Meet Sophia Spisak ’23
October 4, 2022
What do you love about MPA?
I love how MPA is such a close-knit community. I really value the relationships I have with my teachers and friends, and I still keep in touch with some of my Middle School teachers. It’s wonderful to have such close connections. I also love that MPA gives students the opportunity to try so many different things–most students aren’t just known for one passion.
How are you encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?
Since MPA is a PreK-12 school, I’m able to learn from students of different ages. When I was in Middle School, I always looked up to my team captains as my role models, and I wanted to be just like them because they were so kind and caring. Being the older kid now lets me learn from younger teammates and set a positive example.
Why do you believe your teachers teach the way they do?
It is very clear how much MPA teachers care about their students; they always teach with joy and authenticity. I believe they teach this way because they care about us so deeply and want to see us succeed outside of the classroom. Read More
Evan Fraser Wins Class A Singles State Championship
June 13, 2022
Congratulations to Evan Fraser, the 2022 Class A Singles State Champion in Boys Tennis! Evan is from Nova Classical Academy and a member of the Panthers Co-op.
TwinCities.com reports, “Fraser’s was the third individual Class A title and second in three years (for MPA). Parker Law won the 2019 crown, and Bryan Kelly was the 2007 champ.” Click here to read the full article. Go Panthers!
Cross Country State Bound!
October 28, 2021
MPA’s Athletics are having a great year so far. Today we celebrate the fact that we have three Panthers who have qualified for State!
Isak Nightingale placed fourth in Section 4A
Margo Nightingale placed tenth in Section 4A
Teagan O’Keefe place ninth in Section 4A
MPA Boys 5th Place Section 4A & MPA Girls 6th Place Section 4A
Sections advances the top two teams plus the next ten individuals. Sections took place at Highland 9 Golf Course and the State race will be November 6 at St. Olaf College. This season the MSHSL has moved to 3 classes for Cross Country running. AAA–Largest, AA–Middle, A–Smallest. MPA athletes will run Boys at 12 PM, Girls at 1 PM and Awards at 1:45 PM!
Congratulations MPA Volleyball Conference Champs!
October 14, 2021
MPA is acknowledging the volleyball team’s overwhelming success this year, finishing 18-3 overall, and undefeated in the IMAC conference! This is the second time in three years that we have swept the conference without losing a single set. Good luck tonight against SPA! We will be celebrating our seniors Kaija, Jenna Sherwood, Maddie Black, and Vienna Schreifels.
Congratulations to all of the players and coaches, go Panthers!
Great job to our stat leaders from this season:
Kills–Kaija Kunze-Hoeg with 248 and Lola Pilon with 227
Aces–Else Kunze-Hoeg with 73, second in the state.
Assists–Else with 580, currently fifth in the state
Digs–Kaija with 236, Lola with 197, and Violette Cammack with 175
Homecoming Celebration And Spirit Week Reimagined
September 16, 2021
September 27 – October 2
Join us as we reimagine our annual Homecoming festivities in light of COVID-19 health and safety concerns. We are offering division-specific opportunities for students as a part of a weeklong celebration, building spirit for MPA Athletics and our entire community.
Upper School Activities:
- MPA Student Council Spirit Week Dress Up Days: September 27 – October 1
- Upper School student only BBQ: October 1, 5-8 PM, Benz Courtyard
- Upper School student dance: October 2, 8-11 PM, Benz Courtyard
- Free Homecoming-themed MPA t-shirts for all Upper School students
Middle School Activities:
- Middle School Game Day: October 1, 10 AM-3 PM, South Lawn (Parent Volunteers needed!)
