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News from Prior-Lake Savage Area Schools

Twin Oaks student receives 2nd place in the World of 8 Billion video contest

Congratulations to Twin Oaks Middle School 8th grader, Darya Maksimov on winning 2nd place in the World of 8 Billion student video contest!

Darya is part of a select group of 18 winners worldwide, recognized in the 13th annual competition sponsored by Population Connection. Among 3,100 entries from 58 countries and 46 U.S. states and territories, her 60-second video stood out. Focusing on the challenges of Climate Migration, Health, and Invasive Species, contestants delved into the complexities of global population growth.

Darya's winning video was titled, "Better Outlooks for Vaccinations." She chose the health topic because she wanted to explore solutions to some of the challenges we face today around vaccines. She was shocked to learn that a top reason why people in the U.S. don’t get vaccines is because they are hesitant to, not due to lack of access or cost.

To view her video, click the link here: https://www.worldof8billion.org/video-winner/better-outlooks-for-vaccinations/

PLSAS celebrates the 2024 retirees

A "Beacon of Light!" ⛯

The 2024 District Retirement Celebration was held on Thursday, May 16 in the PLHS Activities Center, with 9 of the 2024 retirees in attendance.

Pictured (L to R): Laurie Davis-Friedges, Gina Schumacher, Julie Pyle, Maria Sullivan, Sasha Kuznetsov, Janet Olson, Kathryn Winkelman, Catherine Edwardh and Trode Jore.

Those retiring but unable to attend: Deb Beuch, Dave Boltz, Candi Jenkins, Mary Lezer, Lorrie Niemann-Pederson, Lori Nowacki, Linda Roach, and Kristi Tsahalis

 

PLSAS Honors Class of 2024 School Board Student Representative

During the Laker Pride section of the May 13 School Board meeting, Prior Lake High School Class of 2024 graduate Dan Bergan was honored for his service as the 2023-2024 PLSAS School Board Student Representative! His perspective, insight and ideas have been such a valuable addition to our district. Dan's parents were also in attendance to congratulate him as well!

In addition to being the School Board Student Representative, Dan also served on the PLHS Student Council. We want to recognize and thank him for the amount of time and dedication it took to serve the PLSAS community in both of these roles.

Thank you, Dan!

Pat Tasse named the 2024 Minnesota School Nutrition Association’s Hero Award Winner

PLSAS is thrilled to announce that Pat Tasse, the Five Hawks Elementary School Child Nutrition Site Manager, is the 2024 Minnesota School Nutrition Association’s Hero Award Winner!

Ross Larson, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) surprised Pat at Five Hawks this morning and presented her with balloons, flowers, a yard sign, and her award. Pat will also be recognized at MSNA’s annual conference this summer.

Pat has been praised for her work at the school in growing fresh produce in a Tower Garden with a hydroponic tank using only water. She works closely with a group of students who are responsible for planting, germinating, watering, and harvesting the vegetables that are then served to students during lunch.

Annaliese Cundiff named 2024 Athena Award winner

Prior Lake High School senior, Annaliese Cundiff, is the recipient of the 2024 Athena Award.  The Athena Award is given to one senior female athlete from each participating school who has distinguished herself in special individual athletic achievement or superior achievements in one or more sports.

Annaliese has participated on the PLHS Swim & Dive, and Track & Field teams for the past four years where she earned a Varsity letter in both sports in each one of those years. She has achieved 11 diving records and holds the Section 2AA diving record! She was also named captain of both teams during her senior year. Annaliese has been a Board Scholar for the past three years, and is also on the National Honors Society.  Annaliese will be honored at the Athena Awards luncheon on May 3 where she will be presented with the award in recognition of her effort and dedication to athletics.

After high school, Annaliese plans to attend the Air Force Academy where she will be a member of the Dive team while majoring in Political Science and minoring in German.