Category Archives: Clubs and Activities

New club at Highland Senior High

By: Maya Breininger

Do your hobbies include the culinary arts? Do they revolve around cooking, or baking? If so, feel free to read up on a new student-led culinary arts club, one that was started by a student with a passion for cooking.

The club was created from scratch, and was made possible from the people who made donations and volunteered their time to help.

The process of making a club from scratch is not an easy one. Although it seems like a fun and happy concept, in retrospect, the actual physical labor and financial struggle is prominent for those in charge. Covering all of the ingredients and materials necessary for the club, ended up being a total of around 200 dollars. It was an expense that the club president was happy to pay, but the financial struggle to get the club started was, well, a struggle.

The first club meeting was held on Thursday, November 3rd, from 3:10 to 4:40. The club opened with a slideshow, and an explanation of the club and materials. Then, the recipe was introduced, and teams were formed.

By working together and trusting each other through the process, the club was successful in making our first recipe; pumpkin muffins with cheese cream frosting. It was an easy recipe with instructions that the club could understand, and was a fun activity to do with friends after school.

Although it was a wonderful first time experience, and many people tried their hardest to adhere to the rules, there were a few bumps and hiccups along the way that could be easily fixed with proper procedure.

Firstly, an organized clean up group that takes time to spiffy up the club room will be essential for the next meeting. Last time may have been a good start, but we will need to stay consistent with our cleaning regimen if we want to continue the club.

Secondly, although the idea of putting students into groups was a good starting idea, next time the club will need to have more organized steps and directions so that members do not get lost or confused. For example, when making muffins, there should be one group at the dry ingredients station, and one group at the wet ingredients station so that it doesn’t get chaotic.

Once these things are accurately worked on, and we are able to improve the stability and consistency of the club, I’m sure that it will be able to go off without a hitch!

Welcoming a new club into Highland Park was an exciting experience, and I’m excited to expand my culinary knowledge with other students.

Dia de los Muertos: What is it, who celebrates it, and how can you be a part of it?

By: Alexa Ramirez

Over 345,000 people all over the state of Minnesota identify as Hispanic or Latino, and within that community, many people are preparing for the holiday, Día de los Muertos. Here at Highland Park High School, the Union Latina club hosted an event to celebrate and educate students about the holiday, in the gym, where students of any class could come down (with teachers’ permission), learn about Día de los Muertos and immerse themselves in some of the typical activities that people take part in during this holiday. But let’s talk about some key information first: What is it? Where does it come from? Who celebrates it? Let’s see!

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that takes place from October 31 through November 2. The belief around the holiday is that on those days you welcome back deceased relatives to be reunited with them and celebrate their lives with food, drink and celebration. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened on October 31 for the spirits of deceased children to rejoin their families for 24 hours.

This works the same way for the spirits of deceased adults on November 1 and 2. The holiday is a blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture and goes back some 3,000 years, originally being celebrated in Mexico by Aztecs, Nahuatl people and many other indigenous tribes who lived by the belief that death is an integral, and present part of life, that is meant to be acknowledged and not feared. It’s still celebrated in Mexico today and in other countries like Spain, Brazil, Guatemala, and many more. It is a way we show our deceased family that they are still with us and that they are not forgotten.

Contrary to popular belief, Día de los Muertos is not another form of Halloween. Though they share a date and people dress up and celebrate for both, they are very different holidays. On the Day of the Dead, it is believed that the border between the spiritual and living world dissolves, and during that period, the souls of the dead return to the living world to visit the living. When they do, they’re greeted with feasts, drinks, dances and music that they enjoy with their loved ones. They are treated as guests and are met with their favorite foods, things that cater to their interests, and other offerings all laid out on an ofrenda. Ofrendas are typically built at gravesites or in people’s homes and are decorated with candles, flowers called cempasúchil, food, photos of their deceased loved ones and any other items they deem fitting to add.

At Highland, many students (myself included) celebrate this holiday and want to share it with those at the school, which we did through the Union Latina club, where we put on an event in the field house, at the school, where students could come and learn about Día de los Muertos.

