Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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6/12/14 > Congratulations to Taylor Minger, 10, for her great showing at the state golf tournament!
10th grader Taylor Minger got a 97/84 at Bunker in the state tournament she tied for 59th out of 88 golfers. Her 13 stroke 2nd day turn around was great and showed a lot of character and determination.
6/09/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS State Track Participants!
Allison Gerads – 2nd Place – Long Jump – 18’2”
4x100 meter Relay – 9th Place – 50.38 – Tanya Horton, Allison Gerads, Diana Glebova, Miatta Flemister-Smith
Also competed: Diana Glebova – 800m; 4x200m Relay – Tamera Neely, Tanya Horton, Miatta Flemister-Smith, Allison Gerads

Jeremy Johnson – STATE CHAMPION – High Jump – 6’6”
Jonathan Johnson – 9th Place – Long Jump – 21’1.25”
4x200 meter Relay – 7th Place – 1:38.90 – Preston Blake, Trevor Long, Sam King, Derick Sneh

Way to go Rebels!
6/03/14 > Congratulations to 41 CPHS Student Journalists honored by the Minnesota State High School Press Association for being Outstanding Journalists and Outstanding Scholars.
Contratulations to 41 student journalists being honored by the Minnesota State High School Press Association for being outstanding journalists and outstanding scholars. Congratulations to all North Star Editors, North Star Journalists, and Distinguished Journalists.

Keanu Voravongsy
Jamie Weekley
Maggie Andreen
Nick Hayes
Briana Johnson
Brenna Quinn
Ashley Rosen
Jordyn Baker
Frankie Behr
Max Biegert
Nick Bunde
Maggie Cragg
Nicole Dockendorf
Anna Garrison
Rachel Jacobson
Katie Johnson
Kelsey Jonason
Alyssa Leshovsky
Macy McLaughlin
Roxanne Modrow
Gage Monson
Brock Puchalski
Cassie Sandberg
Keara Seidel
Taylor Severn
Emily Stoll
Smantha Zaugg
Rachel Thell
Elise Nikolic
Jessica Willis
Cassie Meyer
Abbey Tizzano
Jacob Walters
Mario Zona
Danny Eggerichs
Ashley Hall
Marjie McNamara
Mariya Sampson
6/02/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS Girls Track State Qualifiers!
Girls Track State Meet qualifiers Friday June 6th and Saturday June 7th;

Diana Glebova 800 Meter Run-New School Record time 2:18.79

4x100 Meter Relay-New School Record time 49.28
Allison Gerads-9, Diana Glebova-9, Tanya Horton 10, Miatta Flemister Smith-10   Alternates Madysen Olson-9, and Tamera Neely 10

4x200 Meter Relay- 1:44.86
Tamera Neely, Miatta Flemister-Smith, Tanya Horton-10, Allison Gerards-9   Alternates Madysen Olson-9 and Awele Nwaokolo-10

Allison Gerads-Long Jump 18’7.25” New all-time Section 5AA Record

Everyone will participate Friday morning starting at 9am Hamline University.
6/02/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS Boys State Track Qualifiers!
4x200 meter relay: Preston Blake, Trevor Long, Sam King, Derick Sneh – New School Record – 1:29.39
High Jump: Jeremy Johnson – New School Record – 6’7”
Long Jump: Jonathon Johnson – Section Champ – 22’3”
5/30/14 > Congratulations to Taylor Minger who qualified for the State Golf Tournament!
Taylor Minger qualified for the State Golf Tournament yesterday at Northfork.  She placed 5th in section with an 83/86 and will be representing Champlin Park At Bunker in the State Golf Tournament June 10/11--Congratulations and good luck Taylor.
5/30/14 > Congratulations to Allison Gerads for breaking the section record and qualifying for State in the Long Jump!
Allison Gerads-9 qualified for the State Track Meet winning the long jump, breaking the all-time section record, with a jump of 18’ 7 1/4”.

Way to go Allison and good luck at State!
5/28/14 > Congratulations to Taylor Minnger and Megan Munneke NWSC All Conference Golf!

Congratulations to Taylor Minnger, 10th grade and Megan Munneke, 8th grade for being named All Conference for Golf. Taylor and Megan have also qualified for the 2nd round of sections!

5/27/14 > Congratulations to the May Students of the Month!
Sean Amegashie - FACS
Noah Bouley - Business
Pa Houa Chang - Language Arts
Joe Gitenya - Career/Technical Education
Bryn Hatten - World Language
Kyla Hudson - Social Studies
Will Jacott - Physical Education
Valentine Kamara - Administration
Brandon Kost - Guidance
Tony Langevin - Tech Ed
Grant McCollor - Math
Hellen Nakaweesa - Reading
Stephanie Nelson - Health
Brandon Nguyen-Calkins - Visual Arts
Fayera Terfa - ESL
Mackenzie Turner - Music
Alexa Vorderbruggen - Science
Alec Wieker - Science
5/19/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS President's Volunteer Service Award Recipients!

August Bengtson
Amanda Van De Ligt
Sydney Downing
Peter Scheller
Brittany Ferguson
Rebecca Vassar
Stephanie Surma
Kara Nelson
Maricela Melgar Flores
Belinda Huang
Erin Daehn
Moinjama Dudu
Elise Nikolic
Annika Patton
Abigail Bekhit
Samantha Packer
Amber Westlund
Iftuu Shato
Viktar Pisarchyk
Cassandra DeAzevedo
Shauna Ling
Samantha Proctor
Adan Holm

The attached picture is of the Senior recipients. Way to go!
5/14/14 > Congratulations to Brandon Rushmeyer! Brandon was nominated for the WCCO and Aspire Beverage Athlete of the Week!

Congratulations! Brandon Rushmeyer, baseball standout at Champlin Park High School, was selected as a semi-finalist for this week's ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.

The ONLINE POLL is now open and people can vote ONCE PER DAY until 3pm on Friday.

4/30/14 > Congratulations to Cassie DeAzevdo and Emily Leseman the March & April Jefferson Award Recipients!
The Jefferson Award is given to students in recognition of their volunteer service to the community.
Congratulations to Cassie and Emily!
4/30/14 > Congratulations to the 2014 Academic Letter Recipients!
4/28/14 > Congratulations to CPHS Staff who have 25+ Years of Service in the District

4/21/14 > Congratulations to the April Students of the Month!
Zinash Ararson - ESL
Anne Atkins - Administration
Chance Harmon - Visual Arts
Katherine Hirsch - Language Arts
Tanya Horton - Math
Laura Katchmark - Guidance
Lizeth Manzanarez - Physical Education
Maria Nguyen - Career/Technical Education
Nikki Nguyen - Music
Kiana Packer - Science
Diane Pham - Reading
Mark Ruprecht - Social Studies
Travis Schluter - Business
Christian Sibri Uchupelli - Health
Tyler Stotz - Tech Ed
Emmanuel Wehyee - FACS
Josh Woodley - World Language
4/03/14 > Congratulations to the 2014 Wallin Scholarship Recipients from CPHS!
Wallin Education Partners is pleased to announce our 2014 scholarship recipients from Champlin Park High School:

Matthew Gamber (Wallin Scholar)
Aliyah Jones (Wallin Scholar)
Selena Khori ( Wallin Scholar)
Zacharie Konicek ( Enterprise Scholar)
Gabrielle McCabe ( Ameriprise Financial Scholar)
Aarinola Okelola (Wallin Scholar)
Mitchell Rue (NorthStar Education Finance Scholar)
Mark Ruprecht (Enterprise Scholar)
Alex Wachowiak ( Wallin Scholar)

Please congratulate these students on this recognition of their hard work and commitment to academic excellence!
4/03/14 > CPHS student, Annalise Lamberty, is honored for her short film Variegated!

Click on the link below to see the complete story.

4/02/14 > Congratulations to the March Students of the Month!
Corey Armstrong - Administration
Pierce Boder-Szarkowski - Science
Sammi Chen - Visual Arts
Calvin Duane - Math
Moinjama Dudu - Tech Ed
Malik Fannoun - World Language
Vera Kindruk - Health
Charles Kovacovich - Career/Technical Education
Annalise Lamberty - Language Arts
Caleb Sutton - Social Studies
Alisa Thor - Business
Grant Udstrand - Physical Education
David Urvig - FACS
Josh Wilson - Guidance
Grace Wojciechowski - Music
Jonathan Yee - Career/Technical Education
Jizzel Zuniga-Fierro - Reading
Jizzel Zuniga-Fierro - ESL
4/02/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS Speech Team! Six students qualified for State!
We had 6 students (4 entries) on the Speech team qualify for State this past Friday! This is the first time in recent Champlin Park history that we have had this many Speech Students Qualify!

Attending State and Placements:
Dramatic Duo: Sam Loidolt and Mark Ruprecht - 1st place; Maddie Brey and Kyla Hudson - 3rd place
Discussion: Erika Guether - 2nd place
Original Oratory: Wesley Shirola - 1st place

Also made it to the final rounds and was awarded:
Great Speeches - Cameron Delaney, 5th place
Poetry - Ahmed Bah, 4th place

Way to go Rebels!!
3/21/14 > Congratulations to Annika Patton and Adam Holm, Recipients of the Jefferson Award!
Jefferson Award - We are proud to announce the January and February recipients of the Jefferson Award at Champlin Park HS.  The January award winner was Annika Patton who was nominated for her commitment to volunteering at Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy in their Media Center where she has been volunteering on a regular basis for the past two years.  The February award was presented to Adam Holm.  Adam received his training at age 15 to be a ski patrol and has volunteered over 200 hours in the past year to volunteer as a park patrol and ski patrol.  His service has been invaluable to the Three Rivers Park District.

The Jefferson Award is presented to a deserving Champlin Park student on a monthly basis to recognize service to the community.  Congratulations to Annika and Adam.  If you are interested in nominating a student for the Jefferson Award, please contact Jane Hansen at
3/18/14 > Congratulations to our BPA Students who competed at State! Three Students will Move on to Compete Nationally!
CPHS sent 12 BPA students to compete at the state competition with fantastic results!

Charles Kovacovich - 1st in Banking and Finance
Jonathan Yee - 1st in Fundamentals of Spreadsheet
Alisa Thor - 2nd in Keyboarding Production
Jonathan Yee - 5th in Keyboarding Production
Sarah Engwall - 8th in Advanced Interview Skills

Charles, Jonathan and Alisa have advanced to the National level in Indianapolis April 30 - May 5. The competition in these events are the toughest, with the most people competing. To advance is an amazing feat on their part! Way to go Rebels!

Good Luck at Nationals!
3/07/14 > CPHS Leo Club is featured in the Sun Press News!
3/03/14 > Congratulations to the February Students of the Month!
Francesca Behr - FACS
Cassandra DeAzevedo - Guidance
Max Hals - Health
Hayley Hargroder - Math
James Hossalla - Tech Ed
Aaron Hunsinger - Administration
Trung Le - ESL
Lydia MacDonald - Music
Ikenna Nwosu - Business
Esther Okelola - World Language
Zach Peterson - Physical Education
Cindy Pham - Reading
Erica Phillips - Social Studies
Emily Pincus - Science
Ryan Traczyk - Business
Dustin Wahlqujist - Career/Technical Education
Meghan Walz - FACS
3/03/14 > Champlin Park High School Earns Jostens National Yearbook Design Recognition for the 10th Year in a Row!

Champlin Park High School Earns Jostens National Yearbook Design Recognition for the 10th Year in a Row!

(March, 2014) - Champlin Park High School's yearbook has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

The Rebelation was created by yearbook student staff members under the direction of Dr. Liz Keeling, Champlin Park High School yearbook adviser.

The Rebelation was one of only 426 yearbooks selected from approximately 3,000. The 2014 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 352-page 2014 Look Book.

Way to go Rebels!

