Adapted Soccer – Highland (H) vs. Humboldt (V)

Photo From Adaptive Soccer - Highland (H) vs. Humboldt (V)

Yesterday’s game against Humboldt was a game not to be missed. The HPSH Adaptive Soccer team beat Humboldt 9-2. It was an exciting game which was enjoyed by all. The HPSH Friendship Club organized a group to attend the game and cheer for the Scots. They made posters and along with their enthusiasm, really made the game extra special. Congratulations to the Adaptive Soccer team for their win!

Head Coach – Mr. Sahli
Assistant Coach – Ms. Korf

# Player Position Grade
4 Henry Westby D 11
5 Jackson Lachappelle D 11
9 Tim Faughnan C 11
10 Tina Randle G 12
11 Conor O’Meara W 10
12 Gabe Boldon D 11
14 Stephanie Kampa W 11
15 Jack Kelly F 11

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October 2013 Honors Ceremony

On Thursday and Friday in the morning, students with a GPA higher than 3.30 were invited to celebrate their success with their parents ant their peers. Sophomores and Juniors celebrated on Thursday, and Seniors celebrated on Friday. Parents who wished could watch the ceremony and congratulate their student afterwards with a cookie.

It was even more pleasing for students who had a GPA higher than 3.74 and received High Honors. Even more pleased were the students who received High Honors two times in a row. If a student receives High Honors two times in one year, he or she can receive a letter in academics.

If you didn’t get Honors or High Honors, it’s not too late! This ceremony was for second semester of last year! Keep up grades and try your best and you could get High Honors for both semesters this year.

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Foreign Exchange Student Welcome Party

IMG_2484Thursday during 6th Hour, Ms. Rise and her IB Geography SL class held a welcome party for the foreign exchange students that are here at Highland this year. We have seven students from seven different countries, and one student that was an exchange student last year and is back in America on a three week visit. Ms. Rise and her class planned the party at the beginning of the year as a way to integrate the students into the Highland community and to make them feel welcome. They each decided to bring a standard American food to show the foreign exchange students some examples of “classic American cuisine.” American foods brought to the party included: Cherry Coke, Kemps Cookies and Cream Ice Cream (Minnesota connection), McDonalds cheeseburgers, homemade snickerdoodle cookies, and pumpkin pie.

It was a great party and it was mutually enjoyed by everyone in attendance. Being a geography teacher at an IB World School, Ms. Rise passionately believes in foreign exchange programs and the power of being able to learn so up close and personal about the experiences of high school students in different parts of the world. Here’s the list of exchange students we have at Highland for the 2013-2014 school year:

Name Country
Mohammad Jordan
Nadia Indonesia
Luis Spain
Dima Ukraine
Cecilie Norway
Marcel Hungary
Maria Guatemala

Photo From Foreign Exchange Student Welcome Party


If you would like to learn more about the foreign exchange program at Highland, you can contact Ms. Rise in Room 2201, or at: / 651.744.3890

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Featured Activity – The Giving Tree (HPGT)

A new club was formed at Highland! The HP Giving Tree (originally named Philanthropy Club) held it’s first meeting in Ms. Menke’s room (2203) Thursday after school. The mission of HP Giving Tree (HPGT) is to give back to the community, here at Highland and elsewhere. The name of the club was inspired by the classic children’s picture book “The Giving Tree”, written by Shel Silverstein.


At today’s meeting, an overview of the club was presented to the group. Through projects and community service, HPGT strives to spread the importance of giving back. A good chunk of time was spent brainstorming different topics as well as everyone introducing themselves and getting to know each other. If you’re interested in learning more about HPGT, talk to Ms. Menke or come to the next HPGT meeting: Thursday October 31st (Halloween candy will be present!) right after school in Room 2203. 

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Varsity Volleyball – Highland (H) vs. SPA (V)

Wednesday night’s Girls Varsity Volleyball game vs. the SPA Spartans was the last game of the season for this year’s Lady Scots. Going into the game, both teams were closely ranked so a suspenseful game was to be expected. Many of the games were close, however the SPA Spartans prevailed in the end, advancing in Sections.


Head Coach of the Varsity Volleyball Team, Coach Kramer, shared her thoughts with us regarding the game and the season as a whole: “We played well as a team last night and stayed positive and continued to work hard point for point.  We walked away with heads held high knowing we had a great season with a record of 17-8.”

As always, the Highland school spirit was incredibly apparent in the stands. Members of the C-Squad and JV Volleyball teams were there to support the players as well as other HPSH students, staff, parents, and community members. Once again, Ethan Aune (10) lead the HPSH Student section in various cheers, keeping the Highland spirit alive and well.

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Even though Highland didn’t win, everyone couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments of the Highland Girls Varsity Volleyball team. Their dedication and genuine love of the sport was always apparent from a spectators point of view. Congratulations to the Lady Scots Varsity Volleyball team for a fantastic season:

(# – Name, Position, Grade)

3 – Chelsi Her, DS, 12 (Graduating Senior)

6 – Emilia Czapiewska, OH, 10

7 – Allison Kurtz, S, 11

8 – Molly McMahon, OH, 11

9 – Emma Muter, RH, 12 (Graduating Senior)

10 – Edith Kamau, MH, 12 (Graduating Senior)

11 – Lydia Thompson, MH, 12 (Graduating Senior)

12 – Meagan Blair, OH, 10

14 – Annie Conzet, S, 11

19 – Alex Linssen, DS, 10

21 – Maria Nelson, OH, 9

23 – Adriana Cardenas, MH, 11

25 – Justice Voss, MH, 10

26 – Nina Bielinski, DS, 11

51 – Leah Hunt, DS, 11

As always, here’s a few pictures from the game. #ScotsNation always and forever:

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The Plaid (On)Line?

A few weeks ago, a mysterious box was anonymously dropped off at the office of Highland Park. Within it, a hodgepodge of peculiar papers. Some were carefully sorted in chronological order, others waiting to be unearthed and dusted off like fossils. Some yellowed and faded by time, others more boisterous and flashy in style. But mainly, there was words. All full of them, so many. Words. The box was lugged up to room 2205, where Ms. Hanson deposited it in the hands of Ms. Lingofelt, the newly-appointed school newspaper adviser.

Numerous, forgotten editions of The Plaid Line had come home.

I had walked into Ms. Lingofelt’s room last month for the second meeting of the school newspaper with a renewed sense of hope. Despite a limited number of people showing up for the last meeting, I could see the potential. The potential of The Plaid Line actually being something other than a complete and utter flop, like the previous year. The possibility of The Plaid Line actually mattering to the student body, of making a difference. I was excited by talk of finding a place in cyberspace; the establishment of a website that could and would reach further. “Starting from scratch!” I had dreamt.

I hadn’t known, I never knew of what had been, until I was introduced to the archives of The Plaid Line. With the first edition being printed in 1964, The Plaid Line strived to bring the Highland Park Senior High community closer. Of course, the newspaper staff members and advisers changed systematically. Inevitably, The Plaid Line evolved. I saw this evolution first hand, taking some time to page through the hundreds of articles.It was hard not to smile at an article from 1965 by Claudia Winters, “Senior’s Hives Buzz With Much Activity”, highlighting a student whose hobby was beekeeping. I was astonished by how that pyramid I pass every morning after getting off the bus meant so much to the students of 1994, who were upset at its almost abolishment. Their protest was documented in “No More Pyramid?” by Elizabeth Geery. I couldn’t help but laugh at an article from 2002, “Movement to DVD” by Garrett Tiedemann, which observed the transition happening in video stores from VHS tapes to DVDs. As I read more and more, I couldn’t help but wonder why this fascinating testament of Highland’s history fell apart. These articles transcend time, and define what should be: a school newspaper enrichment of the high school experience. I became determined to restore The Plaid Line to its original glory, because we as students deserve as much.

However, I cannot do it all on my own. We need you. If you don’t think you could help out, you’re wrong. At The Plaid Line, we are going to strive to provide a little bit of everything, so if you are interested in anything, that means you can help out. As much as it would be great to get more people on The Plaid Line, there is something we need from you even more: your support. Please check out our website often for new, exciting content, follow our Twitter, or receive notifications by email. The Plaid Line wants to serve all Highland Park Senior High students, staff, parents, and alumni. This is possible, but only with your endorsement of the new, online Plaid Line. Please tell your friends, and have those friends tell their friends, and so on and so forth. Spread the word: The Plaid Line is back. And just in time for its 49th volume.

Look familiar? This is a photo pulled from the 1974 October edition of The Plaid Line, showing students milling about the courtyard before school starts.
Look familiar? This is a photo pulled from the 1974 October edition of The Plaid Line, showing students milling about the courtyard before school starts.


Varsity Volleyball – Highland (H) vs. Como (V)

Tuesday night’s volleyball game in the Highland gym was an event full of team spirit and fan pride. The Lady Scots Varsity team were up against the Como Cougars for a final game that determined conference position. Lots of fans were in attendance as well as parents, community members, other HPSH staff members, and the HPSH band. There was quite the crowd.

Highland Student Section
Highland Student Section
Friends gathered before the game - Julia Munoz (11), Erin Gallagher (11), Izzy Rojas (10), and Emma Dombrow (10)
Friends gathered before the game – Julia Munoz (11), Erin Gallagher (11), Izzy Rojas (10), and Emma Dombrow (10)

Around 6:55, Coach Kramer and the rest of the team gathered on the gym floor to honor seniors Emma Muter, Lydia Thompson, Edith Kamau, and Chelsi Her by presenting them with handmade blankets made by the rest of the team, as well as sharing kind words about each departing senior. It was a great way to send them off and to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments as members of the team.

After the honoring of the seniors, the long awaited event happened: the throwing of the candy. As each player was introduced, they would throw candy into the stands. It was much enjoyed by all, except if you were hit by an unexpected flying morsel, in which case… well, it could have be worse.

After all the introduction procedure, it was time for the game to start. The Lady Scots got off to a great start, but it was clear from the beginning that Como was going to put up a fight. The first game was close, however Highland pulled it off, scoring 25-23 to win the first game.

Moving into the second game, the team seemed energized, fired up, and ready to go. After Como made it clear that they weren’t going down without a fight, the Lady Scots knew they had to step up their game. After lots of intense back and forth, Como ended up winning the second game 25-22.

At this point, the crowd knew that since a team has to win three games, we would be there for at least another two games. Sophomore Ethan Aune took it upon himself to be the “cheer master” for the Highland student section. He did a phenomenal job. Highland student fans were in some serious need of some cheer organization so it was so awesome when Ethan stood up and took charge. Very well done.

Highland Athletic Director Ms. Galligan and Ethan Aune (10)

Following the second game, the Lady Scots fought for revenge and succeeded by winning the third game with a score of 26-24. This win seemed to give Como the energy to ramp up their strength and to do everything they could to try to pull of a win. One notable part of the game was Sinead O’Duffy of Como’s extremely unique serve that had previously never been seen by many. It sure was interesting to observe. Como’s increased strength, along with the introduction of a seemingly power serve, lead Como to victory with a 25-13 win.

Annie Conzet (11, #14) setting up a spike

The fifth and final game fast approached. This was the deciding game to see which team would win the series of games that evening. On the fifth and final game, a team is only required to reach a 15 point threshold before being officially declared the winner. The Lady Scots put up an excellent effort but in the end, Como prevailed 15-7.

