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Stories from Minneapolis South High School
MMIW Movement gets support from South community
News

Rayna Acha | February 28, 2020

On February 14th the streets in Ventura Village and East Phillips neighborhoods in South Minneapolis filled with red. But it was not to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it was to recognize the thousands of Indigenous…

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Despite immense global impact, BTS doesn’t receive the recognition they deserve
Arts & Entertainment

Caleb Stipkovits | February 25, 2020

International sensation BTS just dropped a new album, Map of the Soul: 7.  The album, according to Forbes, sold over 4 million copies in preorders, and the total sales number has been increasing since…

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Grant funding threatens sex education resources
News

Maya Edmonds | February 4, 2020

By June 30th, 2020, the grant from the federal government for sex education will run out and Hennepin County will stop receiving money, meaning Minneapolis Public Schools won’t have the necessary funding…

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Insider trading; South’s neglect of technical careers
Opinions

Tannen Holt | January 22, 2020

There is a wide variety of viable post secondary options. Whether you want to further your education or head right into the workforce, no productive option is necessarily a bad option. Among these options…

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Prince’s ‘Purple High’ lives on through his vaulted music
Arts & Entertainment

Hayley Morgan | January 17, 2020

Despite Prince’s passing three years ago, his legacy continues to live on. Prince’s music has had a major impact on the world, and his death has opened the public eye to many interesting aspects of…

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South choir is an outlier in the choral world, yet still has far to go with gender inclusivity
Features

Graham Doyle | January 9, 2020

South is known for its accepting culture of trans and non binary students. The school has made big strides to be inclusive, including creating a gender neutral bathroom and adopting gender neutral language….

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More colleges are taking an anti-test stance for admissions
News

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride | December 2, 2019

Increasingly more colleges and universities are beginning to change policies requiring SAT/ACT scores on their admission applications. With studies proving the drastic stress these tests bring students,…

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Saying that mental illnesses are invalid contributes to worsening mental health in adolescents: The truth according to my experience.
Opinions

Norah Austin | November 19, 2019

*Trigger warning: Suicidal ideation and self harm are mentioned in this article. If you believe this will trigger you, please don’t read! I want the best for your health and I certainly don’t want…

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“Are we prepared to fight for one another?” South students attend Bernie Sanders rally
News

Erika Peterson | November 11, 2019

On Sunday, November 3, Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally with Ilhan Omar in the Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota. Several South students were in attendance to see their representative…

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Challenging gender roles in football; Chloe Olson is recruited to be new kicker
Sports

Guille Bastain McClain | November 6, 2019

This fall season, junior and captain of the women’s soccer team, Chloe Olson was persuaded into being the kicker for the football team. She was the only girl on the team and has turned a lot of heads….

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Corcoran neighorhood housing crisis showcases affordable housing problems in Minneapolis
News

Rayna Acha | October 28, 2019

Winters with no heat, flooded apartments, bug infestations; for the past decade, tenants in five buildings in the Corcoran neighborhood have been fighting their landlord against evictions, lack of maintenance,…

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Students confront disparity between support at men’s games vs. women’s games
Sports

Nick Auckenthaler | October 24, 2019

Gender inequalities in sports are something many people notice but don’t pay much attention to. However, during this soccer season, this disparity was really brought to center field. Why is it that there…

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Volleyball team faces adversity when taking a knee during the national anthem
Showcase

Hayley Morgan | October 23, 2019

As South’s volleyball team runs to the bench after finishing their warm-up before the Robinsdale Cooper match, they are pulled into a huddle by their head coach, Tori Tomlinson. Tomlinson tells the girls…

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South High brushes up on an old mural
News

Mia Swanson | May 17, 2019

The mural along the practice field at South High will be replaced by the end of this school year. Over the past 18 years the mural has been there, the paint has begun to chip away from the wall and the…

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Meditation provides a ‘mindful moment’ for students after a stressful morning
Features

Erika Peterson | May 9, 2019

English teacher Elizabeth Johnson has recently started doing a ‘mindful moment’ during the first five minutes of her afternoon classes to promote mindfulness and allow students to calm down. Johnson…

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An order of depression with a side of courage? Hold the stigma
Opinions

Suad Adam | May 5, 2019

“Wa kibiirtaay. Quraan saar aa ubaahantahay” (You’re acting up. You need to be prayed upon). This is a phrase that I often hear from the older generation whenever I choose to express our feelings…

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Beloved Principal Ray Aponte will leave South on a high note
News

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride | May 1, 2019

On March 19, beloved Principal Ray Aponte made a huge announcement: with the end of the 2018-19 school year, he will officially end his time as principal of South High. Aponte has served as South’s Principal…

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Advocating for the needs of Somali families is becoming a bigger priority at South
News

Ellie Barnett-Cashman | April 14, 2019

For the first time ever, Somali families were invited to South for a meeting specifically oriented to discuss the needs of Somali parents for South students. The room was filled with supportive parents,…

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For the Avres, wrestling is a family affair
Sports

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride | April 5, 2019

February 28th to March 2nd was Minnesota’s high school state wrestling tournament. This year two South High wrestlers qualified for the competition, brothers senior Brian Avre and sophomore Daniel Avre….

