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The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Wes Anderson climbs at Vertical Endeavors on Jan 12. Anderson is a part-time volunteer that judges climbing competitors.

Junior inspires next generation of climbers

Maren Wilsey January 13, 2022

Where do you work? I work at Vertical Endeavors — the Minneapolis location in uptown. There's two paid coaches, and then there's me and another assistant coach, volunteering — he's on the advanced...

Senior awarded scholarship to Notre Dame

Senior awarded scholarship to Notre Dame

Maren Wilsey January 12, 2022

What is QuestBridge and how does it work? (QuestBridge) is for kids that are in a specific income bracket — about under 65k. Their goal is to help kids get into college when a lot of people don't...

Senior receives full-ride to Yale

Senior receives full-ride to Yale

Maren Wilsey January 8, 2022

What is QuestBridge and how does it work?   QuestBridge is a nonprofit organization that strives to send low income students to elite universities and fund that. I received the National College...

Media assistant Deb Sparling enjoys her last day before retirement. Sparling worked at Park for over 20 years.

Media assistant retires after 20 years at Park

Johanna Kaplan January 7, 2022

How long have you worked at Park?  I started working at St. Louis Park Schools March of 2001 … I did work at Susan Lindgren (Elementary School) before I came to the high school. Did you prefer...

Head coach Ben Horsch leads the team during a game against Edina Dec. 2. This is Horschs first year as the Park boys hockey team head coach.

New boys’ hockey head coach

Tenzin Gyaldatsang December 16, 2021

After taking over the Orioles boys’ hockey program, new head coach Ben Horsch said he wants the team to be able to compete at the varsity level and understand what it takes to excel. “We have a...

Used with permission from Adill Ade.

Senior runs coat drive

Adam Gips December 3, 2021

How did you come up with the idea for a coat drive? I knew that winter was coming up, and that's the worst season for homeless people staying outside in the cold Minnesota weather — Minnesota weather...

Used with permission from Fiona Petrie.

Senior invited to All-National Symphony Orchestra Honor Ensemble

Elena Ortiz-Fishman November 30, 2021

Due to her dedication towards practicing the violin, senior Fiona Petrie said her efforts paid off. For the second time in a row, she has been awarded a high achievement for playing the violin. After being...

Kaelyn Dagon wipes down cafeteria tables Nov. 15. Dagon is the newest Achievement Support Coordinator at Park.

New achievement support coordinator pursues place in education

Aisha Hersi November 20, 2021

Why did you decide to come to Park?  I decided to come to Park because I love working with students. Ultimately, my goal was to go into administration, and while I’m going back to school to accomplish...

Senior Alma Beaton kicks the ball away from Hopkins Royals player Oct. 16. Beaton will become the first legacy player in the University of Minnesota womens soccer program.

Senior soccer captain makes UMN history

Grace Stillman November 15, 2021

Girls soccer head coach Anne Beaton played for the Gophers during her time in college at the University of Minnesota(UMN). Next year, her daughter, senior captain Alma Beaton, will follow in her footsteps,...

Junior Stephano Giovanelli lead the park football team in touchdowns during the 2021 season. Giovanelli averaged 27.9 yards per reception and had a total of 614 yards during the season.

Stefano Giovannelli named Star Tribune’s ‘Metro Athlete of the Week’

Char Priadka November 3, 2021

The Star Tribune gives special shoutouts to athletes who go above and beyond in their performance. These awards are given to athletes weekly and annually as a way of honoring their skill and ambition....

Used with permission from Elliot McGary-Walters

Junior haunts at ValleyScare

Jacob Khabie October 27, 2021

What do you do at ValleyScare? I’m a haunt actor. I just scare all the people that come through. Why did you choose to pursue this job? I do circus, so I have performance experience, and I thought...

Used with permission from Rob Griffin.

Athletic department receives new coordinator

Maren Wilsey September 29, 2021

What was your position before taking this one?   I was a GLC [Grade Level Coordinator] (at Park) for four or five years. It felt like it was time to try something different. I really enjoy working...

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