2/25/14 > Congratulations to Senior, Ben McBroom who will be competing at the State Swim Championships in the 50 Freestyle!
Way to go Ben!

The State Tournament will be held Feb 28 & March 1st at the U of M Aquatic Center.
2/24/14 > Congratulations to CPHS Gymnastics!
This is our first time in the school's history to qualify to the Team State Finals, our first Year to earn our Conference Championship, and the first year to Have 2 girls win the All-Conference All-Around! Congratulations Taylor Guckeen and Liz Hammond! Congratulations to Amanda Cunningham, Casey Rieschl, Liz Hammond, and Taylor Guckeen for earning All-conference Honors! Congratulations Champlin Park High School Gymnastics Team!
2/24/14 > Congratulations to CPHS BPA Regional Winners
1st Place:  Sarah Engwall, Advanced Interview Skills; Charles Kovacovich, Banking and Finance; Kirsten Sanghera, Keyboarding; Megan Atchinson, Kelli Heytens, Sydney Goodman & Ashley Groenke, Video Production Team

2nd Place:  Muktar Ahmed, Advanced Interview Skills; Danny Eggerichs, Banking and Finance; Kelly Castillo, Entrepreneurship; Kirsten Sanghera, Business Meeting Mgmt;  Katie Elder, Maddie Scheinost, & Kristi Swennes, Web Site Design Team

3rd Place:  Alisa Thor, Keyboarding; Rose Gblee, Advanced Interview Skills; Kelli Heytens, Extemp Speech; Katie Elder, Business Meeting Management; Maddie Scheinost, Project Mgmt; Charles Kovacovich, Gage Boock, Brock Matthiesen, & Jack Flood, Broadcast News Production; Brittany Zavala, Kelly Castillo & Sarah Engwall, Small Business Mgmt Team

4th Place:  Sydney Goodman, Administrative Support Concepts; Oblayon Nyemah, Prepared Speech; Jack Flood, Management, Marketing, HR

5th Place:  Jonathan Yee, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications; Jonathan Yee, Keyboarding

6th Place:  Jack Flood, Graphic Design Promotion; Kirsten Sanghera, Human Resource Management

7th Place:  Charles Kovacovich, Financial Math & Analysis; Kelly Castillo, Business Meeting Mgmt

8th Place:  Cole Groebner, Banking and Finance; Gage Boock, Financial Math & Analysis;  Ricardo Cortes-Gordilla, PC Servicing & Troubleshooting
2/14/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS Gymnastics team for qualifying for the State Competition!
Congratulations CPHS Gymnastics! The team will be competing at the state meet next Friday 2/21at 6:00 PM at the University of MN Sports Pavilion.
2/13/14 > CPHS Basketball Senior Captains' Brennan Witt and Ian Smith are the feature story on Channel 12 News.

Congratulations Brennan and Ian.  Way to be leaders on and off the court!

2/13/14 > Congratulations to Tori Odhiambo who moved up to the Finalist Level for the National Achievement Scholarship Program!

2/07/14 > Congratulations to Anson Kuznik who qualified for the State Alpine Ski Meet!

Congratulations to Anson Kuznik who qualified for the State Alpine Ski Meet which will be held Wednesday, February 12th at Giants Ridge in Biwibik, MN.
2/06/14 > Congratulations to the 2014 Snow Days Talent Show Winners!
1st Place: Alexis Tyler, Singing and Playing Piano to "Let Her Go"

2nd Place: Princess Onyemeh-Sea, Malaika Paye, and Joecelia Dalmieda, Dancing to a Medley

3rd Place: Michael Demps, Tay Hollie, and Myles Okusanya, Original Rap Space Coast
2/06/14 > Congratulations to Shannon Wald who earned a trip to the Nordic Ski State Tournament!
Congratulations to Shannon Wald who earned a trip to the Nordic Ski State Tournament with yesterday’s Section results.  The state meet will be next Thursday Feb. 13th at Giants Ridge in Biwibik, MN.
2/05/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS Students who signed National Letters of Intent on February 5th to play D1 or D2 Sports!

Congratulations to the CPHS Students who signed National Letters of Intent on Feb. 5th to play D1 or D2 Sports!

Kelli Heytens - Soccer, Concordia St. Paul, Sam Zaugg - Soccer, University of Sioux Falls, Jason Anderson - Football, U of M Duluth, Matt Juneau - Football, U of M Duluth, Sydney McClain - Soccer - University of Green Bay, Kipp Youngquist - Baseball - Winona State
1/29/14 > Congratulations to the the Jefferson Award Winners!
September - Kara Nelson
October - Brittany Ferguson
November - Amber Westlund
December - Samantha Packer
January - Annika Patton
1/22/14 > Congratulations to Alexis Alexander on shooting her 1000th point!
Congratulations to Alexis Alexander, CPHS Senior point guard, on shooting her 1000th point last night vs. Maple Grove!
1/21/14 > Congratulations to the January Students of the Month!
Eze Amajuoyi - Physical Education
Lydia Brekke - Science
Tyra Crushshon - Math
Calvin Duane - World Language
Ashely Ezell - Administration
Callie Hansen - Music
Wajahma Kwia - Health
CeeShia Lee - Reading
Amber Meister - Business
Natalie Montgomery - Guidance
Bradley Moonga - Social Studies
Brandon Ochia - Tech Ed
Malaika Paye - Language Arts
Sydney Stordahl - Business
Valerie Swendsen - Visual Arts
Amanda Von Xay - Career/Technical Education
Joel Weayee - ESL
Melanie Yang - Visual Arts
1/15/14 > Congratulations to the 2014 Snow Days Royalty!
Brooke Auer
Cameron Delaney
Ashani Fulford
Katie Halek
Ellie Lawler
Wilhlemina (Mina) Warner
Annette Williams
Kayla Wright

Jason Anderson
Michael Borrell
Danny Eggerichs
Matthew Juneau
Tony Kuznik
Ikenna Nwosu
Ryan Rodeback
Brennan Witt

Lawrine Borbor & Jeremy Johnson

Awele Nwaokolo & Sam Goodman

Ariana Johnson & Cameron Witt
1/13/14 > Congratulations to the CPHS Debate Team on their performance at the section tournament!
CPHS Debate Team had a nice showing at the section tournament on Friday and Saturday. Calvin McMahon took 4th in LD, and is now heading to the state tournament this weekend as a freshman. In addition, the PF team of Greg LeDray and Annalise Lamberty qualified for the second year in a row. The state tournament is this Friday and Saturday at this University of Minnesota.
12/16/13 > Congratulations to the December Students of the Month!
Mikayla Baker - Guidance
Maddie Brey - Social Studies
Sarah Engwall - Career/Technical Education
Rachel Johnson - World Language
Breanna Johnson-Englert - Administration
Trevor Kiminski - Physical Education
Cornelius Kollie - ESL
Cordero McMillon - Business
Jessica Mrugala - Reading
Mia Osgood - Tech Ed
Anna Peterson - FACS
Austin Pham - Science
Kelly Shin - Math
Alexis Slavik - Music
Mario Swain - Health
Jeffrey Wehlage - Language Arts
12/10/13 > Congratulations to the Hardware Hank “Nuts & Bolts” Athlete of the Week:Hannah Goettl, junior, Champlin Park girls’ hockey.  

Right now, she's the best…and she showed why last week. In two shutout wins, Hannah made 52 saves. On the season, Goettl has a state-best 1.36 GAA and a .964 save percentage.

Be sure to check out the write up on Hannah @

Way to go Hannah!

11/25/13 > Congratulations to the November Students of the Month!
Triston Auginosh - Career/Technical Education
Austin Bacon - Tech Ed
Kalib Buesing - Reading
Payao Chang - Visual Arts
Tristan Frink - Administration
Bryant Huang - Music
Nick Jackson - Math
Garret Kallemeyn - FACS
Aaron Kloeppner - Physical Education
Giovanna Kruyer - Visual Arts
Alysa Lutzke - Science
Zach McComas - Tech Ed
Zaria Morgan - Guidance
Megan Oldroyd - Social Studies
Lexi Owens - World Language
Brandon Oxley - Health
Jessica Sunde - ESL
Alec Weis - Language Arts
Jonathan Yee - Business
11/18/13 > Congratulations to the Anoka-Hennepin PI Adapted Soccer Team on their 3rd Place Finish at State!
Congratulations to all the participants. Way to go Mustangs!!!
11/18/13 > Congratulations to Kipp Youngquist who signed a National Letter of Intent to Play Baseball for Winona State!
Way to go Kipp. Good Luck next year at Winona!
11/14/13 > Congratulations to the 9 CPHS Students who were selected for the ACDA State Honors Choir!
Lanja Andriamihaja
Allison Kuehn
Nicholas Lulloff
Lydia Macdonald
Nikki Nguyen
Matt Nyaribo
Taylor Sloat
Grace Wilson
Aurora Xiong

Way to go Rebels!
11/13/13 > Congratulations to the CPHS Students who signed National Letters of Intent on Nov. 13th to play D1 or D2 Sports!

Lexi Alexander - Basketball at South Dakota State
Mariya Sampson - Volleyball at Concordia St. Paul
Ian Smith - Basketball at Northern State University
Luke Dalman - Lacrosse at Mount Olive College
Cole Groebner - Lacrosse at Mount Olive College

11/11/13 > Congratulations to Mariya Sampson (12th) and Sydney Hilley (9th) - Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention
Way to Go!
11/11/13 > Congratulations to Mariya Sampson (12th) for being named to the Volleyball All Metro 2nd Team!
11/11/13 > Congratulations and Good Luck to Elise Magalis (12th) and Gina Grandner (9th) for State Qualifying in Swimming!
Elise Magalis (12th) qualified for State in the 500 Free Style Swim Event
Gina Grandner (9th) qualified for State in the 200 and 500 Free Style Swim Events
Good Luck and Go Rebels!
11/04/13 > Congratulations to the CPHS Comp Squad for Taking 1st Place in Their Division at Regionals!

CPHS Comp Squad took 1st place in their division at Regionals over Anoka High School.  The event was held at Minnentonka High School.  The Comp Squad has won a bid to compete at the UCA Nationals in Orlando, Florida in February.

Way to go Rebels!

10/28/13 > Congratulations to the October Students of the Month!
Scott Bellrichard - Guidance
Timmie Britton - World Language
Andi Ezell - Social Studies
Malik Hardin - Language Arts
Nicole Hirth - Tech Ed
Randy Jerde - Guidance
Sarah Katchmark - Science
Jessica Kelley - Business
Mac Kinkor - Career/Technical Education
Nick Lulloff - Music
Joseph Nielsen - Administration
Peyton Stutelberg - Physical Education
Caleb Sutton - Health
Bachu Terfa - ESL
Michael Volk - Social Studies
Jena Wachowiak - Math
Aurora Xiong - Reading
Geng Xiong - FACS
10/25/13 > Congratulations to Justin Grinage, CPHS English Teacher, who was awarded the 2013 Bergamo Graduate Student Paper Award!

Justin's work will also be published. Below is a link recognizing his accomplishments.

Congratulations to Justin Grinage!

10/21/13 > Congratulations to Kara Nelson, senior, the first Jefferson Award recipient at CPHS!
It is our privilege to announce the first Jefferson Award recipient at Champlin Park High School.  Kara Nelson (gr 12) has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for the month of September.  Kara's weekly schedule includes honors classes, tennis and volunteering for a variety of activities.  Kara spent time on a weekly basis this past summer working at Capernaum Pediatrics Therapy working with mentally challenged children.  Our congratulations goes out to Kara and thank you to her for her efforts.
10/08/13 > Congratulations to JoEllen Ambrose, CPHS Social Studies Teacher, who was the recipient of the Isidore Starr Award from the ABA. This award honors excellence in law-related education.

