Sports schedule for: Jan 2-6

WEDNESDAY DATE:   01/02/19
3:15/7pm 2pm Hockey: Boys JV/Varsity Game VS. Johnson @ Tria Rink Wild Practice Arena 9pm
THURSDAY DATE: 01/03/19      
5pm  2:45pm Swimming: Boys Varsity Meet  Vs. Humboldt/Washington @ Humboldt  7pm
5:30/7:30pm   Hockey: Girls JV/Varsity Game Vs. Hastings @ Hastings Civic Center  
3pm 2:30pm Nordic: Boys & Girls Meet Vs. Como Park & Central @ Theodore Wirth Park 5:30pm
FRIDAY DATE:    01/04/19
 5/7pm   Hockey: Boys JV/Varsity Game  Vs. Becker/Big Lake @ Highland Ice Arena  
5:30/5:30/7pm    Basketball: Boys C/JV/Varsity Game  Vs. MPLS Henry @ Highland Park  
4:30/6pm 3:30pm  Basketball: Girls C/Varsity Game Vs. Breck @ Breck High School 7:30pm
SATURDAY DATE: 01/05/19      
8AM 5:30am Nordic: Boys & Girls Varsity Invitational Vs. Central & Como Park @ Theodore Wirth Park 4pm
5/7pm   Hockey: Girls JV/Varsity Game Vs. Bloomington Jefferson @ Bloomington Ice Garden  
11am No Bus Gymanstics: Varsity Meet Vs. Park Center @ Park Center No Bus
SUNDAY  DATE: 01/06/19

Ice skating in the Twin Cities

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Winter break has started! If you’re looking for something to do with family and friends, we recommend ice skating. Here are some great places to go ice skating this winter!

A great place to ice skating is at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate. This is at Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul. It’s open every day, and Monday through Thursday from 11am until 4:50 pm. Friday through Saturday it’s open from 11 am to 10 pm, and on Sundays it is open from 11 am until 4:50 pm. Skate rentals cost $4 per person, and if you have a Wells Fargo credit or debit card it’s free. Read more about Wells Fargo WinterSkate here.

If you wish to skate au naturel, we suggest Centennial Lakes Park. The Park features a large lake that is as smooth as any indoor rink. Admission is free, and renting skates costs $6. However, be sure to check out the Centennial Lakes website to make sure the lake is frozen. Centennial Lakes usually opens up around mid-December. The hours change day to day, but the skate rental opens several hours after the park opens for guests with their own skates.

Another great place to skate is The Oval in Rosedale. It is located close to the Rosedale mall. Admission costs $6, and skate rental costs $4. This is a very good option if you want to skate outside, but would still like to have a wall to lean on. To check open skate hours in December, check the December schedule.

If you want to visit a skating rink in the Highland Park area, then you can try the Charles M. Schulz Arena. Admission is free, and skate rentals are $5. This is a good option for you if you would prefer to stay indoors. To check open skate hours visit Ramsey County’s website.  

Our final recommendation is Skate the Star at the Mall of America. It is located outside of the north entrance to the mall, and will be open until January 27th. The rink is a circle around the giant star sculpture. Admission is free, and skate rental costs $5. The mall also provides lockers next to the rink that you can rent. You must have a waiver, and it must be signed by a parent if you’re 18 or under. The hours change from day to day, but to check out the times and learn more about Skate the Star, go here.

Holiday recipes

Holiday break is one of the most favorite school breaks in high school history. You got Christmas Day, and a full 13 days of break to do whatever you want.

Some people have their entire break planned out, but others don’t have a clue. Here’s an idea! Create and bake some holiday treats to get you in the mood for the holidays! Here’s a list of 3 holiday foods to make on break.

