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The Southwest Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to work with Southwest High School and its alumni to create an exceptional educational experience for all Southwest students. The Foundation raises money to support academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities for students and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors.
Party for 9th Grade Parents!
The Southwest Foundation's annual party for 9th Grade parents was held on Thursday, October 27th, from 7-9 p.m. at the home of Marla and Mike Cumming, 4254 Queen Ave. S. Ninth grade parents celebrated with great food, drinks, and entertainment by student musicians while raising money for Southwest. Principal Bill Smith talked about how the Southwest Foundation supports Southwest-- and how parents can help! RSVP here.
Southwest will celebrate its 75th anniversary all year long!
During the 2016-17 school year, Southwest High School will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with many different events. Beginning with the Grand Opening, Open House, and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 8th, the year is filled with activities to appeal to community members and alumni of all eras. There will be sports events, including the dedication of the new basketball gym floor, arts events on campus and around Minneapolis, and academic events including the annual Senior Awards Night where the Southwest Foundation presents its scholarships.
The events have been planned by the Southwest Foundation's 75th Anniversary Committee, which has been meeting monthly for the last year. Committee members include: Principal Bill Smith, Adam Barrett '00, Diane Darr '48, Maurice Dixon '49, Melanie Millner '81, Dave Premack '04, Nancy Rose Pribyl '81, Jeff Rotsch '68, Sandy Rubenstein '69, Stacy Simpson '75, Will Sulzbach '51, and teachers Stamatka Platikanova and Reid Wixson.
For a complete list of 75th Anniversary events, click here.
Southwest Students studying japanese advance to nationals!
The Japan Bowl is a national competition to test the ability of high school students throughout America who are studying the Japanese language. It is modeled on a quiz show format and aims to make the study of Japanese challenging and enjoyable. The Upper Midwest Regional Competition was held at Normandale Community College on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. There were three levels: level II, level III and level IV. The Southwest level IV-B students won first place in their level! This team is now eligible to participate in The 2016 National Japan Bowl Competition, to be held in April in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The students representing Southwest at nationals are: Isabella Gold, Taylor Nelson, and Devon Olson. Japanese teacher Kyoko French leads the Japanese Culture Club and coaches the students who participate in the Japan Bowl.
Your support of the Southwest Foundation will help send the winning students to nationals! The Foundation gives Southwest High School funds to help winners in academic contests go to regional and national competitions.
Distinguished Alumni awards
Next fall the Southwest High School Foundation will award its first Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni for their outstanding contributions to their community, alma mater, or country in their chosen career or community service. The Foundation encourages alumni to nominate their friends, family, and classmates who are deserving of this award. The Distinguished Alumni Committee, chaired by former Foundation President Nancy Rose Pribyl '81, will be reviewing the nominations and selecting the first winners. In addition to Nancy Rose Pribyl '81, Committee members include Adam Barrett '00, Emelia Carroll '09, Ted Colburn '53, Kelly Doran '75, Diane Darr '48, Tom Neiman '65. Jack Rice '59, Ruth Usem '57, and Southwest parent Jenny Warner. To make a nomination, please click here to print a nomination form and mail it to the Foundation's address: 3414 W. 47th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410. If you would like a nomination form mailed to you, please call Nancy Rose Pribyl at 952.250.9891. The Committee looks forward to hearing about the amazing accomplishments of Southwest's alumni community.