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Junior excels in German

Junior excels in German

Jonah Kupritz

April 2, 2016


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Experts say to truly master a language, one must practice it regularly and experience it in its natural setting; junior Kim Brandt does just this. Brandt said she attended the Twin Cities German Immersion School before high school, but the everyday interactions with native-speaking family me...

Sophomore plays to impress

Sophomore plays to impress

Ethan Brown

April 1, 2016


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Sophomore Ethan Rickert unpacks his saxophone, pulls out his folder of music and places it on his stand, ever mindful of where his instrument has taken him. Rickert, who plays saxophone in Park’s wind ensemble, said he chose to join band in fifth grade and enjoys every opportunity to play. ...

Peer counselor reflects on Natural Helpers

Peer counselor reflects on Natural Helpers

Kate Huber

March 5, 2016


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After receiving positive feedback after giving advice to a friend who was having relationship issues, sophomore Ellery Deschamps thought she would make a good Natural Helper peer counselor. The Natural Helpers provide informal help to students seeking trustworthy advice from peers, according to D...

Junior signs with National Guard

Junior signs with National Guard

Alec Pittman

February 25, 2016


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Sitting with her family, junior Aprille Lopac considered what she would do with her future. The National Guard seemed the right choice for her. Lopac said she decided to join the National Guard in the second week of January. “It was a really quick decision,” Lopac said. “I started lookin...

Band finds expression

Band finds expression

Sophia Skinner

January 12, 2016


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Senior band member Ryan Casey laughs as he talks about his band, Crosswalk, and its pre-concert ritual of channeling “High School Musical” and yelling, “What team? Wildcats!” Junior band member Ian Lockhart said he co-founded the band with Perpich Center for Arts Education juniors Duncan Macklem-Johnson...

Singer hits all the right notes

Singer hits all the right notes

Hannah Goldenberg

October 25, 2015


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After waiting hours in line at the Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota last summer, junior Samara Ray finally got her chance to prove she was talented enough to be on the popular show “American Idol.” “I started out singing in front of the executive producers and then they told me ...

Senior runs her third marathon

Senior runs her third marathon

Alissa Meredith

October 4, 2015


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Senior Dorothy Slater runs the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul with 11,473 participants as they strive to accomplish one common goal: running 26.2 miles. Slater said she found her love of running during freshman year. She joined track and gained an atmosphere where she could be a part of...

Student sparks teen brilliance

Student sparks teen brilliance

Sari Hattis

March 5, 2015


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Junior Grace Pelowitz sparks the creative light within teens' imaginations in a program held at the Hennepin County library every Thursday after school called Spark My Own Brilliance (Spark M.O.B.) Anyone in grades nine through 12 may participate in the Spark program which hosts events planned and...

An easier transition than most

Max Kent

February 28, 2015


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Naturally the typical freshmen tend to be nervous when transitioning from the middle school to the high school. However for Freshman Curt Nystuen, who has attended eight schools in his life, the move to the high school has been nothing but an easy transition. “I was really dreading the transition...

Making Music

Making Music

Jamie Halper

February 28, 2015


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Freshman Ilana Meisler doesn’t hit the locker room after school. Instead, she grabs her violin and gets to work practicing for one of her two orchestras. In addition to Park’s orchestra, she also participates in Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS). “I did one of their summer programs...

From Chinese dancing to gymnastics

From Chinese dancing to gymnastics

Cedar Thomas

February 28, 2015


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Although she spent 12 years dedicated to Chinese dancing, sophomore Jessica Kasper now spends her time practicing gymnastics. “I’ve been doing [Chinese dancing] ever since I was two,” Kasper said. She danced with about nine people of the same age, working on performances and technique. Her...

Student ‘picks-ups’ soccer without foul

Daniel Vlodaver

February 28, 2015


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Although competition is a big part of  many team sports, some people like sophomore Maybelyn Rodriguez just like to play for the pure enjoyment. For Rodriguez her hobby is playing soccer. “Soccer is more for fun,” she said. Rodriguez started playing soccer about two years ago after admiring...

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