Student Accomplishments


Pianist Performs in MacPhail Honors Recital
December 2016
Pianist, Ian Crawshaw (9th) was chosen to perform in the MacPhail Center for Music Fall Honors Recital! One of 12 students selected, Ian auditioned in front of a panel of MacPhail faculty to earn the opportunity to perform in this high-level recital.

At MacPhail, Crawshaw is currently pursuing the Certificate Program for Performance Achievement. He was the recipient of the Peter Jackson Keyboard Scholarship and has performed at the Senior Honors Recital, Summer Extravaplaza, the Day of 100 Performances with MacPhail and MIA and the Catherine Kautsky Master Class.

Nova student joins Team USA at the Olympic Hopes Regatta
September 2016
Chris Norton (11th) will be representing Team USA at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Szed, Hungary.He will be competing in Sprint Kayaking alongside 32 other Team USA athletes at this prestigious international competition.This is truly an honor! To learn more about the sport, 

Max Ehrlich honored for ACT score
September 2016
The Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) awarded Max Ehrlich (7th) to medals of distinction as a to score on both the former and newly redesigned SAT tests. Max was in the top 2% with 15,000 gifted students throughout the Midwest. Great job!

Please join Lucas Mueller (12th) good luck in his race on Thursday. He is currently ranked 6th individually for class A MN CC running. Way to go! 

Congrats to the 2017 National Merit Semifinalists from Nova!
Cael LaPlante, Samuel Lee, and Lucas Mueller are part of the nationwide pool of semifinalists representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Amazing!

Novice Debators Sweep Coon Rapids Debate Tournament
November 2015
Nova’s sophomore debaters Ian Roberts and Casey Connell, and Sophia Strzok and Heaven Siewert went undefeated at the Coon Rapids Debate Tournament on Saturday, November 7, 2015, closing out the Novice division. Ian and Casey won first place; Heaven and Sophia took second place.

Nova Runner Receives All-State Honors
November 2015
Nova juniors Lucas Mueller and Chris Norton ran in the State Cross Country meet on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Lucas placed 20th out of 176 runners, and Chris placed 51st. In addition to a top 20 finish, Lucas was awarded All-State honors by the coaches association.

Two Cross Country Runners Advance to State
November 2015
Juniors Lucas Mueller and Chris Norton qualified for the Section 4A state Cross Country meet at their section meet on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The boys will compete at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday, November 2, 2015.

The Girls Cross Country team finished ninth overall at the section meet, with three students in the top 30: Amelia Hornseth, Jessica Norton, and Amelia Karelitz. The Boys Cross Country team finished sixth overall, with Lucas Mueller, Chris Norton, and Blaine Brownell finishing in the top 20.

Knights Volleyball Team Advances to Sectional Semifinals
November 2015
The Nova Knights Varsity Volleyball team secured the Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference Championship on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, earning the team’s fourth consecutive conference championship. The girls entered section play as the #2 seed in late October and advanced all the to the semifinal round before falling in a tough match against Legacy Christian.

Knights Fall Teams Repeat Conference Championship Sweep
October 2015
All five of Nova Classical Academy’s fall Varsity teams clinched their EMAC conference championships for the second year in a row. This was the second consecutive conference championship for the Girls Soccer team and for both the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams; the third consecutive championship for the Boys Soccer team; and the Volleyball team’s fourth consecutive Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference championship.

Nova Senior Invited to Attend Princeton University Symposium
October 2015
Nova senior Leora Eisenberg was one of only 90 high school seniors selected to attend Princeton University’s Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium the weekend of October 16-18, 2015 on the Princeton University campus. The prestigious Symposium weekend will involve workshops, seminars, addresses from faculty and alumni, and an opportunity to explore life as a student of Princeton University.

Leora began her education at Nova Classical Academy in Kindergarten in 2003, the year Nova first opened its doors. This coming spring, she will be among the first group of seniors to graduate from the school having attended from Kindergarten through grade 12.

Nova Students Named AP Scholars
September 2015
Ten Nova seniors were named AP Scholars for their performance on Advanced Placement tests last spring. The AP Scholar designation is granted to students who receive scores of three or higher on three or more AP Exams. Nova’s 2015 AP Scholars are Aaron Cook, Ignasi Dorca, Leora Eisenberg, Gabriella Horton, Liam Magistad, Anya Magnuson, Elizabeth Sivriver, Lewis Thelen, Peter Tritabaugh, and Luke Westawker.

Nova Students Named National Merit® Commended Scholars
September 2015
Five Nova Students were named National Merit Commended Scholars in the 2016 National Merit Program: Olivia Arco, Hannah Hoefs, Liam Magistad, Elizabeth Sivriver, and Lewis Thelen. High scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Six Nova Students Named 2015 National Merit® Semifinalists
September 2015
Six Nova Classical Academy students were named Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Seniors Mary Clare Burke, Sophia Cherif, Ruth Cohen, Leora Eisenberg, Bella Horton, and Anya Magnuson were named 2016 National Merit Semifinalists. Based on performance on the 2014 PSAT/NMSQT® test, these students were among the highest scoring entrants in the state and are among the top one percent of United States high school seniors.

Nova Sixth-Grader Receives NUMATS Outstanding Achievement Award
September 2015
Nova Classical Academy sixth-grader Max Ehrlich received an outstanding academic achievement award at the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) Award Ceremony on September 12, 2015 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Only two percent of more than 15,000 gifted students who participate in NUMATS qualify for the award ceremony. Max received this honor by earning a nearly perfect score on the ACT EXPLORE test last school year, a test typically administered nationwide to eighth grade students.


Nova Freshman Earns Perfect ACT Score
June 2015
Fourteen-year-old Molly Burke, a freshman at Nova Classical Academy, received a perfect ACT examination score of 36 this spring, as reported by the American College Testing program. Molly is the second student in the school’s six-year history to earn a perfect ACT score. Less than one-tenth of one percent of students nationally achieve a perfect ACT score.

Nova Senior Takes Third in State Triple Jump
June 2015
Senior Bakari Jackson jumped his way into a third-place win at State in the Triple Jump on Friday, June 5, 2015. Bakari also competed in the Long Jump at state, missing advancing to finals by only one half of an inch. Amelia Hornseth also earned her way to the 2015 state meet and ran a strong 800 meter race, placing 17th in the state of Minnesota.

