Tuesday, February 19, 2013
“Pick subjects that truly interest you, start putting in the study early, and go into the test with a positive attitude," Neis advises.
Jacob Neis, a senior at Minnetonka High School, and Emily Xie, a senior at Eden Prairie High School, were recently named the Minnesota state winners of the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation administered by the College Board. Check out this Patch feature story on Jacob Neis, published in November. The awards recognize the nation’s top achievers in Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student in each state. Two national winners (one male and one female) are also recognized, each receiving a $5,000 scholarship. This year, 101 high school students in all 50 …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Student Spotlight: From math to Mozart, Jacob Neis excels in pursuing his passions. He lives in Eden Prairie and transferred to Minnetonka last year.
It’s not easy being the new kid. So when Jacob Neis of Eden Prairie transferred to Minnetonka High School last year as a junior, his mom gave him some advice. “Find your people,” Neis said. “Find the people who share your passions, appreciate your quirks, and challenge you where you enjoy being challenged.” Neis found his people in the Minnetonka band. “Music to me is the perfect union of the cerebral and the inexplicable,” said Neis (pronounced “nice”), who plays clarinet and piano. “I'm one of those poor saps who is more emotionally invested in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto than the Super Bowl.” In August, he was selected to participate in the Minnesota All-State Band. “I spent a week in Duluth playing music with people of similar…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Jacob Neis, Heather Blundell and Wenfei Liu are among the top secondary math students in Minnesota.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Minnetonka High School juniors Jacob Neis, Heather Blundell and Wenfei Liu are among the top secondary math students in Minnesota. Neis qualified to be a member of the 2012 Minnesota All-State Math Team, while Blundell and Liu are vying for two spots on the team. Neis automatically qualified to be a member of the 2012 Minnesota All-State Math Team due to his top 10 finish in the state math league tournament. He will compete at the annual American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) competition in June, a first for MHS. He is also the first MHS student to advance to the USA Mathematical Olympiad, which involves a nine-hour exam. Blundell and Liu are training to become members of the All-State Math Team. The Executive Board of the Minnesota …