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Thousands turn out in Minneapolis to protest NFL team name

Thousands turn out in Minneapolis to protest NFL team name

November 18, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News, Showcase

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area is home to more than 35,000 members of American Indian tribes — among the largest population in U.S. cities. Given the region's history with Native Americans, there have been numerous controversies about team names throughout the years. The push to chan...

Minneapolis holds largest protest to date

Minneapolis holds largest protest to date

By Maddie Flom, Holy Family Catholic HS, Victoria, Minn.

November 18, 2014


Filed under Local & World

The largest protest to date against the Washington, D.C., NFL team name and mascot took place Nov.2, when around 5,000 protesters marched from the University of Minnesota to TCF Bank Stadium. The protesters held up signs, some saying, “No honor in racism,” “trivialization of American Indian history...

Protesters march against NFL team at the U of M

Protesters march against NFL team at the U of M

By Breandan Gibbons, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

November 18, 2014


Filed under Local & World

At 8 a.m., in 39-degree temperatures, on Nov. 2, 4,500 people gathered in front of TCF Back Stadium for the largest protest to date of the Washington football team’s name. The protest and preceding march were lead by government officials and First Nations leaders as well as other public figures. The...

Candy Prohibition: Is there a double standard?

Candy Prohibition: Is there a double standard?

By Katherine Speiker, Owatonna HS, Owatonna, Minn.

November 6, 2014


Filed under Opinions

In fundraising, it is obvious that you need to sell what people are buying. It’s the simple business of supply and demand. And in a high school, nothing sells faster than food. Not to mention that food is also one of the more fun things to sell, too. It is hard to find something else that teenagers...

Fem-vertising: The new effective advertising

Fem-vertising: The new effective advertising

By Maddie Flom, Holy Family Catholic HS, Victoria, Minn.

November 4, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Recently, “Fem-vertising” has become increasingly popular for many brands. You may have seen ads that promote women and break down gender stereotypes. Some of these brands include Verizon, Pantene, Under Armour, Always’ “#Like A Girl,” and Dove’s real beauty sketches. Fem-vertising is ...

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

By Parker Breza, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

October 29, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

When the MSHSL chose not to vote on the trans* inclusion policy this month, they didn’t just delay the ability for hundreds of trans* students to participate in high school athletics — they also sent the message that trans* equity wasn’t politically advantageous and therefore unnecessary.

Read your way across America

Read your way across America

By Kellie Lawless, Cannon Falls HS, Cannon Falls, Minn.

October 28, 2014


Filed under Books

Check out this interactive graphic, and read a summary about the book from that state.

Freshman falconer: Student gains raptor permit

Freshman falconer: Student gains raptor permit

By Frankie Vochko and Kasey Desmond

October 15, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Freshman Spencer Sweeney has dedicated her time for two years to pursue her passion and join the ranks as a permitted trainer of birds of prey.

Movie from 2014 grads wins at film festival

Movie from 2014 grads wins at film festival

By Madelyn Kelling, Owatonna HS, Owatonna, Minn.

October 2, 2014


Filed under Movies

It is a dream come true for former Owatonna High School students Ryan Huang and Maureen Gleason. The two University of Minnesota-Twin Cities freshmen have had a whirlwind summer with their film "The Root of Evil." Over the weekend of Sept. 27-28 the two attended the Catalina Film Festival and won the...

‘Maze Runner’ brings novel to life

‘Maze Runner’ brings novel to life

By Josh Mesick, St. Louis Park HS, St. Louis Park, Minn.

September 26, 2014


Filed under Movies

The only thing with more twists and turns than Wes Ball’s “The Maze Runner” is the labyrinth itself.

U.S. government refuses to recognize the volunteer work of international students

U.S. government refuses to recognize the volunteer work of international students

By Jason Kang, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

June 5, 2014


Filed under Showcase

While I’m playing the last measures of the school’s alma mater, there is a whole different subject on my mind. Each year, the President’s Service Award, a recognition for volunteers who have completed 100 or more hours of service, is presented at the awards ceremony, and I am confident that in...

Senior reported missing during spring break trip

By Ivy Kaplan, St. Louis Park HS, St. Louis Park, Minn.

April 9, 2014


Filed under News, School

Since traveling to Colorado over spring break, senior Evan McManus and his father Damian have been reported missing after hiking at Echo Lake the afternoon of April 6, according to Bill Barwick, public information officer for the Alpine Rescue Team conducting the search. Barwick said that in accor...

Profiles in Passion

Profiles in Passion

By Perry Bruder, Farhia Osman, and Chiara Kohlmayr

April 8, 2014


Filed under Profiles

Students at Edina High School in Edina, Minn., must participate in the Passion Project, a year-long research paper on a topic of their choice and a summative presentation about the research.  

Post-Secondary Education Options take students off campus

Post-Secondary Education Options take students off campus

By Lucy Li, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

April 2, 2014


Filed under Features

“What’s your major?” Senior Charlie Southwick’s fellow French classmates at the University of Minnesota asked him this question, not knowing that Southwick was part of the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. “I was like, ‘Well I’m actually still a high school stu...

Your phone can increase your productivity

Your phone can increase your productivity

By Hannah Kloos, Edina HS, Edina, Minn.

April 1, 2014


Filed under Features

Phones are often a source of distraction and can hinder productivity, but a number of apps have been created recently to do just the opposite. These apps are powerful tools to help you get stuff done and stop the dreaded cycle of procrastination. Busy schedules can make people feel overwhelmed, but...

Quirky, miniature and spiny: Students choose hedgehogs as pets

Quirky, miniature and spiny: Students choose hedgehogs as pets

By Noor Qureishy, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

March 28, 2014


Filed under Features

Among the classic cat, dog, and fish lovers, only a few dare to adopt these quirky, miniature mammals, otherwise known as hedgehogs. Senior Katherine Jones and freshman Ross Kirby are two among these fearless owners, who battle hedgehog flu and clingy (also spiny!) pets, while bearing affection f...

