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Freshman faces struggles in school

Freshman faces struggles in school

Abby Hickstein
April 21, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

Freshman Abby Feldman looks at the board in class, trying to decipher the letters that spell out the word abandon, but because of her dyslexia, she cannot tell the difference between the D and B. Feldman said she found out she was dyslexic from her doctor at the age of 8. “I went in for ADH...

Freshman faces Muslim stereotypes

Freshman faces Muslim stereotypes

Anna duSaire
April 19, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

When freshman Gaidah Azem first arrived in Jerusalem in the summer of 2015, many people in the local community stared at her — not because her makeup was messy, but because she was not wearing a hijab. Azem said images often associated with the Muslim religion frustrate her. “When I'm tell...

Varsity tennis player welcomes challenges

Varsity tennis player welcomes challenges

Mimi Fhima
April 18, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

With the boys’ spring tennis season starting soon, junior Jared Zirkes anticipates a challenging year because of less players. Zirkes said he began playing tennis a few years ago, but became more involved when he started playing in tournaments. “I take a lot of afterschool lessons and do a lo...

Junior supports from bench

Junior supports from bench

Max Kent
April 16, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Student Profiles

Junior Riley Hannon said he always looked forward to the varsity basketball and baseball games where he would manage the team from the bench. Now, as he looks toward his final year of high school, he hopes to be an honorary player of the basketball team. “I like all sports, but basketball is my ...

Junior strives to help those in need

Junior strives to help those in need

Kate Huber
April 15, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

Junior Kamia Guy did not instantly recognize her passion for helping others when she decided to become Bird Feeder manager. Rather, Guy said her decision was involuntary. “I first applied for Bird Feeder manager because I didn’t have transportation to my volunteering site. I needed to do some sor...

Freshman looks to impact community

Freshman looks to impact community

April 14, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

After growing up surrounded by her family’s political debates, freshman Cailey Hansen-Mahoney developed an interest in local politics, choosing to participate by joining the Community Education Advisory Council. According to the St. Louis Park Community Education website, the Community Education Advisory Council...

Senior prepares for future as law enforcement

Senior prepares for future as law enforcement

Adah Koivula
April 13, 2016
Filed under In the Spotlight

What is the Police Explorers organization? It’s a national thing. We will be going to Nationals soon. We go to State and do competitions there. Then we go to Nationals and we do competitions there, but the scenarios are going to be different. We are competing at a bunch of different posts in the U...

Actor, comedian takes center stage

Actor, comedian takes center stage

Raphy Gendler
April 13, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

When senior Ethan Fogel describes his “off-brand humor,” he references the wide variety of comedic acts available. “My humor can sometimes fluctuate between making fart noises and making obscure pop culture references,” Fogel said. Fogel said his humor comes in part from his father. ...

Teacher finds her passion

Teacher finds her passion

Hannah Wolk
April 12, 2016
Filed under Staff Profiles

English teacher Mary Norris has loved the outdoors for as long as she can remember — using nature as a place for solace and reflection. Norris said she can not pinpoint what attracts her to the outdoors, only that she has always loved it. “There is something in nature, something that has that s...

Senior joins sport for final year of high school

Senior joins sport for final year of high school

Jayne Stevenson
April 11, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

Senior Raymond Stack remembers the enjoyment he felt sprinting alongside his friend to finish his final race of this past cross country season. According to Stack, he began running because it looked like a good way to clear his mind.   “When you get tired from working out I just feel l...

Senior explores alternative options

Senior explores alternative options

Jamie Halper
April 10, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

As senior Ben Freund looks toward his final months of high school, he’s excited to see where his post-high school plans will take him. Freund plans to attend a Kerem B'Yavneh yeshiva in Israel next year. “I’ll be taking a gap year and doing a yeshiva program and then after that some college...

Athlete aspires to play professional baseball

Athlete aspires to play professional baseball

Alissa Meredith
April 9, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

Sophomore Kai McKee shakes off his nerves as he steps up to home plate and anticipates a fastball from the top of the mound. McKee said athletics are a big part of his everyday life. Ever since he was in second grade, he said he’s dreamed of someday traveling the world and playing baseball for the Ja...

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