The Echo

New experiences allow for different perspective

Freshman Brahim Bouzrara stands on a beach in Tunisia during his last visit in 2008. Bouzrara's father is from Tunisia, making this culture a big part of Bouzrara's life.

Lauren VonEschen

April 8, 2016

Throughout the year, freshman Brahim Bouzrara plans to increase his understanding about his family’s culture by learning and practicing Islam. Bouzrara said his father, Samir Bouzrara, was born and raised in Tunisia. In order to learn more about his father’s beliefs, Bouzrara said he has begun...

Sophomore writes to deal with life events

Sophomore writes to deal with life events

Celene Koller

April 7, 2016

Sophomore Britney Villanueva was 8 when she first picked up a piece of paper and a pencil to keep her mind away from her dad’s deportation. “I needed something to distract me from my dad being gone. He was deported and I didn’t know what else to do,” Villanueva said. Since her dad’s deport...

Junior finds interest in space

Junior Tygget Vaillancourt said he enjoys drawing space-related pictures as a part of his interest in space. Vaillancourt also enjoys playing space video games and hopes to become an aerospace engineer.

Emily Tifft

April 6, 2016

When anyone asks if junior Tygget Vaillancourt has an interest in space, he says an interest is a bit of an understatement — he's obsessed. Vaillancourt said space exploration interests him the most, and he likes to learn about the different areas of space in many different ways. “I follow up...

Senior to explore Peru this summer

Senior Dominique Robinson and her family smile at a family gathering. Robinson's father, Daniel Vargas, was born in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. The Robinson family will visit Peru in July.

Sari Hattis

April 5, 2016

Senior Dominique Robinson said she thinks when she visits Peru, her father’s country of origin, in July, she will feel like an outsider, experiencing the culture from a completely different point of view. “When people come here, they are the outsider, so when I go there I will get to be in th...

Freshman plans to see all Major League baseball fields

Freshman plans to see all Major League baseball fields

Brigid Duffy

April 4, 2016

Freshman Cyrus Abrahamson’s goal is to visit every Major League baseball field in the country by the time he is 18 — and he’s almost halfway there. Abrahamson said his family has made it to 14 Major League fields out of 30, attending a baseball game at every one. “My family and I l...

Freshman loves to sightsee

Freshman loves to sightsee

Hanna Schechter

April 3, 2016

After soccer, theater and honors classes, freshman Emma Yarger loves to relax by traveling around the world. In the summer, Yarger said she spends her time traveling with her family. “I’ve been to Costa Rica,” Yarger said. “One of my favorite trips (was when) I went to New York. I hav...

Junior excels in German

Junior excels in German

Jonah Kupritz

April 2, 2016

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 Ethan Rickert, third from left, poses with other members of Park's band program after a Sunday performance at a senior home Oct. 25, 2015.

Ethan Brown

April 1, 2016

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

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

After signing with the National Guard, junior Aprille Lopac shakes hands with a representative Feb. 13. Lopac said she decided to join the National Guard because she wants to have a purpose as she decides on a career path.

Alec Pittman

February 25, 2016

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

Basement Beats: The band Crosswalk practices in drummer Ian Lockhart's basement

Sophia Skinner

January 12, 2016

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

Junior Samara Ray sings during the Black History Month performance.

Hannah Goldenberg

October 25, 2015

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 ...

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