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The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Senior Simar Singh filling out FAFSA for college Jan 23. College possible has been helping students talk to colleges.

Staff Editorial: FAFSA changes

January 24, 2024

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an application that students can fill out to get access to federal student aid. Filling out this form can get students access to things like federal...

Junior Thomas Smith prepares for his Spanish finals Jan. 22. Finals started Jan. 21.

Staff Editorial: Reasoning behind finals

January 23, 2024

With it being finals week, students are preparing for their end of the semester tests and projects. Finals week has been known to cause a lot of stress the older students get. The older a student gets,...

Illustration by Rowan Jansen

Staff Editorial: Name changes are beneficial

January 18, 2024

In the past few years, many schools, lakes and statues have gotten rid of their names, or the names have been altered due to the offensive history that goes along with them. For example, Lake Calhoun,...

Art by Will Carpenter

Staff Editorial: Pre-registering is promising

November 22, 2023

A new bill was introduced this year allowing MN students who are 16 and 17 to be able to pre-register to vote. This allows them to be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18. There are a...

Junior Lorenzo Romero-Torres works on his schoolwork Nov. 9. Students work towards quality over quantity.

Staff Editorial: Quality vs. quantity

November 13, 2023

In past years, Park has been attempting to increase student engagement in the classroom. A common solution to keep students on task is to assign “busy work.” This means that an assignment will be given...

Teacher Peter Dangerfield teaches a class Oct. 3. As of this year, classes have become more standardized.

Staff Editorial: Teachers being more unified

October 6, 2023

Students have been noticing there has been a change in the way teachers are organizing their curriculum, along with a grading system change that has been implemented recently. Teachers used to do 90-10%...

Senior Rachel Katzovitz recieves her cap and gown May 24. The seniors last day is June 2, and they will be graduating June 6 at the stadium.

Staff Editorial: High school survival guide

May 26, 2023

High school is notoriously difficult to navigate, and it’s easy to look back with both a sense of nostalgia and regret. The Echo seniors collaborated to create a list of tips that we wish we knew going...

Senior Axel Abrahamson at a student council meeting on March 22. Park plans to make an enrollment fee for clubs in the upcoming year.

Staff Editorial: Potential new club fees

April 19, 2023

Recently, Park’s administration has been considering the idea of having a 25 dollar club fee. If this idea is approved, clubs will be charging a 25 dollar fee for students to join. Clubs that are considered...

Sophomore Paige Descapentrie talks with classmate April 13. Group grading is not effective for students.

Staff Editorial: Group-graded gloom in the classroom

April 17, 2023

Group-graded assignments have become a part of the everyday grading system. Concerns regarding group-graded projects in the classroom are on the rise and the Echo Editorial Board believes that group-graded...

AP US History and AP Macro/Micro Economics teacher Scott Miller wanders his room during lecture April 12. Miller teaches three of Parks many AP class options.

Staff Editorial: It’s time to free the APs

April 12, 2023

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Park is described as, “‘A program for all students that focuses on how one learns… and creates world citizens who ethically strive to make the world...

Social studies teacher Emma Engebretson teaches freshman civics Feb. 16.  Next year Park will add a new AP African American studies for seniors.

Staff Editorial: New course being offered

February 19, 2023

With the upcoming 2023/2024 school year, a new history course has been approved to be piloted at Park — AP African American Studies brings new perspectives and opportunities. The course has been piloted...

Sophomore Sophia Mavis and Sophomore Ashley Berry studying for IB Chemistry on Jan. 11. The two are striving to work harder and better themselves in this higher level class.

Staff Editorial: Honors classes only honor some

January 17, 2023

Honors classes give students opportunities in high school, postsecondary education and beyond. These classes allow students to push themselves more on an academic level to meet a goal or receive a grade....

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