The Echo

Black Lives Matter protests continue

A group of young protesters protest racial injustice and police brutality at a family-friendly protest June 25. Protesters gathered from 5-6:30 p.m. at the France Ave. bridge over Hwy 62.

Maggie Klaers and Molly Schochet

June 26, 2020

One month after the death of George Floyd, Park students continue to participate in Black Lives Matter protests. Rising junior Ezra Hudson said he came to the June 25 protest to continue to work toward change.  “It's important for us to get out here and push the movement forward. The only way we'...

Park hosts alternative Graduation ceremony

Graduate Elliot Rickert greets friends and family during the car parade June 23. St. Louis Park celebrated the graduation ceremony in the high school parking lot June 23.

Gabriel Kaplan

June 24, 2020

Graduating senior Emma Roloff said the social-distancing style graduation ceremony felt strange to her, though only due to the unique set up of the event. "I can't really describe the feeling. It's just so different and just so out of like the ordinary," Roloff said. "Surreal is pretty good (word ...

Drive through yearbook distribution to be held June 25-26

Echowan staffers senior Sara Wojtasiak and junior Lauren Whiteman bag groceries Jan. 19 at Cub Foods. The club hosted the fundraiser to raise funds for the year.

Adam Gips

June 23, 2020

Keeping with tradition, Echowan announced in the 6425 News it would distribute yearbooks June 25-26, but with safety precautions in place. Senior Rakesh Plantz said he is happy Echowan could keep the yearbook distribution tradition alive as most of the end of the year traditions are being canceled o...

Interactive parking lot Graduation to be held June 23

Principal Scott Meyers and assistant principal Jessica Busse take pictures of senior Elizabeth Reuter after delivering her Graduation box May 27. A car Graduation ceremony will take place June 23 in the parking lot at Park. Speakers and other video elements will be projected onto large screens.

Talia Lissauer

June 14, 2020

Since the class of 2020 was unable to have a traditional Graduation ceremony, senior Shayla Miller said she is glad Park is having multiple events to honor the seniors including delivering caps and gowns, a virtual celebration and a parking lot ceremony. “I think the school did the best of the si...

Community unites to recover, remember

After having a passionate discussion about covering up graffiti, two volunteers fist bump May 30. The volunteers discussed the value of covering up graffiti even if it were to be redone.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

June 10, 2020

After attending various protests, donating to the cause and helping paint a mural commemorating George Floyd, senior Miriam Hope said while it is unfair to judge someone for the ways they choose to act, she feels people must do their part to help Minneapolis recover.  “Don't be a bystander, co...

Gallery: Family-friendly memorial organized in St. Louis Park

A group of protesters June 4 walk across a bridge on Louisiana Ave. holding signs that say “Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter.” Protesters gathered for the “SLP: Honoring George Floyd - peaceful/socially distant gathering” at the pedestrian bridge on Wayzata Blvd between Winnetka and Louisiana and the Louisiana Ave. bridge.

Maggie Klaers and Talia Lissauer

June 5, 2020

A group of protesters June 4 walk across a bridge on Louisiana Ave. holding signs that say “Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter.” Protesters gathered for the “SLP: Honoring George Floyd - peaceful/socially distant gathering” at the pedestrian bridge on Wayzata Blvd between Winnetka and Louisiana and the Louisiana Ave. bridge.

A time capsule of a historic senior year

Senior ladies lead a chant to cheer for the football team at the Homecoming football game Sept. 20. Seniors pumped up the crowd as Park played against Spring Lake Park.

Marta Hill and Maggie Klaers

June 2, 2020

The graduating class of 2020 was robbed of the normal “senior experience;” this class did not get to have a senior Prom or a Graduation, but also did not get an opportunity for closure as this chapter of their lives came to an end.  Every year, in its final print issue, Echo publishes a li...

George Floyd memorial organized in St. Louis Park

Seniors Victoria Caraballo and Selena Nejib lead a group of Park students and alumni from the St. Louis Park City Hall building back to the overpass May 28. The memorial began 5:30 p.m. and continued into the evening.

Talia Lissauer and Marta Hill

May 29, 2020

Hundreds of community members joined together at the intersection of Minnetonka and Highway 100 May 28 to remember George Floyd. The most active participants were current Park students and recent graduates, according to senior Gabriella Thomas. And for her, attending this memorial was important beca...

‘I can’t breathe’: protesters unite against police violence

Two protesters show strength with one carrying a “Black Lives Matter” flag while the other raising a fist. Following the death of George Floyd May 25, protesters gathered to honor Floyd and fight against police violence.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

May 27, 2020

The image of black men being mistreated by police has become so common for junior Rahwa Berhane that she said just by seeing the thumbnail of a white police officer kneeling on a black man's neck, she didn’t have to watch the video to know what was happening.  Berhane said she feels obligate...

COVID-19 cancels Minnesota State Fair

In an announcement May 22, state fair general manager Jerry Hammer announced the Minnesota State Fair will not be opening summer 2020. The last time the state fair was closed was in 1946 for the polio epidemic.

Talia Lissauer and Marta Hill

May 22, 2020

For the first time since 1946 the Minnesota State Fair will not open their gates for the summer of 2020, according to state fair general manager Jerry Hammer.  “This isn’t a difficult decision. It’s the only decision. It’s the right thing to do. As we go through this strange summer, we’re extremely grat...

Interim principal announced for Park

In a statement May 19, Superintendent Astein Osei announced Wendy Loberg as the interim Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Loberg is set to being in the position in July.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

May 19, 2020

In a statement posted by St. Louis Park Public Schools, Superintendent Astein Osei announced Wendy Loberg will fill the vacancy left by Principal Scott Meyers beginning in July.  “In her past leadership experiences, Wendy has demonstrated the ability to implement effective strategies, to elevate st...

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