We had many different stations with activities for visitors to do. There was a coloring station where students could color in drawings from famous movies that feature Day of the Dead; a photo booth where they could try on traditional Mexican dresses, hats and decorated skeleton masks and take photos in them; and a face paint table where students got their faces painted with skeleton features in black and white or in colorful and decorative styles (whichever they preferred), which is something very common in Day of the Dead festivals and other celebrations.

Students could also visit the ofrenda that the club put together with decorative flowers, candles, and a bread that’s commonly used to decorate or to consume during Día de los Muertos called Pan de Muertos. The ofrenda had photos to celebrate those who have passed and have been important to the community here in our Saint Paul Public Schools, like Paul Wellstone and Philando Castile, as well as some passed Hispanic historical figures like Selena.

Along with these activities, we had some interactive activities like musical chairs and a group dance called el Caballo Dorado (the Golden Horse) which is a common Mexican line dance that we taught to the students and all danced together. This event was a huge success! Many classes showed up to learn, celebrate and enjoy this holiday together.

Aztec dance being performed by members of the Union Latina
The Ofrenda set up by members of the Unión Latina
Paper flower making during the Dia de los Muertos celebration
Unión Latina club during the Dia de los Muertos celebration

This event is an annual one that ULA puts on along with many others, and is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Latino culture by learning about one of its most cherished holidays right here at Highland.

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tt2380307/?scrlybrkr=f60a5058

More ways you can learn about Dia de los Muertos are by reading about it in books like ‘Ghosts’ by Raina Telgemaier or ‘Day of the Dead in the USA’ by Regina M. Marchi, it’s also featured in popular movies like ‘Coco’ and celebrated locally at events like the Dia de los Muertos festival in Minneapolis on November 5, and the Dia de los Muertos Fiesta at the Midtown market, also in Minneapolis.

Dia de los Muertos is one of the many Hispanic holidays that surround us here in MN with so many Hispanic and Latino people all around, and getting involved in it is an excellent way to learn and experience a new culture and enrich your life.

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Clubs and activities: The who, what, when, and where of HPSH extracurriculars

By: Jo Knorr & Erin Moore

Image taken from: HPSH BSU Instagram page (@hp_bsu)

Jo and I have talked to many friends and wondered ourselves about getting involved at Highland. When we looked for more information, we realized there were so many different places to learn more, but most information was spread out. Thus, we decided to write this article so there could be one place to find almost everything you need to know about clubs at HPSH.

Adoptee Club
Adoptee Club is a place for adopted children, and their siblings, to come together and discuss their unique experiences and perspectives. This club met for the first time this year on October 12th, at 7:45. They meet in room 2204. (Ms. Kallestad’s room.)

African Students Association
HPSH African Students Association is a club for African students at Highland to play games, talk, and learn about African culture. However, this club is not exclusively for African students, according to their interview in HP News. ASA meets from 3:15-4:15 every Thursday after school in the CCRC.

Asian Culture Club
The Asian Culture Club is open to everyone—People of Asian descent, friends, and those just looking to learn! Club meetings are held every other Friday from 3:00-4:15, starting September 30th. Meeting location is room 3210; snacks are provided.

Black Student Union
Black Student Union (otherwise known as BSU) is a club focused on diversity, cultural awareness, and support within the Black community. The Black Student Union holds meetings every Wednesday in room 1204 between 3:15 and 4:00.

Book Club
Book Club is, well, what it says on the posters. At the beginning of each month, books are voted on, and the winning book (YA, usually tying into a social issue of some kind) will be read throughout the course of the month. This month’s book is I Hunt Killers, by Barry Lyga. Meetings are held in the library; the next one will be Tuesday, October 25.

Climate Justice Club
Climate Justice Club focuses on educating students about climate change, making an impact in our community to improve the environment, and fighting for a healthier Earth. Their meetings are held at 7:45am in room 2314. CJC meetings will be the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Debate

Contrary to popular belief, debate is a sport—the art and science of speech and civil argument. Debaters are given evidence for two sides of an issue, and it is up to them to fit things together and think up rebuttals on the fly to their opponent’s remarks. If you debate all throughout high school, Augsburg University might even offer you a scholarship! Debate meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30. It’s held in 2220, Mr. Hayes’ room.

Girls Alliance Association
Girls Alliance Association, or GALA, is a girls empowerment group set on providing a supportive community for the girls of HPSH that educates and advocates for important women’s issues such as health and inequality. GALA meets in room 2203, on the second and fourth Fridays of every month, at 3:15.

