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GSA provides safe space

GSA provides safe space

Ethan Meisler and Sofie Geretz

December 10, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

According to junior and GSA co-president Anika Jamison, she joined the Gay Straight Alliance in order to positively change the school’s community. “I have been involved since the middle school, and I really wanted to make a change at Park,” Jamison said. “I wanted to make St. Louis Park fe...

Writing portion of ACT and SAT tests no longer required

Writing portion of ACT and SAT tests no longer required

Ethan Meisler

October 9, 2018


Filed under News

According to the seniors’ guidance counselor Heidi Cosgrove, one reason colleges no longer require the ACT and SAT essay is due to the tests being fairly new and uninformative. “I think one of the reasons it has been optional by some schools is that it is such a subjective measurement. Colleges ...

Voter registration assembly to occur Sept. 26

Voter registration assembly to occur Sept. 26

Dani Orloff

September 25, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

According to sophomore Gabe Kaplan, the senior class will attend a voter registration assembly during their advisory class Sept. 26. “We are going to be talking with the seniors about how to register, why it’s important to vote and then we are going to have really interesting speakers who try...

How to prepare for testing

How to prepare for testing

Sofia Seewald

August 28, 2018


Filed under Student Life

The start of another school year means standardized tests are right around the corner. Here is some helpful information to make sure you are prepared for the big tests. ...

Senior finds passion in mentoring

Senior finds passion in mentoring

Maddie Lund

June 1, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Profiles

Senior IB diploma candidate Samyu Yenamandra said she knows that ACT testing is an anxious time for most students and wanted to do something to alleviate the stress. “I wanted to start because I had gotten tutored and it really helped me and it was really easy for me to do it because I had all of ...

ACT club advertises prizes

ACT club advertises prizes

Jenna Cook

February 12, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

Junior co-president of Achieving Change Together Yonah Davis said he thought by involving companies like Muddy Paws Cheesecake and Ben and Jerry’s, he could inspire students to donate winter gear for STEP. “We just wanted to motivate students to bring in winter gear and help the community and...

Free ACT no longer available after this year

Free ACT no longer available after this year

Alexis Machoka

February 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The ACT, a required test for most college acceptance, will no longer be free at Park starting next year. Not offering the free ACT at the school will put students who come from lower income families at a disadvantage — students who already have it hard enough will now have one more thing to worry abou...

2018 to be last year of free ACT

2018 to be last year of free ACT

Emma Kempf

January 18, 2018


Filed under News

According to district director of assessment, evaluation and research Prachee Mukherjee, this February is the first year the state will not reimburse all students for the February ACT. “As of (this) spring, what the state has said is that it will reimburse all students who are eligible for free and r...

ACT club fundraises winter gear for STEP

ACT club fundraises winter gear for STEP

Evelyn Nelson

December 19, 2017


Filed under School clubs and activities

With the temperatures dropping, sophomore Morgan Graves said she felt inspired to create a difference for her community this winter season. “I know so many kids just don’t have mittens, and they are really important to keep warm, especially because they want to be able to play with their friend...

Junior scores 36 on ACT

Junior scores 36 on ACT

Sumaya Mohamed

November 9, 2017


Filed under Student Profiles

Going in to take the American College Testing Sept. 9, junior Jack Ostrovsky said he felt confident because of all the hard work he put into studying over the summer. “I took a lot of practice tests and then I reviewed my answers that I got wrong so I wouldn't make the same mistake the next time,”...

Park lacks National Merit Scholars

Park lacks National Merit Scholars

Yonit Krebs

October 13, 2017


Filed under Student Life, Uncategorized

After discovering his grade is the first in several years to not have any National Merit Scholars named, senior David Salamzadeh said he thinks the lack of National Merit Scholars does not accurately represent his grade’s academic abilities. “I think standardized tests are an interesting way ...

ACT focuses on volunteering

ACT focuses on volunteering

Breanna Thompson, Hayley Westwood, and David Bryant

October 3, 2017


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

  According to junior Achieving Change Together co-president Yonah Davis, the purpose of the club is to provide students throughout the school with volunteer opportunities. “(ACT will) take your hours for you, we'll coordinate the events and all you have to do is show up which makes volunteering ...

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