Valleyfair day

As the school year comes to an end, Highland has been celebrating by hosting many events to close the year for its students, and especially for its senior class. This includes events like Prom, Boat Dance, AG Day, and finally, Valleyfair!

Valleyfair Day is a trip to the amusement park in Shakopee, Minnesota for Highland’s graduating class. This field trip isn’t for every grade, only seniors are invited and encouraged to attend to put a cap on all the memories they’ve made the past four years at Highland Park. This is one last field trip for the class to share together, to celebrate all the hard work they’ve put in together as a class, and to enjoy one last trip with each other.

Valleyfair offers activities for everyone who attends! They offer rides for those who do enjoy the thrills of giant, fast roller coasters, and offer different activities ranging for those who are on the more calm and collected side of things.

Valleyfair has arcade games, water rides, wave pools, roller coasters, food, and many more fun activities around the park. There are several dozen different events for every student in the graduating class of 2018. The bus for the field trip left at 9 am on Friday, May 25th!

A night on the Mississippi

On Friday night, May 18th, 500 of Highland’s students danced the night away on the Mississippi River. The Boat Dance was open to students at 6:30 pm, on Friday, at Harriet Island, on the West side of Saint Paul, MN. The boat took off around 7:15 pm and returned to Harriet Island at 10 pm.

The dance has been a Highland tradition for many years, and by the number of students that attended this year, it will continue to be a tradition for many more years in Highland’s future. This year, the dance had the most attendees it’s had in years – so many that the school couldn’t continue selling tickets – filling up both of the boat’s capacity of people pretty quickly.

There were two different boats for student’s to enjoy; one boat was for the people who wanted to dance, and the other boat was for the people who preferred to sing karaoke with friends or sit back and watch others sing. No matter what boat you were on, there were dozens of different groups of people who were making the best of their night for themselves, their friends, and others around them.

If you chose not to, or were unable to attend the dance this year, make sure to attend Boat Dance 2019! Hopefully, the boat’s attendance remains high throughout the rest of its years at Highland, and hopefully the energy of the attendees remains the same as well!

Melania Trump’s “Be Best”

Last night, May 7th, Melania Trump released her First Lady Agenda. In this agenda she expressed that her agenda is aimed towards the children of America and their well being. Melania Trump named her campaign “Be Best” and she plans to improve the lives of children all across the country. Melania plans to do this by focusing on childrens’ mental and physical health, and educating them on the many real life issues that they are surrounded by, and face today. These problems range from social media use, drug abuse, and being raised in a healthy environment.

The “Be Best” campaign is not only about promoting raising kids in a healthy environment and supporting them, but it’s also about teaching and raising them with the values for “kindness and respect.” This campaign doesn’t come as a surprise based on events that have happened in the past – especially based off of some of the comments that Melania has made based on how people treat her husband. “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” Melania Trump made said in 2016.

In the end, it is amazing to see that our First Lady stands for the children and youth of our country. She wants what is best for all of our youth in this country; wanting them to be the best that they can be and helping them reach their full potential. This can be reached by helping these children start a young age, and by actually helping them, and not by leaving the pressure for them to be great on their own. And, as Melania Trump stated in her agenda, “Children deserve every opportunity to enjoy their innocence.”