Gender Sexuality Alliance
The Gender-Sexuality Alliance is a club for those in the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and those questioning their gender, sexuality or romantic orientation. Individuals come together for support, conversation, and a place to discuss the ins and outs of being in the community. Meetings are in room 2208 every Wednesday after school.

The Good Club
The Good Club meets every other Wednesday from 7:45-8:10am in room 2208. The Good Club describes themselves on their Instagram account as “a club who strives to help our community and world by learning and taking action. It’s a good way to meet new people, get involved in the community, and get service hours!” Their next meeting is on October 26th at the usual time.

HOSA
Otherwise known as the Highland chapter of the Healthcare Occupational Students of America, HOSA is a club for those who want to go into the medical services in the future. It offers lectures from real medical professionals, first-aid lessons, and an introduction to many tools and terms you’ll be using in the professional world. It meets next on October 20th, at 7:30. Meetings are conducted in the nurse’s office.

Jewish Culture Club
Jewish Culture Club is for Jewish and non-Jewish students alike to learn more about Jewish culture. Meetings are every other Thursday at 3:10pm in room 2202. In their first meeting, they had snacks, made cards for Rosh Hashanah, and introduced themselves. If you’re interested in learning more about Judaism, be sure to check it out.

Knit and Crochet Club
Knit and Crochet Club is a club for anybody who wants a quiet space to knit, crochet, and make friends. From beginners to experts, everyone is welcomed! Meetings are after school on Mondays, in room 1215

Model UN
Model UN is a club where students, by roleplaying a delegate from a particular nation, can simulate the functions of the real United Nations in miniature. This will help students develop their research skills, comprehend international relations, flex their problem-solving muscles, and understand the complex issues that affect our globe. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ms. Rise, in 2201.

Muslim Student Association
The Muslim Student Association is a club by, and for, students who are practitioners of Islam; those who want to learn are also welcomed. The club holds prayer services and celebrates holy days together. Club meetings are every Monday, from 3:15 to 4:15. They are held in room 1204.

Robotics
Robotics is a club for technologically and STEM-minded students to get together and build a robot! Participants will then compete in competitions that can even go up to the national level. In the first half of the year, meetings will be held on Tuesdays. In the latter half—once the season picks up—meetings will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. They meet in the wood shop.

Science Club
Science Club meets in room 2305 at 7:45 every other Wednesday (their first meeting was on September 21st). Science Club is for learning more about various aspects of science and discussing it with others also interested in it. Members of the science club also write for The Nucleus, a science journal. Want to check out The Nucleus? Their website is: thehighlandnucleus.weebly.com.

Student Council
Student Council is open to anyone, and is for those interested in helping the school community and being part of decision making for school events. For example, in the first meeting of student council, they voted and decided on the spirit week themes and the homecoming dance theme, and in the second meeting they sorted grade shirts and held signups for handing out shirts, the pep rally how-to video, and selling homecoming tickets. They meet around once a month, and will hold their next meeting on November 1st at 3:10 in room 2214 (Ms. Becker’s room).

Theatre Club
Highland’s Theatre Club is for students interested in performing or helping with the various productions put on by HPSH throughout the course of this year. Currently, the plays ‘Clue’ and ‘The Children’s Hour’ are in rehearsals, performing in early winter of 2022. To join Theatre Club for tech crew, or later performances, contact Ms. Nancy. Later in the year, Theatre Club will have winter one acts, a spring musical (‘Addams Family’), and a spring play, all of which require zero experience for auditioning.

For more information, be sure to check out HP News, club fliers in the hallways, club social media accounts, and listen to the announcements in advisory! If we missed any clubs, the previously mentioned sources would also be great places to find information on those.

‘Matilda’: The musical shown by HPSH Theater

By: McKenna Nutter

Images taken from: Photos from
Facebook: Joel Chirhart

‘Matilda’ is about a little girl born into a nasty, unappreciative family. A genius girl, full of stories and a mind as wide as the sky, trapped in a horrible family and a horrible school, run by the nasty Ms. Trunchbull. Agatha Trunchbull, ex-hammer throwing champion, runs a school much like a prison, and depending who you ask, some place much worse.

