• Mounds View students elected SkillsUSA state officers

    SkillsUSA Minnesota elected Mounds View High School junior Sydney Dvorak and sophomore Jacqueline Pennington to serve as 2020 State Officers. SkillsUSA prepares students to be high-performance workers by providing quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

    ABOUT SkillsUSA
    SkillsUSA prepares America’s high-performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills. It emphasizes quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. SkillsUSA members compete in over 100 events at the State SkillsUSA Leadership and Champions Conference. Students earning first place have the opportunity to compete at nationals among the top 1% of Career and Technical Education students. For more information, visit www.skillsusa.org.

    Last year, SkillsUSA students attended a leadership conference to learn more about SkillsUSA, how to run a successful chapter, prepare for chapter activities and how to be a leader. This fall, students had an opportunity to apply to run for a state officer position. In order to be placed on the ballot, students must complete an application which includes an essay, have three letters of recommendation, pass the SkillsUSA national test, give a speech to state delegates and create a campaign as well as complete a panel interview with the SkillsUSA MN Board of Directors.

    Skills USA Mounds View Chapter
    The local chapter consists of 20 members in grades 9-12. The local chapter elected the local leadership team in early January. The current chapter advisors are DaNae Klimek and Shaun Adamski.

    • President - Jackie Pennington
    • Vice President
    • Addy Yeow, Secretary
    • Maggie Xiao, Reporter
    • Isabel Newhouse

    Sydney and Jacqueline join a long line of Mounds View High School SkillsUSA state officers:

    • 2020
      • Vice President: Sydney Devorak
      • Secretary: Jacqueline Pennington
    • 2019
      • Vice President: Vidhya Mallikarjunan
      • Treasurer: Jacqueline Pennington
    • 2018
      • President: Vidhya Mallikarjunan
      • Vice President: Rachel Deno
    • 2017
      • President: Rachel Deno
    • 2016
      • President: Kevin Ameyaw
      • Vice President: Jasmine Yang
    • 2015
      • Vice President: Kevin Ameyaw
    • 2014
      • Secretary: Andrew Wrobel
    • 2012
      • President: Maddy Storrar
      • Vice President: James Thompson

    Two young women pose in red blazers

    Junior Sydney Dvorak and sophomore Jacqueline Pennington were elected to serve as SkillsUSA state officers for 2020.

  • Irondale concert choir performs at State Choral Director's Fall Convention 

    In November, the Irondale Concert Choir performed at the State Choral Director's Fall Convention. As part of the day they participated in a clinic session with Dr. André Thomas from Florida State University They then performed his music at the concert under his direction.

  • Irondale's Bye Bye Birdie wins award 

    Irondale High School’s fall musical Bye Bye Birdie received top honors with the Spotlight Education Program sponsored by the Hennepin Theater Trust. In addition to many students receiving honors, the production was also awarded Outstanding Overall Production. Members from the Irondale Drama club will perform at the Spotlight Awards Showcase in June.

    Full list of awardees:

    • Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role, Joe Sorenson
    • Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, Bex Williams
    • Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role, Marion Alvet-Bangoura
    • Honorable Mention in a Featured Role, Sophia Haugen
    • Honorable Mention in a Supporting Role, Eddie Renshaw

  • Irondale Drama One Act competition team 

    Irondale Drama's One Act team was awarded Section 4AA second place honors and will be the alternates to the state competition. The students performed The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman, a powerful and compelling piece about a gay teen in Laramie, WY who was brutally murdered because of his identity.
    Group stands with medals
    Top row, left to right: Chloe Scwagerl, Marion Alvet, Ethan Bockenhauer, Leo Keofod, Connor Rautio, Natasha Vigoren, Eddie Renshaw, Nick Nelson, Sophia Haugen, Joe Sorenson and Alec Cummings.
    Bottom row, left to right: Anna Lau, Gabe Mullen, Annabelle Hosmer and Emmie Hinnenkamp.
    Not pictured: Dreena Kuto, Diana Jones and Bex Williams. 

  • Frozen Jr. musical draws record-breaking crowd 
     Irondale Drama under the direction of Janet Paone had record breaking crowds for their performance of “Frozen Jr”!! After they toured to the elementary schools with the show they had 4 additional public performances at Irondale! 2 of the performances featured a Frozen Sing A Long for the  audience and on Sunday drama sponsored a Sunday Frozen Family Fun Day before their final performance!! The audience was invited to have their photos taken with the cast. So many little girls came dressed as Elsa and Anna!! Kids participated in games, face painting, a Bouncy House and much much more!! Janet Paone thinks this could be the start of an annual Fun Day for the Children’s Musical!!
    After visiting and performing at each elementary school in the District, Irondale Drama performed Frozen Jr. for four public performances at Irondale High School in February to a record-breaking crowd. Two of the performances featured a Frozen sing-a-long with the audience and the final performance featured a Frozen Family Fun Day before the musical. The event featured games, face-painting, a bouncy house and much more. Audience members, many dressed up in Frozen-themed costumes, were invited to take pictures with the cast after the show.