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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...

My uncommon cold

My uncommon cold

Raphy Gendler

October 12, 2016


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I was a little concerned when I was having heart attack symptoms at age 17. O.K., I wasn’t actually having a heart attack, or anything close. It turned out I had the most stressful common cold in recorded history. After an Ultimate Frisbee game one weekend, I started having serious chest pain and ...

Conquering the curls

Conquering the curls

Anna DuSaire

September 22, 2016


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Many girls with hair like mine grow up sitting between their mom’s legs as she pulls their hair into intricate designs of braids and beads. I, on the other hand, grew up not knowing what to do with my hair. My mom is white and had never dealt with hair like mine. Throughout most of elementary school, my hai...

Experience differs from expectations

Experience differs from expectations

Jayne Stevenson

September 4, 2016


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I arrived at Cornell University’s summer college program with the expectation of having one of the best experiences of my life. What I envisioned would be a three week class of learning and growing quickly turned into a reality that I never could have imagined. I anticipated challenge in multiple...

Embrace new opportunities

Embrace new opportunities

Yonah Davis

May 19, 2016


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On my first day at Park I walked into the large foyer feeling both nervous and excited for my freshman year of high school. Before switching to Park in ninth grade, I went to a private school known as Heilicher. I attended Heilicher from kindergarten through eighth grade. During my eighth grade year, we...

Embrace weird tails in life

Embrace weird tails in life

Olivia Sieff

April 13, 2016


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I used to think my family liked my dogs more than they actually liked me. Now, I’m positive it’s true. My family is a dog family — specifically, a golden retriever family. We currently have two dogs, Arnie and Sabrina, and they outshine me any day and not because of their many trophies. Both o...

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