JoEllen Ambrose was recognized this weekend as the recipient of the Isidore Starr Award from the ABA (American Bar Association.) This award honors excellence in law-related education. Below is the link to the story celebrating her accomplishment. Way to go Ms. Ambrose!

10/01/13 > Congratulations to the September Students of the Month!
Jolee Beine - Agriculture Education
Williett Bryant - ESL
Kate Burns - Math
Shannon Delahanty - Health
Diana Glebova - Social Studies
Elayna Karolevitz - Science
Evelyn Lorences Ramos - Reading
Taylor Minger - Physical Education
Lori Mins - Visual Arts
Taylor Morrisette - Agriculture Education
Gary Natysin - Guidance
Kevin Nguyen - Administration
Winnie Nyakaru - Business
Cassie Padula - Music
Ainsley Peterson - World Language
Grace Rennaker - Tech Ed
Cheyene Skager - Language Arts
Samantha Vnuk - FACS

Please congratulation these students when you see them in the hallways!
9/26/13 > Congratulations to Datrice Mulsumo, Junior, CPHS Football Player who was selected as Hardware Hank Nuts & Bolts Athlete of the Week

Be sure to check out the full write up on

Way to go Datrice!

9/26/13 > Congratulations to Datrice Mulsumo, Junior, CPHS Football Player who was named KARE 11 Athlete of the week

Click here to see the full story.

9/20/13 > Liz Lindgren, CPHS Junior, uses her CPR training to save a life!

Click here to view the full article

9/20/13 > Congratulations to Judy Blomgren, CPHS Orchestra Teacher, for being recognized as WCCO's Excellent Educator!

Congratulations to Judy Blomgren for being recognized as WCCO's first "Excellent Educator".  She was nominated by a former student from CPHS.

Click on the link for the full story

9/13/13 > Congrations to the 2013 Rebel Homecoming Royalty!
Megan Atchinson
Brandon Biedinger
Moinjama Dudu
Katie Enzenauer
Zach Gardner
Annalise Lamberty
Breanne Lyon
Sam Petersen
Jackson Rowheder
Titi Russell
Kendra Saccetti
Ian Smith
Sydney Stordahl
Mason VanTuyl
Zach Wagner
Ian Watson
7/24/13 > Congratulation to CPHS Boys Lacrosse for finishing 3rd place in State!
Boys Lacrosse finished 3rd in State defeating White Bear Lake 9-5.

Way to go Rebels!
6/10/13 > Congratulations Boys Track Athletes who qualified for State!
Joe Stephens-Shot Put, Discus
Emmanuel Egjubor-100,200,400
Joe Sando- 100,200
Jeremy Johnson- High Jump
6/06/13 > Congratulations to our Girls and Boys Lacrosse teams who qualified for the State Tournament! Way to go Rebels!
Congratulations to our Girls and Boys Lacrosse teams who qualified for the state tournament next week.  The girls beat Coon Rapids 8-5 and the boys beat Blaine 12-11 in OT last night!  Way to go Rebels!

Both teams will begin state play next Tuesday, June 11th!  The games will be played at Chanhassen and Chaska.
5/28/13 > Congratulations to John Goto and the Anoka Hennepin Mustang's on their State Tournament Appearance for Adapted Softball!
Way to go Mustangs!
5/20/13 > Congratulations to the May Students of the Month!
Iman Abdella - ESL
Alud Arriola - Muisc
Tyler Artis - Math
Tim Babinciuc - Visual Arts
Sololiya Baisa - Tech Ed
Dmitry Bierker - Science
Danielle Decker - Business
Moinjama Dudu - Reading
Shamar Fields - FACS
Breanna Johnson - Englert - Administration
Annalise Lamberty - Social Studies
Kaylynn McCoy - Guidance
Shelby Perry - Business
MacKenzie Rue - Language Arts
Kelsey Spoden - World Language
Samantha Vnuk - Physical Education
Bassil Wazwaz - Health
Adam Xiong - Career & Technical Education
5/13/13 > Congratulations to Shelby Perry on her 1st place finish at BPA Nationals in Orlando, FL!
Congratulations goes out to Shelby Perry for taking 1st place in Keyboarding Production at BPA Nationals in Orlando, Florida last week.  Danielle Decker was also a finalist (top 10) in the same event.  They competed against 135 qualifiers from around the country, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Shelby was the ONLY Minnesota 1st place winner!
4/26/13 > Congratulations to the April Students of the Month!
Madeline Brey - Visual Arts
Leah Burton - Music
Cellou Diallo - Language Arts
Sky Drinhuyzen - FACS
Will Freeman - Physical Education
Jordan Gronli - Music
Brant Kilber - Health
Sebastian Ly - Math
Travis Marlow - Tech Ed
Alicia Merel Romero - ESL
Mayra Rodriguez - Business
Aaliyah Russell - Guidance
Travis Schuluter - Social Studies
Emilin Slocum - Reading
Kendall Soderstrom - Science
Austin Thao - Career Center
Dalena Vien - World Language
Shai'kera Wells - Administration
4/08/13 > Congratulations to the CPHS Class of 2013 Wallin Scholarship Receipients!
Branden Abramson
Adeel Ahmad
Lane Johnson
Vivian Ma
Sarah Mrozek
Rozanne Mungal
Logan Oglesby
Mackenzie Rue
Brady Soderstrom
Vanessa Tu
3/25/13 > Congratulations to the March Students of the Month!
Congratulations to the following March Students of the Month. If you see them in the hallways please congratulate them.

Velma Gesimba - Language Arts
Corey Gieske - Career/Technical Education
Sam Hause - Social Studies
Jose Hernandez Soc - Guidance
Jacob Hoglund - World Language
Greg Ledray - Business
Diana Lopes - Administration
Eli Luedtke - Math
Charlie McDaniel - FACS
Dan Meyer - Tech Ed
Mela Nguyen - Science
Fathi Osman - ESL
Greta Reese - Health
Darlin Sandoval Zamorano - Reading
Helen Stennes - Music
Sabrina Thanavong - Visual Arts
Kelsey Wood - Physical Education
3/18/13 > BPA Students Qualify for Nationals!
Congratulations goes out to the following BPA students who qualify for a trip to Nationals in Orlando, Fl in May.

Mayra Rodriguez 3rd place in Legal Office Procedures
Danielle Decker 3rd place in Keyboarding Production
Shelby Perry 5th place in Keyboarding Production
The team of Cyril Johnson, Larry Tucker, Anita Mogaka, and London Stewart 2nd place in Global Marketing
2/26/13 > Congratulation Boy’s swim and dive team on a successful section meet!
Congratulation Boy’s swim and dive team on a successful section meet.  Three school records were broken.
200 medley relay consisting of Colin Hortman, Reid Schuerman, Todd Croaston, and Ben McBroom
The 400 Free relay swum by Colin Hortman, Christian Magalis, Casey Carlson, and Josh Anderson and
Colin Hortman also broke the school record in the 100 backstroke.

Good luck to the 200 medley of Colin, Reid, Todd, and Ben and Colin in the 100 Backstroke as they compete this weekend at the U of M for the state tournament.
2/25/13 > Congratulations to the CPHS wrestlers who have advanced to State!
Seniors Cory Berry, Adam Cottrell, Trenton Novalany and La Quan Wallace. Way to go Rebels!
2/19/13 > Congratulations to the February Students of the Month!
Congratulations to the February Students of the Month! When you see them in the hall please congratulate them.

Tim Bui - Music
Joe Cleys - Guidance
Monica Creary - Reading
Nicole Dockendorf - Physical Education
Mohamed Dolley - Administration
Max Holm - Visual Arts
Kelsey Jonason - World Language
Daniel Kielb - Social Studies
Shengyeng Lee - Career/Technical Education
Jacob Mattys - Business
Sarah Mueller - FACS
Debbie Nyakaru - Music
Amanda Rau - Science
Kendra Sacchetti - Health
Lauren Slind - Math
Shawn Thielen - Tech Ed
Kong Xiong - ESL
Koua Yang - Language Arts
2/14/13 > Congratulations to Taylor Guckeen who qualified on beam for the State Gymnastics Meet!
2/14/13 > Congratulations to Alexis Alexander Star Tribune Athlete of the Week!

Champlin Park • basketball

The Rebels upset the two top Northwest Suburban foes behind the junior point guard. She had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 62-57 victory over Centennial, and 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 58-51 victory over Osseo.

2/12/13 > Congratulations to the 25 members of the BPA class who qualified for the State competition March 7-9!
Dan Anderson
Jordan Baker
Rheanna Burkett-Sudduth
Leah Brynjulfson
Danielle Decker
Emily Granson
Donovan Harris
Joe Harris
Janessa Holstein
Cyril Johnson
Luke Joyce
Emily Klingner
Brock Matthiesen
Anita Mogaka
Annie Perkins
Shelby Perry
Matt Plasencia
Mayra Rodriguez
Jessi Sterry
London Stewart
Ben Streitz
David Trask
Larry Tucker
Gabrielle Wicklander
Jenna Wurm
2/11/13 > Congratulations to Joe Stephens, Tim Ross and Leah Elledge who have signed National Letters of Intent to play Division 1 or 2 Athletics!
Congratulations to Joe Stephens, Tim Ross and Leah Elledge who have signed National Letters of Intent to play Division 1 or Division 2 athletics while further continuing their educational goals!

Joe Stephens – South Dakota State (Football)

Tim Ross – Concordia University St. Paul (Football)

Leah Elledge – Lindenwood University (Hockey) Verbal Commitment

Way to go Rebels!
2/06/13 > A Big Congratulations to Joshua Phleger and Anson Kuznik who both qualified for the State Alpine Ski Race February 13th!
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Joshua Phleger and Anson Kuznik who both qualified for the State Alpine Ski Race at Giants Ridge in Biwabik next Wednesday Feb 13!!!!  This is Josh’s 4th trip to the State Tournament.  Josh finished 4th overall in the Section 7 Alpine Ski Race at Giants Ridge yesterday from a field of 102 Skiers.  Anson finished 10th overall.

The boys Racing Rebels team finished 7th out of 17th teams and the girls 11th out of 16 teams. Other skiers who skied well for the Rebels were Tony Kuznik who place 23rdand  Lisa Dalman who placed 27th.

Way to go to all Racing Rebels!!! 
1/29/13 > Congratulations to the 2013 Snow Days Talent Show Winner Abdul Sesay!
1st place Abdul Sesay
2nd place Stephanie Bell
3rd Mo and Heather
1/18/13 > Congratulations to the 2013 Snow Days Royalty!

LeRoy Panyathip
Amanda Scott

Sereena Hong
Sophanda Long

Jesse Lund
Gifty McCauley

Riley Abeyesekera
Antaejah Ambrose
Dan Anderson
Alicia Arline
Rheanna Burkett-Sudduth
Jordan Cross
Alex McDonald
Daysha Neely
Uche Nwosu
Mohamed Sasso
Travarus Sayers
Jacob Stordahl
Mark Swehla
Larry Tucker
Gracey Wuo

1/14/13 > Congratulations to Jacqueline M Johnson and Brady Soderstrom the 2013 winners of the MSHL Triple 'A' Award.
Congratulations to Jacqueline M Johnson and Brady Soderstrom the winners of the Minnesota State High School League’s 2013 Triple ‘A’ Academics, Arts and Athletics Award for Champlin Park High School. 
1/14/13 > Congratulations to Brady Soderstrom who was recently profiled as Kare 11's Academic-All Star!
1/14/13 > Congratulations to the January Students of the Month!
The following students are the January Students of the Month, please congratulate them when you see them in the halls.

