The Echo

Drone team recognized statewide

After the traditional state championship for drone racing was cancelled due to COVID-19, Hydra FPV transitioned to a virtual event. Senior Rafe Covin and junior Clayton Horstman placed first in the team competition May 17 and senior William Schwietering and junior Marcos Tapia Vizcarra finished in fifth, according to drone team advisor Mark Miller.

Marta Hill

May 23, 2020

While the pandemic forced most end-of-year competitions to be canceled, including all Minnesota State High School League events, Park’s drone team was still able to compete in the state championship. Junior Clayton Horstman Olson, who placed first in the team race with senior Rafe Covin, said it was an exciti...

Boys’ swimming ends with top ten finishes at State

Junior Hayden Zheng swims the 200-yard individual medley during the boys' swimming State meet Feb. 29. Zheng won the event with a time of 1:47.75.

Tobias Khabie and Ava Ashby

March 5, 2020

After boys’ swimming finished its season at State, coach Amanda Forsberg said she was pleased with the success the team had this year. “I think it was one of our best years. We won the Conference and we were undefeated. We got second at Sections and got in the top 10 at State,” Forsberg sai...

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...

Students successful in DECA event

Junior Emma Amon places in the top 7 of her DECA event. Amon is 1 of 12 SLP DECA competitors attending the state DECA competition March 1-3.

Colin Canaday and Harris Keekley

February 11, 2020

Competing at a DECA district competition Jan. 27, many students competed for spots at State. 15 students ended up moving on to State, according to DECA adviser Sophia Ross. According to Ross, the students have been practicing for the district competition all year in class and outside of school. “We’ve...

Debate puts in extra work for State

Coaches Aedan Helwig and Richard Shmikler answer sophomore Semona Robel's questions during their final debate practice on Dec. 6.

Grace Schultz

December 13, 2019

Junior Kaylee Quick was proud of how her teammates performed after the JV debate team went to State Dec 6. “My team overall did very well, especially the novices,” Quick said. “However, I didn’t do my best because state is a really traditional tournament.”  Debate tournaments consist...

Girls’ swimming competes in finals Nov. 16

Junior Elie Grassley competes in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:23.53 minutes, placing 16th overall. Park competed at the State finals Nov. 16. at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota.

Marta Hill

November 16, 2019

After placing second in the 100 yard breaststroke at State Nov. 16, senior Hattie Kugler said going into State she was fully invested in the meet. “This is my last race ever because I’m not going forward with (swimming), so I was just like why not make it the best I can have,” Kugler said. ...

Park loses in fourth set to Lakeville North

Junior Raegan Alexander spikes the ball to the opposing team. Alexander says, “Even though we were tired, we pushed through and played better each game.

Colin Canaday and Harris Keekley

November 9, 2019

Following the win against Moorhead Nov. 8 in the State consolation semifinals, Park lost to Lakeville North Nov. 9 with a set score of 1-3. According to junior captain Hannah Howell, going into the game Nov. 9 the goal was to repeat the strengths from Nov. 8. “We knew we wanted to play how we...

Information to know for the Nov. 9 volleyball State match

Junior Faith Johnson waves to the student section during the introductions before the Nov. 9 State match. Johnson plays as a right-side hitter.

Maggie Klaers

November 8, 2019

Following a victory against Moorhead Nov. 8, Park will face Lakeville North in the consolation bracket championship match. If Park wins, they will be fifth overall in the State tournament....

Volleyball falls to Eagan

Senior captain Makaila Winward tips the ball over the net Nov. 7. Park will move on to play Moorhead Nov. 8.

Colin Canaday and Harris Keekley

November 7, 2019

Park volleyball battled through a difficult game against Eagan at the Minnesota State High School Tournament Nov. 7, eventually losing in three sets. Senior captain Makaila Winward said the importance of the game didn’t change its playing style. “We came into it as if it was just another game...

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