Briefs

AP testing changes because of coronavirus

Social distancing orders affected this year’s AP exams, switched to at-home testing The College Board altered May 2020 AP exams to conform with COVID-19 stay at home orders. The College Board announced on March 20 that all AP exams would be taken at home, online. Students took the tests on …

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Terfa named technology director

Merry Mattson retires after 40 years at M.A.; Sam Terfa named new tech director With the recent retirement of the Director of Technology Merry Mattson after 40 years at Minnehaha, Sam Terfa was appointed to lead the tech team. Terfa had been the senior manager of information systems. Before that …

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ISS Update

Project returns to Earth after 3 months On April 6, the Minnehaha Academy International Space Station experiment returned to Earth aboard the Space X CRS- 20, splashing down into the Pacific Ocean. The project, which researched the effect of a microgravity environment on the growth of calcium carbonate crystals, will …

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Coronavirus: Finding ways to provide service

Volunteering from a distance Health officials are not wrong that one of the best things you can do right now for both yourself and others is to simply stay at home and distance yourself. However, with so many communities struggling with finances and health, just a little bit of service …

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Sending school work to space

Minnehaha ISS team prepares experiment for space The Minnehaha Academy ISS team is preparing an experiment to grow calcium carbonate crystals in space, with a launch date to the International Space Station scheduled for Feb. 7, 2020.  The team  of two teachers and 13 students is designing an experiment to …

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The health effects of diet and regular soda

Do soft drinks lead to an earlier death? Everyone knows that soft drinks contain unhealthy amounts of sugar, but new research by JAMA International Medicine suggests that diet soda might be just as bad for you, or even worse.  The JAMA study followed 450,000 Europeans for 16 years and tracked …

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Vaping ban planned after deaths

Vaping epidemic brings serious health problems   It has been a busy fall for the vaping industry. Vaping has been linked to 37 deaths and more than 1,000 illnesses, mostly involving young people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in October.  In response, several states, including New York …

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Student gets business rolling

Student develops clothing company with family Minnehaha Academy junior Jayven Williamson said that it all started with his brother getting a tattoo.  It resulted in a sibling effort to create a clothing company called 37th Street Brand. Jayven and Jose, Jr. (‘17), a college junior who wanted a meaningful design …

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Blockbuster hoops set for January

Boys’ basketball team plans huge event in January In early January 2020, Minnehaha Academy will be hosting basketball games in which some of the best teams in the country will be playing against each other, including Minnehaha’s own boys’ team.  This tournament will take place on Friday, Jan. 3, and …

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M.A. hires new tennis coach

Williamson to coach girls’, boys’ teams Minnehaha has hired a new boys and girls tennis coach, Jose Williamson, Sr. Williamson loves to coach tennis. “I love the challenge [of coaching]” he said. Williamson began coaching in 1994. He coached at Urban Tennis (now known as Inner City Tennis) and at …

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