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Freshman Born Anderson designs his own shirts, May 28. Anderson expresses his creativity through the designs on his shirts.

Freshman launches clothing brand

Crystal Diaz June 1, 2021

What inspired you to start this clothing brand? I always see things on social media, people starting out on clothing brands, and I’m in Business Innovations, so then I thought I'm gonna do it. I was...

Noam Helpern wearing one of Henry Salita's masks. Freshman Henry Salita sells masks on Instagram.

Freshman starts selling masks

Colin Canaday May 17, 2021

What sparked the idea for selling masks? My teacher asked me (to come up with) something relevant and something that people need, and, clearly, we’re going through a pandemic. So I thought selling...

Used with permission of Zoe Frank.

Senior finishes first draft of novel

Lauren Thon May 4, 2021

What inspired you to write your novel? I have always really liked writing and for as long as I can remember, I have always written story after story. This idea was really inspired by a couple songs...

From firefighter to teacher — art teacher gives insight on past job

From firefighter to teacher — art teacher gives insight on past job

Johanna Kaplan April 27, 2021

When did you work as a firefighter? 1999 to 2004. Why did you want to be a firefighter, what motivated you to do it? I was not liking my job and my husband at the time said ‘hey, you've always...

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 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 Vanthay Hong.

Alum writes children’s book

Molly Schochet December 9, 2020

Can you give a short introduction to who you are? I was born in Cambodia, moved to the states in 1998 to St. Louis Park. (I) went through the elementary school, went to Cedar Manor, the junior high...

Sophomore Rosario Montero- Ward practices a dance routine March 19. Montero-Ward is creating a new dance club starting fall of 2020.

Sophomore expresses self through dance

Megan Hoenie May 5, 2020

What are you doing? So right now we are working on starting a dance team. Hopefully like next year we would probably have a performance team in the fall and potentially in the winter, but probably just...

Sophomore Jacy Demcisak shaves her head to support childhood cancer research. Demcisak has shaved her head every year for the last four years.

Sophomore goes bald to raise awareness of childhood cancer 

Harris Keekley April 24, 2020

Why do you shave your head? I shave my head because my brother's best friend, who was also really close to me, passed away from childhood cancer. His mother and his family still do it and my brother...

Junior Jae Stanberry packs a weighted aromatherapy teddy bear into a bag for a patient Feb. 20. Stanberry stores supplies and boxes in her room to assemble the packages she makes.

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...

Senior Amaya Fokuo informs students about the upcoming Black History Month show on Feb. 28. Amaya is also the head of the 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....

Used with permission from Sam Hunt. Junior Sam Hunt plays in an examination game, part of the 17 USA National Team program. Hunt has committed to Vanderbilt Unversity and will play baseball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida starting in 2020.

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)...

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