Despite the loss, everyone agreed that it was a great evening. The fabulous team oriented dynamic always displayed by the players and parents is truly amazing, even after a heartbreaking loss. As always, the Highland fans remained positive and continued to show their endless pride and passion for fellow scots. After every high stakes sports game, there’s always many tweets that describe an appreciation for the family like dynamic among the student body at Highland. That couldn’t of been more apparent last night. #ScotsNation always and forever.

Below are a few more shots from last night’s game:

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Featured Activity – Friendship Club

Friendship Club is a club at Highland advised by Parent and Community Liaison Nancy Kolb. Friendship Club’s mission is to establish and maintain a communicative relationship between the Special Ed program at Highland and the rest of the student body.  Friendship Club has several different functions. One of the main activities of the club is to hold regular breakfast clubs and 7th hour socials, which are an opportunity for members of Friendship Club to get together with students in the Special Ed program to spend some time getting to know each other. Everyone involved really likes the opportunity to spend some time each month getting together and talking about what’s going on in each others lives. It’s a really neat thing.

Another function of Friendship Club is going to Bridgeview Community Center on W 7th Street to support programming for developmentally delayed adults. You can find members of Friendship Club on Wednesday and Friday evenings at the center playing bingo, creating art, cooking, or sharing popcorn and movies.  Weekend events have included bonfires, riverboat cruises, and outings to Valley Fair.

Elowyn Pfeiffer, a student co-leader of the group, shared why being a part of Friendship Club means so much to her: “Friendship Club has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had in high school. The people are so nice and appreciative of you being there, and very genuinely interested in how you are doing and what you are up to.”

If you’re interested in joining Friendship Club, you can signup/get more information by visiting Ms. Kolb’s office (Room 1311, next to the CCRC) or by talking to student co-leaders Elowyn Pfeiffer or Sofia Cerkvenik.

Football – Highland (V) vs. Central (H)

Thursday night’s Saint Paul City Conference/Musket game at Griffin Stadium between Highland and Central was an event not to be missed. It being Central’s Homecoming as well as their team having a good record so far this season, the Highland Varsity team knew they were up for a challenge. The game got off to a rough start, with a touchdown being scored by G. Gardner of Central for a 23 yard gain. Heading into the second quarter, the Scots knew they needed to amp up their game in order to stay in the fight to win the musket back from Central. After an interception by Central that lead to a touchdown and 80 yard gain, I. Brower scored a touchdown for a 17 yard gain, extra point scored by D. Bielinski.

The score going into halftime was 14-7, Central. Fresh out of the locker room, Central scored another touchdown, increasing their lead to +2 touchdowns. Late into the 3rd quarter, Highland gave Central a run for their money by scoring a touchdown off a pass from P. Munoz to I. Brower for a 7 yard gain, extra point completed by D. Bielinski. At that point in the game, the score was 21-14. The energy in the stands on the Highland side was incredible. Popular chants, such as “We are the Scotties, the mighty mighty Scotties!” and “Lets go Highland, Lets Go!” were alive and well.

Around the beginning of the 4th quarter, Central threw for another touchdown, this time from Taylor to Stunning for a 32 yard gain. Following, a touchdown pass from P. Munoz to I. Brower for a 28 yard gain with an unsuccessful extra point attempt. This brought the score to 28-20. At this point, the crowd was going wild. Winning felt within reach. Towards the end of the game, a touchdown via a run by Gardner of Central brought the game to a scored of 35-20. In the last 2 minutes of the game, the Scots scored again via a touchdown pass from P. Munoz to I. Brower, which ended up being the game ending score of 35-27.

Understandably, the team and the fans were disappointed however remained positive and in good spirits. Ethan Aune (#72, offensive and defensive tackle) shared his thoughts on the game: “I’m proud of my boys and we all need to remember that we win as a team and we lose as a team… The season isn’t over by a long shot.” With all said and done, the Scots are focused on their next game vs. Saint Paul Johnson, on Wednesday October 16th at 7:00pm at Bakken. #ScotsNation Always and Forever.

You can stay updated with HPSH Football by following the team on Twitter: @HPSHFootball 

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