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Theater welcomes new thespians

Theater welcomes new thespians

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

April 22, 2019


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According to thespian president Nietzsche Deuel, new thespians were woken up between the hours of five and six a.m. April 17 to partake in an induction tradition. “Between the time of 5-6 a.m. we would be let into their houses and we would sneak into their rooms. My group played songs that we tho...

Roots and Shoots paints wall for Earth Day

Roots and Shoots paints wall for Earth Day

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff

April 21, 2019


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As sophomore Kaylee Quick painted the senior wall, she said her first Roots and Shoots event was a fun way to honor the upcoming Earth Day. “I thought it was a really cool idea as a way to prepare for Earth Day,” Quick said. “I also thought it was a great way to start getting more involved wi...

Senior travels to Uganda

Senior travels to Uganda

Maria Perez-Barriga

April 20, 2019


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As senior Grace Lynch and 12 others arrived in Uganda March 20, they were able to visit a refugee camp with many huts in which South Sudanese refugee kids were living. “I went with a group of 12 people through my church. We were working with this organization that houses South Sudanese refugee kids...

Yoga club gains popularity

Yoga club gains popularity

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

April 20, 2019


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Sophomore Keely Berntsen said yoga club has been a comforting and centering addition to her daily routine. “I like how it’s calming and a good start to the day and it gets me in a good place for the rest of the day,” Berntsen said. “I feel better throughout the day and less stressed.” Yog...

Choir fundraiser quiz

Choir fundraiser quiz

Abby Prestholdt

April 17, 2019


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Orchestra looks forward to district festival

Orchestra looks forward to district festival

Samantha Klepfer, Carly Joseph, and Izzy Kanne

April 17, 2019


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  Orchestra director Kou Lee reflects on the orchestra’s preparation for the district festival. “I think it's a culture. Music is part of being human; it’s part of our lives and just having the district festival helps create that culture, that part of our life. In a sense, it creat...

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Maria Perez Barriga, Gabriel Kaplan, and Katie Hardie

April 15, 2019


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After being nominated for teacher of the year and becoming one of only nine finalists, band teacher Steven Schmitz said he felt enthused about the nomination, but cared most about what his students think. “It’s a great honor to be nominated and to have made it this far, it’s been surreal,” ...

Instagram account made for AP teacher

Instagram account made for AP teacher

Maria Perez-Barriga

April 12, 2019


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As sophomore Luci Jensen was talking with friends in the hallway, history teacher Jeffrey Cohen approached them and asked one of them to nominate him for a free Norwegian cruise given to teachers. “Cohen showed (the post) to us. I was a little confused at first because I didn’t know what he was...

Multicultural show to occur April 12

Multicultural show to occur April 12

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

April 8, 2019


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As junior multicultural show leader Zahra Mohamed reflected on past shows, she said after performing at the multicultural show for multiple years she was ready to take on a greater leadership role. “This year, we kind of felt like it wasn't going to happen, and we wanted to do something different, so o...

Natural Helpers hold training session

Natural Helpers hold training session

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff

April 6, 2019


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As Park welcomes in the spring weather, Natural Helpers work through training, according to sophomore Natural Helper Ryan Barnett. Barnett said conversations with social workers helped students understand their role as Natural Helpers during their training day. ...

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Marta Hill, Emma Leff, and Noah Orloff

March 31, 2019


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After Roots and Shoots presented to the School Board regarding the school district’s involvement with the Climate Action Plan, senior Katie Christiansen, who is the club's leader, said she felt optimistic about the reception within the community. “It felt like we were really in a space to start a conversatio...

Knitting inspires sophomores to start club

Knitting inspires sophomores to start club

Marta Hill, Noah Orloff, and Emma Leff

March 24, 2019


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After Yarn club leader sophomore Gaby Beilke and fellow club leader sophomore Evelyn Chlebek discovered their love of knitting over winter break, Beilke said they felt inspired to start the club. “We realized how much we love (knitting) over winter break, and thought ‘what if other people at s...

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