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COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season

COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season

Carissa Prestholdt

May 18, 2020

As soon as Gov. Tim Walz decided to temporarily close all schools March 18, I knew my senior year track season was not going to be normal.  After running track and field at the high school since the eighth grade, there was a possibility of my last season being cancelled. For a while, I still had...

Take time from work and go for a bike ride

Take time from work and go for a bike ride

Harris Keekley

April 24, 2020

At times like these when we have to stay inside because of COVID-19, it's important to keep moving while also maintaining a good mental state as we wait in isolation. A great way to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy  is by going for a bike ride.  When on a bike ride, you can listen to music...

Shaving head renews confidence

Shaving head renews confidence

Izzy Kanne

April 16, 2020

My hair has been one of my main forms of self-expression since I was young. Whether I cut it or dyed it, I was never policed by my parents on what I could do. I’ve gone pink, blonde, black and a lot of colors in between too, but this year I decided to start completely new and shave my head. This...

Wildlife photography changes perspective

This great horned owl visited me in my backyard last spring. I have seen great horned owls multiple times near my home. Editing has become a part of the art I create in wildlife photography. Post processing for my photos does not follow the same ethical standards of journalism — elements of a photo can be taken out at my discretion.

Noah Orloff

January 29, 2020

I take a silent deep breath as I look into my viewfinder — I am in the presence of a great horned owl, an apex predator that just landed on a perch in front of me. The adrenaline rush that proceeds, is characteristic of almost all of my wildlife encounters. For as long as I can remember, I have ...

Concussions prompt football retirement

Concussions prompt football retirement

Adin Zweigbaum

January 22, 2020

My hand shakes as I click the arrow and send, ending my football career forever. There were a lot of factors that played into this decision, however, the primary reason for quitting football was the fact that the risk was far greater than the reward. As a person who has suffered two traumatic head injur...

Club sport sparks involvement

Club sport sparks involvement

Ruthie Posada

January 7, 2020

As a sophomore, I knew I needed to be more involved in school activities, frequently finding myself bored. I wanted to join a sport, but I didn’t know if I could handle the serious competition. After attending Herzl Camp for the past six summers, the camp’s most treasured sport, ultimate Frisbee suddenl...

Trump rally and protest prompt waves of mixed emotions

Trump rally and protest prompt waves of mixed emotions

Marta Hill

November 6, 2019

The hate I felt directed toward me while trying to enter the Trump rally for Echo coverage is incomparable. The hate directed at me was based on nothing more than the fact that I was standing in a line with Trump supporters. I wish that level of hate on no one. The Trump rally Oct. 12 drew massive...

Paint nights spur ingenuity

Paint nights spur ingenuity

Maggie Klaers

March 25, 2019

Many people believe that artistic ability is a genetically built-in talent, when in fact most of the skills involved in art come from practice and repetition. Even so, art isn’t meant only for those with the dexterity to turn their own artistic vision into a reality, it is meant for everyone. A ...

Live performance encourages confidence

Live performance encourages confidence

David Bryant

December 22, 2018

Since attending my first live music show at the Depot Coffee House freshman year, I have taken an interest in being in a band. Seeing a musical side to those kids who didn't say much at school was eye opening. After finding myself back at the Depot every month or two my involvement only grew, which e...

Dancing despite other demands

Dancing despite other demands

Katie Hardie

December 20, 2018

For me, dance has always been a priority. But this year, the hours of homework have forced me to put it on the back burner. In the beginning of dance class we have basic training and a time for conditioning. Since school has started, I’ve had to skip it and do homework instead. Basic training is the ...

Age difference expands comfort zone

Age difference expands comfort zone

Isaac Wahl

December 6, 2018

Eavesdropping at a graduation party, I overheard a woman looking for a young male actor to audition for a show. We ended up talking later that day, and I could tell she was hesitant to ask if I was interested in auditioning. That turned out to be the beginning of my first professional show. After an audition la...

Playing through the pain

Playing through the pain

Emma Leff

November 1, 2018

At a cold, rainy soccer practice last April I remember lining up to kick a long ball. As soon as I had kicked it, I knew something was wrong. My quad was extremely tense and it hurt to walk. I tried to ignore it. Our tournament started in two days and I did not want to miss it. As I warmed up for ...

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