You’re Invited: Alumni Gatherings

alumni basketball game 2018December 21, 2019: Alumni Basketball Game
Enjoy getting back on the court with fellow alumni at the Alumni Basketball Game held on December 21, 2019 in the Lansing Center at 1 PM. All MPA alumni are welcomed and encouraged to attend to play or cheer on their former classmates!

December 26, 2019: Alumni Social
This is your chance to return to campus for this year’s winter Alumni Social held on December 26 at 5 PM. The event will include appetizers, beverages and tours of the newly renovated spaces. For questions or to RSVP, please email

January 14, 2020: Alumni Mentorship Program Networking Event
Join in preparing the Class of 2020 for life after MPA in the 2nd Annual Alumni Mentorship Program Networking Event. The event will take place on January 14, 2020 from 8-9:15 AM in the Family Commons. If you are interested in participating or to learn more, please contact Ashley Goetzke, assistant director of development at for more information.

Discovering Confidence On And Off The Court

Catherine Moore '20The following essay is adapted from MPA Class of 2020 member Catherine Moore’s Senior Speech.

I have been at MPA since kindergarten and during my time here, I have done and been many different things. In the early years, my aspirations ranged from being a veterinarian—a job that many regular people would think is a good life goal—to astronaut—again, a good job, though harder to get there, but still fairly normal … to finally … a mermaid. Clearly, my interests would wander, changing with whatever creative thought passed through my head. Luckily, MPA gave me a place to explore my less realistic, yet aspirational side. I don’t know about doing right, but I definitely dreamed big.

My afterschool interests varied, too. I tried soccer and swimming, joined basketball and played volleyball. I loved everything about sports … especially the competitiveness. I enjoyed being physical and loved my will to win. I engaged in as many sports as possible. Eventually, however, it was volleyball that caught my attention and gave me an anchor and a steady focus. In many ways, some of the most important lessons I have learned have come from being on a volleyball team, whether that was here at MPA or on a club team. Read More

Meet MPA Physical Education Teacher Rich Harris

rich Harris and mike scinto at the girls soccer game togetherHow many years have you been at MPA?
This is my first year.

What do you love about MPA?
The community, small classes, the work ethic of the students, and the lunch!

How does MPA inspire students who dream big and do right?
MPA consistently promotes this motto. It encourages its students to always look at the big picture and to always think their dream is achievable. MPA models doing the right thing and this rubs off on the students and community as a whole.

If you have worked at another school, how has your experience at MPA been different?
These students genuinely care for and support one another.

What would you tell a parent considering MPA?
That if you want your child to be encouraged to try new things and always feel supported, then MPA is for them. If they want more individual attention from teachers, then MPA is for them. If they want the child to be in an environment that is kind and loving, then MPA is for them. MPA also has the technology and the classes to prepare their child for adulthood in today’s world. Read More

Thank You From Coach Kunze-Hoeg

girls volleyball team at the state tournamentby Jeff Kunze-Hoeg, MPA Varsity Volleyball Coach

I want to thank the entire MPA family for your overwhelming support of the MPA volleyball program this season–especially at the 4A Section Final where we beat New Life Academy to advance to the State Tournament for the first time in school history. The cheering was electric and there is no doubt that it helped push our team to victory. Winning that match will be a long-time memory for us. I was blown away, not only by the number of students in the stands, but the number of MPA faculty and families who took time out of their weekend to show their Panther Pride at Kennedy High School. Read More

Thank You To The Entire Panther Community!

mpa volleyball at the state tournamentThank you for your incredible support of the MPA Girls Varsity Volleyball Team as they advanced to the State Tournament for the first time in school history! We are so proud of our athletes, our fans, and our entire Panther community. It was a day to remember as five buses full of students departed campus for the Xcel Energy Center and other students gathered in the Family Commons to watch the livestream. The Panther Pride across all grades was palpable and truly represented how our community comes together to support one another. It was a great day to be a Panther! See photos of the electric energy from today here!

Girls Varsity Volleyball In The State Tournament

girls volleyball competing this fallFor the first time in school history, Mounds Park Academy Varsity Girls Volleyball is competing in the State Tournament! The Panthers play TODAY at 1 PM and Friday, November 8 at the Xcel Energy Center. You can watch today’s game live here and if you plan to attend Friday’s game, it is encouraged that you purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the gates one hour prior to the first session beginning each day. Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for adults. Thank you for all of your support this season and GO PANTHERS!

State Championship

On a cold, blustery day, you all ran outstanding performances at the always challenging state championship.

Margo and Katie were first up. The plan was to run a patient first mile and try to pass a lot of runners during the second and third miles. Margo ran a little quicker during the first mile than she had intended, but she held her place during the second mile. She picked it up a little during her third mile, passing 23 runners. She finished in 39th place in 19:55, her best performance at the state meet in her three appearances.

Katie hit her goal time for the mile split almost exactly, doing 6:19. She slowed during her second mile, but did hold onto her position. She picked it up a little bit during the third mile and passed a couple of runners. She finished in 21:01 in 114th place, improving on her time and place from last year.

