Jacob Schwartz ’09 Named Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

Jacob Schwartz '09 and studentMounds Park Academy Boys Basketball is thrilled to announce Jacob Schwartz ’09 as head varsity coach! He is taking over for Dan Haase, who moved into the role of Athletic Director after 16 years coaching basketball at MPA. Previously, Jacob coached MPA’s Junior Varsity team while also acting as an assistant coach on the Varsity bench.

“I’m most excited about working with the kids in our program,” said Jacob.  “I’ve built some great relationships with them over the years and to see their progression has been terrific. I’m excited to help them achieve both team and individual success as we strive to take MPA basketball to the next level.”

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Declan Dahlberg Signs With U of M

Declan signing letter for University of MinnesotaMounds Park Academy is proud to announce that senior Declan Dahlberg signed with the University of Minnesota’s Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. An exceptional student athlete, Declan was accepted to the University’s College of Science and Engineering.

“I’m extremely excited to start this new chapter of my academic and athletic career next fall, and I’m honored to do it at the University of Minnesota. In the end, the combination of my interactions with Coach Plascencia, the boys on the team, and the school in general made this an easy choice. I’m extremely grateful to my high school coaches, Dan Ethier, Jerry Slater, and Bev Docherty, my parents, and my teammates and friends for helping me get to this point. I could not have achieved any of this without all of their support,” said Declan.

Declan is a two-time state champion (1600m in Track and Cross Country as a junior). He also finished second twice (3200m in Track as a junior and Cross Country as a senior). He is a seven-time state qualifier and seven-time All State Honoree between Track and Cross Country. Remarkably, he was part of both of the two closest finishes in Cross Country State Meet history.

Outside of athletics, Declan is an exceptional student and volunteer. He is an academic All State Recipient with a 3.98 Cumulative GPA, making honor roll every semester of high school. Declan was one of 14 members of the MPA Class of 2018 to be inducted into the National Honor Society on October 12, 2017. His selection was due to his exemplary commitment to service, leadership, character, and academics, tenants of NHS and Mounds Park Academy. He writes the weekly Run, Write, Repeat Blog for running website MileSplit MN.

Interested in pursuing medical school after college, Declan volunteers in the emergency room at St. John’s Hospital and does melanoma research with Professor Timothy Lyden at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls specifically related to the 3D modeling of melanoma tumors.

He is a highly skilled percussionist, pianist, violinist, and choral member, exemplifying the balance between academics, arts, and athletics that students find at Mounds Park Academy.

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Press Release: Declan Dahlberg Signing

Declan Dahlberg runningPRESS RELEASE

Contact: Natalie Waters Seum
Director of Communications and Marketing
nwatersseum@moundsparkacademy.org
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MOUNDS PARK ACADEMY’S DECLAN DAHLBERG CHOOSES UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TRACK AND FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY

Signing Wednesday, November 8 at 8:25 AM

November 7, 2017 – Mounds Park Academy is proud to announce that senior Declan Dahlberg will sign with the University of Minnesota’s Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. An exceptional student athlete, Declan was accepted to the University’s School of Science and Engineering.

Members of the media are invited to join us on Mounds Park Academy’s campus Wednesday, November 8 for his signing, which will begin promptly at 8:25 AM. Enter the Lansing Center through door seven, which is located on the north end of campus, furthest from Larpenteur Avenue. Prior notice of plans to attend would be greatly appreciated via email at nwatersseum@moundsparkacademy.org,

ABOUT DECLAN

  • Two-time state champion (1600m in Track and Cross Country as a junior). He also finished second twice (3200m in Track as a junior and Cross Country as a senior).
  • Seven-time state qualifier and seven-time All State Honoree between Track and Cross Country.• Part of both of the two closest finishes in Cross Country State Meet history.
  • Follows in the footsteps of MPA alumnus Evan Ferlic ’15 who currently runs Cross Country and Track for the Gophers.
  • Writes the weekly Run, Write, Repeat blog for running website MileSplit MN.
  • Academic All State Recipient, 3.98 Cumulative GPA, honor roll every semester of high school. Declan was one of 14 members of the MPA Class of 2018 to be inducted into the National Honor Society on October 12, 2017. His selection was due to his exemplary commitment to service, leadership, character, and academics, tenants of NHS and Mounds Park Academy.
  • Volunteers in in emergency room at St. John’s Hospital and does melanoma research with Professor Timothy Lyden at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls specifically related to the 3D modeling of melanoma tumors. He is interested in pursuing medical school after college.
  • Highly skilled percussionist, pianist, violinist, and choral member, exemplifying the balance between academics, arts, and athletics that students find at Mounds Park Academy.

