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Committee seeks variety of opinions

Committee seeks variety of opinions

Annabella Strathman

March 23, 2017


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This story has been changed on March 28 to correct a name misspelling. The Echo apologizes for this mistake.   When freshman Vision 3.0 committee member Amaya Fokuo steps into a town hall meeting as one of two minorities represented, she faces adversity on many levels. “We had our f...

Echo, adviser receive national awards

Echo, adviser receive national awards

Sam Orloff

March 22, 2017


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Echo received the 2016 First Amendment Press Freedom Award and was named a 2017 National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker finalist. According to the Journalism Education Association (JEA), the First Amendment Press Freedom Award is awarded by a committee of representatives from a number of organizations that recognize high school journalism. “The award reco...

Echo editor named Journalist of the Year

Echo editor named Journalist of the Year

Raphy Gendler and William Phelan

March 21, 2017


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When Echo editor-in-chief Ethan Brown was named Minnesota’s high school journalist of the year by the Journalism Education Association (JEA), he was quick to credit his co-editors and staff. “I was really honored to receive recognition for what I have been putting a lot of passion into for the last few ye...

Chick-fil-A applies to open at Knollwood Mall, creates controversy

Chick-fil-A applies to open at Knollwood Mall, creates controversy

Nicole Sanford

March 16, 2017


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According to Gary Morrison, representative of the Chick-fil-A applicants, a new Chick-fil-A franchise plans to take the place of TCF Bank in Knollwood Mall. “Chick-fil-A is proposed to be located where TCF Bank is currently located at the Knollwood Mall at the northwest corner of Highway 7 and Texas (...

Superintendent hiring firm hosts student forum

Superintendent hiring firm hosts student forum

Raphy Gendler

March 15, 2017


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Consultants from School Exec Connect, the firm hired to conduct the search for Superintendent Rob Metz's replacement, hosted a student forum in B135 March 14. Students from grades 5-12 were asked about the district's strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. The School Exec Connect repr...

Anti-Semitic incidents alarm Jewish community

Anti-Semitic incidents alarm Jewish community

Adah Koivula and Jayne Stevenson

March 2, 2017


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The Jewish community remains alert after the Minneapolis JCC received a bomb threat in January, according to chief communications officer and assistant executive director Soni Cohen. However, Cohen said the amount of support the community received is the true story to tell in this experience. “The first call I received whe...

Neudecker nominated for statewide honor

Neudecker nominated for statewide honor

Raphy Gendler

March 1, 2017


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Chants of “Mr. Hockey” erupted from the student section after senior hockey captain Bauer Neudecker scored a power play goal against Benilde Feb. 16 — the same day he was announced as a nominee for the state’s top hockey award. The Minnesota Minutemen announced Neudecker as one of 10 nominees...

Black History Month performance offers student-led perspective

Black History Month performance offers student-led perspective

Genesis Buckhalton

March 1, 2017


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The lights in the Auditorium turn off and the curtain draws open to students with their fists raised in the air chanting “we will not be hidden,” emphasizing the show’s theme: Hidden History. Senior Suweyda Abdi, one of the student leaders of the show, said it was hard to pull the performance together...

Potential referendum progresses

Potential referendum progresses

Maggie Bahnson, Ethan Brown, and Mimi Fhima

March 1, 2017


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Superintendent Rob Metz said the School Board discussed three different referendums over the course of a year to propose on Election Day regarding district facilities renovations. “The smallest is about $40 million, then (the School Board) looking sort of in the $70 million range and then they’r...

Local Facebook group attempts to bring hope, strength

Local Facebook group attempts to bring hope, strength

Hadeal Rizeq

February 27, 2017


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The day after the presidential election, St. Louis Park Allies founder Susan Niz couldn’t help but feel sympathetic for minority, ethnic and social groups already feeling pressured and criticized in the United States. “The day after the (electoral) votes, I was feeling very disheartened and f...

Teacher wears black in protest

Teacher wears black in protest

Yonah Davis

February 27, 2017


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Following the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary Of Education, german teacher Shari Fox said she feels appalled. Fox said she worries about the public school system under DeVos. “It feels like the death of the public school system because she has pretty much made it clear that she wants to c...

School competition turns political

School competition turns political

Ethan Brown

February 23, 2017


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“Dopeamine” donned masks of President Donald Trump, with X’s drawn through his eyes, before playing a protest song Feb. 23 at battle of the bands, an event held by Student Council leading up to the Snodaze dance Feb. 25. According to senior Student Council President Megan Aune, “Dopeamine” wo...

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