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Softball struggles in third game

Softball struggles in third game

Claire Bargman

April 24, 2019

As captain and senior Maddy Schmitz improved her batting in the first weeks of the season, she said she was excited to show off her hard work. Coach Bobby Crumpton said certain players had exceptional games despite losing 4-25 to Chaska April 24. “I thought (captain and senior) Sophie Olmen...

Rep. Ilhan Omar visits Park

Rep. Ilhan Omar visits Park

Dani Orloff

April 23, 2019

  Patiently waiting outside of C350 for the arrival of Rep. Ilhan Omar after hearing of the event last minute, senior Aisha Abdi was ecstatic Omar allowed Abdi and others who were not on the list into the room to hear her story. “When she came into the school, and I saw her, I was ...

Roots and Shoots paints wall for Earth Day

Roots and Shoots paints wall for Earth Day

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff

April 21, 2019

As sophomore Kaylee Quick painted the senior wall, she said her first Roots and Shoots event was a fun way to honor the upcoming Earth Day. “I thought it was a really cool idea as a way to prepare for Earth Day,” Quick said. “I also thought it was a great way to start getting more involved wi...

Yoga club gains popularity

Yoga club gains popularity

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

April 20, 2019

Sophomore Keely Berntsen said yoga club has been a comforting and centering addition to her daily routine. “I like how it’s calming and a good start to the day and it gets me in a good place for the rest of the day,” Berntsen said. “I feel better throughout the day and less stressed.” Yog...

Evening show cancellation frustrates

Evening show cancellation frustrates

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

April 18, 2019

As senior multicultural show host Sabnyyah Bilal fought to maintain the scheduled evening performance, she said she felt disrespected having to constantly stand up for her beliefs. “We weren’t consulted about anything that was happening with Prom and we didn’t know about how Pr...

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Band teacher named finalist for teacher of the year award

Maria Perez Barriga, Gabriel Kaplan, and Katie Hardie

April 15, 2019

After being nominated for teacher of the year and becoming one of only nine finalists, band teacher Steven Schmitz said he felt enthused about the nomination, but cared most about what his students think. “It’s a great honor to be nominated and to have made it this far, it’s been surreal,” ...

Boys’ golf suffers first loss

Boys’ golf suffers first loss

Sofia Seewald, Ruby Stillman, and Ethan Meisler

April 14, 2019

After losing to Robbinsdale Armstrong in the first match of the season, freshman golfer Tommy Tight said he wishes he had played better, but is able to look ahead to the next match. “I don’t think anyone was super happy with how they played yesterday, but our coach said that he liked the way no...

Instagram account made for AP teacher

Instagram account made for AP teacher

Maria Perez-Barriga

April 12, 2019

As sophomore Luci Jensen was talking with friends in the hallway, history teacher Jeffrey Cohen approached them and asked one of them to nominate him for a free Norwegian cruise given to teachers. “Cohen showed (the post) to us. I was a little confused at first because I didn’t know what he was...

Baseball wins season opener

Baseball wins season opener

Maddie Schutte and Talia Lissauer

April 10, 2019

According to coach Brian Kelly, A close tie made the game stressful for some players, but the team persevered and went home with a 1-0 win against Bloomington-Jefferson in the first game of the season. “It was zero to zero in the first seven (innings) and we were able to scratch out a run in the...

Natural Helpers hold training session

Natural Helpers hold training session

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff

April 6, 2019

As Park welcomes in the spring weather, Natural Helpers work through training, according to sophomore Natural Helper Ryan Barnett. Barnett said conversations with social workers helped students understand their role as Natural Helpers during their training day. ...

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Marta Hill, Emma Leff, and Noah Orloff

March 31, 2019

After Roots and Shoots presented to the School Board regarding the school district’s involvement with the Climate Action Plan, senior Katie Christiansen, who is the club's leader, said she felt optimistic about the reception within the community. “It felt like we were really in a space to start a conversatio...

High school holds free parent workshops over conferences

High school holds free parent workshops over conferences

Sofia Seewald

March 24, 2019

After sitting in on a parenting workshop led by Marc Hertz, the founder of Family Recovery Resource Experts, Park parent Paula Engelking said the session changed her view on certain parenting strategies. “It was helpful. I learned this whole new technique for dealing with my kids,” Engelking said...

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