The Echo

Free vaccinations beneficial for future

Isaac Greenwood, Staff Writer

February 1, 2013

For a healthier school environment, staff should also have the option to be vaccinated. After the recent passing of freshman Carly Christenson from flu-related complications, local clinics partnered to provide more than 250 students with free influenza vaccinations. Students aged 5 t...

Tragedy prompts conflict over gun control

Tragedy prompts conflict over gun control

Janet Holmes and Conner Wickland

February 1, 2013

By Janet Holmes More regulations needed to increase safety With the recent addition of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy to the lenghty list of school shootings, the devastating legacy of gun violence is clear. Mass shootings are rising faster than ever before. In the nearly 13 years since the...

Curriculum debated

Emma Weisner, Staff Writer

February 1, 2013

Proposed social studies standards emphasize racism, exploitation Minnesota is changing history. On Dec. 20, legislators, educators, administrators and community leaders met to discuss a new social studies curriculum for Minnesota students that would remove “patriotism,” among other topics, ...

Tracking ensures attendance

Carter Green, Staff writer

February 1, 2013

New identification cards allow Texas school to track students for funding While many people claim an action taken by a Texas school district to track students using radio frequency IDs is an attack on freedom, the program actually serves to protect students and schools and to increase funding....

A sleepless awakening

Caroline Ahlgrim, in-depth editor

December 3, 2012

When people think about soothing nighttime sounds, I’m pretty sure noisy trucks do not come to mind. Last June, I prepared myself for the first night of sleep on a Guatemalan mission trip. Little did I know the ruckus that awaited me. Throughout the night, I was serenaded by the beautiful sounds...

Affirming equality

Kayla Goldfarb, News editor

November 5, 2012

State should defeat marriage amendment   The sweetest love story I know started at Park. My friend’s two moms, who walked the A200 hallway together, have now enjoyed more than 30 years of commitment to one another. Their family is the picture of a loving home, and in my mind, exactly...

Cancellation suitable for senior dance

Staff editorial

November 5, 2012

The intention of the Senior Boys’ Dance was not to embarrass Principal Rob Metz. However, following the dance, Metz said he felt like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football after Lucy tricks him and takes it away as he watched this year’s dance. The cancellation of the dance, while disappointing...

Respecting religious students

Emma Weisner, Staff writer

November 5, 2012

Park should modify its holiday absence policy After missing school for the Jewish High Holidays, junior Leah Shapiro was surprised when her grade suddenly dropped. “It was difficult because my teacher wasn’t accommodating after I was absent from school for a holiday,” Shapiro said. “I...

Conquering my inner monster

Lani Abelson, Copy Editor

October 9, 2012

In life, we are bound by family, friendships, aspirations and choices. I, however, am bound by something else as well. I am bound by fear. As a child, I cowered at every door slam, refused to step foot in an elevator and always checked the closets and under the beds for monsters. While for most, these...

Recent tragedies prompt increased gun restrictions

Recent tragedies prompt increased gun restrictions

Nick Shaughnessy and Hannah Brodersen

September 11, 2012

 With outdated gun-rights arguments the United States is more violent than free and Minnesota needs to start the movement towards firearm restriction Story by Nick Shaughnessy Six thousand two-hundred and eighty U.S. deaths have been recorded in the the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan s...

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