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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 ...

Minnesota bans in-person commencement ceremonies for class of 2020

The class of 2019 throws its caps in the air after graduation June 6. Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education announced May 8 that large scale in-person graduations are prohibited for the class of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talia Lissauer

May 8, 2020

This story is updated as of 6 p.m. May 8.  Park announced in 6425 News May 8 that the in-person Graduation for the class of 2020 set for June 23 will not be happening at the St. Louis Park High School Stadium after receiving the guidance from the state. “St. Louis Park High School is committed to the Jun...

COVID-19 interrupts commencement  

Park alum Jake Olson receives a diploma during Graduation June 6, 2019. According to 6425 News, this year’s Graduation has been rescheduled to June 23.

Talia Lissauer

May 1, 2020

After receiving feedback from seniors and community members through an online survey and Google Meet, Park announced May 1 in 6425 News that Graduation has been postponed to 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the St. Louis Park High School Stadium. Graduation was originally scheduled for June 2. “This year's gradua...

Aquafins performance recognizes seniors

Seniors Ella Hammerstrand and Mia Miller perform a pop-up during Aquafins show Feb. 8. The annual Minnesota Aquafins show consisted of 17 performances from all age groups.

Grace Schultz

February 9, 2020

Reflecting on her favorite part of the team, senior Annie Breyak said Aquafins has connected her with people she admires.  "All of the people and friends I've made and all of my coaches are such good role models, so it's really nice having them in my life," Breyak said. Aquafins, St. Louis Pa...

Important senior meeting dates, times

Seniors cheer at the Homecoming pep fest Sept. 20. There will be meetings throughout the school year for the senior class to discuss graduation.

Kate Schneider

November 12, 2019

Throughout the school year, seniors will be meeting to learn more about graduation and prepare for the ceremony. Listed here are the dates and times with an overview of the content at each meeting. ...

Seniors join new sports

Senior Caitlin Seamen plays tennis against Bloomington Jefferson High School Sept. 16. This is Seamen's first year on the team.

Sofie Geretz

October 6, 2019

According to senior Caitlin Seaman, she decided to join tennis for the first time this year because she thought it would be an enjoyable experience with her friends. “I decided to join tennis my last year because I wanted to do a fall sport and some of my good friends play,” Seaman said. “I...

A curtain call for theater

Senior Nietzsche Deuel passes down her legacy to freshman Kenzie Peschong June 4. Theater had its end of the year banquet, in which they voted for a new Thespian Society president and said goodbye to the seniors.

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

June 5, 2019

Sophomore Evelyn Chlebeck said hard work with her fellow thespians this year has given her long-lasting relationships. “It’s a really welcoming and happy group,” Chlebeck said. “When you work so hard with a group of people on a project, or specifically a show, you really get a connection with...

Staff Editorial: New Graduation speakers allow for inclusivity

Graduate Ben Baaken celebrates with his fellow graduating seniors of the 2018 class. The 2019 seniors will be graduating June 6 at the Stadium.

June 5, 2019

Because we are an upstanding community, we must strive to ensure all voices within our community are heard. Every year families of high school students come together for Commencement and expect to hear the year’s valedictorians speak. However, this class’s 11 valedictorians voted to allow other...

District discusses options after cancellations

According to St. Louis Park Public Schools Superintendent Astein Osei, the weather-related cancellations and delays have jeopardized the senior class' ability to fulfill state instructional requirements. Osei said the district is working to create a plan if additional winter delays or cancellations occur.

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

March 8, 2019

As senior Zoey Zachek heard the senior class may need to make up instructional hours because of weather-related cancellations, she said she is concerned how the district will arrange to fulfill state requirements.   “I was not aware of that. I want to graduate,” Zachek said. “That worries me ...

Senior all night party changes venue, price

The senior party will be at Bowlero in Eden Prairie on June 6. Bowlero has features such as bowling, an arcade, and laser tag.

Kate Schneider and Talia Lissauer

January 23, 2019

According to Aquila media specialist and teacher Joanne Bongaarts, a group of volunteers get together annually to put on a final party for the senior class the night of graduation. “Every year a group of parents and caregivers come together to put on a celebration for the seniors that are graduatin...

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