The only sort of light that reaches the classroom is the teacher, Jenny Honey. A kind-hearted soul, just as trapped as Matilda, Ms. Honey has never been able to find the courage to fight for herself, but when a clever little girl comes to her classroom, Jenny may find a reason to stand up for herself, Matilda, and her students. 

This year, Highland Park Theater got the opportunity to share this story. Senior Briana Li-Heidkamp sung her heart out as Matilda and Junior Jaya Bird could not have done better in her role of Ms. Honey.

One of the funniest parts in the show goes to Ms. Trunchbull, and senior Cleo Foley had everyone rolling with laughter.

This year has been a hard year, and in theater we had no exception. Without a full audience, it was harder to keep the spirit up in the auditorium, but between all of the hard work, the whole cast and crew were able to have fun.

Images taken from: Photos from
Facebook: Joel Chirhart

If you aren’t involved in theater, it’s hard to know how much goes into a performance. This year, we had actors and crew in everyday after school working hard on learning lines for a two hour show.

Educating the educators: HPDA club and the Schoology course for SPPS teachers

By: Caroline Crosby (Vice President of Disability Alliance club at Highland)

Highland Park Senior High School, as well as similar learning establishments around the Twin Cities, display great student body diversity. It may be inferred, then, that a variety of individuals and ranging abilities demands a variety of accommodating instruction and environments.

Inclusion and accessibility are crucial in any working facility, especially in academic settings catered towards young adults and adolescence. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics dictates that the current 7 million students with disabilities in the U.S. comprise 14% of national public school enrollment. No small number!

With this significant information in mind, HP’s own Disability Alliance club (known to many Scotties as “DA club” for short) has been collaborating with the Office of Equity, and other district staff members, to create a comprehensive Schoology course on ableism. The course is described as an asynchronous educational training tool for SPPS faculty and teachers.

The goal? To prompt reflection and growth with attitude, bias, and experiences regarding education and ableism in schools. It may* include informative content on student perspective, the history of disability rights and laws, implicit bias, inclusive suggestions for the classroom, and much more.

As the VP of Disability Alliance, my hope is that this project will prompt lasting, progressive, change for faculty and students alike. Our club has been working closely to provide an in-depth understanding of academic encounters from middle and high schoolers’ perspectives.

From April 21 to May 9, DA opened a survey recording student experiences with accessibility in school. It was available to 6-12 graders anywhere within the district, and collected written and recorded accounts that may be used in the course material.

By the time submissions closed, the survey had collected a whopping 712 responses! Members of the club’s executive board were reportedly ecstatic with the volume of data that the survey received. 

When asked about her time working with the project, HP Junior, Founder, and DA Club President Rui Rui Bleifuss said, “I’m so excited for the impact of the Schoology course, and everything that comes with it. I look forward to seeing the change, and hope it raises awareness around the topics of inclusion + accessibility!”

It appears that enthusiasm for their work was shared across the board! Fellow Junior, and Club Treasurer, Samara Hickle stated, “I love working with Sherry Kempf and the other administrators! I hope this course will educate teachers and give them a better understanding of our experiences as students.”

As those involved move forward with the Schoology course and its illuminating information; students, teachers, and faculty can work day by day to promote a more inclusive environment for all. Positive change is often founded both by organized contribution, and individual participation!

*As a disclaimer: discussed/listed aspects of the Schoology course material in this article are not indicative of the final product. Finalized features and course details are subject to change. For questions or concerns, contact the DA club directly at hpdaclub@gmail.com.

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What’s happening with HPSH theatre?

By: McKenna Nutter

Highland Park Senior High School definitely has its fair share of extracurricular activities. A wide range of sports for every season, awareness clubs, creativity outlets, and so many more. My personal involvement lies with the Highland Park Theatre Club. Each club and team all have their own sense of community, and theatre is no different.

The challenges that the year of 2020 has thrown at us all were hard to overcome, but we’ve been able to adapt for the safety of everyone. Unfortunately, these adaptations have left almost all of us stuck at home, and many after school activities have made plans for the rest of this year.

