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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...

Seniors sit in their rows for graduation rehearsal. Rehearsal was held at 12 p.m. June 8 at the field house.

Graduation information

Shaydi Falcon June 8, 2021

The 2021 Park graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. June 8 at the Oriole stadium. Each graduate received eight tickets, and only ticketed guests will be admitted at entrance. Gates to the stadium...

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...

Noam Helpern wearing one of Henry Salita's masks. Freshman Henry Salita sells masks on Instagram.

Freshman starts selling masks

Colin Canaday May 17, 2021

What sparked the idea for selling masks? My teacher asked me (to come up with) something relevant and something that people need, and, clearly, we’re going through a pandemic. So I thought selling...

Junior Bennett Kouame catches up on homework during Park Connections May 14. Gov. Tim Walz said despite lifting the mask mandate, people will still be required to wear masks in school.

Walz removes mask mandate

Jacob Khabie and Tobias Khabie May 16, 2021

When she first heard about Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to repeal the state-wide mask mandate May 14, junior Emily Hoffman said she felt unsure about Walz’s decision, as it could help or hinder the state of...

Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

May 8, 2021

Gov. Walz announced the end of most pandemic restrictions by May 28 — including the mask mandate by July 1. Considering the continuous decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Echo...

Sophomore Kamryn Halley walks to class May. 7. The mask mandate in Minnesota is planned to be lifted July 1.

COVID-19 restrictions rolled back

Tobias Khabie and Jacob Khabie May 7, 2021

After Gov. Tim Walz announced rollbacks on COVID-19 restrictions, freshman Noah Leventhal said although the roll backs may be a little too early for his liking, he is overall pleased. “Since most...

Post-pandemic world requires change to systems

Post-pandemic world requires change to systems

Tenzin Gyaldatsang April 30, 2021

As we hopefully get closer to the end of the pandemic, many practices like wearing masks daily and social distancing will slowly become obsolete. Even though practices like these won’t be necessary after...

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...

Art teacher Angela Jacob helps a student during art class Feb. 23. Park started 50% capacity hybrid learning Feb 22.

Hybrid learning worthwhile despite challenges

Gabriel Kaplan February 24, 2021

Three days into Park’s second try at hybrid learning, all seems to be going well. The decision to transition into in-person learning Feb. 22 was the right one to make, considering declining COVID-19...

Junior Blake Anderson passes the ball during boys’ basketball tryouts Jan. 4. Masks must be worn at all times including during games.

Sports return after five week hiatus

Ayelet Prottas, Ava Ashby, and Abby Prestholdt January 4, 2021

Five weeks after Gov. Tim Walz paused all youth sports Nov. 21, winter sports were allowed to return to practice Jan. 4. The restart to sports, however, comes with COVID-19 precautions including a full-time...

Volleyball players celebrate after scoring a point Nov. 12. All athletes must wear facial coverings when games return Jan. 14.

Department of Health implements mask mandate for sports

Jacob Khabie December 29, 2020

When senior and hockey captain Erin Brousseau and her teammates heard about the new mask mandates surrounding the return of high school sports on Jan. 4, they were concerned about how it would affect their...

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