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Educating for a brighter future

Educating for a brighter future

Brita Hunegs

December 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Guitar enthusiast plays for others

Guitar enthusiast plays for others

Abby Hickstein

November 4, 2014

Sophomore Josh Hodge has played guitar for eight years and enjoys being able to play music. Since he has played guitar for most of his life, he has opportunities to express himself in front of an audience. “Once a month I play guitar at the Children’s Hospital,” Hodge said. “My mom is a pediatrician...

Freshman ducks into hunting season

Freshman ducks into hunting season

Hannah Goldenberg

November 4, 2014

While most students think of fall as a time to watch the leaves change colors or to visit apple orchards, freshman Brendan Lindstrom said he looks forward to fall as it is the season of duck hunting. Lindstrom first started hunting ducks four years ago with his four uncles and his grandfather. Every...

Stress, School, Skate, Repeat

 Stress, School, Skate, Repeat

Celene Koller

November 3, 2014

From Sun Valley, Idaho to New York City sophomore Kirby Goodman has traveled around the country competing in figure skating events. “I like to figure skate for fun, but it definitely becomes competitive,”  Goodman said. Goodman’s parents placed her into lessons at the St. Louis Park Rec...

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