The Echo

SOAR holds meeting with Mayor Jake Spano

Junior Amal Abdi talks with fellow SOAR members Dec. 2, 2019. SOAR recently held a meeting with Mayor Jake Spano discussing racism in the community.

Jordyn Deschamps

October 17, 2020

Junior and Students Organized Against Racism member Anna Overall said the club is working to begin a conversation regarding race and ethnicity. “Our intent is to kind of get the conversation going about race and ethnicity, rather than laid off the table and just left there in a way, because often in...

Newspaper highlights struggles students of color face

Newspaper highlights struggles students of color face

Isra Mohamed

March 4, 2020

When I was first approached by a student handing me a newspaper, I thought it was just a copy of the Echo newspaper, but as I looked at it more closely, I realized that it was another newspaper made by social studies teacher Kara Cisco and her students. As I started to look through The New Aboliti...

Soar meets with Mayor

February 26, 2020

Junior competes in Nordic State meet

Junior Danny Walsh competes in the Nordic State meet Feb. 14. Walsh participated in the freestyle and classic pursuit races.

Sofie Geretz

February 23, 2020

Reflecting on his performance at State for Nordic, junior Danny Walsh said the races were difficult because of the amount of competition. “It went okay, I didn't do as well as I was hoping, but it was all around a solid race,” Walsh said. "Every second basically, someone else places, so it's just...

Nordic team places in Conference meet

Sophomore Victoria Schmelzle skis downhill Jan. 7 at Theodore Wirth Park. At the Metro West Classic Dual meet, the girls placed third out of nine teams and the boys placed sixth out of nine teams. According to head coach Doug Peterson, the dual prepared the athletes for the conference meet Jan. 29.

Sofie Geretz

January 31, 2020

According to coach Pat Hartman, his favorite part of the Conference meet was seeing the girls’ team finish strong in their skate race. “I think the girls’ finishes in the skate section of the race were really good and that was pretty fun to watch,” Hartman said. According to sophomore Da...

Nordic team persists in harsh weather

Junior Max Gohman races in the classic meet at Elm Creek Jan. 24. Park boys' varsity placed third with a score of 242.

Sofie Geretz

January 27, 2020

Reflecting on a colder than average meet, senior Ella Hammerstrand said the Nordic team persisted and worked hard throughout the race. “It was super cold and we didn't even know if we were going to race because it was so cold,” Hammerstrand said. “But everyone went out there and gave it their al...

Nordic competes in large, joint meet

Sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick double poles at the start of the five kilometer race Jan. 7 at Theodore Wirth Park. At the Metro West Classic Dual meet, the girls placed third out of nine teams and the boys placed sixth out of nine teams.

Sofie Geretz

January 8, 2020

After racing in a Nordic race with significantly more competition than usual, junior and captain Danny Walsh said the stakes were much higher than average meets. “This was the joint meet with Minneapolis, so a lot more people were in each heat and it was kind of hectic the first half of the race...

Staff Editorial: SOAR meeting sparks important dialogue

Senior Victoria Caraball makes an announcement during the SOAR meeting Nov. 25. Students discusses what impact race has in their life.

December 5, 2019

The St. Louis Park community places significant value on diversity and student voices. This culminated in the meeting of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) Nov. 19. The Echo Editorial Board applauds SOAR for creating this opportunity for student voices to be heard. Conversations about race are very impo...

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...

Skiers compete at first meet after break

Sophomore Ivy Houts skis into the finish line of the meet Jan. 10 at Theodore Wirth Park. Girls' varsity placed third out of nine teams.

Kaia Myers

January 11, 2019

According to sophomore Maya Lee, the Nordic team had a successful first meet back after winter break. “Everyone seems to be doing really well and (our) technique seemed good. Everyone seems pretty happy with how they did,” Lee said. “I feel like I did alright. I wasn’t feeling as good as ...

Let’s talk race

Senior Natalia Caraballo speaks about her experiences at Park at her second SOAR uncensored forum. “I felt really good. I felt like I shared everything that I needed to in order to get my message and experience across to people,” Natalia Caraballo said.

Grace Farley and Dani Orloff

December 7, 2018

For junior Victoria Caraballo, conversations about race and equity have previously been uncomfortable, but she said open dialogue, like the un- censored race panel, fosters healthy discussions regarding race. “I think that even just starting up a conversation in class or starting a conversation ...

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