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Yearbook continues tradition of wake-ups during pandemic

Echowan Editor-in-Chief and senior Sarah Wojtasiak bags a customer's groceries Jan. 19 at Cub Foods during a Echowan fundraiser. Echowan has been attempting to raise money to buy yearbooks that they can give away to seniors who can't afford one.

Sam Swisher

May 29, 2020

Although wake-ups for the school year book Echowan are usually a time for celebrating, students had to adapt their traditions in light of the COVID-19 outbreak according to sophomore Kathryn Haertzen. “Wake-ups are when the senior editors come to your house early and wake you up to tell you you got a...

Letters of Love makes digital cards

Senior Dayna Krause decorates a card for sick children during a Letters of Love meeting Dec. 19. During quarantine, Letters of Love is offering online card making in order to continue providing emotional support for kids in the hospital.

Molly Schochet

April 10, 2020

As the impact of COVID-19 grows every day, senior and Letters of Love president Maggie Klaers said Letters of Love has the ability to make a greater impact than ever before. “Now more than ever, kids need some extra emotional support because without that extra friend or sibling coming in to play...

Nest holds bath bomb workshop

Brogan Berg, who makes environmentally-friendly bath products, assists junior Aaliyah Brown in making a bath bomb March 12. The Nest hosted an eco-friendly bath bomb making event as a part of a new series focusing on preserving the environment in the coming months.

Molly Schochet and Ruthie Posada

March 14, 2020

Bath bombs have the ability to relax and relieve stress, but they are also environmentally friendly, which is why the Nest held a bath bomb making event March 12 as a part of a series focused on preserving the environment, according to Nest program coordinator Symone Wilson.  “We have an eco-frie...

Orchestra celebrates Women’s History Month

Used with permission from Kou Lee.  Conductor and composer Erika Svanoe conducts the 4th hour orchestra class March 9. Svanoe was invited to speak and practice with the orchestra in honor of Women’s History Month.

Ruthie Posada, Writer

March 12, 2020

According to orchestra director Kou Lee, he invited composer and conductor Erika Svanoe to come speak and practice with the orchestra to inspire his students. “I invited her today because she is not only a composer but a female conductor and it’s a field where it’s mostly dominated by men, so ...

Drone team dominates competition

Senior Cory Kleve and Junior Johnny Falzone give a thumbs up, approving the drone race to begin. Park placed 1st in the Hydra FPV drone race March 8, qualifying the team for state.

Sam Swisher and Claire Bargman

March 10, 2020

The Park drone team competed in the Youth Drone Sports Championships at Benilde March 8. According to Senior Will Schwietering, the event highlighted how unique drone racing is as a sport.  “Drone racing is unlike any other sport, it's like robotics but everybody gets to build their own part of their robo...

eSports holds meeting in preparation for spring season

Junior Angel Diaz smiles during the eSports meeting March 5. According to coach Jake Utities, the meeting was in preparation for the eSports spring season.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 9, 2020

Just like in athletic sports, eSports coach Jake Utities said the tenets of collaboration, perseverance and friendship are also key to eSports.  “This program gives an opportunity for those that are typically not celebrated at the school to have that opportunity, to give them that ability to b...

Children’s First program brings community together to discuss climate change

Junior Sophie Yakes speaks on behalf for the club Roots and Shoots during the Children's First Champion Breakfast March 5 at Double Tree Park Place Hotel. Yakes said she wants to promote awareness to citizens of St. Louis Park on how to take action.

Anna Benishek

March 8, 2020

Junior Roots and Shoots member Sophie Yakes said it’s important for students' voices to be heard at the Children’s First Champion Breakfast because the community can benefit from them. “I am speaking on behalf of all the students for climate action and also because this is a room full of really...

DECA students express satisfaction with State Conference results

Used with permission from Sophia Ross. Juniors Koby Davis, Adin Zweigbaum, Emma Amon and seniors Sydney Ring, Sarah McCallon and Lola Ruff attend the DECA State competition. They competed against 2,200 people for their placements in their individual events. The next competition will be the International Career Development Conference held in Nashville, Tenn.

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

March 7, 2020

As names were being announced for placement on the event, junior Adin Zweigbaum said he was waiting anxiously as his name was called for third place for Apparel and Accessories Marketing.  “It was really cool because I was sitting there and I actually didn't think I did very well. I was getting reall...

ACT club hosts voter registration drive

Senior and ACT club leader Ruby Stillman talks about the voting drive to students at the senior meeting. The voting drive was held Feb. 20.

Isra Mohamed

March 4, 2020

According to junior Achieving Change Together club leader Gabriel Kaplan, the purpose of the club is get students involved in social activism. “The purpose of the club is to work on social activism. There is only so much we can do legally but we try to do the best that we could,” Kaplan said. ...

‘Hairspray’ performances delight

Junior Leo Dworsky and other members of the ‘Hairspray’ cast perform their final dress rehearsal Feb. 19. Choir performed the musical “Hairspray” Feb. 20–Feb. 23.

Sofie Geretz

March 3, 2020

Reflecting on his and the rest of the cast’s performance on choir’s production of “Hairspray,” senior Yoni Potter said the cast was able to pull everything together in time for the production. “I was kind of nervous. I wasn’t sure if we were going to get it all together but I think we pul...

Dungeons and Dragons club hosts immersive role play

Junior Dayton Rowland speaks during the Dungeons and Dragons club meeting Feb. 24. According to Dungeons and Dragons club adviser Daniel Ruzek, the club meetings typically last from the end of the school day to 5 p.m.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 1, 2020

After the final bell on Mondays and Thursdays, room A305 transitions from a science classroom to a realm of fantasy as the Dungeons and Dragons club begins its role-playing game, according to sophomore Paris Lim. “If you’re having like a crap day, you can sit down and you can play and you can ...

Storiole holds slush-a-thon

Senior Colin Weingart makes a slushie for senior Hoodrich Honcho Feb. 27. Students who buy the most slushies this week will receive a reward.

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

February 27, 2020

The Storiole’s new slush-a-thon is a promotional event to raise money for the store. Senior Storiole staffer Alex Riley said they will be selling slushies through Feb. 28.  “For the store, we were put into groups and it's kind of like a competition to see who could sell the most stuff during...

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