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The CBE Angle

consciousness meditationWhat is Consciousness-Based Education (CBE)?

At Maharishi School, we believe reducing stress and improving brain function is absolutely imperative. Kids have so much on their plate, so many external pressures, and so much to balance. We believe it is essential to provide our students with the tools to address these stresses. As adults, it is understood that stress does not disappear, but we rise to function properly under that stress. Consciousness-based education revolves around that belief. We don’t just fill students heads with information, we systematically expand the container of knowledge, the student’s own consciousness. With this expansion, absorbing new ideas becomes simpler, friendships deepen, and you start to understand how you are connected to and interconnected with the world.

Why we use CBE

Imagine your day starting with time to clear your mind, focus, and calm your body. Imagine you get to start every day finding strength, peace, and understanding within. Imagine being given this tool as a child so that you are able to use it throughout life to manage stress, persevere, and succeed regardless of the situation.

Doesn’t that sound fantastic and useful?

This is the opportunity we provide our students through Transcendental Meditation, which is at the center of our Consciousness-based education.consciousness education Every single day, students and teachers at Maharishi School close their eyes for a few minutes to practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique and experience a state of rest that is deeper than sleep.

When your body is rested, powerful chain reactions are set forth. Blood pressure normalizes. Heart rates slow down. The brain gets more oxygen. Big problems become small problems and stress becomes manageable.

We call this Consciousness-Based education. Because expanding consciousness is a game changer.


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2022 Graduation Commencement Speech by Kelly Malloy

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Maharishi School Alumni Kelly Malloy’s Speech

Good Afternoon,

It is an absolute pleasure being here with you all today, in celebration of completing your high school education, with all of the hard work, commitment and accomplishments that have led up to this time. Now we meet at the end of this journey, in preparation for the next. Congratulations. You made it!

I remember this day so well, sitting in this very auditorium 20 years ago, feeling all of the emotions….excited, nervous, happy, sad, but ultimately grateful. Choosing to attend the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment is a gift. Im sure you experienced during your time here, some of the deepest connections in friendships, with your teachers, peers and ultimately, with yourself.

As a former graduate, I want to start by sharing some of the highlights that I found to be extremely valuable to this day –

Let me start with TM

This is one of the most powerful tools I was given at the age of 10 yrs old. And I have my parents to thank for that. If they weren’t hippies back in the 1970’s seeking a more spiritual life, I might not be here today. But during my time at MSAE I didn’t even realize what a gift it was to learn to meditate, and have it built into my daily routine. I didn’t always appreciate it either. My friends and I would often giggle our way through meditation in the Hall of Bliss calling it “the hall of bubbling bliss” But I also had many meditations experiencing deep silence…ultimately what this time allowed me to develop was a good habit… that I found even more valuable after I graduated from high school and entered into college and career life. TM then brought me back to my current calling 14 years later, becoming a teacher of it… we’ll get back to that in a bit.

The Science of Creative Intelligence

A class that teaches you an over arching universal principle – To live in tune with nature. These simple yetalumni kelly malloy instrumental concepts have helped keep life in perspective in its truest form. Water the root to enjoy the fruit”. We water the root through meditating and experiencing the deepest part of ourselves. Along with that, getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and staying physically active are vital components to support our well-being. If we do these things we can feel the support from our environment and move more fluidly. This reality athletes often refer to as “being in the zone” or an artist might describe it as “being in the flow state”. So keep these principles close to your heart.

Where it all started

The last thing I want to mention that I found very special about growing up in Fairfield, was the multi cultural melting pot that has been created here in a town of 10,000 people. Maharishi School and University have drawn people from all over the world. This naturally created an environment of acceptance and understanding that every living being deserves love and respect. I feel very fortunate to see things in this light…We have to remember that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, regardless of the color of our skin, religion, or political views. Being raised with the fundamental belief that The World Is My Family has served me well in life.