Two Nova Students Advance to State Track Meet
June 2015
Nova Classical Academy will send two athletes to the 2015 MSHSL State Track and Field Meet. Sophomore Amelia Hornseth took first place in the girls 800 meter run at 4A Section Finals on Saturday, and senior Bakari Jackson took fifth place in the Long Jump and second place in the Triple Jump. Bakari and Amelia will participate in the state meet at Hamline University on June 5 and 6. In addition to two state qualifiers, after two days of competition on Saturday, May 30, 2015 Nova had 17 top ten finishes.

Nova Mock Trial Places Fourth in the Nation
May 2015
Nova’s Mock Trial team placed fourth in the nation against 45 other state champions at the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championships on May 15-16, 2015. The team competed in four preliminary competitions against South Korea, Hawaii, Ohio, and Massachusetts. For the second time in three years, Nova’s team earned the highest speaker point total of any at the national championship. Members of the national Mock Trial team include Caroline Behling-Hess, Ignasi Dorca, Margaret Flynn Sapia, Ben Garcia, Chloe Kirk, Nicolas LaFrombois, Liam Magistad, and Olivia Shaffer. Special congratulations to junior Liam Magistad who was named an All-American witness, a designation awarded to only ten students in the country.

Nova Girls/Boys Track & Field Teams Win
Three-peat Conference Championships
May 2015
Both the Girls and Boys Track and Field teams secured the EMAC conference championships on Thursday, May 21. The girls earned a total of 171 points, beating the second-place team by 42 points. The boys earned 196 team points, 69 points ahead of the next team. This is the third consecutive year the teams won the conference championship.

Nova Students Compete at National History Bee
May 2015
Four Nova students competed at the National History Bee finals in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, May 23. Nova was well represented by eighth grader Abraham West in the middle school division, and fifth graders Idris Mason, Patrick Deaval, and Evan Odegard in the elementary division. Evan made it to the championship rounds for the second year in a row.

Nova Student Selected for Summer Japanese Program
May 2015
Nova junior Mary Clare Burke was one of 32 American high school students studying Japanese that were invited to participate in the JET Memorial Invitation Program this summer from July 5-23. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Japanese language and culture in the hope that they will serve as a bridge between the two countries in the future.

Nova’s First Varsity Baseball Team Places Second in Conference
May 2015
Nova’s first Varsity Baseball team finished second in the conference on Monday, May 18, 2015, bringing to a close an outstanding tournament and regular season. The team also won their first section game 12-8 vs. Washington Technology Magnet School before ending their victorious season against second-in-state Minnehaha Academy. Among the highlights of the season were senior Brett Adelsman stealing home in a game against ISM, and freshman John Arco hitting the school’s first home run out of the park—approximately 310 feet—against Washington Tech.

Senior Awarded Nova’s First Solo and Ensemble Superior Rating
May 2015
Nova senior Alexandra Fischer received a superior rating, the highest score possible, at the Region 4A Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Alexandra is the first Nova student to participate in the Solo and Ensemble contest and, in addition to a superior rating, received high praise from the judge who commended her for her poise and beautiful sound.

Nova Student Art in the St. Paul ARTWalk
May 2015
In conjunction with the International Children’s Festival in downtown St. Paul, more than 100 works of art by Nova Classical Academy’s Lower School artists’ was view in local businesses throughout the month of May.  The artwork was displayed in the windows of businesses along St. Peter Street from 4th to 7th street.

Nova’s First Solo and Ensemble Superior Rating
May 2015
Nova senior Alexandra Fischer received a superior rating, the highest score possible, at the Region 4A Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Alexandra is the first Nova student to participate in the Solo and Ensemble contest and, in addition to a superior rating, received high praise from the judge who commended her for her poise and beautiful sound.

Nova Student Art in the St. Paul ARTWalk
May 2015
In conjunction with the International Children’s Festival in downtown St. Paul, more than 100 works of art by Nova Classical Academy’s Lower School artists’ was view in local businesses throughout the month of May.  The artwork was displayed in the windows of businesses along St. Peter Street from 4th to 7th street.

High Ratings for Nova Band Members
April 2015
Last Thursday, April 23, 2015, nineteen Nova Band students participated in the annual Hill-Murray Parish Schools Band Program Solo and Ensemble Festival. All twenty-two entries placed in the top three scoring categories. Eight entries scored in the highest category: a Superior rating. Students earning Superior ratings were Molly Dekarski (two superior entries!), Cassie Demlow, Zoe Kramer (two superior entries), Kenny Lindstrom, Zoe Marchand, Timothy Rosno, and Kevin Tuma.

Nova Senior Competes at Hamline Elite Meet
April 2015
Senior Bakari Jackson qualified to participate for the second consecutive year in the Hamline Elite meet, a meet for the top athletes in each event from the entire state. In spite of the rain and cold, Bakari jumped 41 feet, 3 inches, placing 11th out of all high school triple-jump athletes in the state of Minnesota.

Honor Band Members Perform in Alexandria
April 2015
Five Nova students were in Alexandria, Minnesota, the weekend of April 24-25, 2015, to rehearse and perform an excellent concert as part of the MBDA State 6-8 Honor Band. Molly Dekarski, Cassie Demlow, Nathan Demlow, Kenny Lindstrom, and Timothy Rosno were selected for the Honor Band out of hundreds of auditions from around the state.

Nova Mock Trial Heads to Nationals
March 2015
For the fourth year in a row, a Nova Classical Academy Mock Trial team will advance to the Minnesota State Bar Association 2015 State High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 5-6, 2015. In order to advance to state, the team faced classmates and friends in the fourth consecutive Nova v. Nova regional final round. Members of the team advancing to state include Caroline Behling Hess, Ignasi Dorca, Margaret Flynn Sapia, Ben Garcia, Chloe Kirk, Nicolas LaFrombois, Liam Magistad, and Olivia Shaffer.

Three Nova Scholars Advance to History Bee Nationals
March 2015
Five Nova students participated in the Regional History Bee held at Nova Classical Academy on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. All five scholars–Patrick Deavel, Idris Mason, Evan Odegard, Henry Walker and Abraham West–made it to the finals that evening. Evan, Patrick, and Henry advanced to the championship round, and all three qualified for nationals.

Nova Juniors Win Minnesota  Japanese “J-Quiz” Competition
March 2015
Nova juniors Leora Eisenberg and Mary Clare Burke won first place at the Minnesota J-Quiz Competition on Saturday, February 24, 2015, qualifying the team to advance to the national Japan Bowl competition in Washington, DC in April. J-Quiz is a Japanese language and culture competition in which hundreds of Minnesota students studying high-level Japanese compete. This was Leora’s second year to compete in the national Japan Bowl.

