An enriching experience
Thirteen of Murray Middle School’s seventh-grade Life Science students presented their “bear enrichment” projects at the Minnesota Zoo in March. The students were chosen out of thousands of students from nine districts to participate. Students took weeks preparing, planning, engineering and presenting enrichments toys for the three grizzly bears at the Minnesota Zoo. The students received certificates of achievement and received a stipend for their science classroom. The students are Sofia Ahmed, Makhi Chandler, Aynesia Chappell-McCullough, Geovany (Alex) Miller, Justin Neal, Paul Nguyen, King Quayson, Latecia Roby-McCray, Casper Rousseau, Kiely Schultz, Zachary Swenson, Kjan Williams and William Xiong.

Spring sports at Murray

Murray spring sports are under way. Murray again has huge numbers of athletes participating in spring sports. At this writing there were more than 160 students involved in the four spring teams. Co-ed track leads the way with nearly 70 athletics. All spring teams took either first or second place in the regular season last year.

The Pilots look to be very competitive again this spring. Look for the most current schedule and standings at This year the softball games have been moved to the Murray baseball field. The field is at the far end of the soccer field.

This will be Murray’s athletic director David Hughes’ last year at Murray, as the longtime social studies teacher and sports director will be retiring after the 2016-17 school year.


Student wins two awards at state science fair

Sebastian Zarkower was awarded the Seagate Emerging Scientist Award, placing in the top 10 percent of all first-time state science fair participants, and the Minnesota Academy of Science Bronze Award, placing in the top 15 percent of all projects at the state science fair in Minneapolis in March.

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