Henry was next up. It wasn’t any warmer, but the starting pace was hot! The leader went through his first mile in 4:41! Henry kept his cool and hit his first mile in 4:59, almost exactly as planned. He passed 11 runners during his second mile, moving up to 10th place. He maintained his pace and held onto his position during his third mile to finish in 10th place, earning a medal and all state honors.

This was a nice finish to the season for all of you. But for Henry and Katie, to run well in a season where they faced a great deal of adversity and dealt with serious injuries is really a credit to their persistence.

With this race, we bid farewell to seniors Henry and our manager Grace. Thanks to both of you for all your contributions to our team over the years!

Results for the girls and boys are available at Wayzata Results.


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Section 4A Championship

The sun finally made an appearance at one of our cross country meets, although it came along with cold temperatures and windy conditions. You took advantage of the fine running weather to record nine personal best times and earned three state qualifications!

Our varsity boys were up first. Unfortunately, Isak was unable to run as his hip was bothering him. Better safe than sorry. Henry led our boys, chasing one of the better runners in the state and finishing 2nd to qualify for the state meet. His time was close to what he ran last year in this meet. Cullen started very quickly, but found the second half of the race difficult. Peter had some trouble breathing, which limited him during the race. Evan improved his best time by 24 seconds. A nice way to finish his year. Ben, now serving as our 5th runner, improved his best time by 11 seconds. Liam, running only his second varsity race, improved his previous time by 16 seconds. There is definitely a lot to look forward to from these boys in future years.

Our girls were a little late getting to the starting line, but that didn’t seem to slow them down. Margo led our girls, finishing 4th to qualify for the state meet. Katie, in her first race since her muddy Milaca injury, ran like she’d never been gone. She recorded her second best ever time, finishing 10th and qualifying for the state meet. Izzy Q., after giving up on her coach’s overly ambitious race plan, ran her best race of the year. Cara improved her best time by 47 seconds! Seniors Skylar, Izzy G., and Mari rounded things out for our girls. Skylar ran her best time of the season. Izzy G. was just a few seconds from her best ever time. And Mari improved her best time by six seconds, breaking 26 minutes for the first time. The girls team finished in 5th place for their efforts.

Our large junior varsity contingent was last up. Eddie was first to finish, sporting a sleek new haircut, and running just a few seconds from his best time. Henry G. also finished just seconds from his best time. Noah sprinted to a new personal best time by 50 seconds. But Zain took the prize for the largest improvement of the day, improving his personal best time by 4 minutes! Eilam was our final junior varsity boy, cracking 30 minutes for the first time.

Amy led our junior varsity girls, improving her previous time by 37 seconds. Sophia, finally able to race after a season of frustrating foot problems, ran well to finish her first race. Salma was next up, sticking with her race despite not feeling very good. Amy ran just her second race, and looked much stronger than her first effort.

Three of our runners, Henry, Margo, and Katie, will continue on to the state meet. For our four senior girls, Skylar, Izzy G., Emily, and Mari, this was their final high school cross country race. You added so much to our team over the years, and we will miss you. Who will wear the pajamas on this team now?

Results for the boys and girls varsity are at Gopher State Events.


Boys Soccer Wraps Up Season With IMAC Recognitions

mpa boys soccer at their homecoming gameBoth the MPA Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams had new coaches this year. Coach Denver Johnson coached Varsity and Coach Phillip Neblich coached JV. Varsity ended their season with six wins and 10 losses, while JV had seven wins and just two losses.

Reflecting on the season, Coach Johnson noted, “We are a young team with talented players, led by captains Luke Zscheile, Nathan Harvanko, and Jerusalem Thao. The season started off rough, with the team playing a couple of top teams in the state. Despite the losses, we maintained a positive mind set and a never quit attitude.” Read More

IMAC Championship

On a slippery course, you earned three all conference awards and an honorable mention award.

Our middle school runners started things off for us. Eddie finished 4th in the boys race to earn a t-shirt and run his best time on this course. Joey finished just ahead of Henry S., who ran his best time on this course. Boyd finished with a sprint. Teagan was 4th among the girls, earning a t-shirt.

Next up were our varsity boys. Henry led the way, while being cautious on his healing hamstring. He ran with care, but finished 4th to earn all conference honors. Isak finished just a few seconds later in 5th place to also earn all conference honors. Peter ran well on this soggy course, only a few seconds from his best time on the course, earning honorable mention. Cullen had a Murphy’s Law kind of race, as all of the spikes came out of his shoes, leaving him with little traction. This made his knees sore as well. Cullen did hang in there to finish the race. Despite the muddy turf, Evan improved his personal best by a few more seconds. Henry G. and Noah finished as our 6th and 7th runners today. Our boys team finished in 2nd place in the IMAC.

Our varsity girls were the finale this afternoon. Margo battled the leader for much of the race, finishing 3rd and earning all conference honors. Izzy, racing after playing in the girls soccer section game, ran well to finish in 19th place. Cara ran her best time on this course. Skylar ran one of her best times of the season. Izzy G. finished just ahead of Emily, who ran her first race of the season. Mari improved her best time on this course by well over a minute. Salma finished with a sprint to hold her place.

While not everything worked according to plan, you did manage to race without injury, which is an achievement on this kind of soggy, slippery course. Next up will be our section meet in two weeks to determine who will advance to the state meet. It’s taper time!

Results for all races are at Gopher State Events.