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Park hosts alternative Graduation ceremony

Graduate Elliot Rickert greets friends and family during the car parade June 23. St. Louis Park celebrated the graduation ceremony in the high school parking lot June 23.

Gabriel Kaplan

June 24, 2020

Graduating senior Emma Roloff said the social-distancing style graduation ceremony felt strange to her, though only due to the unique set up of the event. "I can't really describe the feeling. It's just so different and just so out of like the ordinary," Roloff said. "Surreal is pretty good (word ...

Interactive parking lot Graduation to be held June 23

Principal Scott Meyers and assistant principal Jessica Busse take pictures of senior Elizabeth Reuter after delivering her Graduation box May 27. A car Graduation ceremony will take place June 23 in the parking lot at Park. Speakers and other video elements will be projected onto large screens.

Talia Lissauer

June 14, 2020

Since the class of 2020 was unable to have a traditional Graduation ceremony, senior Shayla Miller said she is glad Park is having multiple events to honor the seniors including delivering caps and gowns, a virtual celebration and a parking lot ceremony. “I think the school did the best of the si...

Alumna starts SLP COVID-19 Quarantine Archive Project

Photo illustration by Molly Schochet.

Molly Schochet

June 6, 2020

While history often only reflects the voices of people who are in power, Park alum Jamie Halper decided to combat this by creating the SLP COVID-19 Quarantine Archive Project to give Park students the opportunity to give their voice a spot in history. “Typically high school students or people who...

Minnesota is not ready to reopen

Minnesota is not ready to reopen

Molly Schochet

June 4, 2020

Governor Tim Walz announced the first step in reopening Minnesota May 14, loosening the stay-at-home order to allow more small businesses and retailers to open their doors, according to the Star Tribune. As soon as I heard the news, I became concerned. While places like restaurants and salons still have so...

‘BIZ-ingo’ drives customers to support small businesses

“BIZ-ingo” is a free event every 7:30 p.m. Saturday night on the Isolation ‘BIZ-ingo’ Facebook page.

Ayelet Prottas

May 29, 2020

As many small businesses have been struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, business owner’s Angie Avestruz and Megan Gaffney decided to create “BIZ-ingo” to help drive traffic to the struggling businesses. Avestruz said the purpose of “BIZ-ingo” is to unite the community in an online sett...

Dealing with loss brings takeaways

Dealing with loss brings takeaways

Isra Mohamed

May 28, 2020

Recently, my family and I lost our close family friend due to COVID-19 and it has been very rough on everyone in my family. This was my first time experiencing a death in my inner circle, so I felt a rush of emotions like anger, sadness and relief that she was not battling the virus anymore. Thr...

Social distancing fun with friends

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.

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 safe and vigilant, here are a few suggestions of ways to have fun while distanced. ...

Recovery from COVID-19 must prioritize climate action

Art by Sophie Livingston. As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must prioritize climate action. Many have proposed policies such as the Green New Deal to address both economic and environmental issues.

Gabriel Kaplan

May 24, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, declining greenhouse gas emissions and the return of wildlife to quarantined cities have offered the United States a sliver of hope. Once the crisis is resolved and America is left to jumpstart its ailing economy, we must center environmental reform in any stimulus package....

Social distancing still vital for everyone

Social distancing still vital for everyone

Isra Mohamed

May 22, 2020

As the stay-at-home order expired on May 18, it is frustrating to hear some people are deciding to stop social distancing.  I find it unfair some are staying at home and following rules while others are hanging out in groups of 10 or more.   Although I understand it can be boring to stay at home, ...

COVID-19 cancels Minnesota State Fair

In an announcement May 22, state fair general manager Jerry Hammer announced the Minnesota State Fair will not be opening summer 2020. The last time the state fair was closed was in 1946 for the polio epidemic.

Talia Lissauer and Marta Hill

May 22, 2020

For the first time since 1946 the Minnesota State Fair will not open their gates for the summer of 2020, according to state fair general manager Jerry Hammer.  “This isn’t a difficult decision. It’s the only decision. It’s the right thing to do. As we go through this strange summer, we’re extremely grat...

Movies about widespread disease provide parallels to COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) talks on the phone with someone amidst her research to understand the source of the flu-like disease spreading throughout the world. The movie

Ruthie Posada

May 20, 2020

With the current COVID-19 pandemic underway, several movies characterized by widespread infection have resurfaced as viewers compare and contrast the movies with our current situation. Two movies I’ve recently had the privilege to see are “Contagion” and “Outbreak,” both following doctors and scie...

Seniors await Graduation plans

Park alum Natalia Caraballo gives her classmate a hug during Graduation June 6, 2019. After Gov. Tim Walz banned all large in-person commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic May 8, Park had to reevaluate its Graduation plan.

Talia Lissauer

May 19, 2020

Breaking down in tears of frustration was the only way senior Shayla Miller felt she could react after discovering that Gov. Tim Walz banned all in-person graduations in Minnesota due to COVID-19 for the class of 2020. “I know that Graduation is only applicable to a small number of people in comparison ...

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