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Junior converts to Judaism

Junior converts to Judaism

Breanna Thompson

March 17, 2019


Filed under Student Profiles

Why did you convert? I am still in the conversion process. I wasn't really religious before I kind of developed an interest in Judaism. I was raised Methodist, but Christianity was never really my thing, and then I kind of realized, ‘Hey I don't have to believe in God in a way that's like an old wh...

Sophomore works on Sports-Check It Out

Sophomore works  on Sports-Check It Out

Noah Orloff

March 16, 2019


Filed under In the Spotlight

How did you start your business and what were your inspirations? My inspirations (came from) seeing only in the Somali community there were three sports we played, basketball, football and soccer and I wanted to bring more variety to the community. They started out with a program called AdVenture Ca...

The Nest displays amatuer art

The Nest displays amatuer art

Ben Sanford

March 12, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Student Profiles

After hearing about a way to showcase her art at the Nest, junior Lauren Schmelzer jumped at the opportunity. In previous years, Schmelzer has had to sell her own art in person. “(My mom) told me I could have my art sitting (at the Nest), because I don’t really like to be sitting at a booth for ...

Sophomore composes musical, plays five instruments

Sophomore composes musical, plays five instruments

Samantha Klepfer

February 26, 2019


Filed under Student Profiles

According to sophomore Amara Foner, she has been learning music since she was 4 years old. “I play piano, cello, flute, viola and ocarina. I’ve been playing piano since I was 4, and I was 9 when I started cello,” Foner said. “I was 11 when I started flute; I started viola last year, and I sta...

Sophomore instructs children’s karate classes

Sophomore instructs children’s karate classes

Yonit Krebs

February 21, 2019


Filed under Student Profiles

Now a children’s karate instructor and third-degree black belt, sophomore Grace Schultz said she began karate when her dad brought her to classes because he wanted her to learn self defense. “I was really nervous at first but as I kept going and learning new things I kind of got obsessed with tr...

Girls’ basketball captain joins 1000 point club

Girls’ basketball captain joins 1000 point club

Creston Halstead

February 21, 2019


Filed under Profiles, Winter sports

As senior Lindsey Olson prepared for her game against Rogers, she had hoped to achieve over 1000 points. “People just kept passing me the ball, thinking ‘She’s so close,’ and ‘We’re just going to get her open shots,’” Olson said. According to Olson, it is rare to accomplish such num...

New science teacher brings fresh perspective to Park

New science teacher brings fresh perspective to Park

Maggie Klaers and Ruthie Posada

February 18, 2019


Filed under Staff Profiles

Sophie Sigel, the science department’s newest member, will be teaching biology classes this semester. “I am doing some tutoring for English and science in the mornings, and I also teach biology,” Sigel said. According to one of Sigel’s biology students, junior Karie Chula, Sigel’s optim...

Junior plans to graduate early

Junior plans  to graduate early

Sam St. Clair

February 16, 2019


Filed under In the Spotlight

Why are you graduating early? My mom took me out of the country (before I went to Park), and I went to a boarding school (in Somalia), and my boarding school was very strict when it came to educational topics and the education system. So I guess I did a lot of requirements over there, but it was mo...

Minnesota teacher of the year candidates announced

Minnesota teacher of the year candidates announced

Ben Sanford

February 8, 2019


Filed under Profiles

Teacher of the year nominee and Park band conductor Steven Schmitz said that he created a welcoming “I’ve tried really hard to build the program here and make it a family, and have the groups all be successful, more successful than when I found them. I feel I’ve been successful at that, so we a...

New physics student teacher starts career at Park

New physics student teacher starts career at Park

Kate Schneider

January 22, 2019


Filed under Staff Profiles

Student teacher Samantha Kamal said she got her start in physics through her lifelong passion for astronomy. She started on her path toward becoming a physics teacher when she discovered physics was a requirement to pursue her interest in astronomy. “I really liked astronomy, when I was really young. I liked le...

Senior commits to The University of St. Thomas

Senior commits to The University of St. Thomas

Rachel Salzer

January 21, 2019


Filed under Profiles, Sports

As it gets closer to the end of another school year, more and more seniors start deciding the next step in their future. For senior Claudia Stone, committing to swim at the University of St. Thomas felt like the right thing to do. Stone said she has been swimming since the age of 5 and decided to swim in c...

Junior returns from school in Bahamas

Junior returns from school in Bahamas

Ethan Meisler

January 20, 2019


Filed under In the Spotlight

Where were you for the first few months of school? I was in the Bahamas. I was in Eleuthera at a program called The Island School. How would you describe what The Island School is? It is a semester school in the Bahamas that requires an application to get in. The school does a lot of free di...

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