Best of SNO

Stories from St. Paul Academy and Summit School
The show must go on: virtual orchestra performance brings home the music
Coronavirus

Elle Chen | May 20, 2020

Stripped of one of the few chances a year that they get to perform and showcase their hard work, one could say the students and teachers participating in the Music Department had one of the biggest…

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Doctor explains how outside affects social distancing
Coronavirus

Elizabeth Trevathan | May 18, 2020

Minnesota’s current Stay at Home order expires May 17, then enters a “Stay Safe MN” strategy. The state recommends elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions to continue staying home…

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The world is low on PPE, and the superheroes are doing their best
Coronavirus

Hazel Waltenbaugh | April 15, 2020

There is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical and healthcare workers around the world, including locally in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, due to the COVID 19 outbreak. The World…

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[STAFF EDITORIAL] Social distancing is essential to combating COVID-19
Coronavirus

The Rubicon and RubicOnline Staffs | March 18, 2020

During a pandemic, going to large social gatherings – or even just seeing friends – is a selfish act. The most effective way to fight COVID-19 is to stay home in order to protect the community as a whole….

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Sanders rally energizes Minnesota voters ahead of Super Tuesday
News

Nikolas Liepins | March 5, 2020

Hours before Super Tuesday, presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) rallied Minnesotans in a “Get Out the Vote” concert at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

After former South Bend…

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China trip cancelled amid Coronavirus concerns
Coronavirus

Bobby Verhey | March 3, 2020

Every two years, each language facilitates an exchange with a school in a foreign country. The goal of these trips is to give students a firsthand experience of using the language and seeing the inner…

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“Bedroom pop”- the young artists changing the music industry, and Generation Z, through self-production
Arts & Entertainment

Evelyn Sampsell-Jones | February 26, 2020

People find magic in music because they are able to relate to it. This is the reason why different genres come into prominence as times change- the Silent generation (born 1925-1945) loved big band and…

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Iowa caucus trip offers insights into political process
News

Melissa Nie | February 6, 2020

Loading duffel bags and suitcases into a coach bus on the morning of Feb. 3, students going on the Iowa caucus trip embarked on a two hour trip to Mason City to see Sen. Amy Klobuchar speak at her rally….

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[STAFF EDITORIAL] Resist parroting parents’ opinions
Opinions

The Rubicon Staff | February 5, 2020

High school is a period of transition, of gained independence in preparation for the “real world” outside of school. But beyond the emotional growth, American teenagers also experience a change in…

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Loppet Foundation promotes outdoor equity
Features

Tommy Verhey | February 3, 2020

The Loppet Foundation is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Minneapolis. Loppet began their foundation in 2002, in Theodore Wirth Park. They hosted a Nordic skiing event, and from that moment…

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Omar talks foreign policy and historic first term
News

Nikolas Liepins | January 27, 2020

Chants of “send her back!” erupted at one of President Trump’s rallies last July. Now, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar — who represents Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District — has spun it into…

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Mac Miller’s posthumous album <em> Circles </em> blends new and old
Arts & Entertainment

Henry Burkhardt | January 27, 2020

Mac Miller’s death in September of 2018 was a massive shock to the hip-hop community he helped cultivate.  Miller was working on a new project before he died, and recently, Miller’s producer Jon Brion…

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Fight for facts over World War III Memes
Opinions

Martha Sanchez | January 23, 2020

With President Trump’s recent decision to kill Iranian leader and military director Qasem Soleimani came a social media panic.

The killing caused two days of nervous tensions with the U.S. unsure…

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Numbers don’t belong at the holiday table
Opinions

Quinn Christensen | December 2, 2019

As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder, here is what my holiday calendar looks like:

1. Thanksgiving: Field comments about my weight, my health, and what’s on my plate. 

2. Christmas:…

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[STAFF EDITORIAL] Whose land are we on?
Opinions

RubicOnline Staff | November 26, 2019

We don’t often think about indigenous people unless something significant is happening in the news or if a holiday is coming up—recently, Indigenous People’s Day in October and Thanksgiving next…

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U.S. will officially withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
News

Elizabeth Trevathan | November 13, 2019

President Trump officially began the year-long process of removing the United States from the Paris Agreement on Nov. 4. He announced his plan and stopped making efforts to meet the United State’s Paris…

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Greta Thunberg vs. the thousands of people who came before her
Opinions

Elizabeth Trevathan | October 16, 2019

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish, sixteen-year-old activist that took America by storm with her speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. In her TED talk published on Feb. 13, she…

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St. Paul Safety erodes as gun violence continues
News

Lara Cayci | October 16, 2019

A man who was found in a rolled over vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head on Oct. 6 in St. Paul’s West Side has been confirmed dead. St. Paul Police confirmed the news Monday and identified the man…

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Climate strike unites Minnesota youth
News

Liv Larsen | September 24, 2019

“Hey hey, ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go. Hey hey, ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go,” a crowd of nearly 8,000, mostly students, chanted yesterday morning as they marched from the Western Sculpture…

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Conquering the stigma: Lehtinen’s journey of mental health
Features

Isabel Saavedra-Weis | April 24, 2019

Here’s what senior Nik Lehtinen wants you to know about him. He wears a lot of baseball hats. He’s funny, or likes to think he is, and always has some jokes to crack if class ever gets a little dry….

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$1.2 million gets you into Yale? Students aren’t surprised
Admissions Scandal

Noah Raaum | March 20, 2019

Students at St. Paul Academy and Summit School are all too familiar with the many facets of a college application: test scores, academic records, references and essays. None of these, however, guarantee…

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Students show growing dismay after month-long government shutdown
The Shutdown

Noah Raaum | January 31, 2019

One month in
Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a day of celebration, service and progress—marked the 32nd of the longest government shutdown in United States history. Over the course of a month, numerous…

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A day in the life: Donovan makes time for skiing
Sports

Melissa Nie | January 3, 2019

An avid skier since age three, senior Bailey Donovan’s schedule during the ski season is a busy one.

Donovan is on the Alpine team as well as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, or the USSA. She…

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Video

Mimi Geller | December 20, 2018

On the eve of the Pops 2018 Concert, students from band, orchestra and choir took to the Huss Stage to rehearse the show’s grand finale. The Pops Concert is a free event that will take place Dec. 7-8 starting…

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Brooks seeks to inspire by completing Ph.D.
Features

Ellie Nowakowski | December 3, 2018

US librarian Kate Brooks is proving that the difference between an academic librarian with and without a Ph.D. in German lies in the experience. Brooks began to work towards her Ph.D. in 2000 when she…

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Video

Lizzie Kristal | October 31, 2018

It was kindergarten at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School, and the day was my favorite day out of the whole year: Halloween. In class we had a huge celebration. We played games, ate candy corn, and best…

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Civic duties must be accessible to students
Opinions

Lucy Sandeen | October 11, 2018

An effective democracy relies on its citizens’ civic participation, especially that of its young population. Voter participation primarily relies on registration rates. On Aug. 8, the St. Paul City Council…

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Therien rocks the stock market
Features

Noah Raaum | October 5, 2018

The daily fluctuation of arrows, points, and symbols on a stock ticker in the heart of Wall Street is of no concern to high schoolers. They should put their attention towards summer jobs: perhaps scooping…

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Larsen connects with voters as a congressional candidate intern
News

Chloe Morse | October 1, 2018

What combines a competitive congressional race, personal connections, and advocating for what you believe in? For senior Kaia Larsen, the answer is an internship with the Angie Craig campaign.

At the…

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