader, and her essay advanced to the state level of competition.
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Meet Paola
11/13/2015
When Paola Disconzi came to the United States in June 2015, she knew where Minnesota was, and that was about it. The Plymouth resident didn’t know English, either, but set out to learn it. Five months later, the student has become a teacher, and recently finished the first session of Robbinsdale Area School Community Education’s “Italian for Travelers” class at Sandburg Learning Center.
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Meet Tanner
11/10/2015
“Somebody told me once that the busiest people are the ones who find the most time,” he says. “I don’t have a lot of time to waste, so I ‘m not used to wasting it. I jump from one thing to the next.” Armstrong senior Tanner Holte, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, has learned the value of using time wisely.
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Meet Josie
11/06/2015
In addition to shining in the classroom, Josie serves on the Student Council, and also brings the Neill Roadrunner mascot to life during pride assemblies. She and friends also formed a cheer squad to perform during those events – she enjoys responsibilities, embraces the role of an entrepreneur and says she wants to be a CEO someday.
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Meet Grace
11/03/2015
A dedicated actress, singer and scholar, Robbinsdale Armstrong High School senior Grace Busse is one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students. After falling in love with theatre at a young age, Grace has dedicated herself to performing, having been cast in all 10 Armstrong productions since her freshman year.
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Meet Lester
10/30/2015
The Northport Elementary School fourth-grader has read more than 60 books since the school year started. While he enjoys learning about the world through National Geographic books, he also reads for fun, citing Pokemon and the Magic Tree House series as favorites.
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Meet Arizbe
10/27/2015
At 10 years of age, Arizbe Cervantes-Huerta is already an advocate. Her 4th-grade teacher Mr. Schaupp says, “Arizbe is an awesome positive role model in the classroom. She is always polite and respectful and is a really hard worker. She brings a great attitude with her each and every day.”
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Meet LeVarn
10/23/2015
LeVarn Shelby III is a visible leader at his school. He speaks eloquently about Martin Luther King Jr. and the events of the epic march in 1965 that led to the Voting Rights Act. Passionate about his firsthand experiences in Selma, Alabama, he credits the Civil Rights Research Tour (CRRT) trips he has taken as being life-changing.
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Meet Sahro
10/20/2015
Fifth-grader Sahro Adan is known throughout Meadow Lake Elementary for her willingness to help anyone and everyone. Ms. Durand, Shahro’s 4th-grade teacher says, “Sahro exemplifies being a role model student here at Meadow Lake Elementary as she is respectful, responsible and an eager learner. Sahro is an extremely compassionate and inspiring student.”
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Meet Ani
10/13/2015
Blue ribbon science winner, Ani Tonoyan is one of Robbinsdale’s remarkable students. A seventh-grader at Plymouth Middle School, Ani took first place in the 77th annual Twin Cities Regional Science Fair for her project: "Turn that Noise Down: Finding the Best Sound Insulation." Her winning solution? Bubble wrap.
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Meet Darius
10/09/2015
A fifth-grader at Noble Elementary, Darius Larson is one of Robbinsdale Area School’s many remarkable students. He is a leader in the classroom who thinks globally: “I bet you didn’t know I was adopted from Lithuania when I was seven,” he says. Now a very grown-up 11 year old, Darius enjoys working on the computer and already has his own email address.
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Meet Thomas
09/23/2015
A leader on the gridiron and in the classroom, Thomas is one of Robbinsdale’s remarkable students. The Robbinsdale Armstrong High School senior committed to play football at the University of Minnesota during his junior year. Since the fourth grade, he’s worked hard to achieve on the field. Yet his drive doesn’t end at the goal line, he’s also a leader in the classroom who helps others through Relay for Life and LINK Crew. Armstrong’s football coach describes him as someone who leads by example, “Thomas is the first guy in the classroom and the last guy to leave. He is really a person who is all about everybody else.”
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Meet Blessing, 2015 Cooper High School grad
09/19/2015
With a passion for helping others that is as big as her smile, Blessing Ogunyemi is one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students. The 2015 Cooper High School grad headed to Johns Hopkins University this fall with hopes of exploring the public health field. This hospital volunteer has always had a passion for helping people. As a Link Crew member, she assists new freshmen navigate their way through a new high school environment.
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Meet Min
09/18/2015
Min is one of our remarkable Robbinsdale students. A sophomore at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Min-Hyung Choi earned the highest possible ACT score—a top composite score of 36—on his recent ACT test. Nationally, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.
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Meet Kelsey, 2015 Armstrong High School grad
09/17/2015
As a senior at Armstrong, Kelsey Sather was one of four Robbinsdale Area Schools students nominated for Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Region 6AA Academics, Arts, and Athletics (Triple "A”) Awards. In addition to her Triple “A” recognition, Kelsey also maintained a 4.0 GPA. By graduation, had she completed 11 Advanced Placement college-level courses. Since age 4, Kelsey has played the violin and has participated in the Minnesota State High School League Solo/Ensemble Contest for both choir and orchestra.
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