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Junior Renee McSherry poses during rehearsal for the spring musical March 12. The cast was practicing the dance for the song “Delivery.”

Fifth grade band teacher serves as pit director

Gabriel Kaplan March 24, 2021

Emilie Bertram, Park’s new pit orchestra director, said she looks forward to working with a variety of music genres as she helps organize plays in the future. “I'm excited to experience musicals...

Junior Stanley Regguinti faces off with Benilde-St. Margaret’s player senior Grant Ellings. Park lost to Benilde-St. Margaret’s Jan. 26 with a score of 6-1. Regguinti was recently chosen as a boys' hockey captain.

First junior captain chosen for boys’ hockey

Colin Canaday March 23, 2021

Upon hearing he had been picked as a captain for boys’ hockey, junior Stanley Regguinti said he knew what was going to be expected of him. “I (know I) can play a big role as a leader on the team....

Science teacher Al Wachutka waters plants in the A3 hallway March 16. Wachutka is one of the many teachers that has received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated teacher feels at ease

Aisha Hersi March 18, 2021

With Park’s decision on a full capacity start date, science teacher Alan Wachutka said he feels safe now that he’s been fully vaccinated. He said receiving the vaccine immediately addressed many of...

Used with permission from Joe Mcgurgan

Junior creates Instagram account for business

Tenzin Gyaldatsang March 16, 2021

Why did you decide to make these wooden pens? I’ve been into woodworking for about three years. I took woodworking I and II in the past two years, so I decided that I would sell stuff and make a business...

Used with permission from Jessica Gust. Science teacher and strength and conditioning head coach Jessica Gust poses in the weight room Feb. 22. Gust was nominated to serve on the advisory board for the National High School Strength Coaches Association.

Strength coach serves on advisory board

Katie Nelson March 14, 2021

As countless athletes pass through Park's weight room, strength and conditioning coach Jessica Gust hopes the space can be a second home for them. Her passion and prior achievements led her to accept a...

Used with permission from Semona Robel.

Junior competes in Criminal Justice Opinion Essay contest for Star Tribune

Lauren Thon March 10, 2021

How did you hear about the contest held by the Star Tribune? I am in debate and that is initially how I heard about it. My debate coach had copied me in an email announcing that there was going to be...

Used with permission from Jessica Gust. Science teacher and strength and conditioning head coach Jessica Gust poses in the weight room Feb. 22. Gust was nominated to serve on the advisory board for the National High School Strength Coaches Association.

Coach faces unprecedented challenges.

Jordyn Deschamps March 4, 2021

As distance learning has been going on, many classes have run into challenges. Strength and conditioning has faced some difficulties, but has its perks. According to strength and conditioning coach Jessica...

Senior Grace Kanyinku will be studying cosmetology at Aveda Arts and Science Institute Minneapolis in the fall of 2021. She plans to open a salon in the future that specializes in African-American hair, as well as give out free haircuts for homeless people.

Senior takes next step towards cosmetology

Maria Perez Barriga March 1, 2021

Through searching online and connecting with a current graduate student, senior Grace Kanyinku realized she wanted to pursue her education at Aveda Arts and Sciences Institute Minneapolis. “When I...

Used with permission from Steve Schmitz

Band teacher works on expanding perspectives

Danny Shope February 19, 2021

To get students to think critically about race, gender and sexuality this year in class, band teacher Steve Schmitz has been setting aside class time every month to talk about underrepresented musicians. “A...

Senior strives for stake in booming eSports industry

Senior strives for stake in booming eSports industry

Grace Schultz February 18, 2021

Seniors Adin Zweigbaum and James Peterson have been working to expand esports to high schoolers by finding new communication strategies. Esports is a way to play video games competitively on a team or...

Senior Danny Walsh carries federally funded meals to his car to be donated. Walsh will be donating unneeded meals twice a week for the rest of the year.

Danny Walsh organizes donation drive of federally-funded meals

Talia Lissauer February 12, 2021

When a few friends dropped off their federally funded lunches at senior Danny Walsh’s house he collected and donated 310 meals in two days. After months of planning, Walsh said he has begun to pick up...

Media specialist Marie Slaby begins job at Park

Media specialist Marie Slaby begins job at Park

Sam Listiak January 22, 2021

When she first began working at Park in September this year, media specialist Marie Slaby said distance learning made her job harder. “It's not easy to begin a new job at a new school during remote...

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