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Science teacher takes on added leadership role

Science teacher takes on added leadership role

David Bryant

February 23, 2018


Filed under Profiles, School clubs and activities, Staff Profiles

Science teacher and new Gifted and Talented advocate Alan Wachutka said becoming the Gifted and Talented adviser brought needed change for him to continue enjoying teaching. “I felt the change would keep me teaching longer and get out of a rut. It has been a number of years since I have done anyt...

Quizbowl heads to Atlanta

Quizbowl heads to Atlanta

Tjessa Arradondo

February 21, 2018


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According to junior Quizbowl captain Danny Hunegs, he was surprised to see the team’s victory at the conference tournament. “The team's reaction was shocked because it was a conference tournament, so we didn't think it was a qualifier, and so it was a surprise to find out we qualified,” Huneg...

National Honor Society prepares for next year’s officers

Isaac Wahl

February 20, 2018


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According to the adviser Jill Merkle, the National Honors Society recently held a meeting to discuss upcoming deadlines, requirements and applications for next year’s officers. Merkle said one of the biggest tasks, aside from tying up loose ends before the year concludes, is preparing the inc...

Teacher takes on new classes

Teacher takes on new classes

Emma Yarger and Amaia Barajas

February 20, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities, Student Life

Senior personal finance student Liam Sivanich said new teacher Abigail Lugo will benefit students in the SLP community. “I think she’ll bring out some more successful students because she really motivates us to get our work done and do what we need to do,” Sivanich said. According to Lug...

Roots and Shoots continues to promote sustainability

Roots and Shoots continues to promote sustainability

Avia Kaner-Roth and Isaac Wert

February 19, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

Following the successful adoption of the Climate Action Plan by St. Louis Park’s City Council, Park’s Roots and Shoots club looks to expand their sustainability campaigns this spring, according to senior club leader Lukas Wrede. “We’re about to try a door-to-door campaign for wind sourcin...

DECA members participate in competition

DECA members participate in competition

Emma Yarger and Amaia Barajas

February 15, 2018


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Junior Anika Hanson recalls the nerves and excitement of the moment her group won the recent DECA competition. “At first we were hoping to do really well and then after the actual event, we were more nervous after seeing how many other schools and competitors (were at the event),” Hanson said....

ACT club advertises prizes

ACT club advertises prizes

Jenna Cook

February 12, 2018


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Junior co-president of Achieving Change Together Yonah Davis said he thought by involving companies like Muddy Paws Cheesecake and Ben and Jerry’s, he could inspire students to donate winter gear for STEP. “We just wanted to motivate students to bring in winter gear and help the community and...

Jazz band hosts conference competition

Jazz band hosts conference competition

Emma Kempf and Maddie Lund

February 7, 2018


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According to band director Steve Schmitz, Park hosted the West Metro Conference jazz festival on Jan. 31. “High school jazz bands (performed) from Chanhassen, Chaska, Richfield, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy and Robbinsdale Cooper,” Schmitz said. According to Schmi...

German exchange students arrive at Park

German exchange students arrive at Park

Devin Raynor

January 29, 2018


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For visiting German exchange student Vanessa Albiez, the German American Partnership Program gave her an opportunity to follow her dream to visit the United States. “I wanted to visit America, that’s a long dream for me,” Albiez said. “I love to travel around the world so it’s a great chanc...

‘Lot 13’ competes at Richfield

‘Lot 13’ competes at Richfield

Yonit Krebs

January 29, 2018


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In her first time performing on stage with Park’s Theater program, junior Estelle Tronson said she played the violinist in “Lot 13”, an act from their recent winter one-act, “Unwrap Your Candy.” “Lot 13” was the scene selected to compete in the winter one-act competition at Richfield ...

Art Tech teacher receives award

Art Tech teacher receives award

Emma Kempf and Maddie Lund

January 28, 2018


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According to their website, the Park administration gives out an award each year that recognizes teachers in the school who demonstrate exceptional use of technology in the classroom. Trevor Paulson, the head of the Art Technology Department, said he felt pleasantly surprised to receive the TIES 2017...

eSports athletes find college opportunities

eSports athletes find college opportunities

William Phelan

January 25, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized

According to eSports supervisor Jacob Utities, there is a fast growing number of university-funded eSports programs in the United States. “Despite the fact that the sport is relatively new, there are already over 20 colleges offering college scholarships for eSports in the United States,” Utitie...

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