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The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Students share in a circle during first hour civics June 8. To sign up for credit recovery talk to your counselor or email Patrice Howard (

Enriching events for the summer

Ivan Zank June 8, 2022

The summer is almost here but that doesn't mean school stops for everyone. Park offers various activities for when school is out, both educational and recreational.  Patrice Howard, Director of Community...

Junior Ben Duncan celebrates his team winning an activity during a By Your Side club meeting May 17. By Your Side finished their first in person year this school year.

By Your Side builds friendships

Rachel Arkis and Abby Bartleson May 31, 2022

After its first few years being online due to COVID-19, special education teacher Alaina Martin said that the inclusion program By Your Side has been able to reach its full potential now that classes are...

Theater prepares for destruction

Danny Shope and Leo Justesen May 10, 2022

According to theater director Jodi Schifsky, this year’s spring show “Mutually Assured Destruction” will comedically showcase tense sibling relationships throughout 10 different decades. Schifsky...

In a practice room, junior Greta Runyon and Gretchen Huebsch study sheet music May 9. In order to keep up with an IB course-load, the Independent Study Wind Ensemble allows students to practice band on their own time.

Study hall aims to help IB diploma candidates

For several students, balancing the responsibilities of being a full-time band student and achieving the IB diploma has become increasingly difficult.  Resulting from the blow the band program took...

Onstage, senior Carlitos Anguita-Smith receives a rose from Band Director Steve Shmitz May 3. After the band concert, Shmitz handed out roses to recognize the achievements of the graduating seniors.

Band concert wraps up year

After a nearly 15-hour day — including AP and IB tests and a 7 a.m. rehearsal — band director Steve Schmitz said the concert was a success despite some hiccups.  “I feel that they were really...

Freshman Kajsa Elias and Mae Guttenfelder paint during Lindsey Meyers Action Thursday. Action Thursday allows students to explore hobbies during their Park Connections period.

Painting becomes popular for Action Thursday

Anya Panday April 22, 2022

With Park’s recent addition of Action Thursdays to the Park Connections schedule, there are now a variety of activities for students to participate in instead of attending Park Connections. In room B322,...

A student scrolls through scholarship page April 4 during park connections.

Scholarship opportunities open through raising awareness

Alicia Mainjeni April 5, 2022

The Increase Teachers of Color Act is one step closer to creating a more culturally and ethnically diverse academic space by encouraging teachers of color to join this area of work. Civics teacher Emma...

Thespian club members watch as leaders induct
new members March 16. The club gathered
before school to celebrate The induction
ceremony gifting new members with personalized

Thespians awoken at dawn

Danny Shope April 1, 2022

In the midst of her slumber in the morning of March 16, junior Ruby Livon was jolted awake by her friends’ shouts. According to Livon, however, there was no reason to be alarmed because this was part...

SOAR members hold discussion regarding global refugees in the media March 16. Recently, news outlets have told skewed narratives.

SOAR talks global impacts of racism

Char Priadka and Johanna Kaplan March 24, 2022

In the midst of unrest surrounding Ukrainian refugees, Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) met to discuss the ways in which racism shows up in international broadcasting. While analyzing news reports...

Senior Truman Fillbrandt and Jacy Demcisak and sophomore Greta Gabel laugh at a question March 4. Park placed second at the state Tournament.

Quiz Bowl moves to nationals

Jacob Khabie and Leo Justesen March 21, 2022

Moving on to the final round of the state quiz bowl competition, let alone placing second in State and moving on to nationals was not the outcome senior quiz bowl team co-captain Jacy Demcisak thought...

Sophomore Avy Cleveland browses the Storiole March 8. The Storiole is open throughout fifth hour.

Storiole releases new gear

Lily Nugteren March 17, 2022

After the loss of its previous advisor, the Storiole class is going through some big changes. Senior and Storiole staffer Murphy Fries said that although the loss had a big impact on the store, the class...

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