  1. GingerBread House
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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda together until the mixture is smooth. Blend in the flour and water to make a stiff dough.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut out the paper patterns for the gingerbread house template:
  • Roll gingerbread dough out to edges on a large, rimless cookie sheet. Place paper patterns onto the rolled out dough. With a sharp, straight edged knife, cut around each of the pieces, but leave pieces in place.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes until dough feels firm.
  • Place patterns on top of the gingerbread again and trim shapes, cutting edges with a straight-edged sharp knife. Leave to cool on baking sheet.
  • Place royal icing into pastry bag with a writing tip and press out to decorate individual parts of house, piping on decorations, windows, door, etc., as desired. Let dry until hardened.
  • Glue sides, front and back of house together at corners using royal icing.
    Glue the two roof pieces to the pitched roofline of the house. Then, similarly, glue the sides and roof of the entryway together with icing. Attach the entryway to the front of the house.
  • Continue decorating the house, gluing on gumdrops, licorice and peppermint, as desired. 
  1.  Peppermint Lollipops
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  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • Red and/or green paste food coloring
  • 10 lollipop sticks
  • Crushed peppermint candies, optional


  • Butter 10 assorted metal cookie cutters and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in oil, keeping face away from mixture as odor is very strong.
  • For each color of candy swirls, pour 1/4 cup sugar mixture into a ramekin or custard cup; tint red or green.
  • Immediately pour remaining sugar mixture into prepared cookie cutters.
  • Drizzle with colored mixtures as desired; cut through with a toothpick to swirl.
  • Remove cutters just before lollipops are set; firmly press a lollipop stick into each.
  • Sprinkle peppermint candies over tops if desired.


  1.  Mini Apple Crisps
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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 cup crushed raw almonds
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 unpeeled medium apples, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix the first four ingredients. In a large bowl, combine almonds and oats; toss with butter mixture until well coated. Press 2 tablespoons onto bottoms of six greased 6-ounce ramekins.
  • For filling, combine apples, sugar, lemon juice and pie spice. Spoon filling evenly into ramekins.
  • Top with remaining oat mixture.
  • Bake until topping is dark golden brown and fruit is tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm; if desired, top with ice cream. 

Things to do in Minneapolis over winter break

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Winter break is here, and you’re probably wondering what to do over this long winter break. Here are a few events that will be taking place in Minneapolis.

1. A Christmas Carol

This event will be taken place on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Guthrie Theatre, located at 818 South Second Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415. This event has been happening for the past 44 years, making Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol a Twin Cities holiday tradition.

2. Holidays at Flyover America

This event will take place on November 23, 2018 – January 01, 2019 at
Mall of America. This event will be fun. Guests will help Santa find missing elves, while flying over America and the North Pole. It’s a ten minute flight, and it will have holiday decorations and activities.

3. Holidazzle

Holidazzle is a Minneapolis tradition. It celebrates the Minnesota winter season, and  event include: shopping, food and drinks, along with ice skating, and visits with Santa Claus. The event this year will be on Thursdays-Sundays, November 23 – December 23 at Loring Park.

4. Festival of Light

This Festival of Light is a fabulous light show with music and other things to enjoy, this event will be held on Fridays-Sundays, November 23-December 23 at Sovereign Estate Winery, 9950 North Shore Road, Waconia, MN 55387.

5. Gingerbread Wonderland

This event will be held on November 21-January 7 at 10 a.m. at the Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404. This event is a fun activity to do with your family. You will be decorating gingerbread houses and they will be selling gingerbread cookies, and ornaments. The fee is $5 for adults and children older than 12. Children under 12 will be free.

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Royals releases 2018 Christmas cards

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During this time of the year, many of the royal families have released their 2018 Christmas card to the public. For the Cambridges, the clothing style was very casual compared to last year’s Christmas card. Prince William and Duchess Kate had the photo taken by royal photographer Matt Porteous, who also took pictures during Prince Louis’ christening ceremony and Prince George’s fifth birthday photos. The photo was taken at Anmer Hall and the Cambridges are posed on a tree. Princess Charlotte is spotted wearing a dark blue cardigan that she had worn before, during the first portrait of when Prince Louis was born. Prince George also had worn the dark blue cardigan in the portrait, when celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.    

