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New science instructor adds to equation

New science instructor adds to equation

Lukas Levin

February 2, 2018

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

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

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

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...

Senior violinist enjoys five years in symphony program

Senior violinist enjoys five years in symphony program

Samantha Klepfer

January 4, 2018

Starting practice at five years old, senior Ilana Meisler said she has become a very proficient violinist. “A friend of mine brought his (violin) into school in kindergarten and played it for us,” Meisler said. “At the time I only knew of guitar, piano and violin, so I just decided I wanted...

Theater director talks about theater program

Theater director talks about theater program

January 4, 2018

Theater director Jodi Hatzenbeller said she has been working as the artistic director of the theater program for 18 years and also teaches theater-related classes at the high school such as IB film. “I direct all three productions throughout the year, which means I work with the actors, I sort of coo...

Artist develops unique makeup style

Artist develops unique makeup style

Evelyn Nelson

December 23, 2017

How did you first begin doing makeup? I just wanted to do it, but I could never could figure out why. Then I started watching “RuPaul's Drag Race,” and I started getting into the drag aspects of that. Who inspires you when creating your makeup looks? Instagram. I follow a lot of different acc...

Junior expresses culture through dance

Alexis Machoka

December 13, 2017

Two years ago, junior Najib Rahl and his friends at St. Maron's Catholic Church decided to join the church’s dance group. Since then, the group has performed many paying gigs including weddings, festivals and parties, according to Rahl. “My church, which is in northeast Minneapolis, is a catholic...

Junior attends Women’s Convention

Junior attends Women’s Convention

Avia Kaner-Roth

December 7, 2017

When junior Eva Goldfarb first heard the speakers lined up for the Women’s Convention, she said she saw a chance to attend and learn from them. “Once I heard the lineup of who was going to be speaking, like Maxine Waters and the Women’s March Co-founders, all personal role models of mine, I t...

Senior leads MED Club as president

Senior leads MED Club as president

Avia Kaner-Roth and Esther Gendler

December 4, 2017

When senior MED Club president Hannah Wolk heard about the MED Club two years ago, she felt very excited to join. “I joined because I have always been interested in going into a medical field, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to be,” Wolk said. Wolk said she always was interested i...

IB Coordinator strives to make a change

IB Coordinator strives to make a change

Isabel Kjaer

December 1, 2017

As Jenny Magdal looks ahead to her third year as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator, said she hopes to continue inspiring students. According to Magdal, the International Baccalaureate (IB) program works to aid students in creating positive changes globally. “IB is a whole program t...

George Hare brings leadership to Robotics Club

George Hare brings leadership to Robotics Club

Avia Kaner-Roth and Esther Gendler

November 28, 2017

Senior robotics club president George Hare said he first joined robotics because of his interest in math and science and seeing a good opportunity to improve his skills. “What sparked my interest in robotics is that I want to go into engineering, and robotics is a really cool way to get involved...

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