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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...

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. ...

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...

New experiences allow for different perspective

New experiences allow for different perspective

Lauren VonEschen
April 8, 2016
Filed under Student Profiles

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
Filed under Student Profiles

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
Filed under Student Profiles

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...

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