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Sophomore expresses self through dance

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

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 the fall. Right now we are working on finding coaches, setting up information sessions and things lik...

Sophomore goes bald to raise awareness of childhood cancer 

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

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 and I still do it in honor of Adrian and his memory. We go bald by choice so that hopefully no kid ha...

Junior works to brighten hospital stays with gifts

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.

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 of Packages of Hope? Our saying is “giving a different type of care than in a hospital” or also ...

Senior elected as youngest chairwoman for human rights commission

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.

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. Our whole thing is bringing support and racial equity to different parts of the city, so a lot of our tim...

Junior commits to prestigious academy

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.

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) some of the best training facilities in the country. How long will you be there for? I know for sure I’m going to b...

Sophomore creates nonprofit organization

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

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 them on the streets. Having to go through that without having hope made me feel sad for them. Wha...

Kiran Alwy competes on Chopped Jr.

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

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) to practice and then I just watched Youtube videos.” What are some of your favorite dishes to cook and why...

Senior Will Pinney leads fundraiser for breast cancer

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.

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 people can donate. The goalie’s job is to count the amount of saves they get throughout October ...

Junior shares passion through performing

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

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 school. I started taking guitar lessons, and over time I just self-taught myself. Do you sing alone o...

Sophomore works on Sports-Check It Out

Sophomore Hamsa Osman posts on one of the social media platforms of his business, Sports-Check it out. He created the social media aspect of marketing for Sports-Check it out.

Noah Orloff

March 16, 2019

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...

Junior plans to graduate early

Junior Ayan Ali works on a packet during her IB English SL class Feb. 11 in C153. She was able to complete additional English credits by taking elective credits at her school in Somalia that are required credits at Park.

Sam St. Clair

February 16, 2019

Why are you graduating early? My mom took me out of the country (before I went to Park), and I went to a boarding school (in Somalia), and my boarding school was very strict when it came to educational topics and the education system. So I guess I did a lot of requirements over there, but it was mo...

Junior returns from school in Bahamas

Junior Daniel Eval leans off the boat while working on a marine biology project at The Island School in the Bahamas.

Ethan Meisler

January 20, 2019

Where were you for the first few months of school? I was in the Bahamas. I was in Eleuthera at a program called The Island School. How would you describe what The Island School is? It is a semester school in the Bahamas that requires an application to get in. The school does a lot of free di...

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