The Outdoor Club

By: Irene Cohen

Today I am interviewing one of the founders of Highland Park Senior High’s local “Outdoor Club”. Quinn Harvey and Anna Jones are the founders of this club that strives to get fellow members to explore nature in this age of technology. Today, I have Quinn Harvey with me in the flesh, so continue reading to learn more about Highland’s hottest new club.

Interviewer: So Quinn, how did you and Anna come up with this hip new idea? Was it more of a collaboration, or was one of you the mastermind behind it all?

Quinn: It started because last year I was talking to my Chemistry teacher, Ms. Noah, and we were talking about other high schools that had outdoor clubs, and I realized Highland didn’t have one, so this fall I emailed Dr. Tucker, and well… Here we are now!

Interviewer: So it seems like you had the initiative, how did your fellow co-founder get involved in this endeavor?

Quinn: Well, Anna was in my Chemistry class last year. So, while I did introduce the idea, she was often involved in this discussion. When I realized how much time and effort I would need to run this club, I decided to invite Anna to be a part of this journey that is the Outdoor Club.

Interviewer: Walk me through what a typical Outdoor Club meeting looks like.

Quinn: Well, we have two meetings a month. One is at the school, but the other is outside, exploring. The indoor ones are usually informational meetings about the next outing. However, we have watched movies and done various crafts. Some of the previous activities during these outdoor meetings include sledding and hiking. We plan to go rock climbing at our next outdoor meeting!

Interviewer: Can you tell the readers of the Plaid Line where they should go if they are interested in participating in the next one of these meetings?

Quinn: Our meetings are at 7:45 am on Tuesdays, once a month. Our advisor is Ms. Noah in room 3312. Our next meeting is an inside meeting on January 17th. We will be watching safety videos in order to be able to go to Vertical Endeavors later this month. It will be the weekend of the 28th, the details are TBD!

Interviewer: That’s awesome Quinn! Sounds like a good time, I’ll try to catch the next meeting, and hopefully will see some of the loyal Plaid Line readers there as well!

Quinn: I hope to see your face along with many others next meeting! Thank you for having me!

Video games in class

By: Manny Ochoa-Reeves

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Almost everyone played video games in class in 6th and 7th grade. Lately, I have been noticing that everyone has been playing video games in freshman classes. I don’t really know why, but the students are suddenly playing video games instead of paying attention in class. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love playing a game while the classes get really slow. I will mostly just play games on my phone.

The way the students play games is usually on their phones. The most popular games are games like “Clash Royale” and “Clash of Clans”. There’s just something about these games that is more fun in class.

Another interesting thing about playing games in school is that some students have unblockers. These unblockers are coded by people and they let you go to any website even though they are blocked. Most of these unblockers are used for playing games in class. Most of the video games played in class are games like “Cookie Clicker”, “Helmetz Royale” and any IO game.

Everyone has probably played a video game in school before. In my opinion, people play video games in class because they try to compete with each other to see who’s better.

But also, these little competitions are kinda funny because at the end of the day they are meaningless. And it’s not like these people are playing these same games at home, because there are better things to do than play these small pointless online games.

But there’s just something about competing against your friends in school that is really fun. I mean me and my friends like to play a game called “Cookie Clicker” to see who can get the most cookies. Even though it’s a very pointless game, it’s still fun because of the competition.

If you want to get scientific about why people play video games in class, it is because of something called dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that makes you feel happy and motivated. Dopamine gives you the motivation to play video games in class because it’s more fun than whatever you’re learning in class. If you want to learn more about that, you can go to

Sports schedule for: Jan 9-14

4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. South St. PaulSouth St. Paul High School
3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceTheodore Wirth Park
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. Como ParkHOME
5:00pm / 7:15pm JV Girls Hockey vs. South St. Paul Varsity Girls Hockey vs. Red WingJV: WSP Ice Arena V: Red Wing High School
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. MinneapolisCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
5:00pm Wrestling vs. Trinity and JohnsonHOME
6:00pm Gymnastics vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. JohnsonHOME
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmGirls Basketball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
4:30pm Boys Swimming and Diving vs. Humboldt/WashingtonHumboldt High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Dodge CountyWSP Ice Arena
TBD Dance InvitationalAnoka High School
TBD6:45am / 4:00pmVarsity Wrestling InvitationalSt. Croix Lutheran Academy
TBD7:00am / 2:00pmJV Wrestling InvitationalNorth St. Paul High School
TBD7:30am / 1:30pmMiddle School Wrestling InvitationalWashington Technology
1:00pm / 3:00pm Boys Hockey vs. BaldwinCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
1:00pm Boys Swimming and Diving True Team MeetSouthview Middle School
5:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Rochester MayoNorth Dale Rec Center