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Teenagers serve as referees for youth sports

Teenagers serve as referees for youth sports

Yonit Krebs

May 14, 2019


Filed under Student Profiles

Knowing he wouldn’t be able to play hockey on Park’s high school team, sophomore Elliot Salmon said he searched for other ways to maintain a connection to the sport. “I ended up asking the players’ dads and they said to try reffing hockey as a way to stay involved and they ended up giving ...

Senior gets full ride for musical talent

Senior gets full ride for musical talent

Carly Joseph

May 10, 2019


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For his notable achievements with the violin, senior Emmett Foner said he was awarded a full ride to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While he was not originally set on going to Eau Claire, he said he is very excited for the opportunity. “I was planning on going to Iowa State University, b...

Senior to serve in National Guard

Senior to serve in National Guard

Ben Sanford

April 29, 2019


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With the intent of serving after high school, senior Max Dehn said he decided to reach out to the National Guard. “I always wanted to serve, and I know it’s good to try (to) join senior year or shortly after you join high school, so I sought (the National Guard) out,” Dehn said. Computer scien...

Junior shares passion through performing

Junior shares passion through performing

Emma Leff

April 26, 2019


Filed under In the Spotlight

What do you perform at your church? I sing and play the acoustic guitar. When did you start playing the guitar and how did you learn? I started playing the acoustic guitar when I was in middle school. I started taking guitar lessons, and over time I just self-taught myself. Do you sing alone o...

Theater program fosters an interest in sewing

Theater program fosters an interest in sewing

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

April 18, 2019


Filed under Profiles, Student Profiles

Swapping pillowcases for elaborate performance costumes, junior Morgan Graves said her sewing abilities have grown immensely since joining the theater costumes crew. “I basically didn’t do much sewing until I started theater. I did a little bit here and there when I was at my grandma’s house. ...

Sophomore lands lead in spring play

Sophomore lands lead in spring play

Kate Schneider

April 17, 2019


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Sophomore Cole Kanne said he is well equipped to play Peter, the lead in “Prelude to a Kiss,” because they have similar personality traits and Kanne said he will put an interesting twist on the character. “This character, in particular, has to make stuff pretty awkward and I’m good at that...

Junior converts to Judaism

Junior converts to Judaism

Breanna Thompson

March 17, 2019


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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


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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


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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...

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