Let’s talk about the present. I remember when it was time to start thinking about applying to colleges. I wasn’t the most academically oriented teenager and really didn’t know what I wanted to continue my eduction in. Or even go to college for that matter. It’s a huge decision to make, but rest assured that your direction in life can change many times. And that’s ok. Whether it’s deciding to go to college right away, or take a gap year, or even change your major a few times…it’s all ok.

After some consideration, I decided to pursue Interior Design and start applying to design schools. It was a hobby of mine growing up. My mom always made our home look so beautiful and inviting. From this, I began to develop a design eye, and made my choice to attend Harringtons Institute of Interior Design in Chicago IL. My first year of college was a challenge. Being on my own, learning how to manage my time more efficiently, meeting deadlines, and experiencing bigger work loads was an adjustment to say the least. But it taught me how to find my voice, by asking for help from my professors when I needed it, learning to give presentations, and venturing out to make new friends. I was slowly acclimating to college life.

After a year of living in the cold, windy city of Chicago, I moved too warm, sunny California. I continued with my design education in Los Angeles at The American Intercontinental University. By year four, I was so ready to take a year off. Having the motivation and discipline to finish school got hard as each year became more demanding. But I got through it, with the support of my amazing parents and their sage advise to, persevere. I was glad I continued, because I was given the opportunity to intern for a designer on the House & Garden Network. On graduation day I received the honor of Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts.

I went to work in the Interior Design industry in LA, assisting interior designers at private firms, to managing a textile department at The Pacific Design Center – a one million six hundred  thousand square foot facility located in West Hollywood nicknamed as the Blue Whale….. after fulfilling my desire of working in the field of Design, I was ready for a change and decided to move back home to Fairfield to regroup. I worked and saved some money, with the desire to travel and see the world. I embarked on a trip to South America where I back packed for 3 1/2 months, visiting Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina. I lived in hostels along the way, meeting other young people like myself on an adventure of exploration. My most memorable experiences were dancing in the streets of Rio De Janero during the Brazilian festival of Carnival, learning to surf in the pacific ocean of Ecuador, eating the traditional delicacy’s like ceviche from Peru, and feeling the warmth and love from each culture even with the limitations on our verbal communication. My trip came to an end, and I returned home feeling refreshed, inspired and ready for my next journey.

alumni kelly malloyOver the next 4 years, I utilized my talents in different ways. My mom & I started an organic catering company called Simply Italian. This was my opportunity to put my culinary skills and love for Italian food to good use. I then moved back to California and became the west coast sales rep for a honey company called Heavenly Organics; honey that was harvested from wild beehives at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.

Although I enjoyed the wide variety of experiences of trying my hand at several different jobs, something felt like it was missing. I always had a desire to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, but the timing never seemed right. In October of 2014, the planets aligned and my desire to attend Teacher Training became a reality. Being exposed to Maharishis knowledge since childhood, was a valuable preparation for the fast paced learning environment. In turn I was able to act in a leadership role, assisting the other course participants during the intense 5 month training program.

Working for David Lynch Foundation

In March of 2015, I became a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. I decided to work for the David Lynch Foundation in New York City. For those of you not familiar with the David Lynch Foundation, it’s a non-profit organization that started in 2005. Our mission is to serve and uplift vulnerable and at risk populations in our society. The foundation began with teaching inner city children TM, and implementing a program called Quiet Time, where students were given the time to meditate twice a day in their classroom. Some of the programs that followed are the Resilient Warrior Program, teaching veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, The Women’s Health Initiative, helping survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and The First Responders Program, consisting of law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders.

My first position with the DLF organization was teaching at Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. In the first year of the program we taught 400 students how to meditate. The buy in was strong due to the immense stress, and difficulties these teens encountered in their daily lives. The power of meditation and the impact it had was extremely gratifying to witness. Here are a few testimonials from my students –

“TM helps me get through the school day without stressing about it. It also keeps me calm and focused. I have also noticed, after using meditation, my grades have gone up rapidly, making me eligible for the honor role 3 times.”

