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The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Sophomore Silas Cowell disposes a lunch tray May 16. Trash cans are available throughout the school and outside for students to use.

Staff Editorial: A school full of trash wasting away

May 23, 2022

Like many schools, Park has a littering problem. However, some may say our problem has a unique intensity. The Echo Editorial Board unanimously believes Park’s littering problem has reached a point that...

In room B241, senior Fiona Petrie reaches for her phone. Sherri Fox uses Phone Jail to phone usage in the classroom.

Staff Editorial: Device expectations reminder

May 6, 2022

With phones becoming more of a distraction more often, Park has made an attempt to implement the student cell phone policy. The Echo Editorial Board unanimously believes administration should communicate...

Seniors work on project during IB English HL April 7. The Valedictorian title is will no longer  be awarded at Park.

Staff Editorial: Valedictorian status replaced

April 19, 2022

With each class of graduating seniors comes awards and honors for their high school achievements. The most recognizable is the coveted valedictorian award, which at Park was received by students with a...

Sophomores eat lunch together without facing a mask mandate barrier March 17. Many students still choose to wear masks although it is not mandatory.

Revision mask of mandate causes mixed reactions

April 7, 2022

On March 10th, 2022, the School Board made the executive decision to make masks optional. In regards to this decision, the Echo Editorial Board believes this was an informed decision that should be followed...

Photo illustration by Sergei Bovee

Staff Editorial: March serves as a reminder to recognize women’s achievements

March 7, 2022

Many women work behind the scenes, contributing to history in ways that are forgotten or never recognized in the first place. The Echo Editorial Board unanimously believes Park should do more to teach...

Students take advantage of Park Connections work-time to catch up in their classes. Action Thursdays will be introduced as part of Park Connections starting second semester.

Staff Editorial: Action Thursdays bring exciting change

January 26, 2022

After a year and a half of the same Park Connections structure, administration announced the implementation of Action Thursdays. Despite some small structural flaws, the Echo Editorial Board stands unanimously...

Park students cheer on boys basketball during their games Jan. 11 against Orono. Masks are currently required for all spectators at Park sports games that are indoors and in the building.

Staff Editorial: Guidelines need to be followed as new variant looms

January 20, 2022

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, COVID-19 is on a surge throughout schools. To combat this issue, guidelines such as mandatory masking and quarantining if positive have been put in place. While...

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Senior Thomas Hanson finishes his work in preparation for the end of the semester. Park is planning to not hold block days for finals.

Staff Editorial: Changes to finals necessary

January 19, 2022

With the fast approaching end of semester, students are preparing for their final exams. Although the Echo Editorial Board believes that finals are generally unhelpful in preparing students for finals...

After a winter storm, senior Evan Rosald brushes off a car Dec. 10. According to Superintendent Astein Osei, two extra days will be added to winter break in order to alleviate student and staff stress.

Staff Editorial: Extended winter break valuable for Park

December 15, 2021

For the mental health and physical well-being of all students and staff, the School Board has unanimously made a decision to change winter break to a full two weeks. The previous plan was Park holding...

Senior Paris Lim walks down the hall after school Nov. 3. Students will be asked to leave the building after 3:30.

Staff Editorial: Enforcement of after school time limit unclear

Tenzin Gyaldatsang December 13, 2021

In its latest edition of the 6425 newsletter, an excerpt was released stating that students must exit the building by 3:30 p.m. if they have not reported to a supervised activity. The Echo Editorial Board...

Senior Jada Mclemore speaks during the SOAR facilitated discussion Nov. 9. The discussion was held to discuss the white faculty member who used the N-word.

Staff Editorial: Lack of transparency from administration causes unrest

November 29, 2021

In a marketing class Nov. 4, a white faculty member used the N-word in conversation with two Black students. After an open-mic discussion hosted by Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) to discuss the...

Senior Paris Lim walks down the hall with a pass Nov. 3. The Echo Editorial Board believes administration should collaborate with students to develop a new policy so they can work in the hallway as needed.

Staff Editorial: Hallway policy deemed unpopular due to new restrictions

November 15, 2021

To encourage students to attend class, administration has created a policy that prohibits students from being in the hallway without a pass during class time. Students cannot work in the hallway during...

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