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New science teacher brings fresh perspective to Park

New teacher Sophie Sigel explains an activity to her class Feb. 8. After teaching in Taiwan last semester, Sigel started this semester as a tutor and biology teacher.

Maggie Klaers and Ruthie Posada

February 18, 2019

Sophie Sigel, the science department’s newest member, will be teaching biology classes this semester. “I am doing some tutoring for English and science in the mornings, and I also teach biology,” Sigel said. According to one of Sigel’s biology students, junior Karie Chula, Sigel’s optim...

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...

Minnesota teacher of the year candidates announced

Band teacher Steve Schmitz enjoys time during class conducting his students. Schmitz was nominated for teacher of the year. Results will be announced May 5 at the St. Paul River Center.

Ben Sanford

February 8, 2019

Teacher of the year nominee and Park band conductor Steven Schmitz said that he created a welcoming “I’ve tried really hard to build the program here and make it a family, and have the groups all be successful, more successful than when I found them. I feel I’ve been successful at that, so we a...

New physics student teacher starts career at Park

Student teacher Samantha Kamal explains a physics problem to senior Anand Datt Jan. 14. Kamal will be helping out around the physics classes.

Kate Schneider

January 22, 2019

Student teacher Samantha Kamal said she got her start in physics through her lifelong passion for astronomy. She started on her path toward becoming a physics teacher when she discovered physics was a requirement to pursue her interest in astronomy. “I really liked astronomy, when I was really young. I liked le...

Senior commits to The University of St. Thomas

Claudia Stone swims freestyle against Richfield Sep. 27. Park won 93-81.

Rachel Salzer

January 21, 2019

As it gets closer to the end of another school year, more and more seniors start deciding the next step in their future. For senior Claudia Stone, committing to swim at the University of St. Thomas felt like the right thing to do. Stone said she has been swimming since the age of 5 and decided to swim in c...

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...

Senior applies for year-long exchange program

Senior Caroline Garland reads from her book preparing her for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Yonit Krebs

January 20, 2019

After hearing about her father’s experience on an exchange program and hosting an Italian exchange student, senior Caroline Garland said she decided apply for a foreign exchange program as a gap year between high school and college. “My dad did this American Field Service (AFS) foreign exchange...

Sophomore hopes to visit all seven continents by graduation

A photo from sophomore Elie Grassley's trip to Antarctica. According to Grassley, she hopes to visit all seven continents by 2021, her graduation year.

Kate Schneider

January 17, 2019

Sophomore Elie Grassley said she started traveling internationally when she was a baby. She said her love for travel comes from observing how differently people around the world live. “I think I was around 3 or 6 months old when I first traveled out of the country. It’s always been something that...

Shirt sales generate change for community

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Yonah Davis

January 16, 2019

What is your project? Lopez: Nietzsche Deuel and I are having a fundraiser to raise money for feminine hygiene products for the homeless in Minneapolis. Deuel: We're trying to raise money to help provide feminine hygiene products for homeless women in Minneapolis. We are raising money through s...

Junior sells jewelry on Instagram

Junior Anna Long beads necklace for a customer in her jewelry room. Follow to see updates on the jewelry she makes.

Gabriel Kaplan

January 3, 2019

Junior Anna Long said she picked up jewelry crafting as a hobby after learning how to make it from her nanny. “My nanny made (jewelry) and I thought it was really cool, so she lent me some of her stuff and I started making it and got really into it,” Long said. “I use beads and wire and I ha...

Mission trip to Haiti gives back

Mission trip to Haiti gives back

Evie Nelson

December 24, 2018

Why did your family decide to go on a trip to Haiti? The purpose of why we went is because we wanted to help kids (in need). I went there before in seventh grade, (my family) wanted to go back on another mission trip. How did your experience visiting Haiti in the past shape your most recent trip? Th...

Math teacher hopes to start yoga classes at high school

Bobby Otto helps sophomore Elliot Salmon with his math homework. According to Otto, he tries to incorporate the mindfulness aspect of yoga into the classroom because it benefits himself and his students.

Emma Leff and Anika Hanson

December 18, 2018

According to math teacher Bobby Otto, yoga offers many benefits that have helped him manage stress. Because he thinks it also can help students, he is planning to start teaching a morning yoga class this upcoming semester. “(Yoga) is just a relaxation time, where you can start feeling your body, feel...

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