Model United Nations update

Last month, the HPSH Model United Nations team competed at the Model UN conference hosted by the University of Chicago. This prestigious conference, known as MUNUC, was held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Downtown Chicago. Twenty-four students, accompanied by two chaperones, enjoyed the interesting topics discussed at the conference and and participating in the act of role-playing as the countries of Hungary and Samoa. Highland delegates participating in a variety of committees, from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the GA. Attendees were also able to enjoy the historic hotel and some popular Chicago attractions such as the Navy Pier and the world-famous Chicago Bean in Millennium Park. The advisor of this club, Ms. Rise, said she had an “absolute blast” in Chicago with her students. The other chaperone on the trip was Mr. Zeitchick’s former student teacher, Ms. Allie Meyer. Both Rise and Meyer loved their time being in charge of the delegation.

Back in Minnesota on Thursday March 12th, the MUN team competed in their final state conference of the year at Metropolitan State University. This went very well for the students in attendance. It was great to socialize with some people from their two previous conferences while discussing the merits of repatriation and refugees.

If you are interested in joining the Model UN team for the 2015-2016 school year, inquire with James Farnsworth or Kari Rise in Room 2201.


Highland Park Students at the Youth Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Last Friday, Highland Park was privileged to send a delegation of students with teacher Kari Rise to the Nobel Peace Prize Youth Forum at Augsburg College. The group was able to hear from several speakers, notably, Leiv Sydnes of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Director-General of the OPCW Ahmet Uzumcu, and former President Jimmy Carter.

President Carter highlighted the many issues that hinder gender equality. In the US, rape in universities and the US military perpetuates gender inequality. In other countries, women face genital mutilation, higher abortion rates for female babies, and a deeply-rooted cultural inferiority. Carter reminded students that although there has been much work for peace, many are unaware “we have more slavery on Earth now than the 19th century.” While his speech gave appreciation for our progress, he sent a message to our generation that there is more to be done.

The OPCW speakers, Leiv Sydnes and Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu remarked about chemical weapons and the OPCW’s leading role in the worldwide effort for the eradication of these dangerous weapons. Natalie Duncan from Highland Park Senior High was privileged with the opportunity to ask a question to the Director-General. Her question, “How will the OPCW work to engage the six non-member countries?” led to much explanation from Uzumcu.

The most remarkable part of the forum was that those in attendance were very diverse. People of all ages, races, and religious groups united on their common goal of peace. During the hour designated for discussion about peace, called the “World Café,” participants were able to share in a dialogue with a wide range of individuals and enjoy multiple perspectives. The forum was also brought to a real-life level when students were split into groups to work on service projects. Projects included visual art, spoken word, writing letters, dance, and bookmaking. Natalie Duncan enjoyed her service project in which “we talked about what’s in our hearts, what drives us to act, and the actions we take in our community.”

YouthThrive, the organization that partnered with the forum to host this event, is made up of high school students from across Minnesota. Kevin Nguyen and Grace James, students from Highland Park are members of the program.



Above: Juniors Katie Tennis, Isabella Isett, Natalie Duncan, Keiko Hilmo, and Audrey Dombro pose with Leiv Sydnes of the OPCW.



Friends of Highland Arts Showcase

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Looking for a great way to support our school and community this month and have fun at the same time? Introducing Highland Park’s first-ever Spring Highland Arts Showcase, a collaboration of the senior high school and the Friends of Highland Arts organization. On March 19, students, teachers, and the whole community are invited to join FHA for an evening of the best of Highland Senior High’s dynamic arts.

This free event will feature many of Highland Park’s art students. A concert will include performances from the HP choir, band, orchestra, dance, theatre, and visual art students. An exhibit of visual art pieces will be displayed both on screen, in the auditorium, and in the lobby. As well as being able to enjoy the performance and displays, there will be face painting and activities for kids. Concessions will also be for sale.

For those who are still unfamiliar with Friends of Highland Arts, it is a non-profit organization developed for the benefit of all students involved in the arts within the Highland Park community. Their mission is to help support arts education and programs within our Highland Park schools and community.  Your attendance at the Highland Arts Showcase would help support FHA’s important mission.

Please, join the community on Thursday, March 19, in the Highland Park Senior High Auditorium for a very fun and free event.

“Come see, hear, and support the talent and creativity of the HPSH students!”

Lobby opens at 6pm, concert begins at 7pm


Host a Spanish Exchange Student with Exatur!


Have you ever been interested in hosting a Spanish exchange student? Worried about making a whole year commitment? Look no further. From their website: “Exatur is a small, local company. Our founders are passionate about intercultural immersion as a valuable, life-enhancing and educational experience. We have all personally benefitted from our experiences as exchange students as well as hosts of international students in our homes. For many years, we’ve helped hundreds of students become world citizens breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography.”

This week on Thursday March 12th, Exatur is hosting a Spanish tapas party and open house. It’s a chance to learn more about the program, and how you can host one of the 20 Spanish high school students who are visiting with the program this summer. Information about the tapas party is below. For more information on Exatur, contact Director Katie Sterns (who is also a HPSH parent!) or 651-295-1730

Spanish Tapas and Info Night Open House
Thursday, March 12  3-7 p.m.

(special presentation for educators from 3-5… but you can drop by anytime!)

Macalester Alumni House
1644 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

“Spanish Tapas and info” are fun opportunities to enjoy great traditional Spanish foods, to learn more about our programs, ask questions and register.  You will meet the fabulous and friendly Exatur staff and former program participants!   Join us !!!