Defining Excellence | National Recognition and Student Achievement


  • Edina Public Schools continues to be a state and national leader, evidenced by its numerous recognitions from organizations such as U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek and more. Additionally, students continue to receive individual and team recognition for their achievements in academics, fine arts and athletics.

    2017-18 Achievements

    Student Recognition

    Students receive certificates of distinction from women in technology group

    Two Edina High School sophomores have received Certificates of Distinction from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

    Fifth grader places second at national chess tourney

    What started with an after school activity has grown into a passion for a Cornelia fifth grader, and a successful one at that. Marshall Tsai recently earned a very large trophy at a national chess tournament.

    Peace Award presented to Edina High School senior

    Edina High School senior Adrian Lampron received the 2018 Rose Rees Peace Award from the National Council of Jewish Women- Minnesota at a ceremony April 25.

    24 receive awards at national Latin competition

    Edina High School students turned in all levels of "cum laude" scores on the recent Latin National Exam. Thirty-five students represented EHS in the competition; 24 of them received awards.

    Third consecutive EHS senior receives prestigious Jefferson Scholarship to attend University of Virginia

    Edina High School senior Ben Gustafson has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia. He is one of 36 recipients worldwide, selected through a rigorous process and from among nearly 2,000 nominated students.

    Students, volunteers recognized for contributions to community

    Three Edina High School seniors and two school district volunteers -- and their four-legged partners -- were recently honored at the City of Edina's annual volunteer Recognition Reception at Braemar Golf Club.

    Edina Robotics team competes at FIRST World Championships

    The Green Machine, Edina High School's robotics team, competed at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit April 25-28, and has already qualified for world competition next year.

    Edina ninth grader receives state department scholarship for language study abroad

    Eliza Price, a ninth grader at Edina High School, has been awarded a full scholarship by the Department of State to study in China for six weeks this summer.

    EHS students qualify for international DECA competition

    Twelve Edina High School (EHS) students will compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 21-24 in Atlanta. They finished with scores in the top three out of 60 in state competition in early March.

    EHS economics team heads to national semifinal competition

    Edina High School’s (EHS) National Economics Challenge team won the statewide challenge April 11 at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, earning a trip to national semifinal competition.

    EHS senior receives women in computing award

    Aarathi Garimella, a senior at Edina High School (EHS), is one of 13 young women in the state to receive a Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and their local partner, the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence.

    EHS robotics teams heads to state, world competitions

    The Edina High School (EHS) robotics team has qualified for World and State Championships and received several awards at two recent regional competitions. Team 1816, is part of the EHS Green Machine robotics club.

    9th Grade Repertory Orchestra selected to perform at Orchestra Hall

    The Edina High School (EHS) 9th Grade Repertory Orchestra will perform on stage at Orchestra Hall on Monday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. The honor comes as a result of their outstanding performance at the recent Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) Middle Level String Festival.

    Fidler named EHS Athena Award winner

    Edina High School senior Loli Fidler has been named the 2017 Athena Award recipient. The award is presented to one female student athlete each year and is based on excellence in individual sports and/or participation and accomplishments in team sports. 

    Music Listening Team heading to state

    The Music Listening Team from Edina High School (EHS) swept the Region 8 tournament on Jan. 19, winning first and second place trophies.

    EHS, South View students chosen for honors jazz ensemble

    Nine students from Edina High School (EHS) and South View Middle School (SVMS) have been selected to be part of the Minnesota Band Directors Association State Honors Jazz Bands that will perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic.

    Latin Club earns eight medals in competition

    Six Edina High School students earned eight medals at the recent Ludi Romani state Latin competition at Minnehaha Academy, Jan. 13. 

    Orchestra students to perform at state convention

    Three Edina High School (EHS) ninth graders have been selected to perform with an honors orchestra at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) convention.

    Triple 'A,' ExCEL Award recipients announced

    Four Edina High School (EHS) students are recipients of two annual awards through the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). The awards are a collaboration between the League and local schools. 

    EHS Thespians selected for international festival performance

    Edina High School (EHS) Thespians have been invited to perform on the main stage at the nation’s leading high school theatre festival. The International Thespian Festival (ITF) is produced by the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and will take place June 25-30 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

    EHS yearbook receives recognition

    The 2017 edition of the Edina High School yearbook has been awarded a Gold Medal ranking by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The Whigrean (formerly called Windigo) was judged in categories of Verbal, Visual and Reference elements and received a score placing them in the highest medal category.