Another student said – “I have been more confident in my school work and myself, and I feel happier since the day I started meditating.”

And the last one – “I feel calm after I meditate and have more self control, than being the kid I used to be, who was always acting like a fool. That changed since I started meditating.”

I taught at Bronx Law for 5 years. In April of 2020 a new initiative was launched to help people in the field ofalumni kelly malloy healthcare called Heal the Healers Now. This program grew out of the desperate need of front-line health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. I was asked to come and be a lead teacher on this program. I’ve taught doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and administrators. The role of a healthcare worker is to ensure the health and well-being of their patients. With the arrival of the pandemic, the workload of ill people became unmanageable, and the stress and burnout grew quickly amongst this population.

Here are a couple of testimonials from healthcare workers after learning TM –

“I wanted to let you know how beneficial the TM practice has been for me. It has allowed me to fully relax and recharge. It has helped me cope during the last couple of months which have been extremely stressful with the increase in COVID patients. The practice has been extremely helpful for my mental and emotional well-being. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

“I am a nurse that is grateful for taking the TM course. Before TM, I had really bad insomnia, especially after working a 12 hour shift in the Emergency Department. I barely slept 4 hours a night. After practicing TM for 8 months, I have no problem with insomnia, and I am getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I have become more centered, energetic and calm. I am forever thankful for this opportunity.”

In my mind these people are heroes, and I am humbled to be of assistance to them, and provide a tool to help in their own personal healing.

My experience teaching TM has far surpassed anything I could have imagined it to be. In fact, I never expected to have a full time career doing this. I realize that society is changing, and recognizing the value of consciousness. A long career of being a full-time TM teacher is more of a reality now, than its ever been. I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service to humanity in this way. Maharishi would say – The role of the TM teacher is to, “whisper infinity to the student.”

So the message I want to leave you all with today, is to keep moving forward, be fearless, go after your dreams, and don’t lose site of your vision, even if there are set backs….continue to stay focused, but most importantly remember to enjoy the journey;)

I want to share a quote from Napoleon Hill. He was a famous American author born in the 1800’s & big influencer on the key to success and personal achievement.

And I quote – “Cherish your visions and dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprint of your ultimate achievements.” End of quote

A quote from a famous American first lady – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dream”.

Congratulations graduates. It’s been a joy speaking with you all today and I want to thank for this opportunity.


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Nuwaira Pasha Addresses Maharishi School Families

Message from the interim Head of School’s Desk

“The nature of life is to grow”
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi-


Dear Parent,
It is indeed my privilege to be a part of this dynamic community of lifelong
learners who believe in the fullness of life and are driven by a very strong purpose.nuwaira pasha head of school
“The nature of life is to grow”, one of the 16 principles of creative intelligence. Observing toddlers
grow and develop into young and responsible human beings, gives me meaning and purpose
in life.
I am a highly energetic and intrinsically motivated individual with a vision to nurture children to
unlock their potential and make a difference in society. I believe that the purpose of education
is to prepare a child for life and not just a career. To this end, I believe schools must work towards
developing life competencies in students to enable them to deal with the challenges of
the 21st century. I am also of the belief that every child is unique and has the potential to be the
best version of themselves if nurtured in the right environment and given opportunities to explore
and experiment.
I have been an international educator in the UK and India for over two decades. Learning, is not
just my passion, but it defines who I am. My most recent experience as an educator, is of a
school principal at Indus International School Hyderabad. The school offered the International
Baccalaureate Primary, Middle and Diploma Programmes. During my tenure at Indus, I also
spearheaded the establishment of 4 Indus’ early learning centres across southern India and
monitored their continuous growth.
The vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped me in
understanding teaching and learning requirements globally, enabling me to strengthen
academic rigour with a focus to provide holistic education to students. My experience in the
various facets of education has made me realise the critical role teachers play in shaping young
minds and the importance of creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and
unlearning to take place.
Our school’s mission is “To create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment,
where students think deeply and become creative, compassionate, contributing citizens of the
world”. I look forward to creating such an environment where our children can flourish and
work towards seeking the highest first in all spheres of their life.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi believed that “within everyone is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence,
and happiness”. I couldn’t agree more. I look forward to tapping into my unlimited energy
and intelligence to take this wonderful school to newer and greater heights.
There is a saying in Sanskrit “Aprapyam nama nehasti dhirasya vyava saayinah”. There is nothing
unattainable to the one who works hard and has courage. I will leave no stone un-turned to
achieve our goals, and hope, that every action of mine, has a positive impact on the school this
I look forward to giving my best to Maharishi school.
Nuwaira Pasha

