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Promoting perseverance through plies

Promoting perseverance through plies

Gila Grad

May 20, 2014


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What do you enjoy most about ballet? I really like being able to express myself through dance. It takes my mind off of other things in my life and makes me feel better. I feel accomplished whenever I finish the classes. When did you begin ballet? I started doing ballet when I was two or three an...

Duct tape fixes all

Duct tape fixes all

Harry Steffenhagen

April 30, 2014


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Activity: Sophomore Claire O'Grady creates top hats, purses, pocketbooks and bows out of duct tape. When did you start making these? I started making these three summers ago. The camp I was at had a duct tape competition; I thought it was a really neat idea. What made you continue making creations after this point? The idea of having to be really inno...

Beginning with a fold

Beginning with a fold

Artis Curiskis

March 26, 2014


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When and why did you start origami? I was in the TREK program, a combined fifth and sixth grade at Susan Lindgren. We did not do anything significant most of the time. We just went to recess and then we had art time. So during art time one of the things we did was origami. What is your fav...

Beat-making master

Beat-making master

Josh Anderson

March 6, 2014


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How were you introduced into beat-making? Why did you start making beats?   Music has been in my family for a long time and I was introduced to music at a young age. I am known for drumming and have always had a passion for music. Once I got older and new genres of music unfolded, I got very inte...

A sensation for aviation

A sensation for aviation

Gila Grad

March 5, 2014


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When did you start flying planes? I began flying in the summer of 2013, while attending the Minnesota Aviation Career Education Camp. What type of plane do you fly? A Cessna 152. What got you interested in flying? I’ve always liked travel. I went to camp this summer ...

My little hobby found

My little hobby found

Daniel Vlodaver

March 3, 2014


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When did you start watching "My Little Pony" and how was your experience? It would probably be about three years ago, freshman year. A friend of mine sent me this video in Google chat. He said watch this and I thought it was a joke, but I watched the entire thing and by the end of it I was like "thi...

Bringing a new beat

Bringing a new beat

Sara Tifft, Staff writer

February 18, 2014


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How did you become interested? I started two years ago. My dad is the main person that DJs and he asked me if I’d want to try it. I got more into it and started doing my own parties. How did you learn to DJ? My dad taught me how to scratch, what songs to play at different times an...

A real glass act

A real glass act

Noa Raasch

January 15, 2014


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When did you start? I started blowing glass in my garage around the middle of last summer, about six months ago. Where did you learn to blow glass? I took an intro class this summer. My instructor influenced me to continue after the class. I’ve been interested in art and glass for a few years,...

A passion for poetry

A passion for poetry

Peter Johnson

December 11, 2013


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What motivated you to write your poem? At first I had bad writers’ block. It took me three days to start. I visited my mentor Shanna Gronewold’s house, and she helped me. Every time I saw her perform spoken word or write poetry, I saw how much she loved it. I realized how good of a thin...

Sophomore rolls onto the track

Sophomore rolls onto the track

Josh Mesick

November 13, 2013


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How did you get into the sport? I first started playing when I was 12, three years ago. I went to a roller derby bout (game) with my grandparents and we heard about the Twin Cities Junior Roller Derby, and I just decided to sign up. I started with Twin Cities Junior Roller Derbys, and I beg...

Gearing up for the war | Andrew Grindle

Gearing up for the war | Andrew Grindle

Daniel Vlodaver

October 23, 2013


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What influenced you to start doing World War II reenactments? I have been a huge world war history buff for as long as I can remember. I wanted to do something hands on with it and what better way than actually going out and reenacting it? One day I was reading this newspaper and there was...

Japanese culture hits home | Jouji Hanchi

Japanese culture hits home | Jouji Hanchi

Zoe Kedrowski

October 3, 2013


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How often do you visit Japan? I went to go see my grandparents. I get to go see them every two years or so. What did you do while you were in Japan? I stayed in Tokyo with my grandparents for three weeks. I wandered around Tokyo on my own and had different places and stores to go to. I also went...

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