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Choir teacher moves forward in Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition

Choir teacher moves forward in Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition

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 works to brighten hospital stays with gifts

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

Trip sparks knowledge about 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 elected as youngest chairwoman for 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

Junior commits to prestigious academy

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 creates Instagram for business

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 celebrates students’ birthdays

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

$4 bet waged to outlast, brave elements

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 ...

Sophomore creates nonprofit organization

Sophomore creates nonprofit organization

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

December 18, 2019

What inspired you to create the Pocket Change Foundation? I hated seeing homeless people in the streets and people suffering because they messed up in life or (experienced) a family crisis that put them on the streets. Having to go through that without having hope made me feel sad for them. Wha...

Kiran Alwy competes on Chopped Jr.

Kiran Alwy competes on Chopped Jr.

Harris Keekley

December 2, 2019

What did you do to prepare for the competition? “My dad talked to a lot of award-winning chefs and they gave me some tips and then the producers of the show sent a lot of stuff that they wanted (me) to practice and then I just watched Youtube videos.” What are some of your favorite dishes to cook and why...

Junior plays Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde’

Junior plays Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde’

Sofie Geretz

November 22, 2019

According to junior Phoebe McKinney, playing Elle Woods in Park’s production of “Legally Blonde” is the largest role she has ever had in a production. “I've had leads in the past, but nothing as large of an undertaking as this one. Elle is in every scene in this show and I've never had a ...

English teacher going paperless

English teacher going paperless

Adin Zweigbaum

October 10, 2019

When cleaning his room at the end of the year, English teacher Andrew Wilkes said he felt sad about the amount of paper he was wasting. “I was throwing out just reams and reams of, either student work that's been turned in, orstuff that, I printed out and we never ended up using. It just was kind of d...

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