Nova Students Participate in Regional Poetry Recitation Contest
March 2015
Sophomore Tom Burr and junior Ruby Tetmeyer participated in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud regional competition in Minneapolis in March. Both Tom and Ruby performed well and were excellent representatives of Nova Classical Academy.

Nova Fifth-grader in State Geo Bee
March 2015
Evan Odegard, a Nova fifth-grader, made it all the way to the final round at the State Geography Bee this past Friday, March 27, 2015. One hundred students participated in the event. Evan was the only fifth grader to make it to the finals, where he competed against seven eighth graders and two seventh graders.

Nova Mock Trial Advances to State
February 2015
For the fourth year in a row, a Nova Classical Academy Mock Trial team will advance to the Minnesota State Bar Association 2015 State High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 5-6, 2015. In order to advance to state, the team faced classmates and friends in the fourth consecutive Nova v. Nova regional final round. Members of the team advancing to state include Caroline Behling Hess, Ignasi Dorca, Margaret Flynn Sapia, Ben Garcia, Chloe Kirk, Nicolas LaFrombois, Liam Magistad, and Olivia Shaffer.

Nova Junior Wins FTC Scholarship
February 2015
Nova junior Isabella Granse was one of the four winners of the Stratasys scholarship awarded by High Tech Kids and Stratasys. Bella was formally acknowledged at the state First Tech Challenge tournament held on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Nova First Tech Challenge Competes at State
February 2015
For the fifth time in five years, a Nova Classical Academy First Tech Challenge team competed at the state championship. In qualifying tournaments leading up to the 2015 state championship, Nova’s FTC teams were awarded the Control Award, Innovate Award, Judges Award, Winning Alliance Award, and a third-place Inspire Award. Last year Nova’s “6699″ team’s exemplary performance at state qualified them to move forward to Super Regionals on April 4, 2014.

Nova Wrestler Reaches State Quarter Finals
February 2015
Nova eighth-grader Philip Skeps advanced to the state wrestling tournament after taking first place in the 106 weight class at Sections on Saturday, February 21, 2015 with the Nova/St. Agnes Wrestling co-op. Philip won two of his rounds, advancing all the way to the quarter final consolation round. Philip lost his last round after a grueling 2:39 fight. The state wresting meet was be held at the Excel Energy Center on Friday, February 27, 2015 and Saturday, February 28, 2015. Philip is the first Nova wrestler to advance to state.

Basketball Teams Finish Third and Fourth in Conference
February 2015
Nova’s Girls and Boys Basketball teams had their best seasons yet. The Girls Basketball team entered Varsity play for the first time in the school’s history and finished their season as number five in conference. The Boys team was undefeated in conference and number one in conference for the majority of the season before losing to the number two team, Community of Peace, and the number three team, Hope Academy, in mid-February. Nova finished conference play with a tie for third in conference. Five Boys Varsity players were named to all-conference teams (Bakari Jackson, Cole Bothun, Dominic Bumgarner, Brett Adelsman, and Jeremiah Rogers) and one Girls Varsity player was named as all-conference (Hannah Rogers).

Nova Students Head to National Japan Bowl
February 2015
Nova juniors Leora Eisenberg and Mary Clare Burke won first place at the Minnesota J-Quiz Competition, qualifying the team to advance to the national Japan Bowl competition in Washington, DC in April. J-Quiz is a Japanese language and culture competition in which hundreds of Minnesota students studying high-level Japanese compete. This is Leora’s second year to compete in the national Japan Bowl. Congratulations to all of Nova’s competitors and to their esteemed Japanese teacher, Ms. Yoshiko Shakal.

Nova Teams Close Out Regional Mock Trial Finals for Fourth Year
February 2015
Mock Trial Regional Competition Nova had four teams compete in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s regional Mock Trial competitions in January and February. Three of Nova’s teams moved forward to the semi-final round of the Region 8 competition, with the top two teams, Team Nova Classical and Team Nova Green advancing to the Region 8 final round on February 19, 2015.

The practical difference between the performance level of these two teams is practically indiscernible.  Both teams were 3 and 0 in regional play and, unbelievably, the teams were also tied in terms of the next metric: point differential.  The state mock trial manager had to go to points to figure out which team was first and which was second going into semi-finals; and even there, the point differential was quite negligible, with both Nova Classical and Green having cumulative point differentials of +97. Total points earned by NCA were 687, with Green ten points behind at 677; both teams had two rounds at 231.

Members of Team Nova Classical include Ignasi Dorca, Margaret Flynn Sapia, Olivia Shaffer, Nick LaFrombois, Liam Magistad, Chloe Kirk and Ben Garcia. Team Nova Green members include Anya Magnuson, Luke Westhawker, Aidan Gleich, Sam Lee, Charissa Bloom, Hannah Hoefs, Irene Woods, and Mary Clare Burke.

Nova One Act Play Takes Third in Subsections
February 2015
The Nova competitive One Act team performed James and the Giant Peach at the regional MSHSL tournament in Pine City in early February against four other teams: Trinity, Providence, Pine City, and St. Paul Academy. Nova took third place and will be an alternate for Sections. Members of the One Act Competition team are Tom Burr, Bridget Erickson, Katie Erickson, Jackson Gray, Max Hollingsworth, Kathryn Hyatt, Miles Kramer, Luke Magistad, Talia Magnuson, Colin Mason, David Michaeli, Ana Stevenson, and Angela Wunderlich.

Nova Student Named Star Tribune Prep Athlete of the Week
February 2015
Senior Bakari Jackson was named a Star Tribune Prep Athlete of the Week after scoringdouble-doubles in victories over Shattuck-St. Mary’s (25 points, 15 steals) and International School (19, 11) and becoming the first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

Nova Junior Awarded Stratasys Scholarship 
February 2015
Junior Bella Granse was named one of four Stratasys Scholars awarded a scholarship in recognition of engineering accomplishments by High Tech Kids and Stratasys at the First Tech Challenge state competition.

