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Southwest Foundation names new executive director

Joanne Kaufman has been named the new Executive Director of the Southwest Foundation.  Joanne is excited to be involved and looks forward to supporting the students of Southwest High School working with parents, alumni, staff, and administration to make sure every student is all they can be.  Joanne would love to hear from you.  You can reach her at 612-504-0479 or at

Foundation Awards Scholarships at Senior Awards Night May 27

At the Senior Awards Night on May 27, 2015, the Southwest Foundation awarded 15 different scholarships to 25 outstanding seniors in the Class of 2015. Many thanks to Foundation Vice Chair Dan Froehlich '75, alum Harvey Feldman '61, and Southwest parents Welcome Jerde and Dan Berg for presenting the scholarship awards. Southwest Foundation Board member Kirsten Mair '89 also helped with refreshments. The Foundation is grateful to Board member and Foundation Treasurer Paul Roach '88 for his year-round volunteer work supporting the Foundation and its scholarships.

Scholarships awarded and student winners:

Al Halley Scholar Athlete, Adam Ulring

Ann Brinley Scholarship, Hussein Mkomo

Bradley L. Peterson memorial Award, Henry Rosene

Dan Olson Scholar Athlete Award, Grace Thill

Harvey Feldman Most Improved Athlete, Abdulrahmane Abdul-Aziz, Arthur Frazier, Hunter Johnson, and Samantha Ward

Helen Ann Omodt Scholarship, Fathiya Hussein

Holly Firehammer Scholarship, Ella Willford

Jack Sandberg Science Award, Nathan Carroll, Yueqi Ren

Julia Berg Memorial Award, Hillary Cumbe


Each year the Washington Post evaluates the nation's high schools, both public and private, to see which are the most challenging. Here is a description of the criteria and scoring they use: "The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). "

Southwest High School was named the #3 most challenging school in Minnesota, after private school International School of Minnesota and Stillwater's St. Croix Prep. Nationally, Southweset was named #149. For the complete national, regional, and state rankings, click here.