Sports schedule for: Oct 22-28

MONDAY DATE: October 22, 2018
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – PI: Varsity Game St. Paul Hawks vs. South Suburban @ Bloomington Kennedy


5:30pm   Volleyball:  Girls JV Twin Cities Match vs.  Minneapolis Washburn @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.  
7:00pm   Volleyball:  Girls Varsity Twin Cities Game vs.  Minneapolis Southwest @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.  
TUESDAY DATE: October 23, 2018
4:30pm   Adapted soccer – CI:Varsity Game St. Paul Humboldt Hawks vs. South Washington County Adapted @ Park Cottage Grove High School  
WEDNESDAY DATE:  October 24, 2018
3:15pm 1:15pm Cross Country:  Girls Varsity Sectional Vs. @ Les Bolstad Golf Course 5:30pm
3:15pm 1:15pm Cross Country:  Boys Varsity Sectional Vs. @ Les Bolstad Golf Course 5:30pm
6:00pm 3:30pm Swimming:  Girls Varsity Conference Diving Central, Como/Johnson, Harding, Highland Park/SPA, Humboldt/Washington vs. TBD @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S. 7:30pm
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – CI:Varsity Game Dakota United vs. St. Paul Humboldt Hawks @ St. Paul Humboldt High School  
5:30pm 3:30pm Swimming – Girls Varsity Conference Meet Central, Como/Johnson, Harding, Highland Park/SPA, Humboldt/Washington vs. @




FRIDAY, SATURDAY,SUNDAY DATES: October 26, 27, 28, 2018  

No events scheduled for these dates.

Midterm elections

Midterm elections are held halfway between presidential elections. Voters elect one-third of all U.S. senators and all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives during the Midterms. The reason Midterm elections are so important is that this election determines which political party—Democratic or Republican—will control each chamber of Congress for the next two years. The party in control of either chamber is the party more likely to get its proposed legislation passed in that chamber. Because proposed legislation must pass in both the House and the Senate for it to reach the president’s desk for approval it is easier to pass bills when the majority is leaning toward your political party.

The Midterm elections serve the purpose of allowing the public to have more control over the US government. The election also gives the public the freedom to implement their ideas and inspirations in the country’s laws, future goals, and other projects/ moments they might want to include into the government’s think box. The factor that Midterm elections play in this is, is if your party is elected in the majority, then chances are those ideas will be more likely to turn into something bigger. Therefore, the Midterms can present new opportunities, and concerns our day to day lives.

Though the Midterms only happen once every two years, the state and local elections can take place any time in various places throughout the year. These elections can be held for offices such as the state’s governor, seats in the state legislature, a city’s mayor, judges, a local official, or for other reasons. The election can be held to ballot initiatives that affect the laws, taxes, and budget of your state or town. The difference between these elections and the congressional ones is that the latter affect your state’s representation in Congress, which is the legislative branch of the federal government that includes the House of Representatives and the Senate and thus pertains to the entire country. The former, however, is only relevant to your own state or town.

As of 2018, we have the following people running in Minnesota:

  • Tina Smith (Democrat) and Karin Housley (Republican) for U.S Senate
  • For the U.S House of Representatives: the Democrats – Dan Feehan (District 1), Angie Craig (District 2), Dean Phillips (District 3), Betty McCollum (District 4), Ilhan Omar (District 5), Ian Todd (District 6), Collin Peterson (District 7) and Joe Radinovich (District 8)
  • For the U.S House of Representatives: the Republicans – Jim Hagedorn (District 1), Jason Lewis (District 2), Erik Paulsen (District 3), Greg Ryan (District 4), Jennifer Zielinski (District 5), Tom Emmer (District 6), Dave Hughes (District 7), and Pete Stauber (District 8).

To educate yourself with more information on what each of these individual’s takes on taxes, national debt, immigration, health care, and guns, are click on this link!


Should college be free in America?

There has been talk about whether or not college should be free for all students in America. Yes, I think college should be free in America because low income families can’t afford to send their young ones to college; the cost of the tuition and fees are too high. Over the recent decades the cost of going to college has risen, and this makes it hard for young ones to go to college and follow their passions or dreams. So, many have decided not to go to college, while others have borrowed student loans that sadly sometimes follows them throughout their entire life, even when after they have retired.  .

Here are some other important things to keep in mind as you think about the question of whether or not college should be free:

  • Free colleges would expand access to education offering free college tuition would make it possible for everyone to pursue a higher education.
  • Young people who are very smart may have to skip college because they can’t afford the tuition and fees
  • Students will be able to follow their passion and abilities.
  • Young students might go to college, but not to the one they wanted to go to because it was too expensive.
  • They might not take risks later in life because they have a large amount of debt in student loans that they have to pay.
  • Students would be able to focus more on their studies rather than worrying about how to scrape together enough funds for each upcoming school term.
  • Free colleges would make it easier for kids to be more focused on school rather on their jobs. Young people in college often have part-time jobs which help them pay for their expenses including possibly their school tuition and fees. Even with these part-time jobs, they face a struggle not being able to pay their bills.

According to the data that was provided by the U.S News in a survey, the cost of titution and fees for the 2018–2019 school year was $35,676 at private colleges, $9,716 for state residents at public colleges and $21,629 for out-of-state students at state schools. According to the information College Board provided in the “Trends in College Pricing 2017,” two-year institutions tuition and fees cost approximately $3,570 on average, per year, for in-state students.

On April 1, 2016 President Barack Obama talked about the need for free college. He said, “We have to make college affordable for every American, because no hardworking student should be stuck in the red.” He went to say that “We agree that real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job.” This is not the first time President Obama had addressed the matter of free college, In his speeches in the past he had addressed the Congress to stop student loan interest rates from rising, and has asked the colleges to keep the cost of tuition and fees down.

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Interview of Ms. Boruff

By: Vivian S

Ms. Boruff is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) here at Highland, and I recently decided to interview her.
Ms. Boruff chose to become a SLP because she has an aunt who’s an SLP. Her mom also took the course in college and now is an SLP. They both encouraged her to try it out.

For her job, Ms. Boruff helps students that have difficulties with communicating in any way. She helps people find their voice and gain confidence. This includes: students with a stutter, students with a difficulty in producing speech sounds, students with a cognitive difficulty in producing language, nonverbal students, and hard of hearing students (though no HoH students right now). She helps students with social skills as well.

Some of the things she loves about Highland are the students she gets to work with, the staff, and the number of opportunities students get at Highland. She doesn’t like how early she has to get up in the morning though.

Some of her favorite activities are cooking, skiing, biking, running, and hiking. In the past, she has coached track, and right now she is helping coach the Nordic Ski Team. She helps the varsity coach and is the main coach for the A Squad. She teaches students the fundamentals of skiing and prepares them for competitive racing.

Ms. Boruff used to work in the early childhood inclusion program (children 3-5 years old), and with children from birth to three years old. With the 0-3 year olds, she helped children with a wide range of disabilities that put them at risk for speech difficulties in the future. With the 3-5 year olds she did intense speech therapy groups.

This is her 8th year at Highland and she is looking forward to it.