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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)...

Sophomore Adil Ade organizes hats and gloves to prepare for his next project Nov. 20. His organization Pocket Change Foundation helps the homeless.

Sophomore creates nonprofit organization

Tenzin Gyaldatsang December 18, 2019

What inspired you to create the Pocket Change Foundation? I hated seeing homeless people in the streets and people suffering because they messed up in life or (experienced) a family crisis that put...

7th grader Kiran Alwy cooks curry for dinner Nov. 18. She will be showcasing her cooking skills her dad taught her on Chopped Jr., which started airing Nov. 19

Kiran Alwy competes on Chopped Jr.

Harris Keekley December 2, 2019

What did you do to prepare for the competition? “My dad talked to a lot of award-winning chefs and they gave me some tips and then the producers of the show sent a lot of stuff that they wanted (me)...

Senior Will Pinney blocks a shot on goal during a shooting drill at practice Sept. 23. For every shot Pinney blocks during his hockey games, he raises money to help women dealing with breast cancer.

Senior Will Pinney leads fundraiser for breast cancer

Sofie Geretz October 10, 2019

What is the October Saves fundraiser? “October Saves is a charity for breast cancer that hockey goalies from all over can be a part of. Goalies create an account on the October Saves website where...

Junior Victoria Contreras plays guitar and sings during worship at Edebrook Church March 20. Contreras performs

Junior shares passion through performing

Emma Leff April 26, 2019

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...

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