Congratulations Annie Conzet and Micah Mather!


Congratulations to Annie Conzet (12) and Micah Mather (11) for being featured as Pioneer Press high school athletes of the week! Annie was featured for volleyball and Micah for cross country. Below are the write-ups of each from the article. We are so proud. Thanks for being all-star representatives of Highland!


School: Highland Park

Sport: Volleyball

Year: Senior

The Scots rallied from a two-game deficit to defeat Johnson in the first round of the Class 2A-Section 4 playoffs and then defeated Holy Angels in another five-set match. Conzet had 76 assists, 19 digs, 1 ace and a 92 percent serving percentage.


School: Highland Park

Sport: Cross Country

Year: Junior

He was third in the Class 2A-Section 4 meet, matching his school record with a 5,000-meter time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds at Les Bolstad Golf Course. This season, he won the Blaine Invitational and St. Francis Invitational. Next up is Saturday’s state meet in Northfield.

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iPads at Highland: What you need to know

Woohoo, we’re getting iPads soon! There are many questions up in the air, and some that are still unanswered. Here are a few questions that might clear things up.
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Highland Students Named PiPress High School Athletes of the Week!


From left to right: Emilia Czapiewska and Molly McMahon

This week, three Highland students were named High School Athletes of the Week, by the Pioneer Press. Sophomore Erin Moening for cross country, junior Emilia Czapiewska for volleyball, and senior Molly McMahon for volleyball.

From the article:

“The outside hitters led the Scots (19-4) to victories over Como Park and Central to wrap up a 12-0 season in the St. Paul City Conference. Highland Park won 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 over Como Park and 25-20, 25-12, 25-21 over Central. Czapiewska had four aces, 17 kills, four digs and four solo blocks in the two matches, and McMahon had six aces, 11 kills, six digs and two solo blocks.”

“She won the St. Paul City Conference meet with a time of 16 minutes, 16.8 seconds on the 4,000-meter course at Como Park Golf Course, leading the Scots to the team championship for the third consecutive season.” (Erin Moening)

Congratulations to Molly, Emilia, and Erin for their fabulous accomplishments. You make Highland proud! #scotsnation #scotslove

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Pictured middle: Erin Moening with state qualifying teammates Riley Quinlan and Micah Mather

Great Decisions Conference for HPSH students was a field trip to the real world

Nine students from Kari Rise’s IB Geography class were able to attend the 7th annual Great Decisions Conference last Friday. Each year, this conference tackles issues that have global relevance. The topic for 2014 was energy independence. Speakers ranging from experts from the University of Minnesota and the Star Tribune to foreign affairs specialists of Germany, Mexico, and Canada brought their voices to the panel.

Discussion about energy independence began with an overview from foreign relations expert Tom Hanson about foreign policy and America’s history with oil. His speech was particularly startling because it introduced the politics surrounding energy, an issue that many of us, especially as high school students, do not even think about.

Part of learning about energy independence was understanding the complexity to any subject. While all the speakers were highly educated, they had different, and sometimes opposite, opinions. As many spoke of the economic and political benefits from obtaining oil in the US, others spoke to their concerns about the environment or the lack of sustainability in continuing current patterns. For some, the United States has made incredible progress in a positive direction because of their increased energy independence. Oil ties countries together politically. 80% of China’s oil comes from the Middle East, causing lifestyle in China to hinge on the political stability of the Middle East. The US does not have this issue, as only one third of our oil is imported. On the other side, localization brings into play the environmental impact. It is important to remember that the reserves of oil will not be able to sustain increasing energy needs forever. Respected intellectuals and members of the public presented on each side of the debacle.

To Highland Park students, one of the most intriguing facets of the conference was Hector Castro’s presentation on Mexico. Hector Castro described a progressive situation in Mexico. Since the election of President Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican government has instituted sweeping structural reforms, including 21 new laws. Regarding energy, laws were adopted to try to decrease the monopoly of the government petroleum and electricity companies of PEMEX and CFE. The presentation was thought-provoking because of the efficiency of the Mexican government. HPSH students commented on the contrast with the difficulty in passing legislation that the United States government often faces.

This wasn’t the only opportunity to compare and contrast. Energy dependence is a problem that many countries have had to face. As Mario Ingo Soos, Deputy Consul General of Germany in Chicago, explained, for Germany, the solution to becoming independent was turning to renewable energy sources. About 27% of their energy is from renewable sources. When faced with the same dilemma, the United States has resorted to a dramatic increase in local hydraulic fracking. Both ways have been successful in reducing international dependence, but each have a very different set of outcomes and consequences. It was interesting to see the different methods of solving a problem.