Kadijja Ahmed - Social Studies
Henry Bannerman - Physical Education
Fernando Bueno - FACS
Igor Chinikaylo - Tech Ed
Erin Daehn - Science
Sieamba Gahn - Music
Nichole Gustafson - Career/Technical Education
Chyna Her - Administration
Jessica Jones - Visual Arts
Laura Kalsow - World Language
Ben McLaughlin - Guidance
Tyler Nelson - Business
Lisa Peter - Language Arts
Barry Shlomo - Math
Chris Thiphaseng - Health
Nguyen Tran - ESL
Shakia Wright - Reading
1/08/13 > Champlin Park BPA is named Chapter of the Month for December 2012!
Congratulations! Champlin Park is the winner of the December BPA Chapter of the Month award! The State Officer team was very, very impressed with your chapter's work with service projects last month. Way to go BPA!
1/02/13 > Congratulations to the CPHS 9B Boys Basketball team for winning the Freshmen Frost Tournament!
Congratulations to the CPHS 9B Boys Basketball team for winning the Freshmen Frost Tournament over winter break! Way to go Rebels!
12/17/12 > Congratulations to the December Students of the Month!
The following students are the December Students of the Month, please congratulate them when you see them in the halls.

Dominique Anderson - Math
Cory Berry - Physical Education
Kou Feahn - ESL
Ramadan Hassan - Guidance
Trenton Johnson - Tech Ed
Jessica Kelley - Social Studies
Pernika Kingdon - FACS
Linh Le - World Language
Kieren Lieberg - Science
Datrice Mulsumo - Health
Mariah Rood - Reading
Kennedy Ruf - Business
Abdulfata Sesay - Music
Derrik Smith - Language Arts
Somer Soli - Career/Technical Education
Jeremy Villafan-Priego - Visual Arts
Josh Wilson - Administration
12/04/12 > Congratulations to the CPHS Bowling Team for finishing 4th in State!
The Champlin Park Bowling Club recently competed in the state tournament and finished 4th in state!  Way to go Rebels!
11/20/12 > Congratulations to the November Students of the Month!
Maggie Andreen - Health
Maria Arriola - Music
Timmie Britton - Science
Sarah Erickson - World Language
Dylan Kamp - Language Arts
Garrett kessler - Tech Ed
Stephanie Lindgren - Business
Madeline Martinson - Visual Arts
Megan Reed - Career/Technical Education
Joe Sando - Administrative Selection
Sean Schaefer - Social Studies
Ruby Schlegel - Reading
Naomi Spencer - Math
Meghan Stark - FACS
Quinton Whiteford - Physical Education
Shakia Wright - Guidance
Asia Yang - ESL
11/20/12 > Congratulation to Taylor Goar and Matt Smith who recently signed NCAA National Letters of Intent!
Congratulation to Taylor Goar and Matt Smith who recently signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at Winona State University and baseball at Missouri Southern State University!  Way to go Rebels!
11/13/12 > Congratulations to Elise Magalis who will be representing CPHS at the State Swim Meet!
Elise Magalis will be representing Champlin Park High School at the State Swim Meet!  She has qualified for the 200 and 500 Freestyle!
10/17/12 > CPHS Boys Soccer is headed to State!
Boys Soccer is headed to State!

Boys Soccer defeated Mounds View 1 – 0 on penalty kicks (4-2)!  What an amazing game!  Way to go Rebels!
10/17/12 > Esteban Arias and Sidney McClain have been named to the All State Soccer Team, Congratulations!
Congratulation to Esteban Arias and Sidney McClain who have been named to the All State Soccer Team by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association!
10/15/12 > Congratulations to the CPHS Students elected as Business Professionals of America Regional Officers
Three CPHS students were elected to the Region 4 Business Professionals of America (BPA) Office:

Larry Tucker, President
Jordan Baker, Vice President
Matt Plasencia, Historian

Way to go!
10/15/12 > Congratulations to the Boys Soccer Team! They will be playing in the Section Final game!
Congratulations to the Boys Soccer Team! They will be playing in the sectioin final on Tuesday, October 16th @ 7:00pm in the Rebel Stadium!
10/03/12 > Congratulations to the 2012 Homecoming Talent Show Winners!
!st Place: Stephanie Bell

2nd Place: Aurora Xiong

3rd Place: Abdul Sesay
10/01/12 > Congratulations to the CPHS National Merit Commended Students!

9/28/12 > Congratulation to the 2012 CPHS Homecoming Royalty!
Peace Allison
Madi Heie
Jackie Johnson
Tara King
Erin Maglothin
Ariana Morgan
Cara Schmidt
Kara Stuckmayer

Ramadan Hassan
Dan Horn
Zach Johnson
Tucker Lorentzen
Spencer Nelson
Michael Sales
Ben Streitz
Richie Thammavongsa
9/26/12 > Congratulations to Olivia Friesner, her artwork was picked for this year’s Homecoming Button!

Congratulations to Olivia Friesner, her artwork was picked for this year’s Homecoming Button!

Way to go Olivia!
9/24/12 > Congratulation to the September Students of the Month!
Ashley Alex - Guidance
Sam Christensen - Music
Andrew Davis - World Language
Guadalupe Dominguez-Montano - Reading
Jacob Haroldson - Health
Donovan Harris - Career/Technical Education
Carlee Heroux - FACS
Zacharie Konicek - Social Studies
Wajahma Kwia - ESL
Tucker Lorentzen - Language Arts
Josianne Tas - Tech Ed
Adam Vo - Math
Dustin Wahlquist - Business
Ashlee Wayman - Special Education
9/07/12 > Congratulations to CPHS staff honored for 20 years of service!
Staff Members with 20 years of service.  Missing from picture:  Tom VanVoorhis, Kim Kovich, Kathie Lindstrom and Clark Sanders.

9/07/12 > Congratulations to CPHS staff honored for 15 years of service!
Missing from the picture is Fahima Samadi.

9/07/12 > Congratulations to CPHS staff honored for 10 years of service!
Missing from the picture is Sandi Massey and Lorri Carlson.

8/15/12 > Congratulations to Taylor Goar and her team for winning a National Volleyball Championship this summer!
Taylor Goar participated on the select 17 volleyball team “Northern Lights” that won the USA Volleyball National Championship this summer!
6/06/12 > Congratulations to the CPHS 2012 State Track Participants!
Nkem Nwaokolo – Shot Put, Discus
Melanie Hill – Long Jump

Bryson Johnson – Shot Put, Discus
Michael Sales – Long Jump
Rico Alexander – 110m High Hurdles
Kweku Kwabi – 200m Dash
Joe Sando – 100m Dash, 200m Dash
Emmanuel Egbujor – 200m Dash, 400m Dash

The State Track meet will be held Friday & Saturday at Hamline University.

Good Luck Rebels!!!!!
5/29/12 > CPHS Staff Participates in the National Bike to Work Day
5/24/12 > Travis Sigafoos, 12, was featured on WCCO news for his recent achievements at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair!

Travis Sigafoos, 12, recently competed for his fourth consecutive year at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 74 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9-12."

Travis was given the honor of third place in the world within the category of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Interestingly, he was one of six projects from Minnesota, who were recipients of such grand award.

He also won a distinct honor from the American Statistical Association, in which Champlin Park will also receive a one-year school membership in the American Statistical Association.

Finally, Travis is awaiting more information in regards to an offer for a graduate research position at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Bethesda, Maryland.
Click here for the full listing of Intel ISEF 2012 Grand Award winners.
Click here for the full listing of Intel ISEF 2012 Special Award winners.
Award listing, event details, and further information found at Society for Science and the Public's website,

5/22/12 > Two New School Track Records Were Set!
Two New School Track Records!

Melanie Hill – Triple Jump 36-11 ½

Nkem Nwaokolo – Discus 124-3

Way to go Rebels!
5/21/12 > Kara Wendell and Matt Blaeser have been named Ms. and Mr. Lacrosse State Finalists!
Congratulation to Kara Wendell and Matt Blaeser who have been named Ms. And Mr. Lacrosse State Finalists.  This honor is given to only 7 players statewide!  The award recognized the top lacrosse players in the state!  Way to go Rebels!
5/21/12 > Congratulations to the May Students of the Month!
The following students are the May Students of the Month, please congratulate them when you see them in the halls!

Paige Benson - Language Arts
Desmond Brown - Tech Ed
Alexis Fairbanks - Business
Velma Gesimba - World Language
Kayleigh Hartland - Science
Miranda Kaml - Physical Education
Dat Lai - Music
Diana Lopes - Special Education
Alley Mathews - Guidance
Jacob Murray - Health
Lombeh Paye - ESL
Julia Rowland - Social Studies
Byron Seth - Math
Bryce Short - Reading
Jasmine Thomas - Career/Technical Education
Meghan Walz - FACS
Amber Westlund - Visual Arts
5/02/12 > Congratulations to the 2011-12 Academic Letter Recipients!
4/23/12 > Congratulations to the April Students of the Month
The following students are the April Students of the Month, please congratulate them when you see them in the halls!

Carlos Camejo - Music
Kate Darnell - Guidance
Mariah Eshelman - World Language
Louisimon Geezy - Science
Trenton Johnson - Tech Ed
Sarah Kalsow - Business
Matt Krych - Language Arts
Hunter Mendoza-Bjorkstrand - Special Education
Trevor Naslund - Health
Trong Nguyen - Career/Technical Education
Shadrack Orure - Math
Gabby Paulsrud - Physical Education
Gardson Sigugu - Reading
Anh Tran - ESL
Elle Vetter - Social Studies
Lindsey Wester - FACS
4/20/12 > Congratulations to CPHS 2012 Wallin Education Partner Scholarship Recipients!
I am excited to present to you the Wallin Recipients.  Please congratulate these students on their hard work and accomplishments. Each student will receive a scholarship in the amount of $4,000 per year while completing their undergraduate degree.  

Wallin Education Partners is pleased to announce our 2012 scholarship recipients from Champlin Park High School:
· Weston Thomas Bovitz
· Kurt Allen Carlson
· Jennah Fannoun
· Emily Gawronski
· Amie Frances Goblirsch
· Mary Margaret Haasl
· Ryan Howard Kelly
· Mehdijaffer A Mulla
· Charlen Kemuma Nyangaresi
· Stephen Quoc Pham
· Savannah Robinson
· Abigail Marie Scheller
· Travis C Sigafoos

Pam Baker
Career & College Specialist
Professional Learning Community Coordinator
Champlin Park High School
4/17/12 > Congratulations to the CPHS Speech Team on their successful showing at the 5AA District Sectionals last Friday!
Of the 16 competitors we took, four made it into final rounds (after three rounds of prelims), and one is going to State (held at Chanhassen High School) this coming Saturday (4/21)!

Finals Rounds: Place and Category:
5th Place in Prose- Georgetta Wuo, 12
4th Place in Extemporaneous Speaking - Rebecca Dearing, 12
2nd Place in Original Oratory - Emily Gawronski, 12
6th Place in Poetry - Alicia Arline, 11

Made it to State!
Emily Gawronski, 12, Original Oratory
4/16/12 > Congratulations to CPHS for winning the Best School award at the 2012 CMR Science Fair

CPHS students recently competed in the Regional Science Fair at St. Cloud State University. We won the award for Best School. To pick the winner of the award they figure out the percentage of projects from a school that made it to the State Competition. We had the highest percentage! Way to go Rebels!
3/26/12 > Congratulations March Students of the Month!
The following students are the March Students of the Month. Please congratulate them when you see them in the halls!