Downsizing the military would bring financial benefits

Downsizing the military would bring financial benefits

By Nick Cohen, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

March 25, 2014


Filed under Opinions

The Pentagon recently made an order to reduce the size of the United States military to pre-WWII levels, raising large-scale national debate on the role of the U.S. military in future conflicts worldwide. As it stands, the military is set to reduce from around 520,000 active members to somewhere betw...

Women in media: You can’t be what you can’t see

Women in media: You can’t be what you can’t see

By Maddie Flom, Holy Family Catholic High School, Victoria, Minn.

March 21, 2014


Filed under Opinions

The media contributes highly to the major problem of the under-representation of women in positions of power and leadership roles. The documentary, Miss Representation, gives the audience a shocking view of women in the media. The film, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, shows interviews of many powerful ...

Exhausted students turn to stimulants to get through schoolwork

Exhausted students turn to stimulants to get through schoolwork

By Kyoka Millard and James Birr

March 6, 2014


Filed under Health

While 20 years ago, high school students might have turned to coffee to give them focus and energy, more and more students today are turning to illegal prescription medication to help them excel at school. Typically prescribed to kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),  which are characterized by difficulty focus...

School’s new breathalyzing policy nets no violators

School’s new breathalyzing policy nets no violators

By Hannah Kloos, Edina HS, Edina, Minn.

March 4, 2014


Filed under News

In hopes to create a safe environment for all Edina High School students attending the 2014 Sweetheart’s dance, a number of new policies were instituted, including increased administration and police presence, and, most notably, random breathalyzer tests. Eighty students were breathalyzed at the dance...

Uncovering addiction

Uncovering addiction

By Kaitlyn Lemke and Jackie Gehling

February 18, 2014


Filed under Features

Heroin use is on the rise in the suburban counties of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, including in St. Francis in Anoka County. After noting the increase, seeing students struggle with addiction and experiencing deaths, the community got active.  

Self-harm is damaging but treatable

Self-harm is damaging but treatable

By Alex Boutrous and Laura Turner

January 21, 2014


Filed under Health

“Basically I started [cutting] because I was struggling with an eating disorder,” explained South student Anna (not her real name). “I was very overwhelmed and had a ton of anxiety. I felt so trapped and there was so much going on and I was so overwhelmed. I wanted to do something to feel better.” Dr....

Hockey goaltenders struggle to fill the vital role

Hockey goaltenders struggle to fill the vital role

By Will Jarvis, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

January 15, 2014


Filed under Sports

With less than a minute left in the third period against Hill-Murray, BSM goalie Jalen Long lowered his head. The Pioneers just scored their seventh goal of the game and the rowdy student section at Aldrich Arena is not cutting the junior any slack. An audible “sieve” chant starts up by a front-row...

Basketball star Tayler Hill’s school legacy lives on

Basketball star Tayler Hill’s school legacy lives on

By Maggie Fisher, South High School, Minneapolis

January 14, 2014


Filed under Sports

Many athletes come and go at South, but none so accomplished as current WNBA player Tayler Hill. It’s been five years since the basketball star graduated from South, and she is anything but forgotten. Her family is still involved in the South High basketball program, and the athletic department will hono...

Editorial: Participation grades unfairly reward extroverts

By Staff, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

January 13, 2014


Filed under Opinions

“Everyone should be contributing to our discussion,” the teacher says loudly over the quiet hum of the classroom. “Participation will be a very noteworthy part of your grade.” While some students have never even considered the implications of this type of assessment, others are left with mediocre...

Despite injuries, sophomore runner excels at state

Despite injuries, sophomore runner excels at state

By Kathleen Meskill and Zach Smith

January 10, 2014


Filed under Sports

Making it to state in any sport is an accomplishment, but sophomore Mae Fullerton overcame the odds, and shin splints, to become the first runner since 2004-2005 to represent BSM at State for cross-country. Fullerton had been a soccer player for nine years, but decided to take up a new challenge in...

Youth raise the pace with 5K runs for charity

Youth raise the pace with 5K runs for charity

By John Kinney, St. Louis Park HS, St. Louis Park, Minn.

January 8, 2014


Filed under Health

Running long distances has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, but never before have organized races been as popular with young adults, according to a October 2013 study. The study, conducted by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, more young adults are participating...

Minnesota Viking helps spread financial literacy

Minnesota Viking helps spread financial literacy

By Kyle Makey, Hopkins HS, Minnetonka, Minn.

January 6, 2014


Filed under News

This morning, the Hopkins High School media center was transformed into an NFL Financial Football stadium. Sixty students, teachers and NFL personnel attended to hear Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings was here on behalf of the NFL and NFLPA in partnership with Visa to help promote...

Senior pictures encourage superficiality

Senior pictures encourage superficiality

By Jack Youngblut, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

December 26, 2013


Filed under Opinions

If you’ve been on Facebook in the past five months, you may have noticed that some of your senior friends have gotten ridiculously hotter. And not just the pedestrian growing-into-themselves type of hot; I mean country star in a cornfield, psychedelic jeans commercials, and Italian cologne hot. Welcome...

Online site Hudl helps give teams an edge

Online site Hudl helps give teams an edge

By Joe Janey, Mounds View HS, Shoreview, Minn.

December 20, 2013


Filed under Sports

The innovating world of sports is constantly changing. Teams across the country are doing anything and everything possible in order to gain an edge over their opponents. A new way to achieve this is an online program called Hudl. Hudl allows teams to watch and analyze game footage of themselves or the...

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