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Trip sparks knowledge about heritage

Sophomore Fatima Mohamed recently traveled to Somalia. Her trip helped her explore her culture and heritage.

Isra Mohamed

February 3, 2020

When sophomore Fatima Mohamed heard that her family was taking a trip to Somalia, she was ecstatic.  “I have never traveled outside of the United States, so I was excited to go and visit another country and see different things,” Mohamed said.  According to Mohamed, her family decided to take th...

Junior creates Instagram for business

Junior Evie Gutzke designs her own clothing and shoes to wear. She also sells her designs to people who are interested on her Instagram @sick_threadz.

Sofie Geretz

January 9, 2020

@sick_threadz sells clothing bought from thrift stores or take people’s clothing and adds detailing, according to Junior Evie Gutzke. “I take thrifted clothing and revamp it so it's more modern and I can resell it. I add my own detailing to it and make it my own,” Gutzke said. “You can als...

$4 bet waged to outlast, brave elements

Sophomore Danny Shope looks to pass to fellow students Dec. 17. Sophomores Danny Shope Blanke Knudson, Joe Mcgurgan and Luke Walsh all placed a $4 bet to see who could eat lunch outside the longest during the school year.

Colin Canaday

January 8, 2020

The first snowfall of each year signifies many things, including the end of students sitting outside for lunch. But sophomores Danny Shope, Blake Knudson, Joe McGurgan and Luke Walsh are set on testing limits, according to Shope. “A few friends and I were eating outside for lunch in the fall, when it ...

Junior plays Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde’

Junior Phoebe McKinney practices her role as Elle Woods, working on her singing and choreography Nov. 21. Shows will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24.

Sofie Geretz

November 22, 2019

According to junior Phoebe McKinney, playing Elle Woods in Park’s production of “Legally Blonde” is the largest role she has ever had in a production. “I've had leads in the past, but nothing as large of an undertaking as this one. Elle is in every scene in this show and I've never had a ...

Athena award recipient honored at luncheon

Senior Athena award recipient Sophie Olmen poses for a picture by her poster board that contains information on her athletic acheivemnets during her high school career.

Anika Hanson and Rachel Salzer

June 2, 2019

Senior Sophie Olmen attended the Athena Award Ceremony luncheon at the DoubleTree in Bloomington May 3. According to Olmen, at the ceremony they had lunch and there were different speakers who shared personal stories about impactful events in their life to inspire the new Athena winners in their future...

Sophomore takes seven advanced placement tests

Thor Anderson studies for one of his upcoming AP tests. Anderson is taking seven AP tests this year.

Samiya Mohamed

June 2, 2019

Sophomore Thor Anderson, who has signed up for seven AP tests, said he is only taking two classes, studying the rest of them himself. "I’m taking Statistics, European History, Computer Science A, Human Geography, Comparative Government and Politics, World History and Calculus BC,” Anderson said....

Sophomore attends annual State competition

Used with Permission by Isela Perez-Kauhaihao.

Maria Perez Barriga

June 2, 2019

After seeing many other police explorers, sophomore Isela Perez-Kauhaihao felt excited to compete against them in the State competition. “It was really fun, you get to meet other people that have the same interests as you from all over Minnesota,” Perez-Kauhaihao said. Last month Perez-Kauha...

Junior plans trip to hike alone for six weeks

Junior Ellen Poulter shops for supplies at REI for her upcoming hiking trip May 21. Poulter will be hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain by herself this summer over the course of six weeks.

Ethan Meisler

May 23, 2019

With the upcoming six week hiking trip by herself on the Camino de Santiago trail through France and Spain, junior Ellen Poulter said she looks forward to growing and immersing herself in the outdoors. “A goal for me is to grow as a person while I’m there because a lot of times when you’re on ...

Teenagers serve as referees for youth sports

Sophomore Elliot Salmon looks to make a call while reffing a Stars & Stripes game at Braemar Arena in Edina. Stars & Stripes is an AAA hockey tournament for top youth players of every age.

Yonit Krebs

May 14, 2019

Knowing he wouldn’t be able to play hockey on Park’s high school team, sophomore Elliot Salmon said he searched for other ways to maintain a connection to the sport. “I ended up asking the players’ dads and they said to try reffing hockey as a way to stay involved and they ended up giving ...

Senior gets full ride for musical talent

Emmett Foner plays the violin during his orchestra class May 2. Foner was awarded a full ride scholarship to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Carly Joseph

May 10, 2019

For his notable achievements with the violin, senior Emmett Foner said he was awarded a full ride to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While he was not originally set on going to Eau Claire, he said he is very excited for the opportunity. “I was planning on going to Iowa State University, b...

Senior to serve in National Guard

Senior Bryan Huynh poses with an United States Army personal after making his commitment.

Ben Sanford

April 29, 2019

With the intent of serving after high school, senior Max Dehn said he decided to reach out to the National Guard. “I always wanted to serve, and I know it’s good to try (to) join senior year or shortly after you join high school, so I sought (the National Guard) out,” Dehn said. Computer scien...

Theater program fosters an interest in sewing

Junior Morgan Graves helps sophomore Ainsley Preston Pepperell sew a costume for 'The Amish Project.' Graves exercises her sewing skills by helping create costumes for the school productions, as well as teaching others how to successfully create costumes through sewing.

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

April 18, 2019

Swapping pillowcases for elaborate performance costumes, junior Morgan Graves said her sewing abilities have grown immensely since joining the theater costumes crew. “I basically didn’t do much sewing until I started theater. I did a little bit here and there when I was at my grandma’s house. ...

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