Leah Burton - World Language
Lina Chhe - Reading
Ashley Christensen - Business
Noah Couet - Tech Ed
Bill Eddins - Career/Technical Education
Kou Feahn - ESL
Belinda Huang - Science
Linda Kuria - Math
Chrissy Larson - Visual Arts
Mildred Martinez - Guidance
Megan Oldroyd - Music
Mackenzie Rue - Social Studies
Nick Schmidtke - Physical Education
Alex Wacek - Language Arts
Jamie Weekley - Health
3/26/12 > Congratulations to Adeel Ahmad, Travis Sigafoos and Connor Klemenhagen, who will be competing in both national and international competitions
Travis Sigafoos, 12, and Adeel Ahmad, 11, will be attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), as finalists for their research projects. This will be Travis' 4th year as a finalist and his project is titled, "A Spectrum of Triangulation: ADHD, Circadian Rhythmicity, and Bipolar Symptoms". Adeel will be attending the international fair for his 1st year, and his project is titled, "Combatting Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus".

"The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $4 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12."

Travis Sigafoos placed 5th place in the Tri-State (Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota) Symposium Competition. As a result of such achievement, Travis will be representing the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium from May 2nd-7th in Bethesda, Maryland. The national symposium is sponsored by the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense and is one of the most prestigious national science fair competitions.

Connor Klemenhagen, 11, will be attending the GENIUS Olympiad, which is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. It is co-organized by the State University of New York at Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation. The event is held this upcoming summer, June 24-29 in Oswego, New York. Connor's project is titled," The Determination of Species Interaction and Contribution to Multifunction Turfgrass Ecosystems".
3/20/12 > Congratulations to the CPHS Archery Club who took 2nd place in the Region 3 tournament this past weekend!
Congratulations to the CPHS Archery Club who competed in the Region 3 tournament this past weekend!  The team took 2nd place.  Courtney Owens finished in 3rd place and Weston Bovitz shot a 294 out of 300 and won the boys division!  Westin also won the top overall tournament score award!
2/28/12 > Congratulations to this year's Athena Award winner from CPHS, Kara Wendell!
The winner of this year’s Athena Award  for most outstanding female athlete at Champlin Park High School is:

Kara Wendell

· Received a full ride scholarship to play lacrosse and hockey at Lindenwood University, St. Louis Missouri (Div. 1
Hockey, Div. 2 Lacrosse)

· Hockey – 2 year Captain, 2 year all conference, 1 year all conference honorable mention

· Lacrosse – 2 year Captain, 2 years all conference with this spring season still to come

Congratulations Kara! 
2/27/12 > Congratulations to the individuals who will be wrestling in the State Tournament this week!
Congratulation to these individuals who will also be wrestling in the State Tournament this week!

170--LaQuan Wallace
195--Moses Sando
220--Dan Lovic
285--Gjullian Flemister-King
2/21/12 > Congratulations to the Rebels Wrestling Team, who qualified for the state tournament!
Congratulations to the Rebels Wrestling Team, who qualified for the state tournament next Thursday March 1st!

This is the Rebels first trip to the state tournament as a team in school history!

Way to go Rebels!

Ticket information will be available later this week.
2/21/12 > Congratulations, February Students of the Month!
The following students are the February Students of the Month.

Please congratulate them when you see them in the hallway.

Ashley Bystrom - Math
Seiamba Gahn - World Language
Kyla Hudson - Health
Megan Johnson - Social Studies
Brittany Jones - Business
Alexa Kolodejchuk-Whaley - Career/Technical Education
Anthony Kuntz - Physical Education
Nic Martin - Tech Ed
Mackenzie Moessner - Science
Kenny Ngo - Language Arts
Lexi Paurus - Visual Arts
Irving Ramirez Hernandez - ESL
Sebsebe Schmertman - Reading
Joey Schmit - FACS
Betsy Sorensen - Music
Kylie Winters - Guidance
Tracie Xiong - Special Education
2/15/12 > Congratulations to Josh Phleger who qualified for the State Alpine Ski Meet!
Congratulations to Josh Phleger who qualified for the State Alpine Ski Meet. He is racing today at Giants Ridge!
2/03/12 > Congratulations to the BPA members who placed at the Region Conference Feb 1-2:
Congratulations to the following BPA members who placed at the Region Conference Feb 1-2:

1st Place
Emily Schaumann in Legal Office Procedures*
Emily Schaumann in Advanced Interview Skills*
Tori Flahavan in Administrative Support Concepts*
Aaron Loth Economic Research Individual*
Shelby Martin in Insurance Concepts*
Melinda Zavala in Computer Network Technology*
Melinda Zavala in Computer Security*
Global Marketing Team of Kate Darnell, Amy Markfelder, and Liz Hill*
Regina Shestakova in Interview Skills*
Ceaira Chileen in Prepared Speech*

2nd Place
Broadcast News Production Team of Brett Dittrich, Aaron Loth and Alex Leikam*
Brittany Counce in Administrative Concepts*
Global Marketing Team of Dakota Nicholson, Stacy Millner, and Alicia Hughes*
Alex Mracek in Advanced Interview Skills*
Eddie Xiong in Human Resource Management*

3rd Place
Brittany Counce in Advanced Interview Skills*
Video Production Team of Marissa Boser, Brittany Counce, Felisha Hassim, and Maseray Mambu
Small Business Management Team of Morgan McGowan, Shelby Martin, Hannah Burns and Kym Sickle
Presentation Management Team of Regina Shestakova and Ceaira Chileen

4th Place
Lucy Xiong in Medical Office Procedures*
Brittany Jones in Insurance Concepts
Emily Schaumann in Administrative Support Concepts

5th Place
Jordan Witte in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications*
Thomas Atchinson in Insurance Concepts
Kym Sickle in Keyboarding*
Jenny Huynh in Medical Office Procedures*
Morgan McGowan in Administrative Support Concepts
Eddie Xiong and Alex Jonas in Small Business Management Team

6th Place
Lucy Xiong in Banking & Finance
Alex Mracek in Insurance Concepts
Kelly Schultz in Keyboarding
Morgan McGowan in Desktop Publishing
Kelly Schultz in Administrative Support Concepts

7th Place
Dakota Nicholson in Insurance Concepts
Shelby Martin in Keyboarding
Maseray Mambu in Advanced Word Processing
Marissa Boser in Administrative Support Concepts
Durety Biramo in Prepared Speech

8th Place
Jordan Witte in Insurance Concepts
Kelly Schultz and Tori Flahavan in Small Business Management Team

*-Qualifies for state
2/03/12 > Congratulations, CPHS Comp Squad took 2nd place at State!
Congratulations CPHS Comp Squad!  Comp got 2nd at State (Division 1 Small) last weekend, and leaves for Nationals February 9.  Good luck girls!
2/02/12 > Congratulations to student athlete, Anthony Hill, for signing a National Letter of Intent!
Congratulations Anthony Hill who signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Concordia University in St. Paul.
1/04/12 > CPHS Boys Basketball Team won the Bethel Tournament

Champlin Park Boys Basketball Team won the Bethel Tournament over the holiday break!

1/04/12 > CPHS Girls Hockey Team won the Cable 12 Holiday Hockey Tournament

Champlin Park's Girls Hockey Team won the Cable 12 Holiday Hockey Tournament in New Hope over the Holiday break!

12/22/11 > Congratulations to Mary Haasl & Jackson Perrault, AAA Award Winners from Champlin Park High School!
Congratulations to this year’s AAA Award Winners from Champlin Park High School!  This Minnesota State High School League Award recognizes Academic, Fine Arts, and Athletic accomplishments that the students have received throughout their high school careers!  They have excelled in all aspects and will be honored at our spring awards program.

Congratulations to Mary Haasl and Jackson Perrault on a job well done.
They now move on to compete against their peers in our respective Region 5AA for a chance to earn a scholarship worth $4000.
12/20/11 > Thanks to our community, staff, students and parents for supporting the CPHS Shelf!
Thank you to all of you that have supported The Shelf and the at risk youth here at CPHS. I have listed some great community agencies that have done wonderful things for The Shelf.

Family of God in Brooklyn Park- Donated $1500 worth of personal hygiene and food items.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints- They purchased us new shelves, donated several thousand items of food, hygiene items, blankets and sponsored a family for the holidays.
Anoka-Hennepin Credit Union- staff gave us money for our account to help youth
Bantam Boys Hockey- Donated 75 jackets, snow pants and other winter clothing. We took the small sizes to Evergreen Elementary.
The Red Hatters- Donated holiday socks filled with goodies for students in need.
The church of St. Gerard’s- Adopted and bought presents for 16 families at CP.
Park Dental of Champlin- Staff made up 20 holiday socks for students in need.
Riverway Church of Champlin- Donated $1000 to The Shelf
The Title Group of Champlin-donated used ink cartridges so we can purchase more school supplies.
CP Boys Basketball- Held a food drive on Friday to re-stock our shelves.
Champlin Shores- had a food drive for The Shelf
Countless staff and community members …..

We will be providing gifts for 35 families, over 50 food baskets and clothing on Wed Dec 21.

Thanks to our community, our staff, our students, and our parents.

Amy Harnack
School Counselor
Students A-Comz
Champlin Park High School
(763) 506-6825 direct
(763) 506-6907 House 1
12/19/11 > Congratulations, December Students of the Month!
The following students are the December Students of the Month, please congratulate them when you see them in the halls!

Corrine Anderson - World Language
Angela Bathke - Language Arts
Shaquelle Guthrie - FACS
Kaitlin Halek - Tech Ed
Aliyah Jones - Career/Technical Education
Marissa Jurek - Special Education
Sarah Kalsow - Music
Laura Katchmar - Physical Education
Ellie Lawler - Business
Chris Mills - Math
Alera Officer - Health
Savannah Robinson - Social Studies
Lucas Rorvick - Visual Arts
Elizabeth Schipke - Reading
Alexander Wacek - Science
Tony Xiong - Guidance
Kalia Yang - ESL
12/15/11 > Congratulations to the CPHS wrestling team as they won the Fridley Invite!

Congratulations to the CPHS wrestling team as they won the Fridley Invite on Sat. Dec. 3rd.

12/14/11 > CP presented with $500 ExxonMobil Educational Grant check by Wash-N-Fill Champlin.

Champlin Park High School is presented with a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Grant check by Wash-N-Fill Champlin. The money was used to purchase calculators for the Math Department. Presenting the check is (L to R) Julie Yager, Rob Higginbotham, Rick Fisher and Pat Lijewski.

12/06/11 > Congratulation to Sieglinde Grivna for “Great Educator 2012 Award!

Congratulation to Sieglinde Grivna who was just awarded a "Great Educator 2012 Award" sponsored by the Paperclip Publishing Company. She received it for outstanding contributions to the academic achievement and personal growth of her students.  

Way to go Sieglinde!

11/22/11 > Congratulations November Students of the Month!
Congratulations to the following students on their excellent work!

Anna Baumgartner - Music
Leticia Becerra - Math
Payao Chang - Reading
Igor Chinikaylo - Physical Education
Shannon Flanary - World Language
Alex Gifford - Special Education
Samantha Indgjer - Social Studies
Limyoy Lainjo - Language Arts
Ben Munn - Guidance
Jacob Murray - Career/Technical Education
Natalie Myos - Family & Consumer Science
Kevin Nettleton - Health
Jacob O'Brien - Business
Logan Oglesby - Science
Sebsebe Schmertman - ESL
11/21/11 > Congratulations AH Mustangs CI Soccer State Champions and PI team for Second Place!

Anoka Hennepin Mustangs CI Soccer Team

Congratulations  to the Anoka Hennepin Mustangs CI soccer team for winning the state championship and to the PI team for finishing second this past weekend!  Champlin Park has three players that were on the all district teams.  Angie Gunter was on the CI team and Corey Gieske was on the PI team.  Taylor Turan also played on the  PI, JV team!  Way to go Mustangs, Champlin Park is so proud of your accomplishments!

