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Sophomore expresses self through dance

Sophomore Rosario Montero- Ward practices a dance routine March 19. Montero-Ward is creating a new dance club starting fall of 2020.

Megan Hoenie

May 5, 2020

What are you doing? So right now we are working on starting a dance team. Hopefully like next year we would probably have a performance team in the fall and potentially in the winter, but probably just the fall. Right now we are working on finding coaches, setting up information sessions and things lik...

Junior named Minnesota Varsity 2020 Showcase Artist

Junior Leo Dworsky and other members of the

Anna Benishek

May 2, 2020

On April 8, junior Leo Dworsky was announced as a Minnesota Varsity Showcase Artist for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. Dworsky said he entered the competition to display his devotion toward classical music as well to seek new possibilities for his singing career.  “I love classical music and I wa...

Sophomore goes bald to raise awareness of childhood cancer 

Sophomore Jacy Demcisak shaves her head to support childhood cancer research. Demcisak has shaved her head every year for the last four years.

Harris Keekley

April 24, 2020

Why do you shave your head? I shave my head because my brother's best friend, who was also really close to me, passed away from childhood cancer. His mother and his family still do it and my brother and I still do it in honor of Adrian and his memory. We go bald by choice so that hopefully no kid ha...

Echo Editor-in-Chief named runner-up for National Journalist of the Year

Senior and Editor-in-Chief of Echo Marta Hill films protestors at the presidential rally of Sen. Amy Klobuchar March 1 at Park. Hill was named a runner-up in JEA's 2020 National High School Journalist of the Year competition April 18.

Maddie Schutte

April 19, 2020

The moment senior and Editor-in-Chief of Echo Marta Hill had been anxiously waiting for — the results of the National Student Journalist of the Year award — was spent on a Google Hangout call from home with her parents and Echo staffers because of COVID-19 regulations.  Before she knew it, her name was being calle...

Choir teacher moves forward in Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition

Choir teacher John Myszkowski teaches his zero hour class March 3. Zero hour gives students the opportunity to take choir if it does not fit into their regular schedule.

Lilly Strathman

March 10, 2020

When reflecting on progressing to a semi-finalist in the Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition, choir teacher John Myszkowski said he realized this was a great opportunity to speak on his passions. “I have to make a short video and was given the prompt of ‘what do you think are the major e...

Junior works to brighten hospital stays with gifts

Junior Jae Stanberry packs a weighted aromatherapy teddy bear into a bag for a patient Feb. 20. Stanberry stores supplies and boxes in her room to assemble the packages she makes.

Kaia Myers

March 4, 2020

What is Packages of Hope? Packages of Hope is emotional-based rather than charity. I put together care packages fit to one’s needs and hand deliver or ship them out to patients. What is the mission of Packages of Hope? Our saying is “giving a different type of care than in a hospital” or also ...

Trip sparks knowledge about heritage

Sophomore Fatima Mohamed recently traveled to Somalia. Her trip helped her explore her culture and heritage.

Isra Mohamed

February 3, 2020

When sophomore Fatima Mohamed heard that her family was taking a trip to Somalia, she was ecstatic.  “I have never traveled outside of the United States, so I was excited to go and visit another country and see different things,” Mohamed said.  According to Mohamed, her family decided to take th...

Senior elected as youngest chairwoman for human rights commission

Senior Amaya Fokuo informs students about the upcoming Black History Month show on Feb. 28. Amaya is also the head of the Human Rights Commission.

Samantha Klepfer

January 21, 2020

What is your role in the city of St. Louis Park? My current role is Human Rights (Commission chairperson) for the city. I was appointed about two years ago and I was reappointed a couple months ago. Our whole thing is bringing support and racial equity to different parts of the city, so a lot of our tim...

Junior commits to prestigious academy

Used with permission from Sam Hunt. Junior Sam Hunt plays in an examination game, part of the 17 USA National Team program. Hunt has committed to Vanderbilt Unversity and will play baseball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida starting in 2020.

Gabriel Kaplan

January 9, 2020

What exactly is the IMG Academy? It’s a sports academy in Bradenton, Florida for top athletes. It’s basically just a normal high school. We live on campus, there are dorms and then (they provide) some of the best training facilities in the country. How long will you be there for? I know for sure I’m going to b...

Junior creates Instagram for business

Junior Evie Gutzke designs her own clothing and shoes to wear. She also sells her designs to people who are interested on her Instagram @sick_threadz.

Sofie Geretz

January 9, 2020

@sick_threadz sells clothing bought from thrift stores or take people’s clothing and adds detailing, according to Junior Evie Gutzke. “I take thrifted clothing and revamp it so it's more modern and I can resell it. I add my own detailing to it and make it my own,” Gutzke said. “You can als...

Bus driver celebrates students’ birthdays

Bus driver Jay Wolkenbrod sings

Sofie Geretz

January 8, 2020

According to bus driver Jay Wolkenbrod, being a bus driver for four years has enabled him to stay with students throughout their academic  career. “I went through training and I've had the same route for four years and have seen some of my kids go from elementary to middle school and middle sc...

$4 bet waged to outlast, brave elements

Sophomore Danny Shope looks to pass to fellow students Dec. 17. Sophomores Danny Shope Blanke Knudson, Joe Mcgurgan and Luke Walsh all placed a $4 bet to see who could eat lunch outside the longest during the school year.

Colin Canaday

January 8, 2020

The first snowfall of each year signifies many things, including the end of students sitting outside for lunch. But sophomores Danny Shope, Blake Knudson, Joe McGurgan and Luke Walsh are set on testing limits, according to Shope. “A few friends and I were eating outside for lunch in the fall, when it ...

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