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New Interim Head of Maharishi School

Interim Head of School Announcement

The Maharishi School Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ms. Nuwaira Pasha will be joining the school as the Interim Head of School.

She will work with Dr. Richard Beall to transition leadership up to his retirement July 1. Ms. Pasha has extensive background as both a teacher and school principal and is excited to be a part of the Maharishi School community and its Consciousness-Based approach to education. Everyone on the Board, as well as the schoolhead of maharishi school Leadership Team, has enjoyed working with Ms. Pasha in the process of having her join the school. She brings experience, enthusiasm, energy, and great vision to Maharishi School. Ms. Pasha will be an excellent leader moving the school forward.


More about Nuwaira

Nuwaira has many accomplishments that have led us to believe she will be the best person for this position. Some of her achievements include; building a team of educators and administrators that helped in improving the reputation and quality of education at Indus International School Hyderabad and establishing a culture of community service and global citizenship by raising $50,000 as a part of the community service goals and set up by students and teachers to feed 200 people per day from Kondakal village.

Professional Qualifications:

• Currently pursuing Masters in Education from Birmingham City University, UK

• Post Graduate Diploma in International Education from Birmingham City University,
• Qualified Teacher Status from the General Teaching Council for England
• Diploma in Early Years and Pre-School Practice, London, England
• Bachelor of Arts: English, Psychology, Sociology, India

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Message from our Incoming Head of School
I strongly believe that the purpose of education is to prepare children for life. We are very grateful to Maharishi School’s global community for the trust shown in us, towards the delivery of a Consciousness-Based curriculum. We look forward to the continuous growth of this unique program and to our partnership towards this end.
Message from our Outgoing Head of SchoolDr Richard Beall head of school
It’s been my privilege to serve Maharishi School these past 14 years as Head of School. I’m every bit as enthusiastic about our future under the guidance of Ms. Nuwaira Pasha. Your continued support will, as always, be deeply appreciated.

We are looking forward to seeing how Nuwaira will bring her expertise to our Maharishi School community.


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The Pioneers’ Tennis Season Ends

🎾Congratulations to the Pioneer boys and girls for a great season!🎾
The Pioneer girls had a record high number of players this year while the Pioneer boys team qualified for sub-state.

We hear from the tennis coaches of each team who comment on the conclusion of the season:

pioneer girls tennis team“Maharishi Girls team not only won the first 12 games of the year, but had never dropped two matches in the same contest. This included 5-0 wins in the regional tournament, one against Notre Dame and one against Davis County.
It was an impressive season for a Pioneer squad that had only played two seasons over the previous four years. Maharishi didn’t have the numbers for a tennis team in 2018, and the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m really proud of our girls’ improvement,” Eyre said.
“They’ve done such a great job,” Eyre said. “My hat is always going to be with these girls for sticking with it and inspiring others to do it.”
Eyre specifically mentioned the growth of his seniors. Out of the six varsity players, Fenton and Mohanraj were the only ones playing in their last season. Both were freshman on the 2019 team that brought girls tennis back to Maharishi.
tennis boys“Our team exceeded expectations this spring. The Pioneers went 8-2 and reached the final sixteen in the state tournament after finishing district runner-up behind 3 time defending state champions, Cedar Rapids Xavier.
The Pioneer’s top 2 players have only played for a year. Zak and Ruimin competed against some really skilled players and won their share of matches. I can’t think of another player in Iowa who developed as quickly as Zak and Ruimin. They worked really hard and their results are impressive. I expect big things from them next year.
The Pioneer’s only senior, Dominic DuPoux was 18-0 in dual meet competition before losing his final match against Boone. The team voted Dominic the MVP award for his consistency inmaharishi school tennis singles and doubles.
Jayanta Wegman, Polo Altynski-Ross, Chacho Rosler, and Mekhi Kahui all made significant strides and will form a strong nucleus for next year’s team.” -Coach Steve Briggs
A huge congratulations to all the teams, we look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in the world of tennis next year!