    EHS senior selected to perform at Disney World, Carnegie Hall

    Anand Mittal, an Edina High School senior, has been selected to perform with two prestigious musical ensembles at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Nov. 29, and at Carnegie Hall in New York, Feb. 4. Later this month, Anand will join 609 students from 49 states and territories in performances for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles

    EHS grads out-perform state, national peers in college readiness benchmarks

    Edina High School graduates are well prepared for post-secondary options, averaging scores 22.3 percent higher than the state average and 25.2 percent higher than national peers, according to the 2017 College Readiness Report recently released by ACT. EHS students earned an average ACT composite score of 26.3, compared to the state average of 21.5 and national average of 21.0. A perfect score is 36.

    31 EHS students named National Merit Commended Students

    Edina Public Schools is pleased to announce that 31 Edina High School seniors have been named National Merit Commended Students. They are among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition.

    Five EHS seniors named National Hispanic Scholars

    The College Board has named five Edina High School seniors National Hispanic Scholars. Students qualify for the recognition by achieving a score that is in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic/Latino students who took the PSAT in their junior year.

    16 EHS students named National Merit Semifinalists

    The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced that 16 Edina High School seniors have been named 2018 semifinalists. The EHS students are among 300 semifinalists from Minnesota and about 16,000 in the nation, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

    MCA scores help inform District continuous improvement efforts

    Edina Public Schools (EPS) continues to be academically one of the highest performing districts in the state, according to the 2017 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) results, which the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released Monday.

    District Recognition

    Fourth school in district receives Energy Star certification

    Countryside Elementary School has received Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    EHS again receives Gold Medal status, moves up a notch in U.S. News rankings

    Edina High School ranks No. 3 among non-charter public high schools ibn Minnesota according to the 2018 rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

    EPS receives MDE School Finance Award for 13th consecutive year

    Edina Public Schools (EPS) has received a School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for the 13th consecutive year. It recognizes schools that meet statutory deadline for submission of audited fiscal financial data and reporting criteria.

    District given clean financial audit report for 2016-17

    Edina Public Schools has received a positive report on its annual financial audit, which was presented to and approved by the School Board at the Oct. 23 meeting. Auditors issued an “unmodified opinion” on the district’s financial statements for the 2016-17 school year, which means no corrections were needed.

    EPS Orchestra program recognized with Meritorious Award by MNSOTA

    The Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) has recognized Edina Public Schools’ (EPS) orchestra program with the 2017 Meritorious Orchestra Program Award. The award honors a school or program that has “made significant contributions to string education in the state.” Currently there are almost 700 students districtwide in the orchestra program, including 185 fifth graders, 320 in the middle schools, and 190 at Edina High School.

    Teacher/Staff Recognition

    Teachers honored by former students at Cornell University event

    Edina High School teachers Dan Baron and Jodi Ramirez were honored by former students at the Merrill Presidential Scholars Convocation at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, May 22-23.

    Palmer honored with Young Band Director Award

    Megan Palmer, South View Middle School instrumental music teacher, was surprised when several people walked on stage during last week's eighth grade concert. They were there to present her with the Minnesota Young Band Director Award.

    Brott receives professional leadership award

    Susan Brott, director of communications and community engagement for Edina Public Schools, has been named the recipient of the Dawn K. McDowell Award by the Minnesota School Public Relations Association.

    Highlands physical education teacher receives national grant

    Julie Mickschl, physical education teacher at Highlands Elementary, will receive one of 10 national Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart (JRFH/HFH) grants from the Society of Health and Physical Educators America (SHAPE). 

    Two EPS staff named TIES Exceptional Teachers

    Two teachers from Edina Public Schools (EPS) will be honored as TIES Exceptional Teachers during the TIES annual Education Technology Conference, Dec. 9-12. Tim Berndt, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teacher at Edina High School and Valley View Middle School, and Jessica Schmidt, kindergarten teacher at Normandale Elementary School, will be recognized for effectively and creatively using technology to engage their students and personalize learning, as well as mentoring and encouraging colleagues to do the same.

    Countryside teacher honored for work with deaf/hard of hearing students

    Hawley Mathieson, a districtwide teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), has been honored by Minnesota Hands & Voices for going “above and beyond” and for her impact on learners. She was presented a High Five Award at a special second grade gathering at Countryside Elementary School on Oct. 16.

    Chef Velarde brings home bronze from farmers market competition

    Chef Robert Velarde, the culinary expert at Concord Elementary School, created an award-winning meal at the 3rd Annual St. Paul Farmers Market Competition last month. Velarde was awarded a Bronze Medal from a field of about 25 competitors at the event, which was sponsored by the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and is a Worldchefs-sanctioned competition.

    EPS communications department recognized for excellence

    The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has presented Edina Public Schools’ communications department with eight awards, recognizing outstanding work in five categories of publication and electronic media communications.

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