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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

SOAR members hold discussion regarding global refugees in the media March 16. Recently, news outlets have told skewed narratives.

SOAR talks global impacts of racism

Char Priadka and Johanna Kaplan March 24, 2022

In the midst of unrest surrounding Ukrainian refugees, Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) met to discuss the ways in which racism shows up in international broadcasting. While analyzing news reports...

SOAR members protest at an event hosted by the club April 12. The group hopes to hold more in-person events this coming school year.

SOAR eager to start the new year

Maren Wilsey, Zoe Ziessman, and Tobias Khabie September 30, 2021

As the new year kicks off, Students Organized for Anti-Racism (SOAR) is preparing to welcome new students. The club's adviser, Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens said she is looking forward to the perspectives new members...

Senior Lauryn Hill talks to interim principal Wendy Loberg during third lunch April 26. Loberg made herself available to talk to students during lunch.

SOAR holds open mic forum

Andrea Melear and Talia Lissauer April 27, 2021

Seeing an opportunity to amplify the voices of students of color, and to normalize conversations about race in school, sophomore Stayci Spates attended the open mic forum during Park Connections and lunch...

Protesters hold up a justice for George sign at a protest June 4. Former police officer Derek Chauvin is being charged for the murder of St. Louis Park resident George Floyd.

Derek Chauvin trial begins

Jacob Khabie March 10, 2021

Attempting to put her emotions aside in fear of being let down later on, senior Grace Kanyinku prepares herself for the trial of Derek Chauvin. “Until I see the result of (the trial), I don’t really...

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.

SOAR holds meeting with Mayor Jake Spano

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...

Director of assessment, evaluation and research Silvy Un Lafayette and junior Helen Tefera listen to junior Iqra Abdi share her opinion during the SOAR meeting Feb. 24. SOAR met with the superintendent and his administration to discuss issues surrounding race in the district as a whole.

SOAR discusses racial, cultural issues

Grace Schultz and Ryan Barnett February 29, 2020

While reflecting on the meetings conclusions senior Zoe Younger said she is optimistic for change to be seen in the curriculum after hearing her peers’ testimonials. “The experiences of multilingual...

Soar meets with Mayor

February 26, 2020

Issue 4, Dec. 9

Issue 4, Dec. 9

December 19, 2019

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

Staff Editorial: SOAR meeting sparks important dialogue

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...

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.

SOAR initiates discussion

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...

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.

Let’s talk race

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...

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