11/09/11 > Congratulations Cassidy Soli, who competed in the Cross Country State Tourney at St. Olaf College!
Congratulations Cassidy Soli, 11th grade who competed in the Cross Country State Tournament this past weekend at St. Olaf College.
11/09/11 > Congratulations to Kayla Chezick, who got her 2000 career set on the Varsity Volleyball team!
Congratulations Kayla Chezick, 12th grade, who recently got her 2000 career set on the Varsity Volleyball team.
11/09/11 > Congratulations to student athlete, Kara Wendell, signing a National Letter of intent today!
Champlin Park High School has one student athlete signing a National Letter of intent today…

Kara Wendell – Girls Lacrosse to Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, Missouri  D-2.

11/03/11 > CPHS BPA and DECA attended Fall Leadership Conference

Forty members of the CPHS Business Professionals of America (BPA) and DECA chapters attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Minneapolis October 30-31.

Regina Shestakova from BPA and Colin Chmielewski from DECA campaigned for state office. All members attended various leadership seminars during the attendance at the conference.

10/31/11 > Congratulations October Students of the Month!
Congratulations to the following CPHS Students on their excellent work!

Iman Abdella - ESL
Brooke Auer - Health
Weston Bovitz - Music
Allie Boynton - Guidance
Timmie Britton - Science
Teiler Callazo - World Language
Hayley Christopherson - Special Education
Maria Dalbec - Math
Alex Hilley - Physical Education
Maly Lor - Career/Technical Education
Justine Mrugala - Tech Ed
Moses Sando - Visual Arts
Lynda Thao - FACS
Maici Thao - Reading
Nick Vattendahl Vidal - Language Arts
Melinda Zavala - Business
10/06/11 > Congratulations Original CPHS Staff Memebers for 20 years of Service!

Original CPHS Staff Still Here!

Congratulations to the following staff whom have been at CPHS since the school opened for the 1992-1993 school year!

JoEllen Ambrose - Social Studies
Ann Anderson - World Language
Teresa Askew - Social Studies
Beth Bethke - Science
Judy Blomgren - Music
Susan Browne- World Language
Marshall Engblom - Mathematics
Steve Hall - Asst. Principal - House 2 (started in Special Education)
Gerry Hegna - Asst. Principal - House 1
Rod Johnson - World Language
Dave Kise - Technical Education
Kim Kovich - Science
Vikki Linder - Language Art
Kathie Lindstrom - Para Educator
Steve Lyons - Music
Kathy Nelson - Para Educator
Mark O'Neill - Physical Education
Judy Oliverius - Business Education (started in Work Experience)
Deb Polchow - Mathematics
Julie Rita - Science
Clark Sanders - Social Studies
Mary Saxon - Reading
Joan Spehar - Physical Education
Chris Sturzl - Family & Consumer Sciences
Tom VanVoorhis - Science
JoAnn Youngquist - Special Education

10/04/11 > Congratulations Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program!
Congratuations to our Champlin Park High School Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program!

Cody Palbicki
Colleen Koch
Claire Merchen
Abigail Scheller
Rebecca Dearing

Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT.
9/07/11 > CPHS class of 2011 International Baccalaureate Full Diploma graduates
I am pleased to announce that the following graduates from the CPHS class of 2011 earned the International Baccalaureate Full Diploma.  This means that they completed all the program requirements and scored 24 points or higher.  

David Barton
Spencer Dorf
Samantha Finlay
Neal Frederick
Dan Hodac
Erica Kalsow
Sarah Langer
Matt LeMon
Allison Scheider
Lysney Schroeder

I am thrilled for this group of students—they are to be commended for this achievement.  Special thanks to AH School Board Members, AH Administration, CPHS IB staff and IB parents for helping to make this possible.  Many of them earned credit for their work through IB.  To date, I am aware that one of these students has now earned 42 college credits at the U of M Twin Cities for his IB as well as some AP scores.  


Georgia Larson

IB Coordinator
House IV
Champlin Park High School
6/16/11 > Travis Sigafoos Successful at International Science & Engineering Fair

Travis Sigafoos, a junior at Champlin Park High School (CPHS), recently competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles. This is the world's largest pre-college science fair.

Travis received three awards for his project, "A clinical and epidemiological approach to the relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleep/wake disorders." They were: Grand Award: Third place for "Behavioral and Social Sciences" and $1,000 from Intel and Society for Science and the Public, First place award of $1,500 for "Excellence in Behavioral and Social Sciences" from the College of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), A $60,000 tuition scholarship to IIT for "Outstanding Excellence in Behavioral and Social Science Research."

Travis was also selected as a semi-finalist in the "Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition" sponsored by the College Board and the Robert John Wood Foundation. For this achievement, the College Board awarded him a $1,000 college scholarship to the school of his choice. In addition, Travis has been recently contacted by admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

There are significant methodological issues in the diagnosis of ADHD because of an unclear etiology and lack of universal diagnostic approach. Travis' project investigated the relationship between sleep/wake problems, social and medical history factors in relation with core ADHD symptoms. He was able to observe the effect of these factors on the prevalence of ADHD symptoms. "I found sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm deficiencies to have a strong effect on ADHD," Travis said. "In addition, I used a unique application of Receiver Operator Characteristic (ROC) Curve analysis to analyze the predictive significance of specific factors such as school performance in diagnosing the disorder."

Travis said the ISEF is the most amazing and busy week of the year. "I was able to meet people from more than 65 different countries and Nobel Prize Laureates, go the Santa Monica Beach, Universal Studios and Disneyland, and participate in exciting events sponsored by the ISEF," he said. "And I got to present my research to the top researchers in our individual fields.

"I think the science fair is a really great activity. It's really exciting to be in the select group of alumni from these international and national competitions."

Prior to winning the $60,000 tuition scholarship to IIT, Travis said he had considered attending the school, so it was very exciting to win. While Travis is keeping his options open at this point, if he does attend the school he will double major in psychology and biology.

Travis said he plans to begin the testing for his next project in the next few months. He is planning on applying for the Intel Science Talent Search this fall, where the top 40 projects from the country will compete in Washington D.C.

6/08/11 > Congratulations State Track Meet Athletes!
Congratulations to the following athletes who will be competing in this week’s State Track Meet on June 9th and 10th.

Melanie Hill – Long Jump
Cassidy Soli – 3200m Run
Michelle Ndely-100 M High Hurdles
Bryson Johnson – Shot Put, Discus
Joe Stephens – Shot Put
5/19/11 > Congrats Nkem Kwaokolo on breaking the CPHS girls discus record!
Congratulations to Nkem Kwaokolo 11th who broke the Champlin Park girls discus record with a throw of 118’7” on 5/17 at a home track meet!

Way to go Nkem!
5/10/11 > CP BPA Student Earns 1st Place at National Leadership Conference

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Eight Champlin Park Business Professionals of America (BPA) internship students competed at the National Leadership Conference in Washington DC May 3-8.  Over 5000 students were in attendance.  The students had the opportunity to visit the Washington Memorial, the site of the opening session occurred - a first ever for a student organization, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam and WWII Memorials, Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, and Capitol Building.

Simpson Fongthian placed first in Advanced Interview Skills.  Arika Nyhus, Carolyn Dorr, and Stephanie Simco competed in Presentation Management; Hannah Flood, Anna Hammerschmidt, Chelsea Regan, and Stephanie Skomra competed in Global Marketing.  Students had to qualify by first placing at Regions and then placing at state to move on.

4/26/11 > FCCLA-HERO Members attended the State Leadership Conference
The following FCCLA-HERO Members attended the State Leadership Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on April 18 and 19.  Students competed in many events related to Family and Consumer Science topics.  Each and every student that attended went above and beyond to make CPHS proud! We are very proud of the fact that we have 4 State Officers this year!

Advisors, Mrs. K. Suski and Mrs. L. Brumbaugh

Kristi Anderson
1st Place Display
2nd Place Interactive Bulletin Board

Julie Bernard
Participation in Toys & Table Games
Participation in Creativity Unlimited

Ashtin Carter
State Officer – Vice President of Finance
3rd Place Leadership Enhancement Event

Margaret Cooper
H.M. Display
H.M. Total Look in Cosmetology

Maria Dalbec
Shining Star Award Winner
1st Place Flannel Board Storytelling
2nd Place Reading A Story
H.M. Art Activity for Children

April Dammar
1st Place Interactive Bulletin Board
1st Place Toys and Table Games
H.M. Flannel Board Storytelling
H.M. Total Look in Cosmetology (Model)

Sirena Deering
State Officer – First Vice President
Gold Medal Winner and National Qualifier -  Teach and Train Event
2nd Place Leadership Enhancement Event
2nd Place Total Look in Cosmetology
3rd Place Circle Time Fun
H.M. Reading A Story
H.M. Fashion, Interior Design Display

Madison Jones
Shooting Star Award
1st Place (Tie) Creativity Unlimited
1st Place Numbers, Nature, Nutrition Event
2nd Place Total Look in Cosmetology (Model)
3rd Place Children’s Snacks

Brittany Kessler
2nd Place Toys and Table Games

Sarah Kloster
Shining Star Award
1st Place (Tie)Discussion Bulletin Board
1st Place (Tie) Creativity Unlimited
H.M. General Bulletin Board

Katie Kubitschek
H.M. Fashion, Interior Design Display
H.M. General Bulletin Baord

Krista Lande
3rd Place Discussion Bulletin Board

Danielle Liebrenz
Shining Star Award
1st  Place Total Look in Cosmetology (Model)
3rd Place Creativity Unlimited

Brittany Peterson
H.M. Interactive Bulletin Board

Kya Rawn
1st Place (Tie) Discussion Bulletin Board
2nd Place Numbers, Nature, Nutrition Event

Channing Reibling
H.M. Interactive Bulletin Board

Iatience Russell
H.M. Interactive Bulletin Board
H.M. Leadership Enhancement Event

Emily Schmit
State Officer – President
2nd Place General Bulletin Board

Amber Smith
HERO Connection Scholarship Recipient
1st Place General Bulletin Board
2nd Place Fashion, Interior Design Display
1st Place Total Look in Cosmetology

Jessi Sterry
3rd Place Reading A Story
3rd Place Fashion, Interior Design Display
H.M. Interactive Bulletin Board

Jean Vang
State Officer – Vice President of Membership

Coty Walker
H.M. General Bulletin Board

· H.M. = Honorable Mention
4/26/11 > Congratulations to TJ Okafor on Athletic Scholarship!
Congratulations to TJ Okafor who signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Minnesota Mankato on Wed. April 20th.  TJ will be attending Mankato on an athletic scholarship.
4/15/11 > Paul Darda, CPHS Social Studies Teacher receives 2011 TOP Award

Fourteen teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin School District have been selected by their peers, community members and staff to receive the 2011 Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Awards.

The TOP program began during the 1996-97 school year by the Medtronic Foundation based on a belief that it is important to acknowledge and publicize exemplary performance. They made a three-year commitment to the program with the hopes of jump-starting a program that would continue under the direction of the district and the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF). Since then, the district and AHEF have partnered to recognize exemplary performance in the classroom.

Kelly Andersen, second grade, Andover Elementary
Paul Darda, social studies, Champlin Park High School
Shanan Edelheit, English, Blaine High School
Diane Gronewold, art, Anoka High School
Chuck Levine, agriculture, Anoka and Blaine high schools
Jonathan Loo, English, Blaine High School
Terry McEowen, second grade, Oxbow Creek Elementary School
Michael O'Neil, environmental science, Andover High School
Patty Schoff, ABC Junior Achievement
Molly Sherer, reading recovery, Morris Bye and Wilson elementary schools  
Julia Stock, first grade, Ramsey Elementary School
Dave Tombers, law enforcement, STEP
LaNee Victorsen-Willey, family and consumer science, Blaine High School
Alison Ward, second grade, Ramsey Elementary School

The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St., Anoka.

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 Paul Darda, social studies, Champlin Park High School
If you are in the hallways of Champlin Park High School and hear students cheering, you won't find an athletic team huddling before a big play. Instead, it's Paul Darda's students doing their pre-test "domination cheer."

