MPA Alumni In The News

Amber Washington '12Four MPA alumni were featured in the news this week for a variety of accomplishments! From athletics to community engagement, and arts to cooking, we are so proud of these individuals for representing MPA!

This past Saturday, MPA alum Amber Washington ’12 won the International Tennis Federation’s Sharm El Sheikh Pro Circuit Doubles Championship alongside her partner Chelsea Vanhoutte of Belgium. At MPA, Amber set a state record for most tennis championships in a career with four in doubles and two in singles. She competed collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh.

Liberty SchoolChristian Holmen ’90, Teaching Head of School at Liberty School, speaks on how Liberty is shaping the way students who are dyslexic, gifted, or both, are taught. “The first goal for the teachers and administrators at Liberty is to break down the social and emotional barriers that many of the kids have because of similar experiences,” he said. Read the full article here!

Andrea Goldberg '09Andrea Goldberg ’09 was one of the artists that contributed to the 5,000 carved Halloween pumpkins light up the Minnesota Zoo! Andrea was heavily involved in the arts at MPA, having work selected for the Best 100 Art Exhibition and the Tri-Metro Conference Art Exhibition while in high school. She graduated from MCAD and is now a professional artist. Read the full article here!

matt bander '11Matt Bander ‘11 was in the Mississippi Market’s magazine, “The Medley.” Matt is the Market’s Meat and Seafood manager and is featured on page 5 of the Fall 2018 edition in an interview called “Get To Know Your Co-Op family!” Matt is also currently back at MPA as an assistant boys’ basketball coach! Read the full article here!

From top to bottom; photo courtesy of Amber Washington; photo by Stephen Eginoire, “The Durango Telegraph”; photo by Jeff Wheeler, “The Star Tribune”; photo by “The Medley” magazine.

IMAC Championship

Despite brutal weather conditions, with temperatures in the mid-30s and windchills below freezing, you earned four all conference awards and three honorable mention awards, and the boys team finished a close runner-up to 7th ranked Minnehaha Academy!

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MPA Sailing Qualifies For National Competition

Two students sailingDespite frigid, soaking conditions, MPA Sailing is excelling on the water this fall. With a team of three seniors, one sophomore, one freshmen, and one 8th grader, the team has constantly performed at or near the top in every regatta they have competed in, including the Great Oaks Qualifier at Hoover Sailing Center in Ohio. Because of their first place finish there, four members of the team are headed to the Great Oaks Invitational at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans in early November.

High school sailing in Minnesota is considered a club sport and any student in grade seven through 12 may participate, regardless of experience. Together with students from White Bear Public Schools, Mahtomedi Public Schools, and Mounds View Public Schools, Mounds Park Academy practices out of the White Bear Sailing School at the White Bear Yacht Club.

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Today’s Lineup Of Panther Games

girls tennisToday is full of Panthers competing in several different sports! We’ve rounded up all of the games for you, but make sure to follow MPA athletics on Twitter and turn on Tweet notifications to receive updates wherever you are! Go Panthers!

Girls Varsity Tennis is competing today at the Section 4A individuals tournament! Good luck to Middle School athletes Khushi J. and Freya R., seniors Julia Portis, Gabby Law, and Sofia Walker, and junior Ceci Driano!

Both Girls and Boys Soccer are playing in the Section 4A tournament today! The girls face St. Paul Harding and the boys take on St. Paul Como. Both games kick off at 5 PM on the road.

It’s Conference Championship Thursday for the Girls and Boys Cross Country runners! The Panthers race at Battle Creek Park starting at 4:30 PM.

Girls Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball take on Providence Academy at 4:30 PM and 6 PM. This match has important connotations for the approaching IMAC Championship, with both teams in the top of the the standings!

MPA Cross Country At State

MPA State cross country runnersCongratulations to MPA cross country for a terrific State meet!

Junior Henry Snider finished ninth to earn a medal and all-state honors, running his personal best–16:16! Senior Matthew Bourne ran his best-ever time in his third appearance at State. Eighth grader Margo N. also ran her best-ever time at State, which was five seconds better than last year! And while this was sophomore Katie Dahiya’s first State championship, she ran a time faster than anything she had run this season.

Way to go, Panthers! See more photos and videos on the cross country blog at!

Thank You For An Amazing Homecoming!

lower school with panther at homecomingThank you to all our athletes, parents and families, volunteers, alumni, faculty and staff, and students who made Homecoming such a success! We had a great turnout at the Fun Runs and our Lower School National Anthem singers made several of us tear up at their performances. The food trucks served good smells along with their yummy food and our athletic teams had strong, competitive showings. The community laughed, shared stories, decorated faces, grabbed fun swag, threw beanbags and frisbees, and jumped in the bouncies. The air was crisp and the sounds of fun and laughter carried from the soccer field to Lansing Center.

It takes teamwork to bring all of the marvelous fun, good food, great sports, and community connections together. Thank you, everyone, for being a part of the team! Enjoy the joyful moments with our photo collection!

Trinity Invite

On a cold, dreary day, with a damp, spongy, bumpy course, you recorded 10 personal best times, 3 near personal best times, and earned 5 medals. The boys team finished 3rd out of 19 teams.

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Happy Homecoming, Panthers!

homecoming spirit weekIt’s Homecoming! Fall has arrived, campus-wide Homecoming decorations are underway, and the Panther even made a guest appearance at the South Entrance this morning.

We can’t wait for you to join us for a full day of activities and athletic events this Saturday, September 29. The day starts bright and early with our 200M Fun Run at 8:30 AM, followed immediately by our 2-Mile race. Join us in the Lansing Center for coffee and breakfast treats at the Concessions stand, hosted by the MPA Spirit Committee. Head into the Lansing Center at 9 AM to hear our 3rd and 4th graders sing the National Anthem to kick off our annual Volleyball tournament. Go back outside and warm up as you race a friend through the obstacle course bouncy house. Make your way over to the tennis courts to cheer on our Panthers as they compete against Cretin Derham Hall and Woodbury! After tennis, go to the big tent and decorate your face, get a tattoo, pick up a t-shirt, claim a frisbee, or sip from a Homecoming cup. Read More

Milaca Megameet

You took advantage of some splendid running weather to earn 2 trophies and 2 ribbons and record 10 personal best times!

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Y’all Come Back Now. You Hear?!

lower school at homecoming 2017by Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School

I am showing my age and asking you to perhaps share yours. Growing up in the 70s, that phrase is very familiar to me. I heard it an inordinately, embarrassing number of times, sprawled on the living room floor, watching reruns of the “Beverly Hillbillies” television show. It is not proper English for a number of reasons and it may well be a stereotype of the South, but I think it conveys a family-like warmth and means, “We all belong here.”

“We All Belong Here” is the message of homecoming at MPA and the reason we celebrate all next week, culminating in a day-long celebration on Saturday, September 29. At many schools, homecoming pertains only to older students, athletes, and alumni. At MPA, homecoming is an inclusive, community-wide celebration. Throughout the week, and on Saturday, students of all ages will take part in the festivities. Parents, grandparents, and all family members are invited to join in the fun. It is for all of us. Read More