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Mastering debate

Mastering debate

Ori Etzion
October 6, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight, Showcase

When did you start debate and why? I started at the beginning of last year. I knew I wanted to join debate, but I don’t really know why. Once I joined, I was motivated by Leah Shapiro and my coach. It’s just something that I got into. It’s not always the most fun, but it’s definitely reward...

Exploring a new culture

Exploring a new culture

Suh Koller
May 30, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

What made you decide to go to Sweden for a semester your senior year? There were a lot of things going on in my head in junior year, and I couldn’t really handle them, so I went to the counselor’s office and it was a matter of crying and trying to realize what was going on during junior year. ...

Making things spicy

Making things spicy

Amira Warren
May 30, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

What exactly do you do? I guess what I really do is food challenges involving hot sauce. I’m kind of a heat fanatic. I try to see how much I can take.   When did you get started and why? I started about five years ago a month after my birthday, and I got really into hot, hot sau...

Promoting perseverance through plies

Promoting perseverance through plies

Gila Grad
May 20, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

What do you enjoy most about ballet? I really like being able to express myself through dance. It takes my mind off of other things in my life and makes me feel better. I feel accomplished whenever I finish the classes. When did you begin ballet? I started doing ballet when I was two or three an...

Duct tape fixes all

Duct tape fixes all

Harry Steffenhagen
April 30, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

Activity: Sophomore Claire O'Grady creates top hats, purses, pocketbooks and bows out of duct tape. When did you start making these? I started making these three summers ago. The camp I was at had a duct tape competition; I thought it was a really neat idea. What made you continue making creations after this point? The idea of having to be really inno...

Beginning with a fold

Beginning with a fold

Artis Curiskis
March 26, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

When and why did you start origami? I was in the TREK program, a combined fifth and sixth grade at Susan Lindgren. We did not do anything significant most of the time. We just went to recess and then we had art time. So during art time one of the things we did was origami. What is your fav...

Beat-making master

Beat-making master

Josh Anderson
March 6, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

How were you introduced into beat-making? Why did you start making beats?   Music has been in my family for a long time and I was introduced to music at a young age. I am known for drumming and have always had a passion for music. Once I got older and new genres of music unfolded, I got very inte...

A sensation for aviation

A sensation for aviation

Gila Grad
March 5, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

When did you start flying planes? I began flying in the summer of 2013, while attending the Minnesota Aviation Career Education Camp. What type of plane do you fly? A Cessna 152. What got you interested in flying? I’ve always liked travel. I went to camp this summer ...

My little hobby found

My little hobby found

Daniel Vlodaver
March 3, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

When did you start watching "My Little Pony" and how was your experience? It would probably be about three years ago, freshman year. A friend of mine sent me this video in Google chat. He said watch this and I thought it was a joke, but I watched the entire thing and by the end of it I was like "thi...

Bringing a new beat

Bringing a new beat

Sara Tifft, Staff writer
February 18, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

How did you become interested? I started two years ago. My dad is the main person that DJs and he asked me if I’d want to try it. I got more into it and started doing my own parties. How did you learn to DJ? My dad taught me how to scratch, what songs to play at different times an...

A real glass act

A real glass act

Noa Raasch
January 15, 2014
Filed under In the Spotlight

When did you start? I started blowing glass in my garage around the middle of last summer, about six months ago. Where did you learn to blow glass? I took an intro class this summer. My instructor influenced me to continue after the class. I’ve been interested in art and glass for a few years,...

A passion for poetry

A passion for poetry

Peter Johnson
December 11, 2013
Filed under In the Spotlight

What motivated you to write your poem? At first I had bad writers’ block. It took me three days to start. I visited my mentor Shanna Gronewold’s house, and she helped me. Every time I saw her perform spoken word or write poetry, I saw how much she loved it. I realized how good of a thin...

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