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Athena award recipient honored at luncheon

Athena award recipient honored at luncheon

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

Sophomore takes seven advanced placement tests

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

Sophomore attends annual State competition

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 plans trip to hike alone for 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

Teenagers serve as referees for youth sports

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

Senior gets full ride for musical talent

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 to serve in National Guard

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

Theater program fosters an interest in 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. ...

Sophomore lands lead in spring play

Sophomore lands lead in spring play

Kate Schneider

April 17, 2019

Sophomore Cole Kanne said he is well equipped to play Peter, the lead in “Prelude to a Kiss,” because they have similar personality traits and Kanne said he will put an interesting twist on the character. “This character, in particular, has to make stuff pretty awkward and I’m good at that...

Junior converts to Judaism

Junior converts to Judaism

Breanna Thompson

March 17, 2019

Why did you convert? I am still in the conversion process. I wasn't really religious before I kind of developed an interest in Judaism. I was raised Methodist, but Christianity was never really my thing, and then I kind of realized, ‘Hey I don't have to believe in God in a way that's like an old wh...

The Nest displays amatuer art

The Nest displays amatuer art

Ben Sanford

March 12, 2019

After hearing about a way to showcase her art at the Nest, junior Lauren Schmelzer jumped at the opportunity. In previous years, Schmelzer has had to sell her own art in person. “(My mom) told me I could have my art sitting (at the Nest), because I don’t really like to be sitting at a booth for ...

Sophomore composes musical, plays five instruments

Sophomore composes musical, plays five instruments

Samantha Klepfer

February 26, 2019

According to sophomore Amara Foner, she has been learning music since she was 4 years old. “I play piano, cello, flute, viola and ocarina. I’ve been playing piano since I was 4, and I was 9 when I started cello,” Foner said. “I was 11 when I started flute; I started viola last year, and I sta...

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