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For the Sussexs, Prince Harry and Meghan share a photo of them after their royal wedding reception. The photo was taken by Chris Allerton with a black and white shot of the newlywed couple watching the fireworks. The photo was taken on the night of May 19, from Frogmore House, Windsor. Duchess Meghan was shown to be wearing a halter-neck evening gown.

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s Christmas photo was taken by Hugo Burnand earlier this summer. The couple was sharing a tender look at each other while they are sitting on a bench at their home, Clarence House.

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The Jordanian Royals have also released their 2018 Christmas card with a picture of the family. King Abdullah II and Queen Rania are seen in the photo with Crown Prince Al Hussein, Prince Hashem, Princess Iman, and Princess Salma. Queen Rania posted the photo on her Instagram account stating, “May we greet the New Year with gratitude for all our blessings and hope for a better tomorrow.”

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The Norwegian Royals released their 2018 Christmas card with a shot of them in front of a Christmas tree! King Harald and Queen Sonja are shown sitting down on two chairs while Crown Prince Haakon with his son, Prince Sverre Magnus posed behind Queen Sonja. Behind King Harald is Crown Princess Mette-Marit with her daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

From the Spanish Royals, the photo was obviously taken in the summer when the family had stopped during their hike through the Picos de Europa National Park in Asturias. The family posed in front of Lakes of Covadonga. King Felipe is hugging Princess Leonor, 13 years old, while Princess Infanta Sofia, 11 years old, is seen standing by her mother, Queen Letizia’s side.

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Swim team separation

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Highland has many sports teams and well performing clubs and one of these is the highland swim team. They are a special group of people and one of the few teams that are joined by SPA (Saint Paul Academy) to create the Sparks swim team.

Recently, Dr. Tucker announced wishes to dissolve the relationship between Highland and SPA. Many athletes were displeased when hearing this and created a petition to collect signatures to keep their team together.

The reasons Dr. Tucker had to separate the teams was discussed with the swim team parents, and athletes, in a meeting that was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in the Highland Park Senior High School auditorium.

Dr. Tucker prepared a document that explains his reasoning, and I have included a copy of it below. (Nothing has been edited these are all Dr. Tucker’s words)

SPARKS Swim/Dive Team students and parents:

Highland Park Senior High School is moving to dissolve the cooperative partnership for the Swimming/Dive program with SPA for next school year.

While we respect the partnership with SPA and recognize that students from both schools have formed important bonds over the years, there are a number of logistical reasons for dissolving the sharing of the two programs.

These reasons include but are not limited to the following:

  1.  Both schools have enough students to host their own teams.
  2. The current size of the team has resulted in many challenges, including having to turn away Highland Middle and Highland Senior students.
  3. The size of the team warrants multiple coaches, which is a financial problem to sustain.
  4. Continual turnover in coaching as a result of managing the two combined programs which has resulted in a lack of consistency.
  5. The logistical challenges in coordinating a team between two schools as well as the size of the team is very challenging and a deterrent for most prospective coaches.
  6. Saint Paul Public Schools has a practice of generally only having cooperative athletic partnerships with schools within the same district (there are a few necessary exceptions).
  7. The purpose of cooperative athletic partnerships is to be short term until both schools can build their programs. This goal has been accomplished.

    Please note that some have felt that this change was our athletic director’s decision. It is important to realize that as principal it was my decision to move forward with this change and as principal the responsibility rests on my shoulders.

    If you are interested in hearing more about this issue and would like share you thoughts on this matter there will be a meeting in the Highland Park Senior High School auditorium on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30pm.

    Dr. Winston H. Tucker

Though Dr. Tucker’s reasons are valid, the swim team had some reasons of their own. The following is from a petition created by SPARKS team members.

