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Seniors Alanna Franklin and Abby Meyer play the cello at the spring orchestra concert June 3. The concert took place outside of the school.

Orchestra holds sole concert of the year

Jacob Khabie June 5, 2021

Even after senior Sophie Yakes had finished her last orchestra concert, she said she struggled to recognize the finality of it. “There are so many good memories that I have in orchestra,” Yakes...

Going maskless is freeing

Going maskless is freeing

Gabriel Kaplan June 1, 2021

I knew the pandemic was coming to an end when she sneezed into my mouth. I had just finished shopping at Costco. She was the cashier and I was the customer, both vaccinated and both maskless. We were...

First day back in person overwhelming

First day back in person overwhelming

Molly Schochet April 14, 2021

Walking out of school after the first day back to 100 percent, I felt exhausted. I had been going in person twice a week during hybrid learning, and while it was nice to see people who I haven't seen in...

Used with permisson of Dahlia Krebs and Josh Krueger.

Two seniors named US Presidential Scholar candidates

Sophia Curran-Moore February 11, 2021

Up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars annually, which is considered to be one of the highest honors for high schoolers. Senior Dahlia Krebs, a Presidential Scholar candidate, said she would...

Mandatory masks in practice cause big adjustment

Mandatory masks in practice cause big adjustment

Isra Mohamed January 24, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz allowed high school sports to resume Jan. 4 with masks having to be worn at all times during practices and games. This has taken some time to get used to but I am still grateful to have a...

Pandemic presents struggles to club leaders

Pandemic presents struggles to club leaders

Tobias Khabie December 31, 2020

  Every Thursday, frustration and disappointment are commonplace for me after I log off from the weekly Jewish Student Union meeting. As co-president, leading a club has never been more challenging. Each...

A pandemic Christmas

A pandemic Christmas

Abigail Prestholdt December 29, 2020

In my 17 years of life, my family has always spent Christmas at our own house. Even when we had Christmas vacations, we would always schedule them so we would be home for Christmas no matter what.  My...

Dr. Zach Davidson lights the center of the menorah Dec. 10 at Lunds and Byerlys’ menorah lighting. The menorah lighting commemorates the first night of Hanukkah.

Byerlys lights up the night with 12-foot menorah

Jordyn Deschamps December 22, 2020

Seeing the glow from the menorah gave me hope and filled my heart with joy. This year has changed the way I normally celebrate Hanukkah, and I didn’t know how different it would be, but after seeing...

Working with mental health

Working with mental health

Laniyah Thornton November 16, 2020

For the last few years, a goal of mine was to get a job. I’ve always wanted to make my own money and possibly help around the house with groceries or with our cat. The only barrier in my way is dealing...

Kamala Harris creates hope for all

Kamala Harris creates hope for all

Molly Schochet November 15, 2020

Growing up, I have been lucky enough to have a family full of strong women who have helped me become one. They encouraged me to do whatever I put my mind to. As a white person, I had the privilege of growing...

Junior Oliver Smith serves a milkshake to a customer during his shift Sept. 24. Smith has been working at Five Guys for close to a year already and is now having to find new ways to balance work and online schooling.

Balancing a part-time job and distance learning proves difficult

Oliver Smith October 4, 2020

I’ve been working at Five Guys for 10 months, half of that time during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the virus first became a threat in Minnesota, our dysfunctional and laid back form of online school...

Holiday spirit persists despite restrictions

Holiday spirit persists despite restrictions

Tobias Khabie September 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected almost every aspect of our daily lives. I suspected the same would happen for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the new year in the Hebrew calendar....

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