The Echo

Echo website recognized for journalistic excellence

Echo website recognized for journalistic excellence

Marta Hill

February 8, 2020

Echo was named a 2020 Online Pacemaker finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association Feb. 6. According to Gary Lundgren, associate director and coordinator of the Pacemaker competition, the Pacemaker recipients will be named April 18 at the Spring National High School Journalism Conventio...

Kara Cisco presented with award

Social studies teacher Kara Cisco speaks to her sixth hour class Jan. 31. The ceremony honoring those awarded will be March 1 at the Mankato Civics Center.

Jayde Claussen

February 7, 2020

Every year, the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies honors four teachers of the year. This year, social studies teacher Kara Cisco was presented with the award. Cisco said the award has been a positive form of recognition. “It's nice to be recognized as a teacher because it's not a profession that ...

Choir teacher announced as a candidate for teacher of the year

Choir teacher John Myszkowski speaks to his students Jan. 31. Myszkowski is currently a candidate for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

February 3, 2020

Choir teacher John Myszkowski said he was overjoyed upon hearing of his nomination for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award and feels incredibly grateful to Park for giving him the opportunity to succeed. “I'm very moved and touched by the outpouring of people that have said congratulations,”...

Sophomores accepted into All-State Choir

Sophomore Phoebe McKinney sings and dances during her zero hour choir class. Choir is preparing for their 1940's POPS concert May 29 in the High School auditorium .

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 Steve Schmitz directs a piece for his students while they practice March 10. Schmitz was recently given the distinction as a finalist for Education Minnesota's Minnesota 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

Sophomores Gabe Kaplan and Carly Joseph chat with junior, Editor-in-Chief Marta Hill about design for the opinions page April 11.

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

Senior Ayanna Nathan sings center stage with other cast members in the opening number of “9 to 5 the Musical”.

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

Sophomores Sadie Yarosh and Sophie Livingston chat with Senior sports editor Sophie Olmen during Echo period 5.

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

Fair use from NBC

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

Echo archive photograph

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 Natalie Lorentz returns the ball during a match against Minneapolis Washburn Oct. 7. The team won 4-3.

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...

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