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Seniors and co-presidents of Girls United Gracia Rettig and Semona Robel pose for a photo Sept. 16. Girls United is a non-profit organization created to support girls.

Girls United ambitious for year

Katie Nelson, Elena Ortiz-Fishman, and Lily Nugteren September 21, 2021

As the school year begins, Girls United is excited for the possibilities that are ahead. According to senior and co-president Gracia Rettig, Girls United is a state-wide, nonprofit club led by girls, for...

Students participate in last day of school activities June 10. Two groups from park go to the Project Citizen National Showcase.

Two Project Citizen groups go to nationals

Tobias Khabie June 10, 2021

When freshman Jack Thompson found out his group had made it to nationals for the Project Citizen competition, he was excited to have an opportunity to make a difference in his community. “At the beginning...

Senior Olivia Lainsbury re-stocks racks at the Storiole May 21. The Storiole plans on giving each senior a free class t-shirt.

Storiole holds t-shirt fundraiser

Adam Gips June 7, 2021

After creating custom t-shirts for the Class of 2020 and setting up a t-shirt drive, business teacher Sophia Ross said the seniors who run the Storiole wanted to carry on the drive for the Class of 2021. “We...

Student browses a website for locating COVID-19 vaccines. There are many online resources that assist with finding and making a vaccine appointment.

Club helps students get COVID-19 vaccine

Sophia Curran-Moore June 1, 2021

Finding a COVID-19 vaccine can feel like navigating a maze of websites and waitlists, especially for those under 18, who are only approved for Pfizer. Junior Semona Robel said she advises people searching...

Senior Ari Braveman sings behind Junior Jada Macklemore. Park Singers held a concert May 21.

Choir overcomes challenges

Katie Nelson May 26, 2021

A unique performance space, including specialty masks and COVID-19 restrictions, were just some of the barriers faced by Park’s choir this weekend. Park hosted its first in-person concert in 15 months...

Actors in the spring musical, Working, perform their opening song. The musical is available to watch virtually April 23, 24 and 25 by purchasing a $10 ticket.

Spring musical ‘Working’ will be livestreamed

Sophia Curran-Moore April 19, 2021

Park’s upgraded auditorium seats are eerily empty, but the new stage is finally blessed with actors. According to junior cast member Caroline Butler, performing for the first time in a year is exhilarating. “It’s...

Used with permission from Anna McCallon. Natural Helper Anna McCallon edits a slideshow on March 15. Natural Helpers has put together a presentation for eighth graders to help adjust to high school.

Natural Helpers creates welcoming environment

Katie Nelson March 16, 2021

The first day of high school can be a nerve-wracking experience for any incoming freshman. Natural Helpers is hoping to ease the transition for current eighth-graders.  According to adviser Allison...

Multiple Girls United chapters meet on Zoom together March 7 to hold a panel with guests who came in to talk with students about their jobs. There were a total of seven panelists, ranging from a radio host to a surgeon.

Panel of successful women hold lively discussions

Maria Perez Barriga March 9, 2021

Different Girls United chapters from Hopkins, Wayzata, Minnetonka and Armstrong came together to help prepare a panelist event, according to junior Ella Roether.  “This past year at St. Louis Park...

Engineering teacher Mark Miller teaches his online and in-person class March 4. Miller said he prefers teaching his hybrid students because engineering is a hands-on class and he enjoys seeing his students being able to work in-person.

Engineering class adapts to hybrid learning

Crystal Diaz March 8, 2021

Engineering teacher Mark Miller said while teaching engineering during distance learning, students have had to adapt to an altered class experience. He said teaching through Zoom isn’t the same because...

Street signs and medals are set out by the main office for Park’s DECA State qualifiers Feb. 12. These medals were given to the students who moved on from the District competition.

DECA transitions after Districts

Sam Swisher February 15, 2021

After having 18 members of DECA compete in the District competitions, DECA adviser Abby Lugo said she was impressed at how her students have thrived in the virtual environment.  “The skills my competitors...

Natural Helpers introduced a slideshow during Park Connections, which includes a virtual classroom and other available resources for students to use. The virtual chill room is open to all students at 3:30 p.m every Wednesday on Zoom.

Natural Helpers offers support

Katie Nelson February 8, 2021

After grappling with how to help students during online learning, Natural Helpers went on a hiatus. According to Natural Helpers adviser Allison Luskey, they have struggled the past couple of months to...

Fifth-grader Judah Lissauer and eighth-grader Ari Lissauer sled down a hill on Cedar Lake Jan. 16. Sledding is one of many winter activities students are using to stay entertained during COVID-19.

Winter activities are ‘snow’ joke

Lilly Strathman February 4, 2021

With a layer of snow covering Minnesota, it can be easy to spend the freezing winters confined inside, however, science teacher and assistant Nordic coach Pat Hartman said he encourages outdoor winter...

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