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Sophomores accepted into All-State Choir

Sophomores accepted into All-State Choir

Abby Prestholdt

May 13, 2019

After hearing he had been accepted into All-State Choir, sophomore Leo Dworsky said he was excited to begin the program because of all the good stories he has been told about it. “From what I have heard it is a really cool experience so it'll be really cool for me as well,” Dworsky said. Sophomore...

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,” ...

Echo wins Silver Crown

Echo wins Silver Crown

Marta Hill

April 11, 2019

When senior Abby Intveld found out the Echo was awarded one of 30 hybrid category Silver Crowns by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, she said it is nice to have the staff’s hard work acknowledged. “People don’t really know how hard the staff works and how trying it is to get print out an...

Theater program receives Spotlight Awards

Theater program receives Spotlight Awards

Maggie Klaers and Sofia Seewald

January 9, 2019

Sophomore cast member Phoebe McKinney said she was ecstatic when she learned she received a Spotlight Education award. According to McKinney she worked very hard to bring her lead role to life. “I received an outstanding award. I was extremely happy because I’ve never had to take on a role that c...

Echo receives Newspaper Pacemaker Award

Echo receives Newspaper Pacemaker Award

Dani Orloff

November 5, 2018

During the fall national high school journalism convention in Chicago, the Echo received various awards for its work the past school year. The Echo won the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) National Newspaper Pacemaker Award for 2018. According to NSPA, the award looks for excellence in c...

Attention-grabbing performances take over the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Attention-grabbing performances take over the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Tjessa Arradondo

May 30, 2018

Despite being an award show, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, which aired on May 20, was jam-packed with throwback performances from artists like Janet Jackson and Salt-N-Peppa. However, the highlight of the show was the acknowledgement of the current events and gun violence happening nationwide. Kelly...

Awards night to honor graduating seniors

Awards night to honor graduating seniors

Emma Kempf

May 21, 2018

On May 23, selected graduating seniors will be presented with awards and scholarships at the annual Academic Awards and Scholarships Night, according to counselor and event organizer Barb Nelson. “I’d be curious to know how many times we’ve done this (awards night),” Nelson said. “I’ve...

Park makes America’s Most Challenging High Schools list

Park makes America’s Most Challenging High Schools list

Nicole Sanford

October 3, 2017

According to Washington Post author Jay Matthews, Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools list was originally designed to give high schools credit for offering challenging courses, despite the results of their students’ standardized test scores. “I created (the list) because I had writte...

Junior makes school tennis history

Junior makes school tennis history

Jonah Kupritz

October 28, 2015

According to girls’ tennis coach Dave Breitenbucher, one of the greatest feats in Park athletics will take place as junior Natalie Lorentz becomes the first student — male or female — to play in the state tennis tournament “It’s actually one of the most incredible things that I think has happened i...

Teacher recognized for classroom technology

Teacher recognized for classroom technology

Hannah Hein, Design Editor

December 13, 2012

Esboldt awarded TIES exceptional teacher award Spanish teacher Joy Esboldt was acknowledged for her work as she was presented with the Technology Information Educational Services (TIES) Exceptional Teacher award at the Dec. 10 school board meeting. The award is given to teachers who are active in us...

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