Two Nova Students Named to State Honors Jazz Band
February 2015
Nova Band Students Timothy Rosno and Kenny Lindstrom were both accepted into the MBDA 7-8 State Jazz Honor Band, an amazing accomplishment for a school the size of Nova. After a challenging audition process, Timmy and Kenny were among eighteen band members were selected from around the state. The Jazz Honor Band performed at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, February 13, as part of the Minnesota Music Educators Convention. Timothy performed a solo at the event, announced to the audience as “the sweetest sound you’ll ever hear.” To have two Nova students accepted into the honor band is quite a testament to their talent and that of their instructors.

Five Nova Students Name to MBDA Honors Band
February 2015
Five Nova students were recently selected to play in the MBDA Honor Band. Molly Dekarski, Cassie Demlow, Nathan Demlow, Kenny Lindstrom, and Timmy Rosno were five of 78 students selected from 227 who auditioned this winter for a position in this group. The students will perform a concert at 2.00pm on Sunday, April 26 in the Alexandria HS auditorium.

Senior Basketball Player Reaches 1,000 Career Points
January 2015
Senior captain Bakari Jackson reached a Nova Varsity Basketball career total of 1,000 points on Friday, January 9, 2015. That same evening, freshman Cole Bothun made seven of his seven three-point shots, another outstanding accomplishment in basketball.

Five Nova Student Qualify for Regional History Bee
January 2015
Our school-wide bee was held on Thursday, January 15. Patrick Deavel, Evan Odegard, Idris Mason, Henry Walker, and Abraham West all qualified for the regional History Bee that will be held at Nova on Wednesday, March 18.

Mock Trial Team Secures Two First-Place Wins at Invitationals
January 2015
For the first time ever, a single Nova Mock Trial team won first place at two consecutive invitationals. Team Nova Classical captured the championship at the U of M Golden Gavel Invitational on January 6, 2015, and again at the Macalester Trials on January 10. This is the third year Nova has swept the top awards at the U of M Golden Gavel Invitational and the fifth year Nova has captured the top place at the Macalester Trials.

The Macalester Trials involved 28 teams from thirteen high schools. Eight of the schools in the field have won one or more state championships and every school that has won a state championship in the last nine years was in attendance. In addition, seven of the top eight schools at last year’s state championship had teams at the tournament. Members of Nova’s championship team are Ignasi Dorca, Margaret Flynn Sapia, Olivia Shaffer, Nicolas LaFrombois, Liam Magistad, Chloe Kirk and Ben Garcia. The team won each of its three Macalester trials by a unanimous decision from the three judge panels and won the tiebreaker for first place by a commanding 72-point lead over the runner-up, Breck School.

Nova had three of the top ten teams at the Macalester competition, placing first, sixth, and ninth. Collectively, these teams won 26 out of 27 ballots. In addition to the three team trophies, Nova collected 15 individual awards. Seven students were named Outstanding Attorney and eight won Outstanding Witness honors. The following students received attorney awards: Ignasi Dorca, Anya Magnuson, Molly Burke, Aidan Gleich, Lucas Mueller, Ben Garcia, and Margaret Flynn-Sapia. The Outstanding Witness award winners included Emma Connaire, Irene Woods, Hannah Hoefs, Liam Magistad, Grace Collins, Olivia Shaffer, Sam Lee and Blaine Brownell.

Nova Brother-Sister Team Advances to U.S. Skating Championships
January 2015
Nova eighth-grader Daniel Brykalov and his sister Paulina Brykalova, a Nova fourth-grader, have qualified to skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Daniel and Paulina earned the most points as a pair in Juvenile Dance Free Dance for lifts, twizzles, among other special achievement awards at the 2015 Midwestern Sectional Championships. The pair competed at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

State JV Debate Award
December 2014
Nova junior Jordan Anderson placed third in the state of Minnesota for JV speaker as a first-year Debate member after reaching the quarter finals at the JV State Tournament. Typically a two-person team competition, Jordan competed as an individual at the tournament, making his accomplishments as a novice debater even more impressive.

First Lego League Second-Place Regional Award
December 2014
Nova’s three FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams competed in the MN Regional Tournament at Highview Middle School on Sunday, December 7. All three teams competed at a high level, with robot performance scores over 100 points. In Head-to-Head robot performance, Team “S.T.E.A.M. Drivers” won second place. Members of the team include Alex Chang, Allison Belter, Chloe Chang, Evin Corrigan, Jannie Chang, Justin Prochnow, Mina Oelrich, Nickolai Farber, and Soren Sandstrom-McGuire.

FLL is an international robotics competition for students in grades 4-8 in which small teams design, build, and program unique robots – made entirely of LEGOs – to accomplish specific autonomous “missions.” Teams also develop innovative solutions to real-world problems through a research project. Nova’s robotics program has been growing over the past five years, with 25 students in this year’s 4-8th FLL group.

FTC Team Earns Place at State Tournament
November 2014
On Saturday, November 22 all three of the Nova Robotics FTC teams (Inferno, Tempest, and Raven) competed in a qualifying tournament in Bloomington. Team Tempest was one of the strongest performing robot in the finals and was part of the first-place alliance team. They also won an Innovation Award and Controls Award, securing a position in the state competition. Nova’s newly formed Team Raven, with many rookie members, had an impressive placement of 8th in the qualifying rounds.

Nova Student Wins Star Tribune Essay Contest
November 2014
Marcos Odegard, a third-grade student at Nova Classical Academy, was named the first-place winner of an essay contest sponsored by Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Star Tribune. The contest asked elementary students in grades three through five were to write an essay on ways in which they have made their communities better. According to the November 17 Star Tribune story by Connie Nelson, Marcos “wrote with insight and humor about being a ‘living bridge’ between two very disparate communities.” Marcos’ essay was chosen as the winning essay from among hundreds of entries.

Nova Student Addresses Bullying in St. Paul Youth Commission Role
November 2014
Quinn Graham, a senior at Nova, was interviewed by the Star Tribune recently in conjunction with his service on the St. Paul Youth Commission. The Youth Commission is group of high school volunteers that meet weekly to address important issues such as bullying, sex trafficking, and public transit.

According to a November 12 Star Tribune article titled “Teens Take on the tough issues,” students involved in the St. Paul Youth Commission “actually design and participate in the nitty-gritty of social activism,” and the students’ work with the Youth Commission “is monitored by not only the Parks & Rec department, but also by St. Paul’s City Council, the mayor’s office and state legislators, and the commission’s conclusions are studied and considered by the city’s top political leaders.”

