The Echo

Theater stays positive in the face of loss

Abigail Prestholdt, Writer

February 3, 2020

Theater performed their one-act “Love/Sick” at Sections, placing fourth overall against other schools in Minnesota. Theater director Jodi Schifsky said the performance was well done and although the theater team did not do as well as they hoped, they still took advantage of the experience. ...

St. Paul Winter Carnival celebrates tradition

2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Prime Minister Christine Quandt speaks during the opening ceremony of the carnival Jan. 23. After the ceremony, people gathered in the Baileys Warming House.

Noah Orloff

January 28, 2020

While reflecting on the importance of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation event coordinator Alyssa Klahsem said the St. Paul Winter Carnival creates unity.  “It’s the traditional, celebrating St. Paul event that brings people together to experience the magic of ...

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...

Attendance numbers low following break

Junior Clayton Horstman-Olson holds the door at the entrance of the school Dec. 20. Winter break for the 2019-2020 school year was Dec. 21 - Jan. 1.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

January 7, 2020

After returning to school two days earlier than previous years, freshman Wilton Bomsta said he felt the time in school wasn’t worth it. “I didn’t really like it because I don’t feel like we did anything on those two days,” Bomsta said. “I’d rather have a longer winter break than a two-day...

Outdoor battle ends in overtime loss

Junior McCabe Dvorak checks Eastview senior Ben Malloy against the boards Jan. 3. Park 3-4 in overtime against Eastview.

Maggie Klaers and Ruthie Posada

January 5, 2020

When boys’ hockey took on Eastview Jan. 2 at the Recreation Outdoor Center, coach Andrew Sackrison said the tight matchup allowed for an enjoyable game. “It was a good hockey game. Great chances on both sides and great efforts for both sides,” Sackrison said. “Obviously would like to come out...

Staff Editorial: Shortened winter break prompts many perspectives

Snow falls in front of the new high school entrance Dec. 8. Winter break is now shorter than in previous years with students getting back to school Jan. 2.

December 19, 2019

With a shorter winter break, the Echo Editorial Board feels this change may be detrimental to students despite its benefits. For the 2019-2020 school year, winter break will last Dec. 21–Jan. 2, less than the previous year’s winter break which spanned from Dec. 22–Jan. 6. The final day of school for Park this school year is June 4, earlier t...

Choir performs at winter concert

Senior Mitchell VonEschen sings during the choir winter concert Dec. 17. VonEschen is a part of Park Singers and concert choir. Concert choir performed four songs alone.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

December 19, 2019

Concert, varsity choir and Park Singers held a joint winter concert Dec. 12. Throughout the performance, the three choirs focused on winter and holiday themed music, mainly singing independently of each other. ...

Annual Winter Solstice Walk spreads awareness on mental illness

A nature center employee walks along the nature center paths Dec. 17. Westwood Nature Center is hosting a Be The Light Winter Solstice Walk on Dec. 21. The event is to inspire people with mental illnesses to step into the light and out of the darkness.

Jayde Claussen

December 18, 2019

St. Louis Park offers their third annual Be The Light Winter Solstice Walk Dec. 21 to encourage community members to be aware that some people in the community are experiencing mental illness. Becky McConnell, an employee at the Westwood Hills Nature Center, has assisted the planning of the program. ...

Sophomore creates nonprofit organization

Sophomore Adil Ade organizes hats and gloves to prepare for his next project Nov. 20. His organization Pocket Change Foundation helps the homeless.

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

December 18, 2019

What inspired you to create the Pocket Change Foundation? I hated seeing homeless people in the streets and people suffering because they messed up in life or (experienced) a family crisis that put them on the streets. Having to go through that without having hope made me feel sad for them. Wha...

Gymnastics rolls into new season

Sophomore Ryan Rasmussen prepares to complete a tumbling pass at gymnastics practice Nov. 25. The gymnastics team’s first meet is at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at White Bear Lake Area High School.

Talia Lissauer

December 3, 2019

Preparing for her first gymnastics meet of the season, junior Rachel Stein said there are many things to look forward to for the upcoming meet. “I'm really excited to get back out there and feel the adrenaline of everybody watching you do your floor routine,” Stein said. “By the time our first mee...

Administration closes school April 11

Snow falls April 10 outside Park. According to district communications director Sara Thompson, all St. Louis Park Public Schools are closed April 10.

Marta Hill

April 11, 2019

St. Louis Park Public Schools will be closed to students and staff April 11 because of winter weather, according to district communications director Sara Thompson. “All schools will be closed and all daytime, after school and evening programs, activities and events are cancelled due to severe ...

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 ...

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