It has come our attention that the decision has been made to separate the Sparks and Trojans swim teams into two separate teams. For years, this co-op has flourished between Highland Park and SPA, both in and out of the pool. When we, the captains of both teams, were informed of this change, ‘cultural differences’ and limited pool space were cited as reasons for the split. These cultural differences are not a reason to divide the team—they are a key factor of what makes this team so special. The relationships and bonds formed between swimmers from both schools would never have been possible without the co-op. When it comes to the issue of pool space, we found a solution to the limited space during this past season, and believe that if the issue of space were to continue to be a problem, there are more viable solutions than to just separate the teams completely. This is not like the past where the teams were only separated while competing in conference meets (but could still compete in non-conference invites, dual meets, sections, and state together). The Athletic Department wants to separate us completely. We, the captains of both teams, and our fellow teammates believe that this is not in the best interest of either the Trojans or the Sparks in any way. While swimming together competitively the boys were able to come in 5th place in their 6AA sections and the girls were able to come in 7th place in their 6AA sections. If the teams were separated, like our schools intend to do, the boys team would have come in 7th place at their sections and the girls would have come in 8th place. The boys last year were able to get a new school record for their 400 free relay with two of those swimmers being from SPA and the girls were very close to breaking the 200 free relay record of which one person was from SPA. Additionally, a swimmer from SPA for the girls team broke a record that had stood for over 20 years in the 100 fly this past season. As mentioned previously, the teams as a co-op have been able to accomplish great things that they would not have and will not be able to achieve as two separate teams. We hope to have your support and for you to sign this petition in order to help us to keep our teams together.

If this article persuaded you believe that the swim team deserves to stay together, and to continue to develop the close bond they all cherish and want to continue, please click this link and help them by signing the petition:


10 tips to help with college

Are you nervous for college? Worried about getting lost, or even off track? Here are ten useful tips to keep you on track and organized in your college years!

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1. Go to all orientations. There are a lot of campus tours, even though they might be boring, you should go to all of them. The faster you learn your way around campus, the better you’ll feel, and the better prepared you’ll be when you have to get around campus.

2. Get to know your roommate and others in your residence hall. The people you live with, most of whom you are going through similar experiences and emotions, are your main safety net.

3. Get organized. In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all of your homework and due dates. In college, the professors post the assignments, often for the entire semester, and expect you to be prepared. Buy an organizer, use an app, or get a big wall calendar, whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due.

4. Find the ideal place for you to study. It may be your dorm room or a cozy corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done. Try to avoid as many distractions as possible.

5. Go to class. It may be tempting to sleep in when you have to get up early. Avoid the temptation. Besides learning the material by attending classes, you’ll also receive vital information from the professors about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, and more.

6. Become an expert on course requirements and due dates. Professors spend hours and hours preparing course syllabi and calendars so that you will know exactly what is expected of you, and when. One of the lamest excuses a student can give a professor: “I didn’t know it was due today.”

7. Meet with your professors. There are only upsides to getting to know your professors, especially if later in the semester you run into some issues. Professors schedule office hours for the purpose of meeting with students, take advantage of that time.

8. Get to know your academic adviser. This is the person who will help you with course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, scheduling of classes for future semesters, and deciding on majors and minors. This person is a key resource for you, and should be the person you turn to with any academic issues or conflicts. And don’t be afraid of requesting another adviser if you don’t click with the one first assigned to you.

9. Seek a balance. College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don’t tip the balance too far in either direction. Plan it out so you can manage both at a good balance that works for you.

10. Get involved on campus. A big problem for a lot of new students is a combination of homesickness and a feeling of not quite belonging. Consider joining a group, student organization, club, sorority/fraternity, or sports team. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.

Decorative plants

Want to add a touch of green to a room? Here are some plants that you can easily grow indoors.

Air Plants-

Air plants are cute, simple, and mess free! Air plants are not grown in soil, and can be placed in any open container. That means that they can easily decorate any surface in any container! They are most commonly kept in glass terrariums. An air lantern can be placed directly on the container, or you can add rocks on the bottom of the container.