Nova Sophomore Runs at State in Cross Country
November 2014
Nova sophomore Amelia Hornseth was. Nova sophomore Amelia Hornseth became Nova’s first Cross Country runner to qualify for the Class A state tournament and the second athlete in the school’s history to advance to qualify for the class A state tournament. Amelia placed 137 out of 176 runners at the state tournament.

Nova Mock Trial Wins Eighth in the World
October 2014
Nova’s Empire Mock Trial team returned from the 2014 Empire City Mock Trial World Championship Invitational with an impressive eighth-place trophy! In a tournament which fielded several national championship schools and many schools that ranked in last year’s American Mock Trial National Championship trials, this is a noteworthy accomplishment.

Nova Wins First Varsity Debate Trophy
October 2014
Junior Sophia Cherif and senior Ellie Cruz-Krause took third place in Varsity – Nova’s first Varsity trophy ever! Sophia was also named second speaker, another first and incredible achievement! Junior debaters Jordan Anderson and Lewis Thelen took second place in JV after an intense final round, and won third and fourth speaker respectively.

Boys and Girls Cross Country in Top Ten at Sections
October 2014
Nova’s Cross Country teams ran in the section meet last week for the first time and placed 8th overall in the girls meet and 10th in the boys meet. This is outstanding for how young our students are, for the first year in varsity competition, and in light of the tough level of competition. Amelia ran 16th overall at sections with a 16.17.02 finish for 4000 meters. Lucas Mueller also placed 16th at sections in Boys Cross Country, but missed the state meet by two students. Lucas’s time was 17.40.66 for 5000 meters.

Nova Volleyball in Elite Eight
October 2014
For the third year in a row, the Nova Knights Volleyball team clinched the EMAC conference championship and was one of the final eight teams in Section 4A playoffs. The team faced New Life Academy last Friday at sections, the number-one seeded team in our section and number two in state for Class A.

Five Fall Conference Championships
October 2014
Nova’s fall athletics teams secured five conference championships – a school record. Teams named conference champions include Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Girls Volleyball.

Nova’s Boys Soccer team finished 12-3 -2 overall for the year. The team was undefeated in conference and won the EMAC Conference Championship again. The All Conference winners were: Jeremiah Rogers, Dominic Bumgarner, Owen Stempkovski, Sam Lee, Keiran Gallagher, and Brett Adelsman. Academic All Conference winners were Sam Lee, Daniel Fraser, and Drew Hohenhaus.

The Girls Soccer team ended the season 6-7-1 overall, 7-1 in the conference, and with an EMAC championship. Nova had four All Conference winners on the Soccer team: Kate Ellerd, Sophia Campbell, Hannah Rogers, and Lindsay Solon. The team also had two Academic All Conference winners: Mary Clare Burke and Charissa Bloom.

The Girls Volleyball Team ended the year 21-5 with a section-end season ranking of 8th in Section 4A and 73rd out of 190 schools in class A! They also repeated as EMAC Conference Champions for the third year in a row, which is an outstanding effort by these student athletes. The All-conference winners for Volleyball were Ellie Anderson, Amanda Simkovich, Katie van der Merwe, and Nicole Demlow. The team also had two Academic All-Conference winners: Ellie Anderson and Katie van der Merwe.

First-Year Debater Wins JV Novice Division
October 2014
Nova’s Debate team (led by junior Sophia Cherif) had an outstanding second tournament of the season. Junior Ruth Cohen was the ninth place speaker in the Varsity division, and brand new debaters Harold Carlson and Simon Savvateev ended with a winning record in Novice. Most notably, Jordan Anderson, who chose to compete solo in his second tournament ever when his partner fell ill, swept the Novice division, winning each of his debates and coming out the only Novice team with a perfect record.

Nova Students Named 2015 National Merit® Semifinalists
October 2014
Congratulations to Ben Garcia and Aru Shiney Ajay for being named Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Ben and Aru now have an opportunity to compete for more than 7,000 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.

Nova Students Named National Merit Commended Scholars Congratulations to Gustav Honl-Stuenkel, Miles Kramer, Elan Nelson, Luke Peterson, Maria Schrater, and Olivia Shaffer for being named commended students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program! Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Awards, commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT®.


Nova’s First State-Qualifying Athlete Competes at State
June 2014
Nova’s first state qualifying athlete, Bakari Jackson, competed at the state meet in Track and Field in the Triple Jump on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at Hamline University. Congratulations to all athletes for an impressive season and good luck to Bakari at state!

Conference Championships for Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams
May 2014
Congratulations to both the Nova Boys and Nova Girls Track teams on their second consecutive EMAC Conference Championships! A number of the athletes took first, second, and third places at the meet and recorded personal records.

Section Participants and Medalists
Thursday and Saturday was the 4A Section Track and Field Meet at Macalester College. Nova brought 42 athletes to compete in both individual events and relays. Nova athletes were reducing their best times with almost every race and increasing distances with each jump or throw. By the end of the evening, Nova Girls team had earned 2.5 points and the Boys team had earned 12 points.

Nova had qualified four athletes for the semifinals, nine athletes for the finals, and five relay teams make the finals in their events. The Boy’s team picked up one more point the second day to end the meet with 13 points and earn an 18th place finish of 23 teams. The girl’s team finished the day in 13th place of 22 teams and earned 20.5 points. Nova earned points in the Girl’s High Jump, 400 m dash, 800 m run, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay, and 4x800m relay. Nova Boys earned points in the boy’s Triple Jump and 4x100m relay.

Nova Student Runs for Board, Appears on Kare11
May 2014
For the first time in Nova’s history, a student was on the ballot for the school’s Board election. Although she didn’t win a seat on the Board, Bridget Erickson represented herself and the school well during the Candidate Forum and when interviewed at the school by Kare11 reporter, Boua Xiong.

Bridget told Kare11, “I think that I can understand Nova from the ground up and it’s important to see that since this is a community member spot. Nova’s community isn’t only outside of Nova’s walls, it’s also the students.” Bridget received the votes of more than 100 parents and staff in her bid for a community member seat on the Board.

Nova Named One of America’s Most Challenging Schools
May 2014
Nova Classical Academy was named one of “America’s Most Challenging Schools” by the Washington Post in April. This status was conferred upon reviewing Nova’s high school ACT, AP, SAT, and college admissions data. Nova was ranked number 86 in the country, and second only to St. Croix Prep in the state of Minnesota.