Every day in school, we learn the skills that we need in our future, but our education in the classroom doesn’t always enter into current events or share in the concerns of the “adult world.” It felt refreshing to be aware of something that matters and to take part in contributing ideas. Our choices with energy are going to shape future generations and being informed is critical.


(Above) Several geography students who attended the conference pictured with Kari Rise, HPSH IB Geography instructor, Mario Ingo Soos, Deputy Consul General of Germany in Chicago and Carol Engebretson Bryne, President of Minnesota International Center

(Below) Students with Star Tribune energy reporter David Shaffer, and Dan King, US Department of Energy.



Getting to know our SCSU student teachers

By: Maeve Gimpl

Ms. Allie Meyer, studying social studies education

As many of you already know, Highland has welcomed two student teachers from Saint Cloud State University. They stand alongside our current teachers here at HP to further engage in their final steps of learning before finally becoming educators themselves. I was able to spend a little time with Mr. Johnson and Ms. Meyer last week to ask them what a normal day for them would look like, as well as how they’re liking it so far.

To start off their regular morning, both student teachers get up bright and early to head to Highland for a long day of work. Ms. Meyer can be found teaching U.S. government with Mr. Zeitchick during the day, while Mr. Johnson heads up to Ms. Rise’s room to help teach geography. Both student teachers were telling me how much they enjoy working with not only their designated teachers but with the students as well!

For Ms. Meyer, this wasn’t her first time student teaching at a school; in fact, she’s on her fourth and final school that she has to teach at before she can finally become a teacher! I asked Ms. Meyer what her first day here at Highland was like. “I LOVED it,” she immediately replied. She proceeded to tell me that her favorite part of teaching so far has been interacting with the students–”and having them make fun of me,” she added with a laugh. When I asked her if she had a least favorite part of teaching, she said she didn’t have one! “I’m right where I’m supposed to be…I’m lovin’ life at HP!”

Mr. Kyle Johnson, studying social studies education with an emphasis on history

Mr. Johnson, just like Ms. Meyer, also said that his favorite part of teaching has been being able to interact with all the people at Highland. “I’ve had a lot of fun meeting the students and getting to know them,” Mr. Johnson admits. “It makes my day to be able to hang out with kids who are fun and have really good things to say!” He also told me that he has enjoyed his time with Ms. Rise both inside and outside of school, adding that they’ve even gone canoeing together on Lake Calhoun. Besides student teaching, Mr. Johnson loves biking, video games, and fantasy football.

It was great being able to get to know Ms. Meyer and Mr. Johnson this past week. One response really stuck out for me. When I asked both of them what their dream job would be, if they knew they could be successful in any career that they pursued, they both responded with confidence, “high school teacher.” This really shows how passionate and excited they are to continue their last bit of student teaching so that they can finally become teachers themselves!

Ms. Meyer conducting some one on one instruction about the Constitutional Convention

Homecoming 2014


2014-2015 HPSH Student Council Executive Board

Over the weekend of September 26th-28th, many different homecoming activities occurred.

The festivities opened with a riveting Pepfest with fantastic performances from the Football team, and the HPDT (Highland Park Dance Team). The fall sports captains recapped their first few games/meets and previewed the rest of their seasons.

The coronation ceremony also was very exciting! Congrats to the following students for being chosen for homecoming court:

  • Freshmen: Josh Aune & Ashley Krois
  • Sophomores: Nathan Hernandez & Teagan Riley
  • Juniors: Max Muter & Alex Frye
  • Seniors: Kwashon Collins & Claire Oberman

The outside of school activities kicked off with a “Blast From The Past” dance on Friday night in the fieldhouse gym. The DJ provided the music and the students provided the fun. It was a great chance for students to socialize and have fun! It was an absolute success and everyone in attendance had a blast. If you missed out on this event, don’t frown because there will be more dances this year.

Everything picked up right where it left off on Saturday morning with a tailgating event in the front of the school, by the School House. The following clubs had booths: Model UN, Youth In Government, FFA, Choir, GSA, The Plaid Line (of course!) and more! There were lots of items for sale to help support HP activities.

Afterwards, the Highland Scots squared off in a battle against the St. Croix Central Panthers’ football team. The Scots ended up being outmatched, but the great crowd stuck around to cheer on their classmates, and the team rewarded their fans with a late touchdown to get on the board. A 42-6 loss was disappointing, but at least everybody enjoyed cheering on the Mighty Scots!

