Scholar Recognized Twice as a Distinguished High School Student By Minnesota Department of Education

3R Scholar Pranav RupireddyMaple Grove, MN — June 19, 2018 – Parnassus Preparatory School student Pranav Rupireddy was honored twice by the Minnesota Department of Education for outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship at the recent Minnesota Scholars of Distinction’s award program. Rupireddy was one of 53 Minnesota high school students recognized as among Minnesota’s finest STEM and fine arts students.

The Minnesota Department of Education’s Scholars of Distinction program recognizes students in the areas of science, STEM, mathematics, social studies, leadership, and theater arts. Students are reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts who review student work for mastery of complex subject matter and how it is applied to a challenging project.

“Pranav is an outstanding all-around student and scholar whose natural curiosity, keen intellect and drive will take him far,” said Parnassus Executive Director Constance Ford. “His love of science and ability to apply scientific processes and research on a practical level to a complex issue like Parkinson’s disease are well deserving of this recognition.”

Rupireddy’s project, Untangling Parkinsonian Dynamics: Analyzing Spatio-Temporal Neural Spiking Patterns Under Second-Order Network Structures in Parkinsonian-like Networks was honored with both a STEM Scholar of Distinction and a Science Meritorious Performance award. Rupireddy was one of four students who received honors in two categories.

“In ancient Greece, Mount Parnassus was home of the Muses who were the emissaries of literature, the sciences, and the arts,” Ford said. “Pranav’s award recognizes his educational quest of Mount Parnassus and finding great things through focused, classical study.”

3R Scholar Scores in Top 0.3% of National Latin Exam

Ryan Friess, 3R scholar with National Latin Exam Perfect Paper
Ryan displays his Perfect Paper certificate

Maple Grove, MN — June 19, 2018 – Parnassus Preparatory School student Ryan Friess earned his second “Perfect Paper” on the National Latin Exam (NLE), putting him in the top 0.3 percent of students taking this year’s exam. A 3R student (eleventh grader), Friess scored his Perfect Paper on the Level III Prose exam, one of only 11 test takers worldwide to earn a perfect score.

The NLE is administered by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League to more than 140,000 students in the United States and twenty-four countries. The timed test is a multiple choice test offered on seven levels ranging from Latin I to Latin VI.

“Ryan’s exemplary work in the classroom and the diligence of his studies show once again in this test,” said Parnassus Preparatory School Executive Director Constance Ford. “He is an outstanding student and scholar who pursues his education with a clear sense of direction and purpose. Ryan has consistently shown his love of language and learning in the classroom and the tests help showcase Ryan to others outside of the classroom.”

Parnassus’ classical education structure incorporates Latin as a compulsory subject in its K-12 curriculum. Parnassus began administering the NLE in 2014 to all students.

“Not only has he scored two perfect scores which makes him stand out as a scholar of Latin, but he’s earned Gold Medals in 2014 and 2015 on the Latin I and Latin II exams respectively,” Ford said. “Interestingly, Ryan did not take the exam in 2017 because he was studying ancient Greek – and he earned highest honors on the National Greek Exam.”

Language is a core component of classical education. Learning is accomplished through focus on written and spoken words versus images such as video. Language-focused learning encourages the mind to decode words into underlying concepts and ideas that build meaning.

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