Osseo Area Learning Center (OALC) experienced success at the NW Metro Regional MN Association of Alternative Programs, Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition & Self-esteem (MAAP STARS) student competition which tests students’ skills in categories including: Public Speaking, Employment Interview, Team Management Decision Making and LifeSmarts — a consumer economics knowledge bowl.

From OALC, Belicia Rodriguez placed first in Employment Interview and Desiree Henry, Courtney Johnson and Belicia Rodriguez placed 4th in Team Management Decision Making.

“Students had a lot of fun and enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their skills and meet students from other alternative schools,” said Kip Sackett, MAAP STARS advisor and College & Career Readiness Instructor and Work Coordinator at OALC. “We were even visited by Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, who had very positive things to say about the students and actually watched our 4th place MDM students present.”

Students are now preparing for the State MAAP STARS competition at the Ramada MOA on April 14-15th, where approximately 350 students from 38 alternative and charter schools around the state will meet to compete in over 15 events.

"The volunteers who offer their time to judge the events are crucial to the success of these competitions as well as the learning opportunities that come from the feedback judges provide students," said Sackett. For more information on MAAP STARS or to volunteer to judge, visit www.maapmn.org.


MAAP STARS from OALC include front row, from left: Emani Hernandez and Ashaunti Lewis. Back row, from left: Belicia Rodriguez, Courtney Johnson, Jamaria Scates, Chyna Weems, Desiree Henry and Eric Weems.