Highland Pep Fest 2016

On Friday, September 30th, Highland had their annual Pep Fest. Grades 9 through 12 were all exited, clapping and shouting for their Royalty nominees and their favorite group of cheerleaders. There was no ignoring all that energy packed into the gym.

As everyone found their seats and packed themselves together, the Highland Park Symphonic Band played their instruments and got everyone in there all hyped up.

pep2When everyone was settled in the staff began introducing the crowd to the Royalty nominees. With this year’s change in the way people were nominated there were a lot of different pairs of nominees. Out of the 19 pairs, only one from each grade could win.

So, congratulations to our new Highland Homecoming royalty: Calvin Boone and Marcus Hansen – 9th grade, Yeabsira Tekeste and Arianna Gonzalez – 10th grade, David Argenal and Rasjus Jackson – 11th grade, and Dreem Kelly and Gabriela Masiello – 12th grade.

After the Royalty was announced, some of the after school clubs and sports teams came up and made anouncements. The football team invited everyone to the Homecoming game the following morning. The boy’s soccer team anounced their upcoming games while the girl’s soccer team bragged about winning their game against Central and invited everyone to their games. Also, the clubs anounced their meeting dates and times.

This year the dance team’s preformence was amazing. Even though they had technical issues with the music at first, they hung in there and dealt with it like champs. They also incorporated the line kicks that the dance team is known for, into the preformance. Overall, the dance team’s preformance was really fun to watch.

Right after the dance preformed, the cheerleaders ran up and began their routine. They did their dance to the song “cheerleader” by OMI then did something very different. They preformed a really cool routine with some of the football team. Both preformances were upbeat and entertaining.

Overall, the 2016 Pep Fest was a success, everyone looked like they were having a good time. It got everyone back into the school spirt and gave them a little more school pride.


Seniors in college: Looking back and moving forward

College: for many this is the next big step in their life after senior year. There’s applying for college, applying for scholarships, then graduation comes right around the corner. Students are ready to move on into something even bigger and better than high school.

Every year, Saint Paul Public Schools have new students joining their student body to learn and grow as they prepare for the next step in their lives, which may include college.

High school in general is a whole new experience in a teen’s education. You have the opportunity to join lots of clubs, make new friendships throughout your school years, and learn intriguing skills from many of your teachers in high school. When you get to your senior year, it’s both exciting and scary because you’ve come so far and now you’re almost about to leave something so special that you can never repeat.

I wanted to ask a Senior this year about their thoughts on being where they are and thinking about where they are going. Sam B is a Senior, graduating this year, 2017.

“I’m happy and scared to be a Senior, but I’m also glad it’s my last year of high school.

I do feel, as a Senior, I have a responsibility to guide the underclassmen and help them get to where I am now.

I’m not sure what I plan to do when I’ve graduated, maybe either biology or film, but I do want to study at the U of M.

I’m excited for Senior year because of graduation, our class field trips, and you don’t have to take so many classes, and of course, PROM!

The advice I have for the underclassmen is: Do your homework on time, don’t be nervous all the time, have some fun, and make LOTS of friends.”

Some Seniors have different opinions about their year, and that is common, but sometimes their thoughts about high school change once they reach college.

I connected with a Highland Park Senior who graduated just last year to see his point of view about where he is now.  

James Farnsworth
: is a Highland Park High School graduate of 2016. He was involved with Youth in Government and was a member of various other clubs and activities, including The Plaid Line. unnamed

“College is a big transition for an only child! I am settling into dorm life. I’m getting familiar with the campus of my college. I take four classes which are not so difficult so my schedule balances out nicely.

I go to the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. I’m enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts but I’m still undecided on a major.

Two of the classes that I take are Oceanography, and Analysis of Argument.  

You must be independent, motivated, and able to encounter different situations and use a variety of problem-solving skills. There are a lot of things that you do on your own in college.

I went off to college because it was pretty much the expected path to take after high school for me. There was never really another thought of what I’d do. I wanted to be certain and positive about moving onto the next stage in my life.”

Students want to do their very best in school so they can keep moving onto something even bigger in the future. Each student has a different path they take in their education depending on what they are interested in doing for their career choice. One thing that students highly suggest to do while in high school is PSEO: Post Secondary Enrollment Options.



PSEO is a program that allows 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school. Many students from Highland Park say that doing this program now in high school will really help you with basic level colleges classes that you would normally start when you have graduated and moved on to college. For more information, visit the PSEO section on Highland Park webpage: http://highlandsr.spps.org/domain/2785

High school is very exciting and interesting. You don’t know what you might get involved with in your four years of school. Then, before you know it, you’ll start to think about college: What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? How soon can I start to apply? The one thing to always keep in mind is what is going to be best for you.

NHS Scots Stroll

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-52-12-amThis year’s NHS Scot’s Stroll will be on October 13th from 1:12pm to 2:00pm. NHS Scot’s Stroll is where HPSH students, staff, and parents walk around the school’s athletic fields. The reason for the stroll this year is to raise money to donate to a local women’s shelter. The stroll is sponsored by Highland Park Senior High School’s National Honor Society.

The participants will have to go one lap around the track then walk around baseball fields/soccer fields and then another lap around the track. Participants can be anyone from Highland Park: students, staff, and/or parents.

Why should you join the stroll? Well, this is a healthy exercise that will help donate money to a local women’s shelter. The stroll requires a $15 pledge, but you will also be given a t-shirt.

If anyone wants to join, the dead line for the pledges to be turned in is on Wednesday, October 12th. Pledges should be turned in to Stacy Hanson in the Main Office.

To those who can’t pledge $15, but still want to participate, you should see Ms. Landreau in room 1312 or Ms. Hanson in the Main Office.

Contacts for any further questions:

Stacy Hanson at stacy.hanson@spps.org or 651-744-3804

Charlotte Landreau at charlotte.landreau@spps.org or 651-744-3887