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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

Sophmore Echowan staffer Lodo Ferlito uses the data from the survey Dec. 7. Staffers use this data to improve the quality of the yearbook.

Publication surveys spark a wake-up call

Ted McCarren December 10, 2023

Recently, Park’s student-run newspaper, Echo, and student-run yearbook, Echowan, created surveys to send out to the student body. These polls were sent out to find out what Park’s student journalism...

Seizure awareness card sits on the front desk of Parks nurses office Dec. 7. Park lacks representation of epilepsy awareness.

Epilepsy awareness oversight

Thomas Halverson and Maya Nieves December 7, 2023

As Nov. came to an end, so did National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Though Nov. is nationally recognized as epilepsy awareness month, Park did not recognize this month to the student body this year.  According...

Photo illustration by Jacob Martenson

The rise of Zyn

Owen McColgan December 6, 2023

Most people have heard about the highly popular nicotine product called Zyn. Zyns are small nicotine pouches that are supposed to be used to quit vaping, but instead are being used as another source of...

Juniors Ari Rose and Lorenzo Romero-Torres solve precalculus problems on the whiteboard Friday Dec. 1. Precalculus classes are exclusively AP this year, so students must take the higher-level class.

Precalc being only an AP option

Kalsang Wangmo December 5, 2023

This year, precalculus is only an AP (Advanced Placement) option, meaning that there isn't any standard-level class that juniors can take. Many students are struggling to keep up with the fast-paced AP...

Interim superintendent Kate Maguire responds to citizens’ questions Dec. 4. Maguire spends her 30 minute break between meetings replying to the public’s emails.

New interim superintendent on the scene

Leo Justesen December 4, 2023

Ever since the resignation of Park’s former superintendent, Astein Osei, questions have been going around as to who would fill his shoes for the time being. Those questions were finally answered on Oct....

Senior Chiara Collinet having a discussion with classmates in IB History of the Americas Nov. 21. The class satisfies one of the requirements on her path to the IB diploma.

IB or not to be

Taylor Voigt November 29, 2023

Every five years, Park’s IB (International Baccalaureate) program is evaluated to ensure the school is allowing students to reach their full potential within IB classes. This especially affects students...

Continued construction by the main office is still affecting students Nov. 16. The construction is projected to be finished half way through next school year.

Safety barriers flood park

Jack Betzer November 18, 2023

Park has continued the process of the ongoing construction inside of the school, and some people have been questioning different parts of the project. This process will last until about halfway through...

New english teacher Kelsey Hanson shows class new materials Nov. 10. Minnesota began requiring more thorough background checks.

Safe schools: Teachers undergo background checks

Alex Driver November 17, 2023

Before getting hired, Minnesota teachers must pass a background check. Director of Human Resources Richard Kreyer said it is important to look for transgressions on candidates' records that could potentially...

Within the At Large Lab many books have been banned Nov 2. Many different kinds of books have been banned due to dialog.

Banned books in 2023

Caedon Exsted November 17, 2023

Last month, banned books week came and went, yet it is still being faced in public schools across America. Over 800 books were banned last year. Public schools in America are still dealing with this problem...

Continued construction at Park affects students. The timetable for completion is still up in the air.

Construction timeline at Park

Caedon Exsted November 15, 2023

With Thanksgiving break right around the corner, so is the end of parts of construction at Park. Since the summer of 2023, Park’s been under construction. Not only has the building changed, school has...

The private bathrooms within the At Large Lab are now open Nov. 2. The At Large Lab promotes new access to bathrooms for all students to use as they please.

Park opens up new gender neutral bathrooms

Deuce Serrano November 15, 2023

With bathroom closures and the way that bathrooms are treated, students were left feeling uncomfortable using the bathroom. A solution was to open the gender neutral bathrooms in the at large lab, accessible...

Community memberrs voted in the Park High School activity center on Nov. 7. The Park election happened last week.

Park’s precinct prevails

Ruby Viot November 13, 2023

For the past couple of years, Park’s high school has been a voting precinct for the community to use. This year the polls opened Nov. 7 in the activity center. With the construction, Park voters had...

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