National History Bee Finalist
May 2014
More than 700 students from across the United States participated in elementary and middle school competitions of the National History Bee in Atlanta, Georgia last weekend. Nova was represented at the national competition by Hans Lagerquist, fifth grade, and Evan Odegard, fourth grade. Evan, who was named regional champion at the regional finals hosted by Nova in March, advanced all the way to the championship round of the national competition as one of the top eight finalists.

Evan and Hans competed in five preliminary rounds at the national tournament against nine other students in each round. Based on the points scored in those rounds, Evan and 31 other students advanced to compete in the qualifying round of the finals; eight of those competitors went to the championship round. This was Nova’s first year to enter students in the National History Bee regional tournament.

Mythology Awards
May 2014
Congratulations to Leora Eisenberg for winning a Bronze Medal in the national Medusa Mythology Exam! Deirdre Gardner-Presler and Lucas Mueller won Corona Olivae in the Exam.

Boys Track Team Places First at Leo Bond Invitational
April 2014
Congratulations to the Nova Knights on their performance at the Leo Bond Invitational meet in Faribault last week – the team’s first meet of the season. The girls and boys placed first in a number of their individual and relay events, resulting in an overall first-place team finish for the boys and a third-place finish for the girls.

Nova Artwork on Metro Billboards
April 2014
The artwork of Nova School of Grammar students Zachery and Ben was selected by the 2014 ARTwalk out of hundreds of pieces to be featured on a Clear Channel ARTwalk electronic billboard. There will be 10 billboards throughout the Twin Cities metro area that will be rotating through 16 ARTwalk pieces.

Japanese Students Compete at Nationals in Washington D.C.
April 2014
Japanese Level 2 students Simon Fink and Leora Eisenberg competed against 29 teams at the national Japan Bowl in Washington D.C. last Thursday and Friday. Although they didn’t place in the top three, Leora and Simon did their best and represented Nova well.

First Tech Challenge Super Regionals
April 2014
Nova’s First Tech Challenge Team Tempest 6699 is competing at the Super Regional Competition at the University of Iowa this weekend as a result of their outstanding performance at the state competition in February. Nova is competing with advancing FTC teams from 13 states. Winners of the four Super Regional Competitions will face each other at nationals in St. Louis. Tempest team members include Alex Christenson, Aaron Cook, Bella Granse, Elaina Granse, Meg Huelskamp, Liam Magistad, and Peter Tritabaugh. Mentors include Steve Christensen, Tom Corrigan (program leader and advisor), Amanda Granse, and Steve Magistad, with strong support from Tanya Olson and Paul Huelskamp.

Nova Students Accepted to United World Colleges
April 2014
Two Nova juniors have been accepted into United World Collegesnova (UWC) programs for the 2014-15 school year. Students are selected from around the world to attend UWC’s 14 international schools based on merit and potential. Gustav Honl-Stuenkel was invited to attend UWC/USA in New Mexico, and Aru Shiney-Ajay was one of the 25 students selected to attend UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands.

UWC-USA is located on the site of the historic Montezuma Castle near Las Vegas in Montezuma, New Mexico. According to the United World Colleges website, “UWC-USA’s programmes emphasise community service, wilderness experience and Southwest studies through weekly service commitments and multi-day projects and expeditions.” “UWC Maastricht was founded in 2009 as the merger of two existing international schools, International School Maastricht, and the International Primary School Joppenhof. It follows the model of offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma within the context of a larger school, providing students of other ages the opportunity to gain a UWC experience.”

Hamline Elite Meet Participant
April 2014
Nova junior Bakari Jackson qualified to participate in the Hamline Elite Meet just days before the meet took place. Bakari qualified for this prestigious meet with his 42′ 9″ Triple Jump at the Leo Bond Invitational meet last week. The Hamline Elite Meet brought together the other top 12 high school Triple Jump athletes from all over Minnesota in both classes. Bakari showed great determination and focus in his individual performance, scoring a distance of 42’5.5″ in the Triple Jump at the meet. His final place was 7th, an impressive mark and score for Bakari.

2014 Mock Trial State Awards
March 2014
Congratulations to Nova’s Mock Trial Red team on their impressive sixth-place finish at the Minnesota State Bar Association’s State Championship tournament. Nova Red was the school’s second-ranked team at the start of Mock Trial Regional competition until beating top-ranked Team Nova Classical in semi-final Round Four. Nova defeated Northfield and Stillwater in the first two rounds of the State Championship competition, losing in round three in a split decision to Lakeville North.

Composed of six sophomores and two juniors, Nova Red had two members named to the All-State team: sophomore Caroline Behling-Hess was named an All-State Attorney and junior Elan Nelson was honored as an All-State witness. Remaining Nova Red team members are Captain Ignasi Dorca; Anya Magnuson; Mary Clare Burke; Ruby Wlaschin; and Ben Garcia.

National Merit Scholarship Recipient
March 2014
Nova Senior Griffin Hancock was awarded the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. Griffin joins an elite group of students from across the country in winning this scholarship grand prize. Griffin was chosen from among all National Merit Finalists to receive a Merit Scholarship based on his abilities, skills, and accomplishments.

Perfect ACT Score
March 2014
Last month Nova Classical Academy received word that junior Luke Peterson received a 36 – a perfect score – on the ACT exam. Luke Peterson has attended Nova Classical Academy since the school opened its doors in the fall of 2013. Luke has progressed through all stages of the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) while at Nova. This winter, Luke was on a First Tech Challenge team that progressed to the State tournament in February. Luke has also been a part of Nova’s Math Team and Mock Trial team.

Nova Students Earn Places at National History Bee
March 2014
On Wednesday, March 19, four Nova student competed in the National History Bee Minneapolis Regional Competition hosted at Nova Classical Academy. Fourth grader Evan Odegard was the Regional Champion in the Elementary bracket and has been invited to compete in the National History Bee Finals in Atlanta, Georgia on June 6-8.

Hans Lagerquist and Ben Parsonage, both Nova fifth graders, also qualified for nationals in Atlanta. Gus Krohn, also a Nova fifth grade, was the only Nova student in the Middle School bracket of the History Bee, competing against students through grade 8 and performed very well despite being the youngest competitor in his bracket.

Nova Student Published on MPR Blog
March 2014
Congratulations to Nova sophomore Leora Eisenberg on the publication of her essay on the Classical MPR blog. To read Leora’s essay on Chopin, click here.

