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Choir teacher announced as a candidate for teacher of the year

Choir teacher announced as a candidate for teacher of the year

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

February 3, 2020

Choir teacher John Myszkowski said he was overjoyed upon hearing of his nomination for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award and feels incredibly grateful to Park for giving him the opportunity to succeed. “I'm very moved and touched by the outpouring of people that have said congratulations,”...

SLP Mind creates safe space for students

SLP Mind creates safe space for students

Maddie Schutte

January 30, 2020

Noticing the stigma around mental health in society, junior Emma Heinzen said she felt passionate about starting a club that provides a space for students to connect and act on mental health issues.  “I feel like a lot of people think that they're alone in dealing with (mental health), but everyone...

Staff surprise students with dress codes

Staff surprise students with dress codes

Claire Bargman and Gabriel Kaplan

January 30, 2020

Using her time working in Arizona as inspiration, assistant principal Jessica Busse said she wanted to create staff dress codes to have some fun and energize students for the second semester. “We needed something to do that was fun,” Busse said. “It was actually something that a group of teach...

Wildlife photography changes perspective

Wildlife photography changes perspective

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 ...

NTA changes mentality

NTA changes mentality

Tennam Gyaldatsang

January 22, 2020

According to Non-Traditional Academy advisor Joe Weber, NTA is designed to be a student-centered class. “We go into things with great depth and we run with a very dialogic space. There's not a lot of lecturing,” Weber said. “Students in NTA need to put in all the work and teachers don't give...

Collaboration leads to success

Collaboration leads to success

Tennam Gyaldatsang

January 22, 2020

According to advisor Taylor Williams, the Special Education Department has been studying for finals.  “In history, we are doing a World War 1 unit, in chemistry, we are doing an atoms unit,” Williams said. “In both classes, we are just preparing for our finals.” Senior Ryan Erickson said ...

School store releases new slushie flavors

School store releases new slushie flavors

Colin Canaday and Harris Keekley

January 21, 2020

Following the beginning of the new year, the Storiole, the student-run school store, will now be implementing two new flavors for their slushies: lemonade and strawberry lemonade. Sophia Ross, advisor of the Storiole, said she has high expectations for the new flavors’ increase in sales. “...

German club bakes up a storm

German club bakes up a storm

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

January 19, 2020

Junior Hattie Hyland said she appreciated spending time with her peers at the latest German club meeting in which students learned how to make traditional German apple pancakes “I enjoyed hanging out with my friends after we were done and we cleaned up, we talked for a little while and being ab...

Letters of Love starts strong

Letters of Love starts strong

Colin Canaday and Harris Keekley

January 15, 2020

Letters of Love, a new student-run club dedicated to writing letters to sick children, has a successful first meeting. Senior Maggie Klaers, the founder of Letters of Love at Park, said she is excited to provide new opportunities and an overall positive experience to students. “Letters of Love...

Visit to Saudi Arabia deepens religious knowledge

Visit to Saudi Arabia deepens religious knowledge

Isra Mohamed

January 14, 2020

Recently, I went on a trip to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, which was an amazing experience. The reason I visited Saudi Arabia was because in my religion it is the holy place and where the religion was created. I got to see some of the most significant historical sites in my religion, such as M...

Med Club hosts homecare nurse

Med Club hosts homecare nurse

Isra Mohamed

January 14, 2020

Homecare nurse Heather Mcleod said she came to Medical Education Development (MED) Club to talk about her profession to give students more knowledge about different careers in the medical field. She is part of a list of guest speakers that have come to Med Club to talk about their professions. According...

Theater prepares for one act

Theater prepares for one act

Abigail Prestholdt

January 13, 2020

According to theater director Jodi Schifsky, this year’s one-act will bring many emotions to the audience through the differing relationship stories it tells.  “It is unique because it's all two-person scenes, it is a collection of nine two-person scenes, all about love, whether it's the joy of fin...

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