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Calling them criminals

Calling them criminals

Noa Grossman

December 25, 2014


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Many parents have made the mistake of providing their fifth grade children with access to drums, guitars and amplifiers, but for a lucky few, the suffering pays off. Sophomore Cooper Gatzmer has been playing the bass guitar in a band since the fifth grade. Gatzmer, along with singer/guitar player...

Pianist aspires for success

Pianist aspires for success

Noah Robiner

December 25, 2014


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Plenty of people take piano or guitar lessons when they’re younger and grow out of the activity after a few years, but sophomore Troy Richardson has been playing his whole life and has no intentions to stop. Besides taking private lessons for over a decade, Richardson is in wind ensemble, jazz band,...

Adapting to America

Adapting to America

Neda Salamzadeh

December 25, 2014


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One of the first things you notice about freshman Lewis Brown is his intriguing accent. At the age of 11, Lewis’ father received a business promotion causing the family to emigrate from Scotland. As expected, there was a significant amount of culture shock upon resettling in St. Louis Park. “When...

Park student takes fun to new century

Park student takes fun to new century

Olivia Sieff

December 25, 2014


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Not many students spend their free time partaking in medieval fencing classes, but according to sophomore Dovid Borg, he is an exception. Borg first got into swordplay before moving to Minnesota, crediting his passion for fantasy action games like “The Legend of Zelda”. “It was primarily...

Educating for a brighter future

Educating for a brighter future

Brita Hunegs

December 19, 2014


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In 2005 when the Blake Road Corridor, a one mile by one-half mile area, became the spot of 20 percent of crime in Hopkins, even though it is only four percent of the cities overall population, the organization called the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative or the BRCC was started. An initiative was...

Aiming for success

Aiming for success

Polina Pekurovsky

November 7, 2014


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Vanessa Levitan points her gun in the air, ready to shoot. A “bird” flies out of a concrete block that stands next to her, and she aims carefully at it. Sophomore Vanessa Levitan started trap shooting at the age of fourteen, when she was a freshman. “I grew up hunting, and my dad got me into...

Swinging towards success

Swinging towards success

Ivy Kaplan

November 7, 2014


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While some students may hit the books during their free time, senior Riley Knudson prefers to hit the greens and participate in golf. According to Knudson, he started golf during his freshman year at his old high school in Virginia and continued becoming more involved and skilled in it. “A lot...

Student goes on mission trip to Missouri over summer

Student goes on mission trip to Missouri over summer

Josh Mesick

November 7, 2014


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This summer, junior Moises Arias Galvan strayed from a usual summer vacation and instead volunteered a week of his break to give back to those in need. With the help of the at-risk teen organization Treehouse, Galvan spent over one week in Kansas City and involved himself in multiple activities around...

Student finds her passion in knitting

Student finds her passion in knitting

Sara Tifft

November 7, 2014


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Junior Kate Ruhland preoccupies some of her free time creating different knitted projects. She said she started knitting in fourth grade and has continued her hobby through high school. “I taught myself. I knew the basic stitches but learned more complex stitches from there. My grandma and mom both...

Brothers bond

Brothers bond

Emily Tifft

November 4, 2014


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Sophomore Elliot Christopher is one of six brothers and two of them were adopted from China. Christopher said he loves all of his brothers and finds it easy for them to be apart of the family. “It is fun having them around, they fit in, they feel like my normal brothers. I don't look at them...

Relating to Russian roots

Relating to Russian roots

Albie Sher

November 4, 2014


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Sophomore Nina Afremov speaks not only one language, but three. Having a family background in Russia has inspired her to break out of her comfort zone and learn other languages. “The reason I wanted to learn Russian was because my dad is from St. Petersburg,” Afremov said. Over the summer Afremov...

Soccer player continues family tradition

Soccer player continues family tradition

Joseph Brandel

November 4, 2014


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Malaika Bigirindavyi, a freshman at Park, finds a way to express herself in her free time through sports and being active. Her favorite sport she participates in is soccer, which she started doing at a very young age. “Everyone in my family has played soccer at some point, so it sort of runs...

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