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Going maskless feels unnatural

Going maskless feels unnatural

Harris Keekley June 10, 2021

After about a year in quarantine and having to wear a mask at all times, when I visited Wisconsin, one of many states that have lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated people, it felt really awkward. All...

Park seniors embrace and celebrate graduating June 8. Seniors then celebrated at Park Tavern to close out the year.

Class of 2021 graduates

Jacob Khabie and Amelia Mickelson June 9, 2021

Graduate Ivy Houts was not expecting to have a normal graduation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, after this unprecedented school year, Houts said having an in-person graduation appeased her...

Vaccinated people must wear masks

Vaccinated people must wear masks

Nora Hall June 8, 2021

With about 2,602,326 Minnesotans now completely vaccinated it is starting to feel much safer to be outside and with friends. Since the vaccine lowers the chances of people to get the virus, the mask mandate...

Photo illustration by Lauren Thon. Walking on trails is one of many COVID-19-safe summer activities.

COVID-19-safe summer activities

Tenzin Gyaldatsang June 3, 2021

As the school year winds down and summer begins, taking advantage of the nice weather is a must-do this year. COVID-19 regulations are starting to be lifted as more of the population receives vaccinations.  A...

Going maskless is freeing

Going maskless is freeing

Gabriel Kaplan June 1, 2021

I knew the pandemic was coming to an end when she sneezed into my mouth. I had just finished shopping at Costco. She was the cashier and I was the customer, both vaccinated and both maskless. We were...

Senior Olivia Lainsbury waits to receive her cap and gown June 2. Senior graduates were able to receive their cap and gown June 2.

Cap and Gown distribution set for June 3

Tobias Khabie and Oliver Smith June 1, 2021

Assistant principal Jessica Busse said she felt bittersweet after putting together a day full of festivities for Cap and Gown distribution June 3. While she is excited for the seniors to enjoy the event,...

Colleges requiring vaccine is unproblematic

Colleges requiring vaccine is unproblematic

Colin Canaday May 31, 2021

With the recent surge in COVID-19 vaccine accessibility, many Minnesota colleges are requiring vaccinations for in-person attendance starting in the Fall of 2021. These requirements ensure the safety of...

Grateful to have a normal graduation

Grateful to have a normal graduation

Maria Perez Barriga May 27, 2021

As my senior year is coming to an end, hearing the news that administration would allow us to have a normal graduation, I felt overjoyed. I am glad knowing that I have been given the opportunity to graduate...

Juniors Crystal Spencer and Sihirah Reese work on their assignments in the Learning Lab May 25. All students are able to opt-in to selective pass/fail grading for second semester.

Pass/Fail option to stay for second semester

Jacob Khabie May 27, 2021

After hearing Park’s plans to keep a pass/fail option in place for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year, sophomore Scarlett Burkhart felt relieved for her friends who were struggling throughout...

Senior Ari Braveman sings behind Junior Jada Macklemore. Park Singers held a concert May 21.

Choir overcomes challenges

Katie Nelson May 26, 2021

A unique performance space, including specialty masks and COVID-19 restrictions, were just some of the barriers faced by Park’s choir this weekend. Park hosted its first in-person concert in 15 months...

Prom 2021 was an unforgettable experience

Prom 2021 was an unforgettable experience

Lilly Strathman May 24, 2021

Senior prom has always been such a milestone in my eyes. From seeing my sister have one, to all of the movies that center around the event, it always was so important. Heading into prom May 15, I set very...

A historical prom brings positive change

A historical prom brings positive change

Jayde Claussen May 20, 2021

After a year in a global pandemic, Park has reshaped prom as we've known it. From cheaper ticket prices to a scaled down location, a long awaited prom is here for the better. During the height of COVID-19...

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