Nova Student Makes All-State Choir
February 2014
Nova junior Olivia Arco auditioned for the Minnesota All-State Choir and was selected from approximately 2,000 students to be part of the women’s choir. The All-State choirs are sponsored through the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA). As part of the all-state choir, Olivia will spend a week at Concordia Moorehead in August and will perform in a concert at the close of that week. The choir will also present a public music concert in mid-February 2015 at Orchestra Hall. Congratulations, Olivia!

National Merit Finalists
February 2014
Nova’s senior class performed exceptionally well in the prestigious 2014 National Merit Scholarship Fund program based on their performance on the PSAT this past fall. Out of 27 students, five students were ranked as Finalists—an unheard of number for many big district schools much less one of Nova’s size. Additionally, Nova had one Commended Scholar and one Outstanding Participant, a designation awarded to students who score in the top 3% of all African-American students in the United States who took the test.

  • Commended Scholar: Grier Belter
  • Finalist: Griffin Hancock, Jacob Henke, John Norman, Linda Stack-Nelson, Samuel Wegner
  • Outstanding Participant: Sydney Tate

To have 26% of our seniors named by the National Merit Scholarship program is quite a feat and an honor for Nova.

National Honor Society
February 2014
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 12 Nova juniors and seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society. Students are inducted into the National Honor Society based on grade point average and number of honors classes taken. The 2014 NHS inductees included Sophie Blumenstock, Frances Burr, Sarah Cole, Alexandra Fischer, Margaret Flynn Sapia, Gustav Honl-Stuenkel, Chloe Kirk, Cassandra Ladas, Polina Prokhoda, Maria Schrater, Arunima Shiney-Ajay, and Isabella Williams.Current members are Griffin Hancock, Jake Henke, Peter Jones, Liza Michaeli, Amolak Singh, Jacob Henke, Linda Stack- Nelson, Lydia Behling- Hess, and Sam Wegner.

February 2014
Congratulations to Nova’s Sophie Blumenstock on taking first place in the individual competition at the MN High School State Championships in Women’s Foil! Sophie represented Nova Classical Academy in this individual event. Sophie was also the captain of the first place Women’s Foil Team, earning two State Champion titles this weekend! Sophie was undefeated in both days of competition.

Mock Trial Wins Sixth in State
March 2014
Congratulations to Nova’s Mock Trial Red team on their impressive sixth-place finish at the Minnesota State Bar Association’s State Championship tournament! Nova Red was the school’s second-ranked team at the start of Mock Trial Regional competition until beating top-ranked Team Nova Classical in semi-final Round Four. Nova defeated Northfield and Stillwater in the first two rounds of the State Championship competition, losing in round three in a split decision to Lakeville North.

Composed of six sophomores and two juniors, Nova Red had two members named to the All-State team: sophomore Caroline Behling-Hess was named an All-State Attorney and junior Elan Nelson was honored as an All-State witness. Remaining Nova Red team members are Captain Ignasi Dorca; Anya Magnuson; Mary Clare Burke; Ruby Wlaschin; and Ben Garcia.

Mock Trial Teams Advance to Regional Playoffs
February 2014
Two of Nova’s four Varsity Mock Trial teams will move on to Regional playoffs this Thursday, February 20. Four of Nova’s Mock Trial teams broke into the semi-final rounds of the MN State Bar Association High School Mock Trial competition following three rounds of regional competition, creating a Nova sweep in semifinals for the second year in a row. Team Nova Blue and Team Nova Red both won the semi-finals round and will square off in the playoff round on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The winner of the playoff round will progress to the State tournament on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Duluth, Minnesota.

Fourth Macalester Trials Championship
January 2014
For the fourth year in row, a Nova team captured the championship at the Macalester Trials. The January 11 tournament involved 25 teams from across the state. Nova had four of the top ten teams at the tournament, placing first, second, third, and eighth. Collectively, these teams won 34 out of 36 ballots. In addition to the four team trophies, Nova racked up 22 individual awards. Thirteen students were named Outstanding Attorney and nine won Outstanding Witness honors. The following students received attorney awards:  Ignasi Dorca, Maria Schrater, Caroline Behling-Hess, Liza Michaeli, Rochelle van der Merwe, Olivia Schaffer, Ellie Cruz Kraus, Aidan Gleich, Charissa Bloom, Hannah Hoefs, Anya Magnuson, Margaret Flynn-Sapia, and Blaine Brownell. The Outstanding Witness award winners included Ruby Wlaschin, Perrin Shyne, Mary Clare Burke, Sam Wegner, Griffin Hancock, Maria Schrater, Ben Garcia, Liam Magistad and Chloe Kirk. Each of the top three teams posted 9-0 records, winning each of the three trials by unanimous decision of the three judges. Members of the championship team were Ignasi Dorca (Captain), Ruby Tetmeyer,  Ruby Wlaschin, Caroline Behling-Hess, Anya Magnuson, Ben Garcia and Elan Nelson.

Mock Trial Sweeps Top Places at UofM Tournament
January 2014
On Saturday, January 4, 2014, four Nova Mock Trial teams competed against 25 other teams at The University of Minnesota 2014 Mock Trial Invitational. Each of Nova’s teams went through the tournament undefeated, capturing first, third, fourth, and fifth place! Captained by Chloe Kirk, the first place team also includes Sommer Skeps, Elle Cruz Krause, Sam Lee, Charissa Bloom, Aidan Gleich, Perrin Shyne, and Hannah Hoefs. Cassandra Ladas, Liza Michaeli, and Caroline Behling-Hess were honored as Outstanding Attorney at the competition, while Griffin Hancock and Maria Schrater were named Outstanding Witnesses.

First Tech Challenge
April 2014
The Nova Tempest team competed in the first FTC North Super Regional event in Iowa City, IA in early April. Competing against the top 7% of all FTC teams across the country at the event was an honor earned by the team at the state competition in February.

Team Tempest members include  Alex Christensen, Aaron Cook, Bella Granse, Elaina Granse, Meg Huelskamp, Liam Magistad, and Peter Tritabaugh.

Nova Tempest represented itself well in the Super Regional judging interview and inspections on Thursday, April 3. The Friday match competition proved difficult, with multiple early technical issues causing lower scores than Tempest had received at the previous Minnesota competitions.

While early setbacks were disappointing, the team responded creatively to problem-solve and competed more effectively in the later rounds, scoring as high as 299 in one round and finishing the last round with another successful “double hang” where Tempest and their Alliance Partner robot both completed a chin-up on the same small area of a cross bar by stacking the robots prior to pulling them off the ground with their lift-arms.

