The Echo

SOAR panel enriches community, creates conversation

Junior Callia Blake leads a discussion about the group's goals during the meeting Oct. 12.

May 21, 2018

Members of Students Organized for Anti-Racism are having a panel to respond to anonymous student questions about race. Within this panel the SOAR members will answer questions anonymously submitted without any form of censorship and attempt at keeping comfort. The ECHO editorial board encourage...

School now enforcing Pledge of Allegiance law

Photo illustration by Grace Farley

May 6, 2018

Park administrators began enforcing Minnesota Statute 121A.11 on April 18, which mandates a weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance school-wide. Despite dissenting reactions from students, the editorial board believes the administration’s action is justified. As established in West Vir...

Islamophobia needs to be recognized, addressed

Islamophobia needs to be recognized, addressed

April 26, 2018

The Park community prides itself on diversity and respect, yet the editorial board feels that students and staff can do more to ensure Muslim students feel comfortable and safe in our school and our community. Although our school seems diverse and inclusive, Muslim students still experience events o...

Assassins game appears insensitive

Photo illustration by Grace Farley.

April 14, 2018

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

Senior Martha Walton reacts to speeches against gun violence at Firehouse 1. Students left class at 10 a.m. to participate in the walkout, March 14.

March 16, 2018

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

Speakers and students stand on stage at the Protect Minnesota rally regarding recent school shootings and gun violence in our country, Feb. 22.

March 12, 2018

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

Art illustration by Nietzsche Deuel.

February 14, 2018

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

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

Photo illustration by Hannah Leff.

November 3, 2017

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

TORO volunteers shovel dirt off of the pitching mound at Dakota Field, Oct. 4.

October 12, 2017

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

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

Fostering respectful dialogue is crucial to building a functioning democracy and sustainable community. All opinions should be respected in discussion.

March 4, 2017

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...

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