About Mounds Park Academy
2051 Larpenteur Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55109
Founded in 1982, Mounds Park Academy is a private, PreK-12 college preparatory school serving nearly 500 students from throughout the Twin Cities. The MPA environment is designed to allow each student to discover who they are truly meant to be through rigorous offerings in academics, arts, and athletics. For more information, visit www.moundsparkacademy.org. For more information about Athletics at MPA, visit www.moundsparkacademy.org/athletics.


Evan Ferlic ’15 Receives Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

Alumni running for University of MinnesotaCongratulations to Evan Ferlic ’15 for receiving the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the University of Minnesota Men’s Cross Country Team!

The Big Ten Conference honors athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

As a Panther, Ferlic helped lead MPA to a second place finish at the 2013 MSHSL State Cross Country Meet and anchored the 2015 Class A State Champion 4x800m relay team in Track and Field.

Congratulations, Evan!


Cross Country Qualifies for State

Cross Country team photoThe Boys Cross Country team finished second at the Section 4A Championship Meet to qualify for the State Cross Country Meet. Team members are Matthew Bourne, Tanner Kozen, Isak Nightingale, Henry Peterson, Henry Snider, Sumner Wu and defending Class A State Champion Declan Dahlberg. Seventh grader, Margo, finished fourth in the Section 4A Girls Race and also qualified for the State Meet! The MSHSL State Championship is on Saturday, November 4 at St. Olaf College. Margo runs in the Class A Girls Race at 1 PM and the Boys Team runs in the Class A Boys Race at 2 PM. Go Panthers!


Parents Association Sports Swap

Join us as we clean out our closets to reduce, reuse and recycle sports equipment.

Are your closets and garages overflowing with sports equipment that your child has outgrown? Bring them in and share with the MPA Community!

Bring in your used equipment November 2-27 and drop it off near the Lower School (South) entrance. We will sort, organize and get items ready for resale to the MPA Community during Lower School Sports Week.

  • Has your child wanted to try soccer but you didn’t want to invest in $50 soccer cleats? How does $5 a pair sound?
  • Want to give hockey a try but don’t want to purchase all new equipment? Come take a look!
  • What a great way to share in the love of sports!

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Doubles Tennis Off to State

Four girls at tennis tournamentCongratulations to Rachel Lindrud/Sofia Walker and Annika Ide/Gabby Law who represented MPA deep into the Section Finals in Doubles Tennis. Rachel and Sofia took second in the Section and will advanced to the State Tournament and Annika/Gabby took fourth place. The competition was strong and all four players left it all out on the court. This is the first time since 2011 that MPA has had a team in the State Tournament. Go Panthers!

Update: Sofia Walker and Rachel Lindrud had a strong showing at the State Tennis meet at Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center on Thursday. In their first match vs Minnewaska the Panthers won 7-5, 6-0. As they advanced in the state doubles tourney they played a very strong Litchfield team that went to three sets. In the end, the Panthers lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Please congratulate Rachel and Sofia on great season!


All State Second Team

Student on soccer fieldSenior Captain Nicholas Guiang was named to the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association All State Second Team at the MSHSSCA All State Banquet on Sunday at the River Centre in St. Paul! A four-year varsity starter, Guiang tallied nine goals and seven assists this season, both tops on the team. He led the Panthers to the Section 4A Quarterfinals. He is the second member of his family to be named to the All State Second Team—his older brother Eric ’14 earned All State Second Team in 2013. Read more about this family in MPA Now, arriving in homes in early November.


Homecoming Coverage and Photos

Homecoming was spectacular! Thank you to everyone who attended the festivities. Find professional photo from Saturday on campus here and photo booth moments here!

Senior Rachel Lindrud of “Freethinker,” MPA’s new student-run news source, covered the excitement of Homecoming Week …

MPA students playing soccerHomecoming: A Time for Pride, Competition, and Dancing
by Rachel Lindrud

On Friday, September 22 through Saturday, September 23, Mounds Park Academy came together as an entire community for its annual and spirited Homecoming events. In the days leading up to the games and festivities, parents decorated the hallways and coordinated multiple events, while over the weekend, kids from all grades streamed to the fields and courts to cheer on their classmates, siblings, and mentors. MPA’s “Panther Pride,” an appellation referring to the school’s panther mascot, was uniquely demonstrated throughout the week in the forms of volunteer work, athletic skill, and blue and white pompoms. This event models not only MPA and its athletic accomplishments, but also its proactive parent, student, and teacher volunteerism and its dynamic community-building spirit.

On Friday, the day before the sporting events, MPA held its annual Homecoming Assembly, at which students and faculty of all grade levels came together to wish the athletes a final good luck and also take part in various competitive community-building events. Sylvia H. ’24, supported her sisters and enjoyed watching her friends and teachers compete with one another: “I supported Soccer and Volleyball because my sisters are on those teams. My favorite part of the assembly was watching the sports teams and teachers do relays.”

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