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Junior takes on stage managing role

Junior takes on stage managing role

Isabel Kjaer

May 3, 2018

According to junior KJ Preston Pepperell, throughout his high school career he has stage managed several shows, a role which requires a cool mindset under pressure and organizational skills. Preston Pepperell said theater has always been a part of life for him, so it was an obvious choice for him to ap...

Lewis Brown gains leadership skills at space camp

Lewis Brown gains leadership skills at space camp

Nicole Sanford

April 27, 2018

After attending a week-long space camp through Honeywell at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama, senior Lewis Brown said the experience taught him more than just leadership skills. “It confirmed me not to judge a book by its cover because the first day I got there I said ‘oh my God, I...

Sophomore reaches new heights

Sophomore reaches new heights

David Bryant

April 20, 2018

Looking for growth as an athlete, sophomore Will Schwietering said he was inspired to pole vault by a family friend. “I started pole vaulting because my dad’s friend did it in college and introduced me to the sport because he thought I would be good at it,” Schwietering said. Pole vaulti...

Meet the 2018 Valedictorians

Meet the 2018 Valedictorians

Muna Ali

April 18, 2018

Annabella Strathman: What college are you planning on going to? “I am going to Carleton College next year in Northfield.” Is there anything you’re interested in studying? “You know, it’s pretty open-ended right now. I’m leaning towards something with chemistry but I’ve a...

Band teacher to teach in South Africa

Band teacher to teach in South Africa

Hannah Leff

April 11, 2018

According to Band director Steven Schmitz, he will be volunteer teaching at a music school in Cape Town, South Africa from May 13 to June 6. “I got this offer, that is probably once in a lifetime, to volunteer teach in Cape Town, South Africa. The school is a music school, and I would be teaching sa...

Freshman takes home State title

Freshman takes home State title

Muna Ali

April 3, 2018

Having swum competitively for eight years, freshman Hayden Zheng said he ended this year’s season with an individual State title in the 100 yard breaststroke. “I thought I did really well at this past State, you know, getting the individual State title. I was very happy with that,” Zheng said....

Senior organizes event to recognize the arts

Senior organizes event to recognize the arts

Adam Johnson and Sam Birnberg

March 26, 2018

When Senior Thomas Bryant needed to complete his Community, Action, and Service (CAS) Project for the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, he organized an event to celebrate arts in the St. Louis Park community. “I wanted to celebrate art and how it is ingrained with our academic lives as IB...

Senior decides to join National Guard

Senior decides to join National Guard

Abby Intveld

March 22, 2018

What made you want to join the National Guard? There were a lot of different reasons behind joining. The adventure of the National Guard experience is a huge reason, and it will also help pay for college, which is a big factor. There’s a bunch of different reasons. Did anyone influence your decision to join? ...

Senior expresses passion through spray painting

Senior expresses passion through spray painting

Sumaya Mohamed

March 22, 2018

Inspired to make an impact in people's’ lives, senior Aramis Nolen said he plans to pursue a career in art.   “I like to change peoples lives somehow someway. That’s my purpose,” Nolen said. “I don’t have a clear plan yet but I just feel like if I get enough tools I’d be pretty set. It...

Snowboarder competes at the national level

Snowboarder competes at the national level

Eli Curran-Moore

February 26, 2018

According to sophomore snowboarder Tristan Rooney, he started snowboarding seven years ago, was hooked, and has been progressing ever since. “Me and a couple friends just saw some snowboarding videos, wanted to try it out, and we’ve been snowboarding ever since,” Rooney said. “I usuall...

Science teacher takes on added leadership role

Science teacher takes on added leadership role

David Bryant

February 23, 2018

Science teacher and new Gifted and Talented advocate Alan Wachutka said becoming the Gifted and Talented adviser brought needed change for him to continue enjoying teaching. “I felt the change would keep me teaching longer and get out of a rut. It has been a number of years since I have done anyt...

Ellen George, cancer survivor

Ellen George, cancer survivor

Nietzsche Deuel

February 21, 2018

Book club adviser and library media specialist Ellen George said she vividly recalls her initial surprise after being diagnosed with stage four uterine cancer in 2005. “It was a surprise because I was only 50 years old and that just wasn't in my family history or anything. You just can't believe i...

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