Your air plant should be watered every two weeks, and lightly misted one week after watering. Water your air plant by placing it in room temperature water. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes, then allow it to sit upside down to get rid of excess water. It should be dry in less than three hours. Never skip this step! Allowing your plant to air out after watering prevents rot.

Pineapple Plants-

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Pineapple plants require a bit more work at first, but once you plant them they are very easy to care for. And if you like eating pineapple, you’re in luck! To get this plant, twist the top leaves off of a pineapple and peel back some of the fruit from the bottom to reveal some of the tiny roots.

Soak your little plant in a shallow bowl of water until you begin to see the roots develop. When soaking your pineapple plant, try to keep the water shallow so that the leaves do not get soaked. Just like with the air plants, soaking the leaves can cause them to rot.

Once the roots have developed, plant your pineapple plant in a pot. Water your plant whenever the soil dries. Your pineapple plant can be kept outside during the summer, but should be kept inside for the rest of the year.


Succulents and Cacti-

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Succulents and cacti are beautiful plants that have many subspecies. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Succulents either come planted in a disposable plastic pot or already planted in a permanent pot. If they come in a plastic pot, replant it into a cute pot of your choice, making sure to add any extra solid you may need to fill the space.

Your succulents should be kept in a sunny place, and watered when the soil is dry. Be extra careful not to overwater your succulent- they are quite sensitive and adapted to live in environments with little water.


Why are Ancient Greek concepts and stories still used today

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Have you ever wondered why we still use books, stories, and information which came from people from a very long time ago?

Well, Ancient Greece brought up important ideas to the rest of the world – things like important advancements in mathematics, and creating concepts like democracy. They also created things such as theater, which is recognized all around the world today. They created their own style of architecture and art.

And, they had a religion which was called Hellenism, or Greek mythology today. The gods represented different aspects of life and nature (Poseidon is the god of the sea and earthquakes). Greek mythology has also been used today in books and movies such as Percy Jackson.

Stories from Ancient Greece are used really commonly today, but why?

Well, the first reason is because they are entertaining. For some reason it is entertaining watching Ancient Greek gods messing with the people that believe in them.

But not only are they entertaining but they can also teach you many things. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice teaches people about patience and trust in other people. Stories such as the one of Hades and Persephone teaches you about love but also teaches you about one’s greed. Stories like the Odyssey teach you about how bad it was to defy the gods of Greece, and how people back then thought that things like that would really happen to them if the did defy them. And stories like the Iliad show you events that happened back then in their perspective.

Greek stories are used today in school because they teach you lessons, show important character personality traits, and show important parts of reading. Like how in the Odyssey it shows Odysseus and how he, as the main character, gets himself and the rest of his men constantly in trouble. And this is because of his fatal flaw, he is very arrogant and prideful, and that goes on to be his downfall.

The idea of a fatal flaw is an aspect of English literature that is still relevant today. The concept of the fatal flaw can still be seen all over today’s movies, TV, and media. 

George H.W. Bush

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After George H.W. Bush served as the 41st President, he and his wife both suffered from Graves‘ disease. In the early 2000s, he started to have an irregular heartbeat, and started to faint in public, and he would immediately go to the hospital but was released the next day each time.

Bush was diagnosed with a rare form of Parkinson’s called vascular Parkinsonism. Over the years, he has been accused of groping women. His office released a statement saying his Parkinson’s may be the reason of his touching.

Since 2012, Bush was forced to ride a scooter because of his Parkinson’s disease. In 2015, Bush suffered from a neck injury and couldn’t attend Trump’s inauguration. In January of that year, he was in the intensive care unit with a respiratory problem from pneumonia.

On Novermber 30, 2018, Bush died due to his health conditions, at his home in Houston. Bush’s funeral was held on December 5th and all of the former presidents attended, including Donald Trump. Bush was buried next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April of 2018.

When Bush turned 94, he was the only president to live up to that age, but in March 2019, Jimmy Carter will be the oldest living president.