"I am ready for this test. I will dominate this test. Bring it on Mr. Darda."
This is just one way Darda motivates and connects with his history students. Because of his passion and dedication, Darda has bee named a 2011 TOP Award winner.

Darda was nominated by a student for his efforts to go above and beyond in his teaching, as well as his own learning. The student described what makes him a successful teacher.

"The most unique trait Darda exhibits is his enthusiasm," said the student. "Whether it is by standing on chairs, waving his arms, making crazy faces and noises, or playing music while he gives inspirational speeches before a test, Darda's enthusiasm excites and motivates his students.

"Everyday I look forward to his class, which, although is the most rigorous, is the most compelling and exciting."

Darda also helps his students to learn the lessons of history by re-enacting them. After students read about the poor working conditions of the early 1900s, Darda burst into the room in costume and put the students through a grueling product assembly line as a factory boss that fails to grant any worker rights. When students read about trench warfare in World War I, they found themselves in makeshift trenches in class and as "soldiers" journaled about their experience.

"Being unconventional is often being labeled as being weird or sometimes even as not following the rules," Darda said. "It's risky to be unconventional, but the reward is connecting with kids."

Darda started to see history in a new light as a student at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He was in a class required to debate whether or not the atomic bomb should have been dropped in Japan in 1945.

"I saw then that history could be debated and challenged," he said. "It wasn't just facts." From there, Darda began taking education-related classes and working with kids. He said he felt really energized by teaching and working with high school students.

In his first job out of college, Darda has been at Champlin Park High School for 10 years. Darda is thankful for working with a supportive staff and phenomenal teachers who have helped shape him.  

"I am blessed to be surrounded by exceptional teachers who I learn from everyday and a truly wonderful staff, who along with my students make the job so fulfilling," he said. "I have had the opportunity over the last 10 years to work with an amazing student body that truly dominates. Being passionate about teaching is not a task for me; it's a result of the job."

Darda said it "feels great" to receive a TOP Award. "I think teachers don't expect an award for what they do," Darda said. "This nomination came from a student. The fact that she took the time to reflect on and write about her experience of having me as a teacher is the real reward to me."



4/12/11 > A-H Mustangs Win Adapted Floor Hockey State Championship!

Congratulations to the Anoka Hennepin Mustangs on their recent Adapted Floor Hockey State Championship!  This is the second year in a row that the Mustangs are the State Champions.  Jordan Skinaway was named to the All-Tournament team!

4/09/11 > Five Champlin Park High School students progress to national, international competitions

Five Champlin Park High School students progress to national, international competitions
(Story courtesy Anoka-Hennepin Backpack Online e-newsletter)

The science projects of five Champlin Park High School (CPHS) students were selected at the Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair held in St. Cloud in February to advance to national and international competition. The students also displayed their projects at the State STEM Fair in March in Bloomington.

Selected for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) were Karin Sather, senior, Travis Sigafoos, junior, Connor Klemenhage, sophomore, and Adeel Ahmad, sophomore. Competition was held at the same time at the State STEM Fair.

Travis received an "outstanding achievement" and Karin was selected to attend the national competition in April in San Diego as an observer. Karin and Connor were also selected for the Genius Olympiad, an international high school science and art competition devoted to projects on environmental issues.

Co-organized by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and the Terra Science Education Foundation, the event will be held in June on the Oswego campus. Travis and Avinash Persaud, a senior, were selected to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held in May in Los Angeles.

Adeel Ahmad
Adeel's project is "The Effect of Sucrose on the pH Levels of Different Beverages: A Correlation Confirmation." The project looked to see if the addition of sucrose affects the acidity level of a beverage. Adeel was inspired to do the project after receiving a list of beverages he should avoid from his orthodontist. "I noticed that these drinks were not only highly acidic, but they had a high sugar content," Adeel said. "So I wanted to see if there was a correlation between the two." Science fairs are a great way to meet people and get better ideas for next year, Adeel said. "The science fair is a very unique program, and should be required for the middle school curriculum, as it can teach many different objectives," he said.

Karin Sather
Karin's project is "Effects of urbanization: Analysis of acer platanoides, fraxinus pennsylvanica, acer xfreemanii, quercus bicolor, and tillia cordata as sources of organic pollution in urban environments." In easier terms, it's what turns water green. Karin began her work on looking at leaves as a source of pollution to urban bodies of water about two years ago. She has been working with two professors and a graduate student from the University of Minnesota's (U of M) Department of Ecology as part of the Household Ecosystem Project. Karin does not get paid or receive credit for her work; she just loves to do it. With more work to be done on the project, Karin will continue her work this summer. If she decides to attend the U of M, she could take the project even further. Karin has been participating in science fairs since she was a freshman. In her sophomore year, she attended the International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy and Environment Project (ISWEEEP) and her junior year attended ISEF. These experiences have not only helped her with science, but also communication, writing, and social skills. "I've met people from different countries," she said. "I've made amazing connections and have friends across the globe because of science fairs." Karin is looking at colleges right now and wants to do a MD/PhD program so she can practice medicine or teach.

Travis Sigafoos
Travis will be attending his third ISEF. He is also being considered for the College Boards Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition (YES) to be held in Washington D.C. in April. Travis project this year is "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleep." It builds on Travis's STEM project last year that looked at the education perspective of ADHD by looking at the clinical aspect of ADHD to better understand and diagnose it. Travis said that the science fair is the single most important event in the process of education. "It's not just about science," he said, "it's learning English, public speaking, valuable social skills Everything you learned in school comes together to create a science fair project." Science fair projects also give students an opportunity to think outside the textbook and to do research similar to that of college students. Their projects are then judged by researchers and doctors who are doing this work in their areas of expertise. As a junior, Travis is considering his future plans. At this point he is thinking about behavioral science. Whatever Travis decides, participating in science fairs will benefit his educational goals and career path.

Connor Klemenhagen
A member of the math and science team when he was a student at Jackson Middle School, Connor has been participating in STEM fairs since sixth grade. Connor's project, "The diversification of turf grass species by means of biodiversity," builds on work he did last year and work he plans to do in the future. Although almost 2 percent of the Earth's surface is occupied by turf grass, very little study outside of genetics has been done on the topic. Connor was inspired to explore this area of study after a seventh-grade field trip to the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel where they do a lot of biodiversity studies. Connor is being mentored by U of M staff at the Center and will start a plant study that will run this spring through his senior year in high school. A strong supporter of STEM fairs, Connor believes once a student goes to fair, he or she will want to go again. He said each year a student participates in a science fair, he or she learns more about the process, more about other competitors' projects, and it increases his or her chances of advancing to higher level competition. "You get to learn more about the scientific community at a science fair than anywhere else," Connor said. "Districts like ours were extremely smart to start STEM fairs at the middle school level. It's made a huge difference for me and other kids. "I recommend the district never cut STEM fairs so we can continue to do great research. The work we do now gives us long-term direction for our lives. If our district cannot support science fairs, it is not supporting practical education." Connor is interested in attending the U of M, where he has attended workshops through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANR). He would like to have a double major in environmental research and political science. Although Connor would like to be a researcher for rest of his life, he said "when you are a politician, you in charge of funding," Connor has high praise for Kevin Molohon, Anoka-Hennepin STEM Fair coordinator and a science teacher at CPHS. "Mr. Molohon is what a mentor should be," Connor said. "There is nothing negative you can find out him. In addition to a being a mentor, he's the best teacher I've ever had; he is energetic, always willing to help students and committed to things he cares about. What he'll do for a science fair project is beyond what other teachers would do."

Avinash Persaud
Avinash's project, "Zebrafish as a model for predicting drug-induced arrhythmias," was inspired by his love for biology and his experience of having open-heart surgery when he was two years old. In the past decade, there has been a substantial increase in drug complications. Drug companies must to tests on their drugs. Tests can be expensive, but drug companies need good ways to test their drugs so people do not get hurt. Because zebrafish are a vertebrate animal, they have become a valuable resource for identifying genes involved in human disease Avinash is using them as a biological model to study cardiac rhythms. He believes zebrafish can be used to save lives and money. Avinash believes science fairs provide an opportunity for students to share their work with the public. "It's not about winning awards," said Avinash who has been an observer at two ISEFs, "it's about sharing what you passionate about with others. Attending the ISEF inspires you to see what kids are capable of and inspires you to want to do research at that level at a young age." Participating in science fairs has help Avinash to build self-esteem. "I have become more confident in what doing," he said. "Confidence is key is doing good in test taking and things we have to do at school. Participating in science fairs has also taught me a lot of time management, speaking and other skills critical to my education and future." Avinash is considering studying genetics and bio chemistry, but it's "subject to change." "

4/08/11 > CP Students Place at HOSA State Leadership Conference

Champlin Park students from HOSA did well recently at the HOSA State Leadership Conference.

Gavin Persuad teamed with Ashley McIntyre in Forensics to take 2nd Place and they will be competing at Nationals. Eric Hedrickson, Devin Edberg and Alecia Harken placed 5th in Medical Debate receiving Honorable Mention. Devin received an MVP from their judges. Eric also competed in the Extemporaneous Health Poster where he earned perfect scores, but he lost out on the judge's tiebreaker.

Way to go Champlin Park HOSA students!

4/07/11 > BPA Students Qualify for Nationals held in Washington DC May 3-8

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Champlin Park Business Professionals of America (BPA) had 21 students competed at the State Con
ference March 10-12.  Nine of these students qualified to compete at Nationals in Washington DC May 3-8. 

T he following students qualified in these events:  
Sam Anderson:  Presentation Management Team
Hannah Flood:  Global Marketing
Simpson Fongthian:  Advanced Interview Skills and Extemporaneous Speech
Anna Hammerschmidt:  Global Marketing (also placed 6th in Interview Skills and 1st in Interview Concepts)
Becca Kunz:  Presentation Management Team
Arika Nyhus:  Presentation Management Team
Chelsea Regan:  Global Marketing
Stephanie Simco:  Presentation Management Team
Stephanie Skomra:  Global Marketing

3/31/11 > Congratulations Wallin Scholarship Recipients

Champlin Park has 13 students who will be receiving a scholarship.  The names are listed below.  Remember this is a $4000.00 per year scholarship over 4 years totaling $16,000.  Thank you to everyone who completed recommendations and to all of you for the great work you do educating our students.  I am proud to be a  part of this school community.  Pam Baker, Career & College Placement Counselor, Professional Learning Community Coordinator, Champlin Park High School.

Joseph Adams - Wallin
Alyssa Adkins - Enerprise
David Barton - Wallin
Nicholas Beauchene - Enterprise
Dan Hodac - Enterprise
Ayeza Jamil - Wallin
Crystal McLean - Wallin
William Rice - Enterprise
Stacey Rudolph - Enterprise
Karin Sather - Enterprise
Brendan Sisombath - Enterprise
Victoria - Virasy - Enterprise
DouaZong Xiong - Wallin

3/23/11 > CPHS Boys Basketball is the Team Academic Section Champion for Section 5

Great News....CPHS Boys Basketball is the Team Academic Section Champion for Section 5! Congratulations to Coach Mark Tuchscherer and his team! The boys were 21-6 overall and had a great season in the classroom as well! Way to go Rebels!

3/10/11 > CPHS Awarded Drive for Education Grant

Champlin Park High School was one of fourteen schools to be awarded the "Drive for Education Grant" courtesy of our Minnesota Toyota Dealers and KSTC television.  We have been awarded $2500.  The winners of the award were announced Thursday, March 10th  on KSTC TV during the eight o'clock game of the Boys State Hockey Tournament. 

We would like to thank Abby Duncan (12th) for her quality essay about the needs for new swim lanes and  adiving board replacement at our schools swim facility at Jackson Middle School.  Abby's application and essay was one of only fourteen applications selected for the award. Way to go Abby!