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Pioneers Defeat Mt Pleasant in Tournament on 5/12

boys tennisTennis Match Report by Coach Steve Briggs

It took nearly 5 hours to get it done, but the Pioneers prevailed against a tenacious Mt Pleasant squad to determine who would advance to the state tennis tournament.

Polo Altynski-Ross and Mekhi Kahui clinched the deciding match at #3 doubles. The singles matches were split evenly with 3 points apiece. Maharishi School earned points at #2, 5, and 6.

Freshman Ruimin Luo has been winning big matches lately. On the heels of a 3rd place district finish, Ruimin scored first for the Pioneers with a straight set win at #2. Dominic DuPoux followed with another straight set win to tie the match at 2-2.

“Chacho Roesler’s win was huge,” said Coach Briggs. “Chacho lost to Tim just 10 days ago  in the closest match of the season and today’s match was a xerox of their earlier encounter. This time Chacho came out on top.”

The Pioneer doubles teams were stronger than Mt Pleasant and a sweep of the doubles looked likely. Zak and Jay were winning 5-2 in the final set when the outcome of the match was decided.tennis pioneer boys

The Pioneers move on to the Sweet Sixteen against Boone, who is ranked #6 in the most recent Iowa coaches poll. The meet will be played in South Tama County Wednesday, May 18.

“Multiple heroes today,” commented Coach Briggs. “No way I can choose a player of the match although Chacho, Dominic, and Ruimin deserve recognition for their ‘locked in’ postseason play. The coaches are proud of every guy on the team. Win or lose, everyone fought for their teammates as did Mt Pleasant.”

Final Scores

Maharishi               def      Mt Pleasant.  5-3
#1 Zak Askar        lost        Owen Vansickel          1-6, 6-1, 6-4
#2 Ruimin Luo.   Def    Jake Ensminger.                 7-5, 6-4
#3 Jay Wegman  lost     Levi Graber                     6-4, 6-4
#4. Polo Altynski-Ross lost. Linc Hendrickson. 3-6. 6-3, 7-6 (5)
#5. Dominic DuPoux.     def     Elliot Cook             6-2, 6-3
#6 Chacho Roesler       def     Tim Cam         3-6, 6-2, 6-4

#1 Dominic/Ruimin       def      Owen/Jake              6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
#2 Zak/Jay              leading     Levi/Linc                   6-2, 4-6, 5-2
#3 Polo/Mekhi           def       Elliot/Tim                    3-6, 6-2, 6-3


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Pioneer Girl’s Regional Tennis 5/11

  pioneer girls tennisFinal Tennis Match Report from Lawrence Eyre

Hats off to Tess Paton of FHS for qualifying for the state singles tennis tournament for the second year in a row.

Maharishi School Pioneers are proud Lily Fenton finished strong after a semifinal loss to eventual champion Mary Rolfstad of Davenport Assumption. Lily captured 3rd place in the regional tournament. A state singles qualifier in 2021 Lily came up one match short this season.

