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Superintendent meets with Student Advisory Council

Senior Jordyn Turek and sophomore Amal Abdi attend the District Student Advisory Council held Jan. 16.

Ryan Barnett

January 23, 2020

After attending Superintendent Astein Osei’s District Student Advisory Council meeting Jan. 16, senior Jordyn Turek said she was happy with the outcome of the discussion. “The meeting went really well. We always have a lot to talk about and discuss,” Turek said. “Mr. Osei is really good a...

Talmud Torah hosts commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

City Council member 
Nadia Mohamed tells a story about her experiences with race Jan. 15. City Council members and senior Amaya Fokuo spoke to students at Talmud Torah of Minneapolis about Martin Luther King Jr. and his relationship with Jewish leaders.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

January 16, 2020

After speaking to families at a Jewish commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, chairman of the Human Rights Commission and senior Amaya Fokuo said she was invited to speak to share her views on youth activism and relate it to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “I worried for a second to the point w...

SOAR initiates discussion

Sophmore Kendrick Ross Jr.  reflects on his experiences with race and identity while his peers listen intently at the Students Organized for Anti-Racism event Nov. 25. Senior Amaya Foku leads the conversation throughout the meeting.

Maria Perez Barriga and Gabriel Kaplan

November 27, 2019

As freshman Sharon Lunasilva reflects upon the in-school Students Organized for Anti-Racism event, she said she hasn’t always felt comfortable discussing race in school, but the event gave her the opportunity to talk about her experiences. “As a mixed person, race is something that I’m really passio...

Intersectional Feminism Club hopes to inspire society

Senior Lauren Schmelzer collaborates with fellow Intersectional Feminism Club members. She shares her thoughts regarding the gender wage gap.

Lilly Strathman and Grace Schultz

November 26, 2019

After discussing problems with the wage gap during the Intersectional Feminism Club meeting Nov. 21, senior and club leader Ally Feller said she thinks talking about these issues will help fix them in the community. “There are a lot of issues in society about women not being held as highly as men...

Intersectional Feminism Club talks vocabulary

Freshman Laniyah Thorn ton expresses her anger regarding the use of homophobic and gender-based insults around school during the Intersectional Feminism Club meeting Oct. 24

Sofia Seewald, Maddie Schutte, and Emma Leff

October 25, 2019

After discussing the sexist connotations behind profanity in the Intersectional Feminism Club meeting Oct. 24, freshman and club member Laniyah Thornton said she wants to become more conscientious about her vocabulary. “I never thought about insults being gender-based, because when I use them or w...

SOAR kicks off year by attending community panel

Juniors Izzy Kanne and Zoe Younger participate in a community discussion led by the Community Education Advisory Council Oct. 11 at the Rec Center. As members of SOAR, they attended this event to discuss racial issues in St. Louis Park.

Sofia Seewald and Maggie Klaers

October 13, 2018

As a member of the Students Organized Against Racism club, junior Amaya Fokuo said she was impressed by the community discussion held at the Rec Center Oct. 11, as it brought awareness to important racial issues. “Last night we learned a lot about microaggressions, which was really interesting,” Fokuo said. “...

Book Club reads dystopian novel

Book club members discuss

Alexis Machoka

January 17, 2018

When picking out the book for this month’s Book Club meeting, club adviser Ellen George said many factors determine which book the club will read. “Picking the books is pretty much recommendations, and sometimes I hear about a book and it has great reviews and seems like it would be wonderful to read,” G...

Socio-Political club president looks to expand group

Co-presidents and Seniors Eli Curran-Moore and Ryan Lee formed the club early this year and recently passed on the torch to junior Cailey Hansen-Mahoney.

Avia Kaner-Roth and Esther Gendler

December 13, 2017

Senior Ryan Lee, co-founder and co-president of the Socio-Political Discussion Club, said his interest in politics pushed his decision to start a club that embodied student discussion. “I’m interested in politics, and I think that the club is a really good way to talk about social issues and pol...

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