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Freshman takes home State title

Freshman takes home State title

Muna Ali

April 3, 2018


Filed under Student Profiles, Winter sports

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


Filed under Profiles, Uncategorized

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


Filed under In the Spotlight, Student Life

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


Filed under Student Profiles

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


Filed under Student Profiles

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


Filed under Profiles, School clubs and activities, Staff Profiles

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


Filed under Staff Profiles

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...

eSports adviser prepares players for future

eSports adviser prepares players for future

Lukas Levin

February 20, 2018


Filed under Staff Profiles

According to coach Jacob Utities, Park’s eSports team will play online in Nationals in June after an undefeated season. However, Utities said he still struggles with managing and expanding team. “I can’t really devote much time to each team because there are nine teams, and I am one person,...

New science instructor adds to equation

New science instructor adds to equation

Lukas Levin

February 2, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Staff Profiles

The science department recently hired a new member to their staff, chemistry teacher Patrick Puskala. Puskala said arriving at Park was a jarring yet unique experience. “(Coming to Park) is kind of a shock, but I think it’s a nice place, (and) I like my students. I can’t say anything bad,”...

Junior performs with Children’s Theatre

Junior performs with Children’s Theatre

Yonit Krebs

January 24, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Student Life, Student Profiles

After having spent many grueling months working on the Children Theatre’s production of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” junior Greta Nackerud said she felt it was an amazing experience. “It was a really professional and impressive environment. I learned a lot from from the...

Senior begins internship through STEP-UP

Senior begins internship through STEP-UP

Nicole Sanford

January 17, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Student Profiles, Uncategorized

When talking about her experience as an intern at Hennepin Energy Recovery Center, senior Kenya Brooks said she gained professional skills that will prove valuable in the future. “I’ve learned how to speak and talk, I had a problem with verbal communication, and that’s why with this job, a l...

Junior switches to tennis full time

Junior switches to tennis full time

Avia Kaner-Roth

January 9, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Sports Columns, Student Life

Junior tennis player Susanna Hu said her motivation to play tennis full time was due to thoughts about college, as well as her passion for the sport.  “I really wanted to participate in tennis in college which made me want to focus on it,” Hu said. “This past season was such a great time, an...

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