The Echo

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s visit sparks concern

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s visit sparks concern

Grace Farley and Dani Orloff

May 14, 2019


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While sophomore Claire Diamond-Wheeler said she is proud of her fellow classmate Amal, who initiated the Rep. Ilhan Omar visit to Park by sending Omar a letter, she said she had mixed feelings when she heard Rep. Omar would be speaking at Park. “I'm very proud of Ilhan Omar becoming the first Muslim woman ...

Tree removal necessary for tennis renovations

Tree removal necessary for tennis renovations

Claire Bargman

May 13, 2019


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Trees were cut down by the high school tennis courts May 4. After this, Kraus Anderson Construction Company will tear out the old courts, change the soil and add brand new courts. The old trees are being used for mulch and the school plans to plant new trees after the courts are completed by August 5 2019...

Minds Matter empowers low income students

Minds Matter empowers low income students

Gabriel Kaplan

May 13, 2019


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Junior Hilda Habia said she has enjoyed being a part of the Minds Matter program and has formed connections with other students involved in the group. “(Minds Matter) is really good. It’s been really fun. I’ve learned a lot about life, about college, about a lot of things,” Habia said. “At...

Measles outbreak raises concerns

Measles outbreak raises concerns

Henry Brettingen, Jade Shionoya

May 10, 2019


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As the amount of measles infections continue to rise, biology teacher Julie Schilz said she believes the problem lies in the lack of education and common misconceptions. “From my extensive knowledge on anti-vaxxers, they are upper-class white people who think they know more than doctors,” Schilz...

Local lake name sparks controversy

Local lake name sparks controversy

Ben Sanford

May 9, 2019


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Large controversy surrounds the name of Bde Maka Ska, with some thinking it should go back to its name as of late 2017, Lake Calhoun. The President of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Brad Bourn, said the lake is an important part of Minnesota, sparking many opinions. “I think that ev...

Echo wins Online Pacemaker

Echo wins Online Pacemaker

Dani Orloff

May 8, 2019


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Echo received the 2019 National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker Award at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention April 27 in Anaheim, California, according to Echo adviser Lori Keekley. According to the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the Echo was one of ...

Light rail construction temporarily closes bike paths

Light rail construction temporarily closes bike paths

David Bryant

May 7, 2019


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As construction begins for the Southwest Light Rail, St. Louis Park Council member Margaret Rog said she realizes the negative effects of the Cedar Lake Avenue and Kenilworth trails being closed. “I do recognize the irony in simultaneously promoting alternate forms of transportation, particularly...

Assassins prompts safety discussion

Assassins prompts safety discussion

Marta Hill, Kaia Myers, and Noah Orloff

May 1, 2019


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As senior assassins leader Grace Lynch reflected on this year’s rule changes, she said the purpose is to try to prevent injury. “This year we're really focusing on safety and so if you get in any sort of crash or get a ticket or anything, you're disqualified. Last year there were some debates, (...

Building a legacy: nature center groundbreaking

Building a legacy: nature center groundbreaking

Yonah Davis

April 23, 2019


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As the rain ceased, community members celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Westwood Hills Interpretive Center. On Monday, April 22, St. Louis Park broke ground on $12 million building of the new interpretive center which the city council voted to approve on May 21, 2018. Jason West, the St....

School Board passes time changes

School Board passes time changes

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

April 22, 2019


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To give families time to prepare for the time changes, School Board vice chair Mary Tomback said at the School Board meeting April 8 the school district will wait an additional year before implementing the new times. “We are recommending a change for very good reasons, but we have to delay that...

Facility vandalism locks bathrooms

Facility vandalism locks bathrooms

Dani Orloff and Abby Intveld

April 21, 2019


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As sophomore Cal Stokes walks from class to class, he said passing time is not enough time for going to the restroom. “I can end up being late for class and being marked tardy because I have to use the bathroom that’s in a different hallway,” Stokes said. According to Principal Scott Mey...

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