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“Revelations” shows South students African American history through dance
Arts & Entertainment

Maya Edmonds | April 1, 2019

On Wednesday March 13th, South students went to go see a dance performance by the Alvin Ailey American dance theater at the Northrop Theater.

Many students in South went–some from the dance department…

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What does it mean to be an activist?
Opinions

Sophia Manolis | March 14, 2019

Last year, when survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida stepped up in grief and trauma to advocate for more sensible gun laws, the media latched onto them and…

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Why school doesn’t prepare us well enough for the real world
Opinions

Patrick Bruch | March 11, 2019

What we learn in school is different for all of us, but it is meant to provide skills and information that serves as a base for almost any career or life path. Although this is the idea behind education,…

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Sisters-N-Tech; a women’s club for computer science and gender equity
Features

Charlie Chinander-McFaul | March 2, 2019

Sisters-N-Technology is an after school club based around encouraging and cultivating young women’s interest and skill in computer science. Sisters-N-Technology provides the materials, time, and guidance…

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Genesys Works program offers a leg up on job skills training for current juniors
News

Norah Austin | February 27, 2019

A new opportunity has opened for current juniors at South. Now through March 1st, any junior who would like is able to apply to Genesys Works, a job skills development program.

This program is meant…

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‘Voices’ showcased its latest work of six documentary films
Arts & Entertainment

Caleb Stipkovits | February 27, 2019

The students from the class Voices showcased their latest work last Tuesday night. The result? Six creative films, varying from the topics of the Minneapolis homeless encampment ‘tent city’ to the…

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The Return of the One Acts
Arts & Entertainment

Charlie Chinander-Mcfaul | February 17, 2019

One act plays are making a return to South High School after last year’s budget. “I think it’s really bad, the one acts were originally a way for the school to make money in the first place,” said…

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Meet Kena DeRose, South’s very own drag queen
News

Katherine Lundquist | February 10, 2019

Strutting down the dim halls of South, emitting confidence, positivity, and sass is junior Haakon Anderson, the youngest working drag queen in Minnesota.
It started for Anderson a year ago during a drag…

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What Swing Night means to South
Features

B Fei | January 28, 2019

Bright lights coloring the drab commons. Tasteful delicacies lining the lunch tables, served by none other than alumni, parents, and faculty. Shiny marbles and flower petals strewn across the tables draped…

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South students urge Governor Walz to take action on climate change
News

Erika Peterson | January 26, 2019

On Wednesday, January 9, around fifteen South students joined over 100 other youth from across Minnesota to meet with Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency…

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Social media: helpful or harmful?
Features

Norah Austin | January 22, 2019

An average teen spends more than 6 hours a day using screens for purposes of entertainment, with much debate surrounding the positives and negatives of this usage.

Screen time usage by teens is primarily…

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South’s ceramics program gives students the opportunities to advance their skills and future careers
Arts & Entertainment

Ellie Barnett-Cashman | January 2, 2019

Successful careers in the arts are often judged to be unrealistic, but with South’s incredible arts program, many students plan on pursuing an arts career, specifically in ceramics.

Senior Elizabeth…

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South sports in jeopardy after recent budget cuts
Sports

Eamonn Briem | December 18, 2018

Over the past 2 years the entire district has been facing harsh budget cuts that have severely affected various school sports in a multitude of ways, “It’s hard to cut from what we had because we have…

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K-pop brings a new voice to America
Arts & Entertainment

Mia Swanson | December 18, 2018

Being Korean means being ugly, idiotic, and always the butt of a joke. Or at least that is what I was told from others when growing up. For the most part, I’m fairly white passing. However, there have…

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Coming to a neighborhood near you: the 2040 plan
News

Elliot Askari-Rabe | December 14, 2018

Depending on where you live, you might not be a stranger to those large, multi-story apartment buildings that seem to be popping up all over the city. And depending on your views, you might not like it,…

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The South High paradox: diverse, yet divided
Opinions

B Fei | December 5, 2018

As a freshman, I gawked at the diversity of our school. The colorful faces of the open house immediately reeled me in; I had classmates that looked like me and didn’t look like me. As someone who grew…

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Large tent camp brings public attention to MPLS homelessness
News

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride | December 3, 2018

Along the walls near Highway 55 and Hiawatha, close to the Little Earth Housing Complex, a large camp of tents occupied by homeless individuals and families has been growing.

The camp started in May…

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