- Spirit Week Dress Up Days September 27-October 1
- Free Homecoming-themed MPA t-shirts for all Middle School students
Lower School Activities:
- Pajama Day for all Lower School Students: September 27
- Spirit Wear Day with Homecoming T-shirt and non-uniform bottom: October 1
- Homecoming Spirit Photo Booth and Special Appearances by the MPA Panther: September 27-October 1
- Homecoming Panther Coloring Sheets available for students
- Free Homecoming-themed MPA t-shirts for all Lower School students
MPA Athletics Schedule Saturday, October 2
Please note: Only athlete household members may attend in person. Join in the fun and cheer on our Panthers by streaming games live! Learn more at https://www.moundsparkacademy.org/athletics/
- Varsity Girls Soccer vs New Life Academy 11 AM (available for streaming)
- Varsity Boys Soccer New Life Academy 1 PM (available for streaming)
- Varsity Volleyball 9 AM-2 PM (continuous streaming viewing)
- JV Boys Soccer New Life Academy 11 AM (not available for streaming)
- Varsity Girls Tennis vs Como Park and Cretin Derham Hall (not available for streaming)
Homecoming Parent Gathering
Parents, would you like to share your MPA Spirit and support our student athletes? Join the MPA Parents Association for an all-parent coffee and community building meet-up on Friday, October 1 from 7:45 to 10 AM. You’ll find us under the big white tent in the west parking lot, rain or shine. Meet other MPA parents, help to decorate the outdoor fields, and write messages of encouragement for our athletes. Go Panthers!
MPA Athletes Swept The Podium
August 4, 2021
The Lake Phalen Rowing swept the podium at the Iowa Games Regatta on July 31st with MPA student/athletes bringing home multiple victories. We’re so glad to see that our student community is remaining active in the summer months, and winning simultaneously! Please refer to the information below to see the results from this competitive regatta.
Men’s Novice 1x:
2nd place—Finn Zeruhn
3rd place—Alex Appleton
Men’s Jr 4x:
2nd place—Collin Steinberger ‘21, Grant Steinberger, David Steinberger, Matt Duerr
Women’s Novice 1x:
1st place—Sonia Olk
3rd place—Abby Appleton
Men’s Jr 1x:
8th—Collin Steinberger ‘21
Men’s Jr 2x:
Tied for 2nd place—Collin Steinberger ‘21, Grant Steinberger
5th place—Matt Duerr, David
10th place—Finn Zeruhn
A Night Of Panther Pride
August 2, 2021
Mason Ferlic ’11 Competes in Olympic Games
MPA community members from alumni, faculty, and current families gathered to celebrate and support Mason’s olympic accomplishments. We launched the event with pizza and ‘Go Mason’ poster making, then concluded with a personal FaceTime from Mason after he crossed the finish line. The Ferlic family and the rest of the MPA community expressed their immense pride and happiness for Mason as we wished him a restful remainder of his evening. Enjoy this reflection piece written by Nate Bander ’09, one of Mason’s teammates and click through our photos from that night.
by Nate Bander, Class of 2009
Mason Ferlic ran a near personal best in the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on July 30, placing 21st in 8:20.23, an exciting and historic day for MPA! Mason came to MPA in ninth grade and joined the track and field team in his first year. He found success right away, and his coaches and teammates encouraged him to sign up for cross country running. The problem was that he was already registered for soccer! But, with a little arm twisting, he decided to give cross country a try. The rest is pretty much history, he went on to win four MSHSL state championships, break three school records, and appear on MPA’s track and field top 10 list 11 times (though fun fact, Nolan, his younger brother, appears 13).
After graduating from MPA in 2011, Mason competed for the University of Michigan as the first of what have now become four MPA track and field athletes to compete at the Division I level in the last 10 years, all in the Big Ten Conference. He won the 2016 NCAA steeplechase championship and after graduating from Michigan with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering, he is now pursuing a PHD in Applied Statistics, which he does while training with Very Nice Track Club in Ann Arbor. Read More
Mounds Park Academy Closed July 3-11
July 1, 2021
Mounds Park Academy, including the building and grounds, business office, heads office, development, admissions, communications, athletics offices, and all division offices will be closed July 3-11, 2021. We appreciate your patience while employees spend time with their families. We will respond to emails and voicemails immediately upon our return!