Alumni Awards

The stories of our alumni, both students and staff, create a common history, increase our sense of community and strengthen our pride in Minnetonka High School.

Alumni achievements are evidence of the world class education that children receive in Minnetonka Schools.

The Minnetonka Alumni Association celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding alumni at an annual awards brunch during homecoming weekend each year.

Awards will be selected by a committee consisting of MHS Students, Government leaders, the high school principal and Minnetonka Alumni Association Board members.

Anyone may submit a nomination, including self-nominations, with the exception of the Faculty Hall of Fame nomination, which must be made by a former student.


About the Awards

The Minnetonka Alumni Association celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding alumni at an annual awards brunch during homecoming each year. Up to ten awards may be presented each year. The selection committee consists of the MHS student leaders, the high school principal and MAA Board members. Awards may be presented in the following categories:

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is Minnetonka’s premier alumni honor, recognizing distinguished professional achievement, distinguished leadership and/or distinguished service toward the greater good. Recipient(s) must have graduated from Minnetonka High School at least 20 years prior to receiving the award.

Nomination Form

Past recipients:

  • 2009 - D. Bruce Johnstone '59
  • 2009 - Matthew Slaughter '86
  • 2010 - Dr. Prudence Lam '89
  • 2010 - Jan Malcolm '73
  • 2011 - Lee Blessing '67
  • 2011 - Peter Holthe '78
  • 2012 - Mark Kroll '70
  • 2012 - Tom Staggs '78
  • 2013 - Stephen Pouliot '63
  • 2013 - Mary Story '69
  • 2014 - Deborah (Smith) Mayer '65
  • 2014 - Dr. Steven Miles '68
  • 2015 - Donald Mark '65
  • 2015 - Anna Nelson '91
  • 2015 - Gary Sundem '63
  • 2016 - Robin Phillips '81
  • 2016 - James (Jim) Rice '65

Distinguished Service Award

Open to any Minnetonka alumni, recognizing significant volunteer service benefiting the greater good, philanthropic leadership or service/contribution to the MAA.

Nomination Form

Past recipients:

  • 2009 - Tad Shaw (Former Board Member), Bob Miller ’54 and Steve Frazier (Former Teacher)
  • 2009 - Nancy Countryman '59
  • 2011 - Charlie Kanan '69 and Frank Kuzma '79
  • 2012 - Carl Zinn '61
  • 2013 - Bob Williams '39
  • 2015 - Brian Kuhnly '78
  • 2016 - Bonnie Board Niles '67

Young Alum Achievement Award

This award honors alumni within fifteen years of graduating from Minnetonka High School for distinguished post-secondary academic achievement, professional achievement, distinguished leadership and/or distinguished service toward the greater good.

Nomination Form

Past recipients:

Skippers Hall of Fame (Arts, Activities, Athletics)

Providing an opportunity to remember the good times, the Skippers Hall of Fame inducts up to five individuals or teams for achievements in arts, activities and athletics. Induction reflects achievements that stand the test of time, by alumni who graduated from MHS more than 10 years ago.

Nomination Form

Past recipients:

  • 2009 - Ryan Keating '98
  • 2009 - Chris Fenwick '97
  • 2009 - Elwin Burditte '76
  • 2010 - Bill Carrothers '82
  • 2010 - Dr. Sue Stuebner Gaylor '89
  • 2010 - Steve Seamans '70
  • 2010 - Jim Brower '91
  • 2011 - Jill (Lindquist) Hanson '70
  • 2011 - Kenni Holmen '76
  • 2011 - Ann Reed '73
  • 2011 - John J. Ziegler III '82
  • 2012 - Bruce Johnson '66
  • 2012 - Steve Comer '72
  • 2012 - Justin McHugh '91
  • 2012 - Missy Peterson Fowler '95
  • 2013 - Diane D'Aquila '69
  • 2013 - Keith Nord '75
  • 2014 - 1965 Boys Basketball Team
  • 2015 - Ryan Klocksien '98
  • 2015 - William Leer '03
  • 2015 - Marnie Mosiman '69
  • 2016 - 1991 Varsity Swim Team
  • 2016 - Steve Hamrick '74

Faculty Hall of Fame

Nominated by a former student and selected through an online vote of MAA members, the Faculty Hall of Fame will honor a Minnetonka School District teacher or administrator who inspired in students a passion to excel with confidence and hope.

Nomination Form

Past recipients:



2016 Alumni Awards Brunch



2015 Alumni Awards Brunch



2014 Alumni Awards Brunch


2016 Award Honorees

Inducted posthumously into the Faculty Hall of Fame on Sept. 17, 2016.