The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Masks should be required in public, even if vaccinated

Masks should be required in public, even if vaccinated

Gillian Kapinos March 21, 2021

For every 100 people in the United States, 32 of them  have received at least one dose. The pandemic is finally starting to come to a close. Many places like Texas, Mississippi and Florida are rushing...

Seniors Claire Bargman and Olivia Etz ski at the track during Nordic’s first practice Jan. 4. The Nordic team has been split up into four pods with 25 people each.

Staff Editorial: Students should reevaluate their pods

January 15, 2021

With new changes in the community like the return to sports across Minnesota, the pod size of students has steadily grown. Opinions vary in the definition of what a pod is and how big it should be. The...

CDC guidelines help keep the spooky holiday going

CDC guidelines help keep the spooky holiday going

Gillian Kapinos October 29, 2020

The year 2020 has been unlike any year we’ve seen, as COVID-19 is making the future quite uncertain. With the holidays coming up, I’ve been wondering what’s the best way to go about celebrating? Earlier...

Art by Emmy Pearson. Since the stay-at-home order has been lifted, friends and families want to get together while still maintaining a safe distance. Some activities that make this possible are bike rides, car circles, hammocking, campfires and picnics.

Social distancing fun with friends

Emmy Pearson May 27, 2020

With summer around the corner, and the stay-at-home order being lifted, it can be tempting to get in close contact while hanging out with friends. If you want to get together with friends while staying...

Being an essential worker during COVID-19

Being an essential worker during COVID-19

Ryan Barnett May 14, 2020

Working as a high schooler is a great idea for any teenager. It’s a good way to meet new people, make some money and gain valuable experience in the workforce. I’ve been an employee at YoYo Donuts...

Art by Emmy Pearson. 
Recently there has been an increase in COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, allowing for more cases to be confirmed in the state.

Breaking down the surge in COVID-19 testing

Talia Lissauer and Maddie Schutte May 13, 2020

Minnesota's new $36 million COVID-19 testing strategy has given rise to a new level of confusion surrounding the severity of the virus, the rate at which it spreads and what these numbers mean for the...

In a time of social distancing, playgrounds around Minnesota remain empty. Gov. Tim Walz announced May 13 that the stay-at-home order will be allowed to expire May 18 and will be replaced by a Stay Safe order. Walz also signed four Executive Orders aimed at reopening the economy safely.

Stay Safe Minnesota: Walz allows stay-at-home order to expire

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer May 13, 2020

Protecting public health and economic stability was at the forefront of Gov. Tim Walz’s mind as he signed four Executive Orders May 13 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We believe that we...

Protesters have reason to be concerned

Protesters have reason to be concerned

Tobias Khabie April 27, 2020

When Minnesotans took to the streets of St. Paul to protest Governor Tim Walz’s stay at home order after being prompted by President Trump, I dismissed these protesters as nothing more than irrational....

Photo illustration by Emily Ziessman. A homemade mask should cover ones mouth and nose tightly as well as lay flat on both sides of the face. Masks should be machine-washed frequently.

Step-by-step instructions for homemade masks

Maggie Klaers April 17, 2020

On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a recommendation that all people wear some form of face covering in public settings, especially in places where social distancing...

Sophomore Henry Nelson runs in the Metro West conference championships. Nelson finished the 5 kilometer race with a time of 19:16.

Athletic passions continue despite COVID-19 pandemic

Henry Nelson April 8, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world, I was immediately concerned about my track and field season and if it was still going to take place. Throughout the school year, I had been looking...

Photo used with permission from junior Marissa Boettcher. “This is my setup. I don’t have a desk in my room so I had to get creative. I used two TV trays (idk what they’re called) and put a cute blanket over it. I also decorated with some accessories so that my work space wouldn’t be bland,” Boettcher said. To submit your digital learning set up, send a picture and a few sentences about how digital learning is going to slpecho on Instagram.

Distance learning shifts amid schools closing

Grace Schultz April 7, 2020

  As schools close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way students learn has shifted to online. According to junior Anna Bauer, online school prompted students to overcome new challenges with...

Art by Maggie Klaers. COVID-19 is labeled as a “novel coronavirus” but COVID-19 is not the first coronavirus. SARS in 2003 and MERS in 2012 are other coronaviruses that have had significant outbreaks before COVID-19.

How COVID-19 compares to previous coronaviruses

Colin Canaday April 7, 2020

COVID-19 has had a drastic effect on society, closing schools, and even some public beaches and pools throughout the summer. A coronavirus is defined as a  “family of single-stranded RNA viruses that...

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