The Echo

Staff Editorial: Race panel highlights community-wide issues

Junior SOAR member Zoe Younger speaks to the crowd during SOARS's uncensored race panel.

December 3, 2018

Park’s Students Organized Against Racism recently held its second uncensored race panel. The panel allowed students and faculty to pre-submit questions to be answered by a diverse group of students at the panel itself. The Student Organization Against Racism (SOAR) panel members touched on issues per...

Staff Editorial: Successful alumna inspires community

Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan spoke to Brad Brubakers 9th grade honors civics class. As a high schooler, Flanagan attended St. Louis Park  and spoke to the students about her time at Park as well as her time in the government.

November 25, 2018

Park High School focuses on fostering close alumni ties and prides itself on bringing the community back to its roots. Alumni who have accomplished great things bring success and pride to our school, and offer many useful lessons of wisdom for students. This November, Park alum and Minnesota state...

Staff Editorial: Recent hateful vandalism must not go unseen

Thespians painted the senior wall Nov. 3 to advertise the fall musical

November 15, 2018

St. Louis Park considers itself to be an accepting community. Yet, in the past month, there have been multiple incidents of vandalism driven by hatred at St. Louis Park High School. On Oct. 12, discriminatory graffiti was found on a poster Non-Traditional Academy (NTA) students made with details o...

Staff Editorial: Project team needs to encompass diversity in its decisions

Junior Ky'areia Malone exits the bus at the High School in the morning Nov 7. The start time for the High School is 8:20 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8:40 on Tuesday and Thursday.

November 8, 2018

This November, St. Louis Park Public Schools announced its search to assemble a group of parents/guardians, students and staff to discuss changing the start and end times of the district’s schools. According to St. Louis Park Public Schools, they hope to revise start times for the students’ benefits. “(The goal is) to meet the overall health, academic and social/developmental needs of all K-12 students,” according to St. Louis Park Public Schools. St. Louis Park Public Schools’ ...

Staff Editorial: March against fossil fuels encourages change

Staff Editorial: March against fossil fuels encourages change

November 1, 2018

On Sunday, Oct. 28 an anti-fossil fuel march was held in St. Paul, Minnesota in solidarity with Youth v. Gov suing the federal government for the cause of climate change. Students organized the march to show they are the future and to stand with the 21 youths who are bringing the case to trial. Acc...

Staff Editorial: Student election judges present opportunity in politics

A freshman student fills out a ballet during the school-wide mock election Oct. 16. The mock election was a way to involve students under 18 in the civic process.

October 25, 2018

As Election Day approaches, high school students in St. Louis Park have been contacted about applying to be a student election judge. The jobs are available to students all around Minnesota. The Echo Editorial Board also see the election opportunity as a way of exposing young citizens to the voting...

Staff Editorial: Drug Take Back Day needs more promotion

The Safe Medication Disposal kiosk located at the Walgreens in Hopkins is a place for anyone to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs free of charge. Some of the Walgreens locations that have these kiosks are Hopkins, Edina, Eden Prairie and Minneapolis.

October 20, 2018

St. Louis Park will participate in the 16th national Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27, a day in which anyone can drop off expired or unused prescription drugs, according to the St. Louis Park City website. People will be able to bring in their drugs to the St. Louis Park Police Department from 10 a.m...

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

October 11, 2018

Last fall, the district was charged by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for discrimination against students of color and disabled students for disciplinary action. Suspensions and expulsions of these groups were found to be higher than white and non-disabled students at Park. According to...

Staff Editorial: City should commit to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day

Students raise their fists in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement. Students performed two shows on Fri. Feb. 16, 2017 for their annual Black History Month performance.

October 8, 2018

In 46 states, the second Monday in October is celebrated as Columbus Day. But in the past few years, there have been initiatives to focus on celebrating native culture instead and rename the holiday Indigenous People’s Day. According to Time, the change has gone into effect in Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota, as well as some other individual cit...

Staff Editorial: Voter registration drive educates students on civic duty

Staff Editorial: Voter registration drive educates students on civic duty

September 25, 2018

As the November midterm elections approach, students have organized an assembly to register eligible seniors to vote. The ACT club ran the event, with the help of a few independent student leaders. The assembly will occur during Advisory Sept. 24. It will include three guest speakers, one of whom i...

Staff Editorial: Trump’s attack on journalists provides motivation

Photo illustration by Grace Farley

September 17, 2018

After President Donald Trump’s statement naming journalists “the enemy of the people” July 31, the Boston Globe spurred a movement Aug. 15 to showcase that the enemy is not the journalists. This movement encouraged publications nationwide to write staff editorials highlighting the significance of free press. ...

SLP Nest will benefit community

Senior and SLP Nest board member Lexi Lee sells raffle tickets to a community member at the SLP Nest street party Aug. 15. All money and donations collected at the event will be used support and run the SLP Nest.

September 4, 2018

When the school day ends, students who do not participate in a club or sport have nowhere to go. Because of this, students should support the SLP Nest, which opened today. From conception to reality, SLP Nest board members have worked to address concerns that reflect community needs. Organizers said th...

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