iMPAct Newsletter May 2011

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    Congratulations Graduates!

    We are so proud of our graduating class!  Their years of hard work and dedication have paid off, and their example served as an inspiration for the rest of our students throughout this past year.  This year’s graduates were accepted into the following colleges and universities:

    • University of Utah
    • Regis University
    • Concordia College
    • Lake Erie College
    • University of South Carolina: Aiken
    • New England College
    • Chatham University
    • Lake Forest College
    • Randolph College
    • Colby-Sawyer College
    • Franklin Pierce University
    • Notre Dame de Namur University
    • Converse College
    • Hollins University
    • Stephen’s College
    • Colorado Mountain College
    • Northeastern Junior College
    • Umass Amherst
    • Umass Boston
    • Northeastern University

    We are still awaiting word on their acceptance to the following schools as well:

    • Vanier College, Montreal
    • International School of Management – Germany Hamburg
    • University of Tampa
    • University of Central Florida

    Saying Goodbye

    by Savitri Kaur Beaver, 12th Grade

    Siri Deva, Savitri, and Dharam Gian Kaur at 12thies

    At the end of every school year, the eleventh grade class at Miri Piri Academy puts together an event for the graduating class known as 12thies. It is an event that celebrates the completion of the senior’s years at MPA, and all of their hard work and commitment. Throughout the year the eleventh graders fundraise for the event by selling snacks at the weekly competitions, setting up a movie night, and many other creative efforts. I myself have been a part of this group in my previous year, and I can safely say that the time, effort and stress that is put in to making this event a wonderful and special one for the 12th graders is unbelievable. This year, I was part of the group that got to sit back and relax while the party of the year was being prepared for MY class.

    As a 12th grader, you get to experience Miri Piri Academy on a completely different level. Not only are you the senior most class, and so you have a certain image to maintain, but also you have the responsibility of leading the student body to becoming the best it can be. Knowing that not only your closest friends, but also those younger kids who are a little too shy to tell you that they admire you, come to this event to honor you is the most heart warming feeling one can experience. In my four years of being at MPA, this years “12thies” party was by far the best one yet.

    Some may say that my class is dysfunctional and hard to handle, but though this may be true, when push comes to shove, nothing or no one can come between us. We have definitely had our ups and downs throughout the years, but in the end, the bond we created is strong as steel, and I am so grateful to all of my classmates for sticking together this year.

    With a strong and focused closure, we are off to the “big world” next year. It is our time to shine, and use all of the survival, spiritual, and life skill techniques we’ve gained from Miri Piri Academy and apply them to our daily lives. There won’t be that extra push that Jugat Guru or Amrit Singh gives us when we are in doubt. It is all up to us now. I firmly believe that we have the confidence and drive to accomplish anything we put our hearts and minds to.

    The Four Mile Run

    by Gurjot Singh, 9th Grade

    My experience at MPA is an experience that I will remember all my life. Since

    Gurjot Singh

    coming here I made more and more efforts toexercise and communicate. I still remember the first day I went to Physical Training (PT). I just physically couldn’t do it, but people throughout the whole thing encouraged me and supported me. I tried as hard as I could until eventually I got used to it.

    After some time it started to just feel easier. I remember I used to go to Mahan Atma saying “my head hurts” just to try and leave, but then I started to actually enjoy it and no longer felt the need to make excuses to get out of it. Gatka become one of the favorite things I learned. I would practice with a friend and then I got to go to exciting places to perform, and got to meet incredible Nihangs like Baba Nihal Singh.

    Guru Parkash Singh helped me throughout the year to keep up in gatka, running and Gurbani Kirtan. He made me do my best, and did it while making me laugh; always keeping a smile on my face. He was like a big brother and he kept his practice, never getting mad at me.

    There was a day I got tired of making excuses for myself and that was the day of the extra loop, which is a 4 and a half mile run in the town outside our school. I was really worried but I kept chanting Waheguru, using the mantra to push me through, and somehow I just kept going.

    One of the girls was having a really hard time breathing and fell behind so I went behind with her and helped her to catch up with the group. Helping someone else helped me to keep going. I finished and I was so proud of myself. After that, I told myself “if I can run 4 miles I can definitely keep up with the 2 to 3 laps around the soccer field that we usually do during PT.”

    Guru Amrit Hari Kaur helped me to keep up whenever we did the loop again, and whenever we did the laps within the school and I started to fall behind, she would say ” You ran the loop, you can do this. I believe in you!” When I first came to MPA I couldn’t run or do PT or do yoga, but thanks to everyone here, especially the Principal, Jugat Guru Singh, and Amrit Singh, the Director of Residential Life, I have gained so much from MPA, and lost 40 unneeded pounds. Thank you MPA!

    Important Announcements

    • Enrollment and financial aid applications for new students for the 2011-2012 school year are now open! If you know anyone who is interested in enrolling their child please email us at: [email protected] so we can send them instructions as well.
    • The 10th and 12th Grade students are busy taking their Cambridge exams.  Send them your prayers! Everyone else is excited to be home for their summer break.

    Highlights from the Blog


    Our good friends Bachittar Singh and Sevak Kaur, both Kundalini Yoga Teachers from Germany,  are traveling the world and exploring the question of how to lead a fulfilling life.  Watch these amazing video interviews he did with Siri Simran Kaur Khalsa, Dharam Gian Kaur, Guru Raj Singh Khalsa, and Narayan Singh who share their views […]

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    The junior and some senior students visited the local library and experience center in town (“One-Up”) for extended reading activities and a book launch with Indian author Paro Anand. The visit was part of the English literacy program, with the objective of giving the students an opportunity to extend their understanding through reading and discussions. […]

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