The Echo

Assassins game appears insensitive

Assassins game appears insensitive

April 14, 2018


Filed under Staff Editorials

Every year, two seniors organize a game of assassins — an activity centered around students hunting other students with Nerf guns. The current educational and political climate brings new layers to the context of the game that cannot be ignored, including increased awareness of gun violence. ...

March amplifies voices

March amplifies voices

March 16, 2018


Filed under Staff Editorials

In light of the recent Parkland shooting, activism surrounding gun violence is on the rise with students at the forefront. Because of this, the voices of teenagers are more important than ever. The recent walkout, organized by students, stands as an excellent example of the power of student action ...

Students must understand consequences, reasons for walkout

Students must understand consequences, reasons for walkout

March 12, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Staff Editorials

Students who wish to participate in a walkout during school hours should be aware of the consequences which come with this protest. Those who walkout of class will be marked absent from the classes they miss. According to American Civil Liberties Union, the students are required by law to attend class,...

Climate Plan creates opportunity for student action toward environmental sustainability

Climate Plan creates opportunity for student action toward environmental sustainability

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

On Feb. 5, the St. Louis Park City Council unanimously passed a brand new Climate Action Plan spearheaded by Park’s own Roots and Shoots, iMatter, and the St. Louis Park Environment and Sustainability Commission. This Climate Action Plan (CAP) includes the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality...

Drug policy should be more accessible

Drug policy should be more accessible

November 17, 2017


Filed under Staff Editorials

According to the student handbook, “possession, use or being under the influence of any narcotic, drug or controlled substance, alcohol or other mood-altering substance, while on school grounds” is prohibited. However, the Echo editorial board feels students have not been made blatantly aware of...

Parking passes do not guarantee spot

Parking passes do not guarantee spot

November 3, 2017


Filed under Staff Editorials

Students who wish to park in the student lot must purchase a $50 parking pass at the beginning of each semester. Because students without passes park in the student lot, students who purchased a pass are still not guaranteed a spot in the lot. Even if they paid for a pass, students with morning open h...

Minnesota Twins and Toro Construction benefit Park athletics

Minnesota Twins and Toro Construction benefit Park athletics

October 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

On Oct. 4, the Aquila and Peter Hobart baseball and softball fields underwent $20,000 of renovations funded by the Minnesota Twins and the Toro Construction company. The constructions included repainting, improving drainage and doing other field work in order to improve conditions for the Park basebal...

Administration must prepare for dance changes

Administration must prepare for dance changes

September 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

In hopes of allowing more students to attend the dance this school year, Student Council elected to host the Homecoming dance in the high school’s gym. For the past several years, the Homecoming dance has been at a location other than the high school. This resulted in higher ticket prices ranging...

Open mindedness key to better political discourse

Open mindedness key to better political discourse

March 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

With the increasingly tense political climate, the editorial board believes Park must better work toward fostering a community where all voices are respected. We must ensure people with opposing opinions feel safe and respected. The key aim of our community should be creating an environment where s...

Unicycling intends to inspire, encounters ironic setback

Unicycling intends to inspire, encounters ironic setback

March 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

To demonstrate the importance of overcoming academic challenges, teachers in the math department started off the 2016-17 school year by attempting to learn how to ride the unicycle. As many teachers found riding the unicycle difficult, the goal of the activity was to show students that grasping a new co...

Check news before assuming

Check news before assuming

January 10, 2017


Filed under Staff Editorials

In order to stay educated on local, national and global events, following an accurate form of news is essential. However, in recent years the problem of fake news escalated along with the rise of social media. We, the Echo staff, implore students to be aware of false news reports and to try to avoid...

Disciplinary mischaracterization fails students

Disciplinary mischaracterization fails students

December 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

After recent investigations and incidences at Park, the editorial board believes a criticism of the administration’s handling of an alleged incident on Nov. 14 to be necessary. An Echo investigation revealed the administration classified the situation as a general incident rather than a potential ca...

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