Happy Homecoming, HP!

Girls tennis season recap

By: Emma Dombrow

Last year’s HPSH Girls Tennis Varsity and JV Teams

The girls tennis team had a great season this year, even though three of the starting varsity players were injured and out for most of the season. Our season started out with captain’s practices during the last week of July and will be finished as of Thursday 10/9.

Our season is almost finished, but we still have two more major events left!  First is the individual sections at the University of Minnesota.  It’s a competition where two singles players and two doubles teams from each school get to skip a day of school and compete.  This year from Highland, Anja Savic (10), Leah Barrett (12), Sabrina Hang (11), and Katie Tennis (11) will be competing for the doubles teams.  Emma Dombrow (11) and Preianna Swenson (12) will be the two singles players that are competing. Besides being a very fun opportunity, after the matches the players and Coaches go out to BDubs to eat wings and have some team bonding time.


2014 Captains Leah Barrett and Sabrina Hang

Besides the individual sections, we also have our final end of the year banquet at Olive Garden in honor of a great season.  At the banquet, varsity letters will be given out to the players, and recognition certificates will be given out to the JV players as well.  We will also give our final thanks to our two great captains this year, Sabrina Hang (11) and Leah Barrett (12).  They had great team spirit and without their leadership the team would not have bonded together as well.


Varsity and JV girls Katherine Jossi, Sydney Linssen, Elisa Machlitt, and Emma Dombrow

Next Year’s Season:  If you, or anyone you know, is interested in joining the tennis team, I would highly recommend it!  There is always room for anyone who wants to play, and it is a very fun sport with lots of friendly teammates.  If you would like to join or have any questions, contact Mr. Shaw or any of the varsity players.  Hopefully we will get some new girls next year!

Varsity Players:

(Coach Shaw)


  1. Ana Savic (10)
  2. Leah Barrett (12)
  3. Sydney Linssen (10)/Emma Dombrow (11)
  4. Preianna Swenson (12)


  1. Katherine Jossi/Sabrina Hang and Katie Tennis(11)
  2. Georgia Angelo and Colleen Welter (10)
  3. Lily Brown and Marah Prpich (11)

JV Players

(Coach Andy)

  • Lily Weisman (12)
  • Elisa Machlitt (11)
  • Sami Linssen (8)
  • Neesha Moore (9)
  • Grace (10)
  • Rachel Van Fleet (7)
  • Natalie (12)
  • Nehali Van Der Leeuw (10)
  • Francis Atmore (7)
  • Lauren (8)
  • Shu Ye (9)
  • Sophie (8)
  • Grace (11)

Questions about the team? Contact Head Coach Michael Shaw:

Basic tips: Leggings

By: Izzy Rojas

“Basic Tips” is a new lifestyle column that focuses around what’s popular with the average high school girl. Written with expert consultation from the girls themselves, “Basic Tips” centers around fashion, events, and everyday high school life. This month’s topic: leggings.

A major debate these days seems to be focused around what type of leggings are the best. Girls are wearing leggings much more regularly than jeans for comfort sake. Leggings are the go-to clothing choice for almost any occasion. You may be asking yourself: there’s more than one type of black legging? Aren’t they all the same? Think again. Below is a comparison chart of the pros, cons, and prices of the five major players in the game. Take a look and decide for yourself!



Pink by Victoria Secret





Highland Wellness Committee event: Work experience showcase

Co-Written By: Izzy Rojas

Today in the community garden, the Highland Park Wellness Committee conducted an event showcasing the work experience program coordinated by Mr. McCann. Several booths were set up as part of the display, including: fresh vegetable stand, produce trivia, work experience program information, and a soccer/physical activity circle. There were also tours of the garden by Ms. Rise. Many classes came down to participate in the event and to support the hard work that the students have done over the last year.

One class in particular that came to the event was Ms. Ketterling’s Horticulture class. The Horticulture class is connected with the agriculture department here at Highland, and is a new class offering this year. “The Horticulture class is all about learning about plants and the environmental factors that effect the proper growth of the plants. We go from learning about soils, to different non-soil media, propagating plants sexually and a-sexually, light requirements, things like that”, said Ms. Ketterling. Horticulture students also do AP-Bio level labs, measuring things like porosity and textures of soils.

It was a great event, ending with tours and fellowship in the garden. Below are some pictures of the morning: