St. Croix Section 3AA Tru Team and Harding Relay Meet

By: Tray Garner and Mason Ferguson

Track Meet @ Saint Croix Lutheran Sections 3AA Tru Team

photo courtesy of: R. Wahlberg

It was the section 3AA @ St. Croix meet, and the schools that attended were: St. Paul Johnson, Simley, St. Thomas Academy, South St. Paul, Hill-Murray, St. Paul Washington, Minneapolis Roosevelt, St. Paul Como, St. Croix Lutheran, and St. Paul Highland. It was a limited meet. There were only 2 people per event. The top 2 fastest runners, jumpers, throwers from each team were the ones who participated. The team with the most points, at the end of the meet, was going to state.

The Highland boy’s team almost came over on top. It was down to the last 3 events, and the Highland boys were in the lead, the St. Croix boys were in 2nd place, and the St. Thomas boys were in 3rd place.

In the last 3 events, Highland came in 3rd or 4th place, and St. Croix Lutheran took the lead by 24 points, and during the last event, St. Thomas also got in front of Highland, so that put the boys in 3rd place overall.

Relay meet @ Harding High School

The schools that attended this meet were: Highland, Harding, Central, Johnson, Washington, Cretin-Derham Hall, Humboldt, and Como. The Highland Park boy’s team was in first place.

The Highland park boy’s 4x100m dash first leg fell, and dropped the baton, handing it off to the 2nd leg. Highland was in last place, but ended the race in 3rd place.

The boys 4×100 relay team said that they were going to make it up in the 4x200m dash.

The 4×200 teams were with Central, Como, Harding, Johnson, Humboldt, Cretin, and Washington. The Highland boys made a comeback in the 4x200m relay by coming in first place over every team.

School hours

I personally think school hours should start around 8:30am. Often, when school starts earlier, the students tend to still be tired, and even may cause you to be sleep deprived. Being sleep deprived can be the cause for anxiety, depression, mood swings, eating disorders etc., which could lead to serious problems.

Being tired can make you less focused, which impacts your learning, and memory. People often are cranky when they’re tired, which could cause them to talk bad to a teacher or start problems with others. That causes disruptiveness in classrooms, and disturbs others learning.

When school starts at 7:30am, students that live further away from school have to wake up at 6:00am to get ready. A lot of the times, it’s still dark out at 6:00am, and walking to a bus stop when it’s still dark out could be dangerous.

Another example of why I think school should start at 8:30am is because teenagers usually need at least nine hours of sleep, so if they were to get up at 6:00am that would mean they would have to go to sleep at 9:00pm. Often, in high school, students have part time jobs in the afternoons, and some jobs tend to close at 10:00pm. However if it were to start around 8:30am students would be able to go to sleep at 10:00pm and not be as tired the next day for school.

The last reason I have for school starting later is because I think fewer people would miss the bus by sleeping in. Many kids arrive to school late because they’ve missed their bus. Students missing their bus can often mean they miss a class, or sometimes even a school day because they don’t have a ride. Overall, I think school starting at 8:30am would be best for students, and even the school staff.

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The Senior Send-Off


The Senior Send-Off is an event that Highland Park Senior High School does every single year. This event takes place a week before the school year ends. This year’s send-off will be on, June 1st, during second period, in the gym.

During the send-off, the school shows a slide show of seniors, with pictures from their 4 years at school, and they also have a video where they have underclassmen give a goodbye speech to their senior siblings.

On the day of the send-off, the seniors also wear their senior class shirts, and they say goodbye to teachers and friends.

So, I decided to ask some students how they felt about the Senior Send-Off:

The first person I talked to was Brendan Vellenga, a senior, who explained, “I am going to miss both the soccer and tennis team, and also a select number of teachers.”

The second person I talked to was a junior who has a sister in the senior class, he told me that, “I am going to miss her because she was like counselor in school. She was also fun working with, and hope she has a great year in college.”

The third student I talked to was a senior name Sunthany Vang, who explained, “I am grateful for everyone who was there for me from freshman year till now, and teachers that made me learn a lot of stuff.” It was a long journey but she is happy that she is finally done with high school.

The fourth person I interviewed was Tsion Boke, who’s best friend is also a senior. She told me, “She has been my best friend from middle school and she has always help me with my school work, especially math, and she had always have my back. Now she leaving school I am going to miss her and I wish her the best of luck in college.”

After all my interviews, I came to realize that all these seniors have done different things for the school and their friends, in different kinds of ways, and I hope they have a good time in college.