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New experiences allow for different perspective

New experiences allow for different perspective

Lauren VonEschen
April 8, 2016
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Throughout the year, freshman Brahim Bouzrara plans to increase his understanding about his family’s culture by learning and practicing Islam. Bouzrara said his father, Samir Bouzrara, was born and raised in Tunisia. In order to learn more about his father’s beliefs, Bouzrara said he has begun...

Sophomore writes to deal with life events

Sophomore writes to deal with life events

Celene Koller
April 7, 2016
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Sophomore Britney Villanueva was 8 when she first picked up a piece of paper and a pencil to keep her mind away from her dad’s deportation. “I needed something to distract me from my dad being gone. He was deported and I didn’t know what else to do,” Villanueva said. Since her dad’s deport...

Junior finds interest in space

Junior finds interest in space

Emily Tifft
April 6, 2016
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When anyone asks if junior Tygget Vaillancourt has an interest in space, he says an interest is a bit of an understatement — he's obsessed. Vaillancourt said space exploration interests him the most, and he likes to learn about the different areas of space in many different ways. “I follow up...

Senior to explore Peru this summer

Senior to explore Peru this summer

Sari Hattis
April 5, 2016
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Senior Dominique Robinson said she thinks when she visits Peru, her father’s country of origin, in July, she will feel like an outsider, experiencing the culture from a completely different point of view. “When people come here, they are the outsider, so when I go there I will get to be in th...

Freshman plans to see all Major League baseball fields

Freshman plans to see all Major League baseball fields

Brigid Duffy
April 4, 2016
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Freshman Cyrus Abrahamson’s goal is to visit every Major League baseball field in the country by the time he is 18 — and he’s almost halfway there. Abrahamson said his family has made it to 14 Major League fields out of 30, attending a baseball game at every one. “My family and I l...

Freshman loves to sightsee

Freshman loves to sightsee

Hanna Schechter
April 3, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

After soccer, theater and honors classes, freshman Emma Yarger loves to relax by traveling around the world. In the summer, Yarger said she spends her time traveling with her family. “I’ve been to Costa Rica,” Yarger said. “One of my favorite trips (was when) I went to New York. I hav...

Junior excels in German

Junior excels in German

Jonah Kupritz
April 2, 2016
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Experts say to truly master a language, one must practice it regularly and experience it in its natural setting; junior Kim Brandt does just this. Brandt said she attended the Twin Cities German Immersion School before high school, but the everyday interactions with native-speaking family me...

Sophomore plays to impress

Sophomore plays to impress

Ethan Brown
April 1, 2016
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Sophomore Ethan Rickert unpacks his saxophone, pulls out his folder of music and places it on his stand, ever mindful of where his instrument has taken him. Rickert, who plays saxophone in Park’s wind ensemble, said he chose to join band in fifth grade and enjoys every opportunity to play. ...

Senior molds her body for competition

Senior molds her body for competition

Ndunzi Kunsunga
March 9, 2016
Filed under In the Spotlight

What are bikini competitions? Bikini (competitions are) more similar to pageants than figure and physique because bikini is not that muscular. The idea is that girls could diet for a couple months and then you can walk on stage. Any girl could do it if they have the self control. What I’ll be ...

Peer counselor reflects on Natural Helpers

Peer counselor reflects on Natural Helpers

Kate Huber
March 5, 2016
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After receiving positive feedback after giving advice to a friend who was having relationship issues, sophomore Ellery Deschamps thought she would make a good Natural Helper peer counselor. The Natural Helpers provide informal help to students seeking trustworthy advice from peers, according to D...

Junior signs with National Guard

Junior signs with National Guard

Alec Pittman
February 25, 2016
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Sitting with her family, junior Aprille Lopac considered what she would do with her future. The National Guard seemed the right choice for her. Lopac said she decided to join the National Guard in the second week of January. “It was a really quick decision,” Lopac said. “I started lookin...

Sophomore strives for career in music

Sophomore strives for career in music

Anna duSaire
February 17, 2016
Filed under In the Spotlight, Showcase

What made you decide to become a DJ? I have always been in love with music. Ever since I was little, I have loved Michael Jackson. He is one of my idols; I used to dance to him a lot. I just always was involved in music, and then about four years ago I realized what a DJ was and what they looked like...

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