3/02/11 > CPHS students vote for Top 100 Books Star Tribune article

There is an article today in the Star Tribune about our library and the student poll results for the Top 100 list! Click the link to read the full story.

Click here for the list of CPHS Top 100 books for Teens.

2/28/11 > Congratulations to the CP Wrestling Team performance at Section 5AAA Tournament!

Congratulations to the Champlin Park Rebel  Wrestling Team on a great performance at the Section 5AAA Individual wrestling Tournament placing 12 out of 14 wrestlers and qualifying 6 wrestlers for this weekend's State Tournament.

Andy Vang 5th

Paul Winklemann 4th

3rd Place

Jake Andreen
Stephen Pham  
Ted Ketter

2nd Place
Bobby Jackson
Nash Solberg
David Burtness    
Adam Cottrell

And Champions:
Corey Berry

Gjullian Flemister-King

State Entries in BOLD!

2/28/11 > CP Boys Swim Team member, Colin Hortman going to State!
Boys Swimming will also be sending one swimmer to the state Tournament as well on March Boys Swimming will also be sending Colin Hortman in the 500 Freestlye, he finished 1st in the Section race this weekend!
2/28/11 > CP Comp Cheer placed as Grand Champions at the UPA National Competition.

Congratulations to Champlin Park Comp Cheer who placed as Grand Champions at the National Competition at the UPA National Cheer Competition this weekend in Minneapolis.


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Champlin Park's Competition Cheerleaders had a tumultuous start to their season last April.  Head Coach Angela Schrock anno unced that this would be her last season after 10 years with Champlin Park, and there were changes in the Assistant Coach position as well.  The squad also lost many of their veteran members and was now composed of fully half new members who had never competed, several of whom had never cheered before.


The new teammates decided to look at this positively as what they called "a growing year" for their much-loved squad, and got right to work learning stunts, working on their routine, and sharpening their skills.  They had an impressive season, taking second place at all the area high school competitions they attended, including the Universal Cheerleaders Association Regional 10,000 Lakes competition. The squad also placed second at the Minnesota Cheer Coaches Association State Tournament, and captured fourth place at both the Universal Cheerleaders Association "Spirit of America" competition and the Jamfest Chicago Nationals competition.


February 26 and 27 saw the Champlin Park Competition Cheerleaders off to the Minneapolis Convention Center for their last competition of the season and of Coach Schrock's career, the United Performing Association's AmeriCup Nationals.  After earning enough points to place them first in their division, they moved ahead to the Grand Champions round.  Following some very stiff competition and what Coach Schrock called their best performance of the year, Champlin Park was awarded the Grand Champions trophy, High School Varsity division.  "It's an especially sweet victory,"  team captain Rachelle Nolan says, "after all the squad's been through this year!"

2/25/11 > Congratulations to Abby Duncan, the winner of the Athena Award!

Congratulations to Abby Duncan, the winner of the Athena Award! (Most Outstanding Female Athlete) Please congratulate her when you see her! As many of you know she is a 7 time state champion in swimming coached by Joe Thiel.  She won the state tournament 4 times in the 100 Breaststroke (State Record Holder) and 3 times in the 200 IM.  She carries a GPA of 4.02 and has received a full scholarship for next fall at Auburn University for swimming!

The past 5 years winners have been:
Megan Dalbec - 2010
Alana Eason - 2009
Eleanor Magnuson - 2008
Jennifer Theisen - 2007
Elizabeth Halet - 2006

Jillian Hart, current CPHS Social Studies Teacher, was also a winner the year she graduated from CPHS, but we will let her tell you what year that was!

2/17/11 > KARE 11's What's Cool in School CPHS Shelf Story

Click on the link below to read the segment regarding the "shelf" at CPHS that is on KARE 11's website.

2/15/11 > Josh Phleger Qualifies for Alpine State Meet

Congratulations to Josh Phleger, CPHS 10th grader, who recently qualified for the Alpine State Meet which will be held on Feb. 16th. Good luck, Josh!

2/11/11 > BPA Students Qualify for State

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Congratulations go out to the BPA kids who competed in our Region 4 events on Wednesday, February 2nd!

Our two Region Officers, Sam Pirjevec and Arika Nyhus, and our State President, Simpson Fongthian, put on quite a show.  Not to mention we had a few awesome judges show up:  Steve Hall, Chris Hay, Kim Denny, and former graduate, Heather Ahola. 

Also, ALL of our students from the Internship class received the Region Torch Award.  Each students had to have 30 pts in 7 different categories of community service, leadership, and patriotism.  We are the ONLY school in the region that did this.  I don't think we've had a year that ALL of the kids have reached this level.  Watch for students who will go for state (50 pts in each category) and national (70 pts). 

Please congratulate these kids on a job VERY WELL done.  Bold denotes a state qualifier.  

First place:
Simpson Fongthian:  Advanced Interview Skills AND Extemporaneous Speaking
Arika Nyhus:  Legal Office Procedures Anna Hammerschmidt:  Interview Skills Hannah Flood:  Human Resource Management
Collin Frisco:  Economic Research Project -- Individual
Team of Arika Nyhus, Becca Kunz, Sam Anderson, Steph Simco:  Presentation Management Team
Team of Hannah Flood, Anna Hammerschmidt, Steph Skomra, Chelsea Regan:  Global Marketing
Nash Solberg:  Advanced Spreadsheet
Simpson Fongthian:  Extemporaneous Speaking
Sam Pirjevec:  Prepared Speech
Nick Joyce:  Financial Math & Analysis Open(out of 80 people!!)

Anna Hammerschmidt:  Insurance Concepts Open
Rachel Guzzi:  Parliamentary Procedures Open    

Second place:
Chelsea Regan:  Human Resource Management (CP enters 2, wins 1st and 2nd!) Ross Marchiniak: Economic Research Project -- Individual
Paige Scovil:  Interview Skills
Team of Paige Scovil, Morgan Matthiesen, Jensen Dreier:  Global Marketing (CP enters 2, wins 1st and 2nd!)
Simpson Fongthian:  Management, Marketing, Human Resources Open (out of 70 people!!)
Nash Solberg:  Database Applications
Team of Garrett Van Tuyl, Zach Duberry, John McDonald:  Small Business Management Team
Erin McAlpin:  Administrative Support Concepts Open
Carolyn Dorr: Parliamentary Procedures Open    

Third place:
Spencer Robinson: Economic Research Project -- Individual (CP enters 3, wins 1st, 2nd, 3rd!)
Garrett VanTuyl:  Banking & Finance (out of 40!)
Nicole Lindell:  Insurance Concepts Open
Team of Simpson Fongthian, Sam Pirjevec, Steven Xiong, Nash Solberg:  Broadcast News Production
Phil Tierney: Management, Marketing, Human Resources Open (out of 70 people!!)  

Fourth place:
Sam Anderson:  Medical Office Procedures
Chelsea Regan:  Administrative Support Concepts
Rachel Guzzi:  Entrepreneurship  

Fifth place:
Morgan Matthiesen:  Medical Office Procedures
Team of Collin Frisco, Spencer Robinson, Nick Joyce:  Video Production Team
Steven Xiong:  Advanved Interview Skills
Phil Tierney:  Extemporaneous Speaking Mark Swehla:  Prepared Speech
TJ Okafor: Management, Marketing, Human Resources Open (out of 70 people!!)  

Sixth place:
Erin McAlpin:  Medical Office Procedures
TJ Okafor:  Advanced Interview Skills  

Seventh place:
Nick Joyce:  Banking & Finance
Leneshia Wilkins:  Medical Office Procedures
Team of Erin McAlpin, Guy Anderson, TJ Okafor, Nicole Lindell:  Presentation Management Team  

Eighth place:
Becca Kunz:  Medical Office Procedures
Paige Scovil: Management, Marketing, Human Resources Open (out of 70 people!!)  

As a "shout out" to our Business & Marketing dept, the very difficult, 50 question multiple choice test of Management, Marketing, and Human Resources that 70 students from the region took, we placed 5 in the top 10 and 3 in the top 5!  They've learned a lot in our classes and they all worked hard for this!

Kari Hable
Business Internship Coordinator
Business Professionals of America Advisor

2/09/11 > Karin Sather KARE 11’s Academic All-Star this week

Congratulations to our own Karin Sather for being KARE 11's Academic All-Star this week. It's another reason to be proud of being a CPHS Rebel!

Click the link to see the video.

Written by Tim McNiff

Academic All Star Karin Sather CHAMPLIN PARK, Minn. -- For somebody who enjoys skiing as much as Karin Sather, the Champlin Park senior hardly looked excited with skis in hand.

Trudging through the snow on a crystal-clear January morning, Sather looked like she was headed for the principal's office rather than the ski hill. But, that's because there was no ski hill. Sather, a captain of the Alpine ski team was headed out to ski cross-country for P.E. class, and while she likes cross country skiing, for Karin, it doesn't come close to racing down hill. "Skiing is one of those crazy things where you just don't really understand why you do it", says Karin. Especially racing, because there's nothing smart about it, nothing smart about it!"

And, Karin Sather should know about what's smart, and what isn't. Ranked #6 in her class with a GPA of 4.2, Karin's award-winning participation in STEM and Science Fairs, has led to funded research at the U of M. "This year I'm looking at leaf decomposition rates", says Karin. "More specifically, which type of leaf leaches the most nutrients when it's on an impermeable surface?" And, the bottom line is.. "Don't put chemicals on your grass because it runs right into the water".

An A.P. Scholar with distinction, and a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service award, Karin's life and academic experience was impacted by her second major accident while down hill racing. "They came in and said that they had good news and bad news", says Karin "The good news is all of my internal organs are fine and the bad news is that I had three fractures in my lower back." Karin followed 5-days on her back, with 9-months in a back brace, and 6-months of physical therapy. Says Karin, "I learned a lot about people from breaking my back and it's the kind of thing that's going to change the rest of the way that I view life and my values."

Outstanding in science research, Karin emerged from the experience with a desire to help others facing a life challenge of their own. "I'm leaning more towards medicine because I want to be able to more directly help people", says Karin. In that vein, Karin teaches English as a 2nd language and helps disabled adults learn to read.

Proving that this 3-time captain of the Alpine ski team can change it up and still produce outstanding results. Says Karin, "I still like cross country skiing, it's fun, but, not as fun as down hill.""

2/08/11 > CPHS presented flag flown during Operation New Dawn

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CPHS principal Michael George, was presented with a flag by1Lt. Anthony McFarlane (Graduate of CPHS) Platoon Leader. The flag was flown over Thunder Horse Headquarters at Combined Operation Site Warrior in Kirkuk, Iraq during Operation New Dawn on 08-December-2010 by the 2nd Battalion, 12 United States Cavalry, 1st Advise Assist Task Force, 1st Cavalry Division.

2/03/11 > Snow Days Talent Show Winners

Congratulations to the following Snow Days Talent Show winners: Chanel and Andrew Williams 1st place Break Dancing Team 2nd Shaun Jordan 3rd place

1/31/11 > Snow Days Queen & King Coronation

Congratulations to Snow Days Queen, Margaret Gromek, and Snow Days King, Theodore Gibson!

Congratulations also to the Snow Days Court! Seniors: Margaret Gromek, Scott Bever, Laura Croteau, Heath Van Deventer, Ashtin Carter, Matthew Kleven, DesiRee Shelton, Daniel Young, Sarah Lindstrom, Theodore Gibson, Chelsea Chadwick, Simeon Collins.
Juniors: Erin Carter, Nick Jones, Briana Jones, Styles Adam.
Sophmores: Hannah Lorentzen, Collin Schmoyer, Filsen Adam, Michael Sales. Freshman: Lousimon Geezay, Mason VanTuy,l Kelli Heytens, Dustin Wahlquist.