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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

Sophomore Eleanor Cruz drinks an energy drink at lunch Feb. 22. Continual consumption of drinks with a high caffeine content can lead to negative health effects.

Caffeine usage brews ahead

Serena Bovee, Writer February 26, 2024

According to the National Library of Medicine, 86% of high school to college students drink a caffeinated beverage at least once a month. With caffeine being a prominent stimulant in our society, is the...

The Escape the Vape Challenge started on Feb. 1 and participants can submit content until Feb. 29. The submitted videos will then be voted on, and after all the rounds have finished the winners will be announced on May 7.

Cash prize for Escape the Vape Challenge

Roberto Alvarez, Staffer February 22, 2024

The Escape Vape Video Challenge, a youth vaping prevention contest, is a way for students attending middle schools and high schools throughout Minnesota to participate in making a video on why vaping in...

Image used with permission by Maya Nieves. Smoky air causes smog-filled skies on Aug. 24. The smoky air throughout the summer led to discomfort when going outside.

Smoky summer skies

Eliah Fink September 16, 2023

This summer many people have noticed some problems with the air quality. By June 27 of this year, a Minnesota record was broken when the state received its 23rd air quality alert of the year. Even beyond...

Freshman Brett Middleton gets temperature taken on Nov. 29. Sickness has been spreading around the school in the past few weeks.

Sickness around school

Ari Lissauer and Jamar Hester Jr December 5, 2022

As illness has spread throughout Park post-Thanksgiving break, students have had trouble with their school work, feeling a range of cold-like symptoms to some contracting the flu.  School nurse Suzanne...

Math teacher Chad Austad teaches a class during hybrid learning Nov. 10. All Park staff members are now eligible for free COVID-19 testing every two weeks.

State provides free COVID-19 testing for educators

Jacob Khabie February 22, 2021

After hearing about the new state plan to provide free COVID-19 testing to teachers, social studies teacher Mike Nordean felt satisfied with the actions the district has taken. “I think having the...

Photo illustration by Gabriel Kaplan. According to Ninth Grade Counselor Barb Nelson, class registration for next fall will take place in Park Connections a few weeks into the second semester.

Class registration to begin shortly

Gabriel Kaplan January 25, 2021

Junior Robert Perelman said he likes the idea of registering for next year’s classes in Park Connections, as Ninth Grade Counselor Barb Nelson said is planned, because it gives purpose to a class that...

Students study in the lunchroom Dec. 16. Virtual learning can have negative effects on both mental and physical health.

Unintentional consequences emerge during virtual learning

Adam Gips and Talia Lissauer January 1, 2021

As Park spends its first semester in the distance and hybrid learning models, students' screen time has significantly increased. With this surge, students have felt the mental and physical ramifications. ...

Photo illustration by Abigail Prestholdt.

COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Minnesota

Grace Schultz December 15, 2020

The COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Minnesota Dec. 14. Individuals classified in group 1A (those on the front lines of treating COVID-19) will be the first to receive the vaccine. It is expected to take months...

Photo Illustration by Claire Bargman. Practicing yoga in your backyard is a great option during quarantine. YouTube and various yoga apps are a great way to start yoga for the first time or improve your skills.

Ways to practice yoga

Claire Bargman May 1, 2020

With everything going on right now, finding a new hobby or workout routine can keep you grounded. For me, yoga has offered that. Since yoga classes are cancelled, apps and YouTube videos are the best option....

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