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Starting the school year from home

Starting the school year from home

Grace Schultz

September 10, 2020

Today marked the first day of distanced learning for St. Louis Park High School students. Although hesitant at first, the school day went better than I expected. So far, I’ve enjoyed having a scheduled time to meet with teachers everyday for the class period. Therefore, there’s a set time for eac...

Dealing with loss brings takeaways

Dealing with loss brings takeaways

Isra Mohamed

May 28, 2020

Recently, my family and I lost our close family friend due to COVID-19 and it has been very rough on everyone in my family. This was my first time experiencing a death in my inner circle, so I felt a rush of emotions like anger, sadness and relief that she was not battling the virus anymore. Thr...

Closing a chapter of my life via Zoom

Closing a chapter of my life via Zoom

Sofie Geretz

May 21, 2020

When quarantine first began, I hadn’t fully realized its implications on my end of senior year events. I didn’t realize it would significantly impact the format of my very last Jewish Youth Group convention. I have been a part of the Jewish Youth Group NCSY since sixth grade. When I got to h...

Adapting birthday celebrations to restrictions makes for unique experience

Adapting birthday celebrations to restrictions makes for unique experience

Sofie Geretz

May 21, 2020

As I spoke to my friend before her 18th birthday, I realized that her upcoming birthday would be one she remembered forever, and not just because it was a milestone birthday. Since this pandemic is unprecedented, all of her friends, including me, were scrambling to figure out how to make her feel specia...

Gap year will help expand horizons, develop new skills

Gap year will help expand horizons, develop new skills

Sofie Geretz

May 14, 2020

Ever since my oldest sister Anna took a gap year in Israel before her freshman year of college, I have been intrigued by the idea of a gap year. When Anna came back, she had nothing but good things to say.  During the fall of my senior year, and the time to make my decision on what I wanted to d...

Being an essential worker during COVID-19

Being an essential worker during COVID-19

Ryan Barnett

May 14, 2020

Working as a high schooler is a great idea for any teenager. It’s a good way to meet new people, make some money and gain valuable experience in the workforce. I’ve been an employee at YoYo Donuts in Minnetonka since September 2017. It is a great fit for me, as I can work after school and on weeken...

Why you should learn programming

Photo illustration by Colin Canaday. With quarantine keeping everybody inside, there is no better time to learn skills which can help you for the rest of your life, especially programming.  With an ever-rising reliance on software to run our daily lives, learning to program is a valuable skill.

Colin Canaday

April 24, 2020

With quarantine keeping everybody inside, there is no better time to learn skills which can help you for the rest of your life, especially programming.  With an ever-rising reliance on software to run our daily lives, learning to program is a valuable skill. Much like many professions, programming...

Take time from work and go for a bike ride

Take time from work and go for a bike ride

Harris Keekley

April 24, 2020

At times like these when we have to stay inside because of COVID-19, it's important to keep moving while also maintaining a good mental state as we wait in isolation. A great way to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy  is by going for a bike ride.  When on a bike ride, you can listen to music...

Shaving head renews confidence

Shaving head renews confidence

Izzy Kanne

April 16, 2020

My hair has been one of my main forms of self-expression since I was young. Whether I cut it or dyed it, I was never policed by my parents on what I could do. I’ve gone pink, blonde, black and a lot of colors in between too, but this year I decided to start completely new and shave my head. This...

Staying productive during shelter-in-place

Staying productive during shelter-in-place

Maddie Schutte

April 6, 2020

While being stuck in your house all day and trying to manage distance learning as best you can, it can be challenging to keep your days structured and productive.  Having a schedule is one of the best ways to ease anxieties, especially when it feels like our world is falling apart. One in three teens ages...

Precinct Caucuses empowering

Gabe Kaplan

Gabriel Kaplan

March 10, 2020

Amid the buzz of the upcoming Super Tuesday and debates over Coronavirus and democratic socialism, I found refuge in my neighborhood’s Precinct Caucuses.  My neighbors and I gathered Feb. 25 at Minneapolis’s Anwatin Middle School and worked together to participate in the local political proce...

PSEO offers expanded opportunities

PSEO offers expanded opportunities

Abby Prestholdt

March 3, 2020

As soon as I received the email at the end of my sophomore year saying I was accepted into the University of Minnesota for their Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, I was ecstatic about this new chapter in my life. I was inspired to do Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) through my sister...

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