Students and Staff Recognition

Human Rights Essay Contest Winners Named

Excerpted from Lillie News Roseville Review

Prejudice and stereotypes affect the way we perceive and interact with each other, even when we don't realize it. How do stereotypes affect our society and how do they damage human rights? A tough question to consider, but Middle School students Elijah Sailer-Haugland, Alisa Schmidt, Ashley Chavez, Olivia Ogwangi, Anne Bensen, Teague Bogenholm, Hannah Bruns, Isabel Lieb and Katie Nguyen answered it best. Their essays were selected from more than 110 essays submitted by Roseville Area Middle School students in Roseville's annual Human Rights Essay Contest. The Roseville City Council will recognize the winning students on April 7 at 6:00pm during the city council meeting. The community is encouraged to attend and congratulate the essay contest winners. The event will be cablecast on Channel 16.

Each year the roseville Human Rights Commission sponsors the essay contest. Commissioners evaluate essays based upon content and composition and select the best essays. Commissioners do not know who wrote the essays until after winners have been selected to ensure an unbiased review. Copies of winning essays are available at


RAHS ONE WORLD: Being ME in America Multicultural Festival

RAHS students invite you to join us this upcoming Tuesday, April 1, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for the RAHS ONE WORLD multicultural festival in the RAHS Cefeteria. The student-chosen theme for our event this year is "Being ME in America."

The event will showcase many of our students as they share experiences of growing up within their diverse home cultures while navigating "American" culture. Students have put together a large number of activities including dance performances, henna tattooing, a fashion show, and historical as well as contemporary information on their home cultures. Of course, we will also provide a wonderful assortment of different foods that you can sample!

This is a family-friendly event! Please invite a friend to join us!




Roseville Science Wiz to Compete in International Science Competition

Aditi Das

Roseville Area High School Senior Aditi Das has been selected to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles in May.

Aditi qualified for the ISEF competition at the recent Twin Cities Regional Science Fair where she presented on her research project, "Developing Transgenic Sugar Beet by Agrobacterium-mediated Gene Transfer."

Aditi's research has implications worldwide for creating more effective agricultural production and supporting robust food supplies for the world's growing population.

"Our entire school community is proud of Aditi as she continues to excel in the area of science, " said RAHS Principal Jenny Loeck. "She is an exemplary student representative of RAHS. "

At the ISEF competition, Das will compete against 1600 other high school students from more than 70 countries around the world for nearly $4 million in prizes and scholarships.

In addition to the ISEF, Das will also be competing at the State Science Fair and the Tri-State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, both in the end of March.



Roseville Area High School Students Win National Awards

Three Roseville Area High School students recently took top honors at a national screen-printing competition.

Kennedy Hill, Drew Herther, and Mitchell Morgan’s t-shirt creations were selected from among hundreds of national and international submissions at the Annual Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Convention held in October. The Roseville students won three of the top six awards at the competition.

"It’s pretty surreal," said Morgan. "It’s the first time anyone from our school entered this competition and to earn awards the first year is pretty incredible."

Herther (Class of 2013) and Morgan (Class of 2014) worked together to design a complex, multi-color graphic, which they screen-printed themselves. Hill (Class of 2013) designed and printed her own t-shirt creation that showed two koi in an elaborate swirl of water.

The submissions were judged on the design itself, the number of colors used, the level of difficulty, the set-up of the screen-print, and the quality of the print.

All three students credit their media arts instructor at Roseville Area High School, Brian Hoag, for giving them the opportunity to develop the skills that earned them the SGIA awards.

"Because of his real-world experience combined with his teaching abilities, he can teach us skills at a level that is amazing," said Herther.

Morgan echoed, "We have one of the best programs in the nation."

CTV recently featured these students. It's the first story after the intro from March 17th. Enjoy!

Raider Grafix Awards



DECA Students Advance to State

RAHS DECA members recently competed in the DECA District 2 competition and the following team members have advanced to the state competition in March: Emily Anderson, Baldemar Balderrama, Andrew Cepress, Hans Knutson, Joe Kraemer, Reilly Keenan, Sungmoon Lim, Ellie Martin, Nicki McElroy, Savannah Minnick, Jim Mooney, Maggie Ryan, and Van Oleson.



RAHS Debate Members Head to State

The RAHS Debate Team competed at the Section Five Tournament in early January. The teams comprised of Nathan Meyer and Dean Doneen, and Matt Lauer and Sophia Rossini advanced to the state tournament for the second year in a row. They competed at the State Debate Tournament in late January.


Student Art Installed at Roseville Library

Roseville Area Schools students had a unique opportunity to showcase their talent while also sparking community discussions about cultural expectations at one of the busiest public libraries in the state.

On Thursday, February 13th, the Ramsey County Roseville Library unveiled Artful Journeys, a collaborative art project created by Roseville Area Schools students and two visiting teaching artists.

Students and teaching artists Wing Young Huie and Peyton Russell shared about their experiences working on the art projects.

Chalkboard Project Chalkboard Project

The Artful Journeys project brought culturally relevant teaching artists into schools to expose students to unique learning experiences that allowed them to embrace their own cultural heritage and helped guide dialogue around difference, both within the school community and in the community at large. The works of art that came from Artful Journeys are designed to spark conversation about social and cultural expectations and individual experiences.

Roseville Area High School and Fairview Alternative High School students worked with artist Peyton Russell to create large-scale graffiti art. Using typography as the basis of learning, Russell helped students explore the history and culture of graffiti while creating and experimenting with graffiti styles, lettering, and painting techniques. The final graffiti artwork was hung in the teen room at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville.

Roseville Area Schools 6th graders and Fairview Alternative High School students worked with renowned photographer Wing Young Huie on his chalkboard project. Through the project, students learned photography and composition skills while exploring how visual imagery and media shapes who we are and how we think of ourselves. Selected student pieces were hung in the Community Program Room.
The two art projects installed at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville were made possible through a Minnesota State Arts Board Learning Grant.



Roseville Teacher Wins Elite National
Engineering Scholarship

Roseville Area Schools teacher Jenny Eckman was recently chosen as one of only 32 teachers from across the nation to receive a highly selective scholarship that will allow her to attend an Engineering is Elementary conference at the Museum of Science in Boston.

“When I return, I’ll be able to start using more engineering in my environmental science classes, in addition to being able to support engineering projects in other classrooms,” said Eckman, the Environmental Science Specialist at Harambee Elementary School.

The $2,500 scholarship Eckman received from Raytheon Corporation will help bring the nation’s leading elementary engineering curriculum to Harambee Elementary students.

Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a curriculum developed at the Museum of Science in Boston and is designed to easily integrate with a school’s current science curriculum. Each module is introduced through a fictional story about a young person solving a problem through engineering or science.

Eckman says she was drawn to the EiE program because of its emphasis on collaborative learning and creative problem solving.

“This seemed like a perfect match for Harambee and will fit with both our environmental science and community cultures foci,” said Eckman. “The scholarship allows me to not only bring the materials to our school, but also equips me with the knowledge of how to use them effectively.”
Eckman will attend the EiE training at the Museum of Science in Boston in the beginning of March, and plans to start integrating more engineering into her classroom upon her return.

“This is another tool for us as we make learning meaningful, engaging, and relevant for our students,” said Eckman.