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Theater acts as medium to display talent

Theater acts as medium to display talent

Alec Pittman
January 17, 2016
Filed under In the Spotlight

How long have you been acting? Since third grade.   What made you first interested in acting? There was a musical that I saw in elementary school and I became very interested. The musical was “Cinderella.”   What is your favorite aspect of acting? You get to express your talents to everyone and can play...

Band finds expression

Band finds expression

Sophia Skinner
January 12, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

Senior band member Ryan Casey laughs as he talks about his band, Crosswalk, and its pre-concert ritual of channeling “High School Musical” and yelling, “What team? Wildcats!” Junior band member Ian Lockhart said he co-founded the band with Perpich Center for Arts Education juniors Duncan Macklem-Johnson...

Martial artist earns second black belt

Martial artist earns second black belt

Ruthie Hope
December 12, 2015
Filed under In the Spotlight

When did you start karate? I started karate about 6 years ago in January — fourth grade. How did you first become involved with karate? I was interested because I used to watch old kung fu movies with my dad. Bruce Lee inspired me. When I had the opportunity it was like an alterna...

Singer hits all the right notes

Singer hits all the right notes

Hannah Goldenberg
October 25, 2015
Filed under Student Profiles

After waiting hours in line at the Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota last summer, junior Samara Ray finally got her chance to prove she was talented enough to be on the popular show “American Idol.” “I started out singing in front of the executive producers and then they told me ...

Dancer to audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Dancer to audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Jayne Stevenson
October 23, 2015
Filed under In the Spotlight, Showcase

How did you get into dance? My sister was a dancer, and I was in the dance setting since I was little. She started when she was 4. I was watching all the time, and I started to like it. My uncle showed me a video, and he said I should try doing the moves, so I did and I just got into it....

Senior runs her third marathon

Senior runs her third marathon

Alissa Meredith
October 4, 2015
Filed under Showcase, Student Profiles

Senior Dorothy Slater runs the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul with 11,473 participants as they strive to accomplish one common goal: running 26.2 miles. Slater said she found her love of running during freshman year. She joined track and gained an atmosphere where she could be a part of...

Choosing a career of her own design

Choosing a career of her own design

Ndunzi Kunsunga
September 5, 2015
Filed under In the Spotlight

Where did you learn to do this? Pretty much at home. The first time I learned how to sew, I was nine and there was a rip on something I was wearing and I tried to see if I could do it, and I actually managed to fix the hole. When I was in sixth grade, I got a sewing machine for Christmas, and that...

The Master of Illusions: Alexander Jonas (Video)

Daniel Vlodaver and David Hope
June 2, 2015
Filed under In the Spotlight, Video

Witness the spectacle of senior Alexander Jonas's magic.

A new way to read music

A new way to read music

Sari Hattis
April 15, 2015
Filed under In the Spotlight

What is your favorite part about playing the flute? I like to create my own music. (It is) exciting and hard when I learn a new piece, but it is fun. How do you learn a new piece of music? I get help from a para(professional) named Daniel, but I mostly listen to a CD that Mr. Schmitz makes f...

Mindfulness through meditation

Mindfulness through  meditation

Maddy Bremner
March 16, 2015
Filed under In the Spotlight

How did you become interested in the practice of meditation? My dad is an acupuncturist, so he’s into all of that sort of new-age stuff. He meditates every day, and he taught me. Me and all my brothers meditate now. When did you start becoming interested in meditation? On and off...

Student sparks teen brilliance

Student sparks teen brilliance

Sari Hattis
March 5, 2015
Filed under Student Profiles

Junior Grace Pelowitz sparks the creative light within teens' imaginations in a program held at the Hennepin County library every Thursday after school called Spark My Own Brilliance (Spark M.O.B.) Anyone in grades nine through 12 may participate in the Spark program which hosts events planned and...

An easier transition than most

Max Kent
February 28, 2015
Filed under Student Profiles

Naturally the typical freshmen tend to be nervous when transitioning from the middle school to the high school. However for Freshman Curt Nystuen, who has attended eight schools in his life, the move to the high school has been nothing but an easy transition. “I was really dreading the transition...

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