Sports schedule for: Dec 2-7

MONDAY DATE:   December 2nd
TUESDAY DATE:  December 3rd

5:30 / 7:00 p.m.


4:00 / 8:15 p.m.

Girls C-Squad/Varsity

Basketball vs.

Brooklyn Center

at Brooklyn Center

High School

5:30 / 7:30 p.m.   Boys JV/Varsity Hockey

vs.Henry Sibley

at Highland Ice Arena  
5:30 / 7:00 p.m.   Girls JV/Varsity Hockey vs.

Hill Murray

at WSP Ice Arena  
WEDNESDAY DATE:   December 4th
5:30 / 6:00 p.m.   JV/Varsity Wrestling vs. Harding HOME  
THURSDAY DATE:     December 5th

4:15 / 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.


2:30 / 8:30 p.m.

Girls C-Squad / JV / Varsity Basketball vs.

Mound Westonka

at Mound Westonka

High School


5:30 / 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.

  Boys C-Squad / JV / Varsity Basketball vs.

Minneapolis Edison



5:15 / 7:00 p.m. 3:15 / 9:00 p.m. Boys JV / Varsity Hockey vs. Cambridge at Isanti Ice Arena  
FRIDAY DATE:    December 6th
4:00 / 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.   Boys C-Squad / JV / Varsity Basketball vs. South St. Paul HOME  
5:30 p.m.   Boys Swimming

Conference Preview

at Humboldt High School  
5:30 / 7:00 p.m.   Girls JV / Varsity Basketball vs. North St. Paul at North St. Paul

High School

SATURDAY DATE:    December 7th
9:00 a.m.   Wrestling: Coon Rapids Invitational at Coon Rapids

High School

    Danceline Chaska Invitational at Chaska High School  

Black Friday

By: Vivian S

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As the great day of destroying and devouring a turkey approached, so did another holiday that I feared much more. Black Friday is came on November 29th. 

I remember as a child hating Black Friday, when my mom would drag me around the overcrowded stores for hours. I still do hold a distaste for it, but it also intrigues me. 

Why do we have a holiday for a day that is just stores selling all their items on sale? The day after Christmas isn’t a public holiday of this much renown. So why does Black Friday exist?

My research for this immediately became complicated with all the different origin stories I was inundated with.

I first found a article that listed 4 different origins of Black Friday, though only one was listed as the “true” beginning of the holiday. The holiday apparently comes from Philadelphia, “Black Friday” being a term the police would use to describe the chaos of the day after Thanksgiving, when everyone would go out shopping in advance of the Army-Navy football game. None of the cops were allowed to take the day off, they would have to work extended shifts, and shoplifters would take this opportunity to do as shoplifters do. 

The term eventually spread, and retailers found a way to spin it in a positive light for them with all the sales.

However, the term Black Friday wasn’t even used in the beginning to describe the holiday. Instead, it was first used to describe the collapse of the gold market in the 1800s because two stock-brokers tried to make themselves rich and it didn’t work. 

The article listed other stories of how Black Friday originated, but says the one I repeated above was the correct one.

Yet, that still didn’t answer to me why Black Friday is such a popular holiday.

Wikipedia says that Black Friday marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, and that many employees are given the day off as part of Thanksgiving, which could be reasons for its popularity.

In the end, I don’t think the endurance of Black Friday will ever make sense to me, and I will just have to live with it, and the shopping my mom will drag me around for.

Speech team at HPSH

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The speech team at Highland is directed by Mr. Russel and Dr. Sandra Wieser-Matthews and is on Tuesdays and Thursdays right after school from 3:15-4:15 (room 2304). 

In speech there are 13 different categories you can choose from: Drama, Poetry, Prose, Dramatic Duo, Humorous, Storytelling, Extemp Reading, Creative Expression, Original Oratory, Informative, Extemp Speaking, Great Speeches, and Discussion. 

In Drama, you are able to pick a play, story, or any other work that has been published. You are able to play all the parts that are in the work of choice. You may not use any props or costumes. 

In Poetry, you choose one, or multiple poems that are published, and you must express them. 

In prose, you choose a novel, or another published piece of literature, and analyze it. You write an analysis in your own words of the work that you choose and present that. 

In Dramatic Duo, you work with a partner and can choose any type of published piece and act it out. You can’t touch or look your partner in the eyes. 

In the Humorous category, you choose a published piece and give the speech in a humorous way while using body movements and tone.

In Storytelling, you choose from different books that fit into the theme of that year, and then perform and try to express its story as best as possible. 

In Extemp Reading, you are given three pieces and you are able to choose one to read as your speech. You get 30 minutes to come up with an introduction and read the speech beforehand. 

In Creative Expression, you are able to write your own speech that can be on whatever topic you want. 

In Original Oratory, you are able to write your own speech on a specific topic. The idea is to argue your point and try to get your point across. 

In the Informative category, you must write a speech that is attempting to teach others about a topic you know, and you can use visuals.

In Extemp speaking, you are given a piece to read and you get 30 minutes to write a speech on the topic and your reflection on what you read.

In Great Speeches, you analyze a speech that has already been given and write a speech on it. 

In Discussion, you are given a topic/problem and research it beforehand. You are in a room with other students and you all discuss the topic and try to find solutions.  

Joining speech will enhance your speaking and analyzing abilities, allow you to meet new people, and to talk about something you’re passionate about.