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Echowan 2014-2015 Incoming Staff

March 28, 2014


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Congratulations to the Echowan 2014-2015 Minor Staff Writers: Madeline Djerf Eric Hendricks Zaynab Mohamed Cynthia Narine Paige Pinneke India Rounds Dorothy Slater Peregrine Stephens   Photographers: Emma Bjorgaard Benedict Chong Hannah Heitzinger Emily Hinz ...

Echo 2014-2015 Incoming Staff

March 28, 2014


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Congratulations to the incoming 2014-2015 Echo staff! The bold job after your name is your primary job on staff. Adna Aideed, photographer Mara Bacig, design/infographics, photographer, writer Harrison Barden, photographer Hannah Bernstein, writer Joe Brandel, photographer, writer Kay...

Friends rally school support

Friends rally school support

Suh Koller

March 28, 2014


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After the recent passing of seventh grader Abdullahi Charif, friends of his sister, senior Khadija Charif, began to look for ways to demonstrate their support. Close friends of Khadija Charif sold ribbons during all lunches March 10 through March 14, according to junior Destiny Hulke, one of the students...

New program to reduce waste

New program  to reduce waste

Brita Hunegs

March 28, 2014


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When seniors Hannah McDonell and Joshua Kuether realized most of the school’s trash was going to waste, they decided to make a change. “We realized nothing was getting composted,” Kuether said. They contacted City Council member Anne Mavity who got the Hennepin County commissioner, environmental...

‘Just five more minutes’ helps students

Isaac Greenwood

March 28, 2014


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While buzzing alarm clocks and nagging mothers may seem commonplace for high school students with early school day starts, research conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota reveals the benefits of reversing these trends. According to a February 2014 study by the Center for Applied Research...

Snow day decision made

Snow day decision made

Ivy Kaplan

March 28, 2014


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While students enjoyed relaxing from school during the snow days this winter, they are now being added back to the calendar. The board heard proposals as to what would be done on March 10. Board members decided to add an additional school day to end of the year,  bumping the last day of school to June...

Echo wins national award

Echo wins national award

Sten Johnson

March 27, 2014


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For the first time in it’s history, the Echo newspaper won an award for it’s online edition from. The website was selected as one of 28 finalists chosen out of an original group of 148 entries to the National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker contest. Each site is judged by a group...

SPARKS grant and programs in danger of being lost

SPARKS grant and programs in danger of being lost

Emily Melbye

March 20, 2014


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The road to college is beginning earlier than ever before for students in St. Louis Park elementary schools, with the help of the SPARKS grant. The SPARKS grant is a three-year elementary school counseling grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant provides a full-time licensed counselo...

Extra day added to the end of the school year

Extra day added to the end of the school year

Ivy Kaplan

March 16, 2014


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Despite forfeiting three late start and early release days, as well as one teacher work day, this winter’s weather continues to impact the school year calendar. After extreme amounts of snow prompted an additional snow day on Feb. 28, the School Board reexamined possibilities to account for this...

Pool incident leads to death

Pool incident leads to death

Brenna Cook and Suh Koller

March 5, 2014


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The seventh grade student who was taken to the hospital Feb. 27 died during the weekend. The student was found in the Middle School pool by a teacher at the end of a physical education class, according to Jamie Zwilling, spokesman for the city of St. Louis Park. The other students were in the locker...

Decisions push light rail toward resolution

David Hope

March 5, 2014


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The location of the planned Southwest Light Rail Line Transit has been in dispute since it was proposed, but the issue is entering the home stretch, after the freight rail line Twin Cities and Western (TC&W) and the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) both gave deadlines to the Met Council. The...

Breaking down bullying

Breaking down bullying

Brita Hunegs

March 5, 2014


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The Park Gay Straight Alliance invited speakers to come to their meetings to discuss and inform the students on subjects ranging from healthy relationships to being openly gay in the corporate world. Their most recent one, however, concerned new anti-bullying legislation. Rick Marsden, works for OutFront...

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