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The Valls sisters, Sara and Daira, finished 4th in the regional doubles tournament after reaching the semifinals with wins over teams from Keokuk and
 Burlington Notre Dame.
Coaches from all eight high schools were glad players got through a day of extreme heat and humidity without health emergencies. Here’s how one Coach summarized the surprise shift from cool, wet, windy spring to extreme summer weather:
For the record both
Days of spring in Iowa
Were lovely this year
We are so proud of our Pioneer Girls team and their consistent hard work and dedication to tennis is commendable. Congratulations on a great end to this season!

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Pioneer Tennis Player of the Tournament 5/9

Pioneer Player of the Tournament: Ruimin Luo

Pioneer freshman Ruimin Luo won 2 key matches for the Pioneers in district play today. His upset win over the tournament’s #3 seeded player from Assumption was fueled by firm resolve, some big time forehands, and plenty of hustle.

“Ruimin’s played all but one match at #1 this spring. There’s more pressure at 1 because every team has a strong player at the top. For a freshman who’s been playing less than a year to finish 3rd in district is unheard of. Most of the top players are upperclassmen who have been playing for 5 or 6 years… some much longer. I hope Ruimin

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 appreciates how well he’s done in a very short period of time. I picked up a racket at age 6 and so I know what a huge advantage early training gives a player,” explained Coach Briggs.
Congratulations to Ruimin, the Pioneer Player of the Tournament. 
On May 12th the Pioneer Boys tennis team will play against Mt. Pleasant for the right to play in the Sub-state team tournament on Wednesday, May 18th. This game begins at 9 am until 4 pm tomorrow, May 12th. Good luck Pioneer Boys!

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Pioneer Girls Tennis Invitational 5/7

Tennis Coach Lawrence Eyre’s Match Report

tennis girls pioneersMaharishi School girls’ tennis came out on top in the Pioneer Invitational Saturday, a five-team event including Albia, Burlington Notre Dame, Centerville and Davis County.
Team Standings:
(In this round robin tournament, each game won = 1 point for the school)
1st Maharishi 103 points
2nd Albia 84 points
3rd Davis County 70 points
4th Centerville 34 points
5th Burlington Notre Dame 33 points
#1 singles flight winner:
Lily Fenton ,Maharishi
#2 singles flight winner:
Ishita Mukhadam, Maharishi
#1 doubles flight winners:
Vaisnavii Mohanraj and Bella Castle, Maharishi
#2 doubles flight winners:
A. Steuchel and A. Warning, Davis County
(Sisters Sara and Daira Valls of Maharishi finished 3rd)
“With this round robin format, everyone who enters gets to play four matches, win or lose. It was fun to see athletes from all five schools learning to adjust to different playing styles in real time while competing today. All of us coaches watched our players grow throughout the tournament.”
The Pioneers finish their regular season with a 6-0 dual match record and first place finishes in both the Fort Madison Invitational and the Pioneer Invitational. “I’m proud of our girls–they have steadily improved all season long.”
Wednesday, May 11 is the regional tournament hosted by Fairfield High School. Six Pioneers will compete with tennis players from seven other schools in southeast Iowa in singles or doubles for a place in the state tournament draw. In 2021 Lily Fenton became the first Maharishi School girls’ team player to qualify for the state singles tournament in a decade.
State singles and doubles will be May 27 and 28 at the University of Iowa tennis center.

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Pioneer Boys Ottumwa Invitational 5/7

Tennis Coach Steve Briggs Match Report

The Pioneers finished 2nd in the Ottumwa Invite. The host school won the tournament. 

The Pioneers collected silver medals in 7 of the 9 flights with Ruimin Luo, Polo Altynksi-Ross, Dominic DuPoux, and Chacho Roesler earning 2nd place in both singles and doubles. 

The Pioneer Player of the Match is Chacho Roesler who is redefining the word hustle for his team.

Ottumwa — 178
Maharishi School — 126
Oskaloosa — 92
Knoxville — 42
The Pioneers play in the district tournament on Monday. Both the Punj Center and FF MIddle School courts will be used for the tournament.

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