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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...

Students get involved in primaries

Photo Illustration by Molly Schochet.

Sam Swisher

February 29, 2020

As junior Thor Anderson prepares to serve for a second year as a student election judge, he reflected on the insight he’s gained serving as an election judge in 2019. “I’ve just learned a lot more about some of the delays that are experienced and the problems that can happen in an election,...

Wildlife photography changes perspective

This great horned owl visited me in my backyard last spring. I have seen great horned owls multiple times near my home. Editing has become a part of the art I create in wildlife photography. Post processing for my photos does not follow the same ethical standards of journalism — elements of a photo can be taken out at my discretion.

Noah Orloff

January 29, 2020

I take a silent deep breath as I look into my viewfinder — I am in the presence of a great horned owl, an apex predator that just landed on a perch in front of me. The adrenaline rush that proceeds, is characteristic of almost all of my wildlife encounters. For as long as I can remember, I have ...

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