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Song promotes difficult conversation

Song promotes difficult conversation

Anna duSaire

December 13, 2017


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Hearing a white man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat use the N-word in the opening of a music video sets off several warning signs for me. The initial shock and intensity in the man's words is intriguing and concerning at the same time. The song and video “I’m Not Racist”, released Nov. 28, by Joyner Lucas shin...

My experience with gender and identities

My experience with gender and identities

KJ Preston Pepperell

October 2, 2017


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Most people think of gender as a line, a definitive objects with two ends. On this line, there are males on one side and females on the other. And that’s it, nothing in between them and no way for them to get to the other side. I see gender as more of a hazy, cloudy space. People happen to start...

Embracing spontaneity provides insight

Embracing spontaneity provides insight

Yonah Davis, writer

September 16, 2017


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While traveling abroad in Europe this summer, my family stuck to our pre-planned itinerary in order to maximize our time and see the sites we had selected. On our way to the M.C Escher museum our first week in the Netherlands, we stopped to watch a Veterans Day parade. We stood among the throngs of...

Opting-out becomes popular option

Opting-out becomes popular option

Esther Gendler

March 28, 2017


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When sophomore Leila Raymond chose to opt out of testing this year, she hopes to make better use of her time. “I personally feel that my time could be better used studying for a test that affects my future,” Raymond said. Assessment Coordinator Jami Lapray said she believes students opt out because they ...

Math classes celebrate Pi day

Math classes celebrate Pi day

Kirby Goodman

March 16, 2017


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Senior Rachel Leadholm said the math department's annual celebration of Pi day on March 14 is her favorite class activity of the school year.   “We should do more of this,” Leadholm said. “This is my favorite day of math.” According to math teacher Kristen Johnson, Pi Day occurs annually on March 14 in accord...

Volunteering strengthens community

Volunteering strengthens  community

Maddie Lund

March 9, 2017


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Living in a tight-knit city like St. Louis Park where everyone goes out of their way in order to help others may seem a bit overwhelming to the average person. However, when you find the right place or people to go out of the way for, that place can make all the difference. At the beginning of this year I wa...

Living overseas provides cultural immersion

Living overseas provides cultural immersion

Sam St. Clair

February 11, 2017


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When I was 3 years old, my family decided to pack their bags and move to Peru. My parents are teachers and my dad’s school gave him a three year leave to teach overseas, so we decided to take a chance to explore a new country. While I lived in Peru, my family traveled frequently....

Appreciation creates new viewpoint

Appreciation creates new viewpoint

Atticus Raasch

January 19, 2017


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The concept of a new attitude on life had little meaning throughout my life until I was almost 13 years old. In the winter of 2012, my family joined a program called Safe Families for Children, a crisis care program designed to assist struggling families in their time of need. Members take ...

Learning to love my hiccups

Learning to love my hiccups

Esther Gendler

December 13, 2016


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When I was in seventh grade, I began to notice I hiccuped more frequently than the average person. I started to get hiccups twice a day, and my hiccups steadily increased until I had the hiccups as many as 10 times a day. I found it weird that I would get the hiccups more times in one day than most...

One student’s experience voting for the first time

Nathaniel Sturzl

December 1, 2016


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There's a lot of responsibility that comes with voting. This wasn't lost on me as I walked into the voting center of my precinct for the first time.      The day was finally here, the day that would decide what the next four years might look like. I'd done everything I could do to prepare and...

Retreat lacks respect

Anna duSaire

November 22, 2016


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When I signed up to volunteer at the Respect Retreat, I thought I was signing up for a fun, stress-free day away from school. The day started how I expected. I was excited to be in the basement of the church, where the retreat is held, remembering how I felt when I was a scared little freshman attend...

Grasp different opportunities

Grasp different opportunities

Elise Riley

November 8, 2016


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Most people hate Mondays, as they signify the end of relaxing weekends and the beginning of cringeworthy school weeks. I, on the other hand, love Mondays, as they allow me to go into each week a little more optimistic. Every Monday throughout high school, I’ve participated in a church program called...

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