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Concussions prompt football retirement

Concussions prompt football retirement

Adin Zweigbaum

January 22, 2020

My hand shakes as I click the arrow and send, ending my football career forever. There were a lot of factors that played into this decision, however, the primary reason for quitting football was the fact that the risk was far greater than the reward. As a person who has suffered two traumatic head injur...

Club sport sparks involvement

Club sport sparks involvement

Ruthie Posada

January 7, 2020

As a sophomore, I knew I needed to be more involved in school activities, frequently finding myself bored. I wanted to join a sport, but I didn’t know if I could handle the serious competition. After attending Herzl Camp for the past six summers, the camp’s most treasured sport, ultimate Frisbee suddenl...

Club synchro teaches life lessons

Club synchro teaches life lessons

Isabel Kjaer

December 13, 2019

I have always loved swimming. The feeling when you first get in the pool and touch the waves makes my heart race. It feels like I’ve been swimming my entire life, starting with lessons when I was 4 and then moving on to synchronized swimming. I started synchronized swimming in third grade with my...

Ball chasing brings new perspective

Ball chasing brings new perspective

Anna Benishek

October 10, 2019

This past summer, my parents received an email from my club soccer coach asking for girls ages 14-16 to ball chase at the new Allianz Field. At first, I was confused as to why the Minnesota United team needed a ball chaser, but I later realized it was for the U.S. Women’s National  Team. I remember wa...

Overcoming a traumatic incident

Overcoming a traumatic incident

Adin Zweigbaum

June 7, 2019

It was the summer going into my freshman year and I was on track to play high school football for the first time. I had just a few more weeks left before I got to start playing football. July came around and I was attending the summer camp I go to every year. I was sitting down minding my own busi...

Sharing culture through dance

Sharing culture through dance

Maggie Klaers

January 17, 2019

Irish dance is a staple of Irish culture and heritage — it was around way before the Riverdance tour took the world by storm. It originated as religious dancing rituals of the Celts and developed into a more disciplined sport that combined with traditional Irish music into what we see today as mode...

Dancing despite other demands

Dancing despite other demands

Katie Hardie

December 20, 2018

For me, dance has always been a priority. But this year, the hours of homework have forced me to put it on the back burner. In the beginning of dance class we have basic training and a time for conditioning. Since school has started, I’ve had to skip it and do homework instead. Basic training is the ...

Supporting Park athletics, peers

Supporting Park athletics, peers

Jacob Stillman

March 15, 2018

So far this year has been an exceptional one for Park sports. A football Section championship and State appearance, a boys’ soccer conference title and Section runner-up and conference runner-ups for girls’ swimming, soccer and tennis were achieved by the fall sports teams. Success at State...

The effort others don’t see

The effort others don’t see

Adam Johnson

November 17, 2017

As I started taking tennis lessons with a new coach, I could tell he was different, but in a great way. He was not only able to teach me the technique required to become a better player but he also helped me to understand the importance of small details and the right attitude tennis demands. One c...

Column: Keeping my head in the game

Column: Keeping my head in the game

Racquel Fhima

October 26, 2017

Mental toughness is a skill that comes with hard work and perseverance. My experience with overcoming my mental block shaped the way I think about myself and my tennis game. As an eighth grader, my mental game was at an all time low. It got to the point where I was known to give up after losing a coupl...

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