February 2014
Nova’s First Tech Challenge team “6699 Team Tempest” won yet another first-place win at the pre-state scrimmage on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Team 6699 “Tempest” earned their first first-place win at a competition in early December and, in addition to individual awards, initially qualified to go to the state championships at their first competition of the season in mid-November 2013. Nova’s second Robotics FTC team, the “Nova Knights 4386″, was awarded the PTC Design Award for their excellent use of CAD design software (led by DJ Corrigan) in a regional tournament on Saturday, December 14. The design award qualified the Nova Knights 4386 team for a position in the State Tournament. Both of Nova’s FTC teams will competed in the Stratasys MN FTC State Championshipat Prior Lake High School this coming Saturday, February 22.

February 2014
Four of Nova’s Japanese students competed against other Minnesota Japanese learning students in J-Quiz (Japanese Language and Culture competition) on Saturday, February 15. The team of Rebecca Bard and John Norman narrowly missed moving forward. The team of Leora Eisenberg and Simon Fink moved through to finals and took first place! Leora and Simon will travel to Washington, D.C. for the national “Japan Bowl” competition held on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20.  This was Nova’s second year to compete in the J-Quiz Competition.

One-Act Plays
February 2014
Nova’s first entrance into One-Act Play competition was an overwhelming success. Over the course of the last three weeks, Nova’s One-Act Competition team won sub-sections on Saturday, February 1, with a 1-1-1 rating by the judges (the highest rating possible); followed by a win at sectionals against seven other teams on Saturday, February 8 with another 1-1-1 rating. The team’s win at sectionals earned them a place at the 2014 State One Act Play Festival (sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League) on Friday, February 14. The team received a “Spotlight on the Arts” starred performance at state, an award of excellence given to only three of the eight competing schools. Receiving a star is the highest award a one-act team can be given and is equivalent of a winning state championship, placing Nova as one of the top three one-act teams of 206 competing Class A schools.

Poetry Out Loud
February 2014
Sveta Sabates was selected from among 9 competitors at Nova Classical Academy to compete in the Northeast Metro Regional round of the Poetry Out Loud national recitation competition on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The winner of the regional competitions advances to state. Sveta gave an impressive and compelling performance of Enough, by Suzanne Buffam and I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, by William Wordsworth.

MBDA 6-8 Honors Band
February 2014
This winter six Nova band students became the school’s first Honor Band Members when named to the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) Honor Band! The students auditioned and were accepted into the MBDA 6-8 Honor Band (this band is like All State Band, but for students in grades six through eight). A total of 313 students from 79 schools chose to audition for this group and only 85 were selected for membership. Six is the maximum number allowed from any one school. The six students selected from Nova are Abby Krizan, Kenny Lindstrom, Molly Dekarski, Cassie Demlow, Timothy Rosno, and Frances Atmore. Kenny, Cassie, and Timothy were chosen for first chair. This is an outstanding accomplishment for all of the young musicians.

2014 History Bee
February 2014
Nova’s First History Bee Participants Four School of Grammar students will participate in the National History Bee Regional Finals! Interested fourth- and fifth-grade students took the National History Bee Intramural Written Test the week of January 13, 2014. The top four score earners were: fourth grader Evan Odegard and fifth graders Gus Krohn, Hans Lagerquist, and Ben Parsonage. These four students took the National History Bee Online Regional Qualifying Exam on Wednesday, January 29. Ms. Kelley received notification that all four students had scores high to advance to the Regional Finals! The Regional Finals will be held at Nova on Wednesday, March 19. The winner of the regional finals will advance to the 2014 National History Bee National Finals in in Atlanta, Georgia from Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8.

Model UN
January 2014
Nova Classical Academy’s Model United Nation team recently competed in the tenth annual Chicago International Model United Nations (CIMUN) at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. This is the big event of the season for high school Model UN teams. CIMUN is a political simulation for high school students organized by the Nova Model UN Chicago International Model United Nations Nova Classical Academy’s Model United Nation team recently competed in the tenth annual Chicago International Model United Nations (CIMUN) at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. CIMUN is a political simulation for high school students organized by the Nova’s Sophie Blumenstock won Outstanding Delegate for the historical cabinet of Pakistan. Nova’s other delegates included Ingrid Peterson, Isa Williams, Leora Eisenberg, Lucas Mueller, Quinn Graham, and Sam Silver. The team was led by advisors Ms. Annie Lewine and Ms. Melissa Johnson. Nova’s Model UN team will finish their season with a final conference at Hamline University on Wednesday, March 12.

Public Forum Debate Team
December 2014
Nova’s Public Forum Debate Team competed well in Forest Lake in November. Out of 33 JV teams at the tournament, the team of Bella Rolland and Liza Sivriver was seeded first going into the final round — the only undefeated JV team at the tournament. Bella and Liza battled St. Paul Academy in the final round, receiving the 2nd place trophy, with 2-1 on ballots. Congratulations to Bella, Liza, Coach Alex Watson, and the entire Debate team!

The Debate team competed in early December at the Novice/JV State Debate Championship in Eagan, where two Nova teams broke out of the preliminary rounds to Octofinals in the JV division. Sophia Cherif and Ruth Cohen placed 7th, and the team of Sophie Blumenstock and Ellie Cruz-Krause placed 13th.Of the 68 Junior Varsity debaters, Sophia won an award for 8th place speaker, and Ellie Cruz-Krause received a medal for 9th place speaker!

First Lego League
December 2014
First Lego League had their regional tournament on Sunday, December 15. Both teams Quantum Robotics and Tsunamis did an outstanding job presenting their ideas, discussing their design and programming with judges, and running their robots! Team “Quantum Robotics” won First Place in Programming.

October 2013
Boys Soccer: 2013 EMAC Conference Champions
Girls Soccer: 2013 EMAC Conference Runner-Up

October 2013
For the second year in a row, Nova’s Varsity Volleyball team won the EMAC conference and continued on in competition to the Elite Eight.

Phil Skeps wrestled this season through Nova’s co-op with Saint Agnes High School. He wrestled at 106 lbs where he compiled a record of 22 wins and 13 losses as a 7th grader. He was the Tri-Metro Conference Champion and placed 5th in Section 4A. He led the team in Takedowns, Escapes, 2pt Near Falls, and 3pt Near Falls. He was also second on the team in wins.