Image taken from: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HTFFriends/posts/

This last fall, Highland Theatre put together a number of student directed virtual shows. Auditions, rehearsals, meetings and tech was all done over Google Meet. The talented actors faced the challenges of portraying movement, emotion and a storyline all from the comfort of their own homes.

Each of the shows were all recorded, and are now almost all posted on the Highland Park Theatre YouTube channel at: HP Theatre. On the channel, you will find ‘The Curious Art of Critique’, ‘Please Have a Seat’, ‘The Maltese Falcon’, ‘Words, Words, Words’, and ‘Heritage’. 

As fall turned into winter, HPSH Theatre was ready to start their next set of productions and everyone prepared for the upcoming recordings:

  • ‘Twelfth Night’ directed by Nancy Michael
  • ‘4 A.M.’ directed by Soren Chirhart
  • ‘Murder in the Knife Room’ directed by Briana Heidkamp
  • ‘I Said Run’ directed by Rachel Dickinson
  • ‘The Virtual Support Group from Hell’ directed by Colin Ward
  • ‘The Discussion’ written by Anne Douma and directed by Anne Douma and Na’Riyah Johnson

With the opportunity for in-person learning starting April 14th, HPSH Theatre is hopeful to have a socially distanced live audience for a production of last year’s planned performance of the musical ‘Matilda,’ by Ronald Dahl. With fingers crossed, we are waiting to hear if a live audience will be approved in order to continue with plans for this fun musical.

Auditions for the musical should hopefully be taking place as early as the week of March 16th. Unfortunately, a live audience is required because of restrictions on recording this specific production. It is unknown what will take place if a live audience is unachievable, but we are hopeful we will not have to change plans. 

Image taken from: https://supersummertheatre.org/matilda/

With new planned safety measures beyond the ones already being put in place, theatre is also planning to make use of outdoor areas, masks at all times, and being socially distanced both on and off stage. We are also being mindful of the spread through germs on objects, so cleaning and sanitizing will become a regular occurence.

 

Team StarKid

By: Annika Getz

Team StarKid is a theater group that produces high quality pro-shot musicals, and posts them for free on YouTube. They’ve made 12 musicals in the past 11 years.

Their first, and one the one that they’re best known for, is ‘A Very Potter Musical,’ which is a parody of the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. It was released in 2009, by a group of college kids, with a budget of $150. Since then, they’ve grown significantly, both in popularity and budgetary status. Now, I want to explain why they’re my favorite theater group.

Reason one is that they’re the only group which makes their shows accessible to the general public. For most musicals, you have to pay thousands of dollars to see them, or watch illegal bootlegs online. StarKid however, just posts the entirety of all their shows onto YouTube. This shows that they care less about money, and more about the happiness of their fans.

Now, let’s get into the actual quality of the shows. I honestly haven’t watched one and thought “Well, that sort of fell flat.” Each show has an engaging plot, good jokes, interesting characters, and most importantly, amazing actors. There really isn’t any one actor who I don’t think is talented and entertaining to see on screen. They’re all unique, and bring fun and interesting things to each show.

The shows are also very creative and unique. The stories they tell can’t really be found anywhere else (several of them are parodies of certain franchises, but even those find ways to be new and interesting). I’ve seen most of the shows multiple times, because I find each one to be fun and engaging.

So, there you have it, the reasons that I (a broke theater kid in the middle of a pandemic which stops me from being able to go to any shows), absolutely loves Team StarKid. I’d recommend their stuff to anyone who likes comedy musicals, or musicals in general.

Image taken from: https://www.teamstarkid.com/

Youth Climate Justice Summit: Part 2

By: Vivian S

On Wednesday, February 26th, I woke up, brushed my teeth, and walked out of my house. But instead of continuing down to the bus stop, I was driven to the Capitol.

…Well, not exactly the Capitol, I was driven to the Good Neighbor Building, as that is where the Youth Climate Justice Summit began.

After I managed to find my way around all the twisting roads of the Capitol, I completed my registration and went down to breakfast. Everyone sat at tables with people in the same district as them and chatted for a while. Then, youth took to the stage.

We started with some icebreaker activities, but the true beginning of the summit was a speech about the exploitation of Native American people to this day, and how it related to climate justice. That idea is a part of intersectional climate justice, which was a big focus of the summit, which says that climate change disporportionallly affects communities of color and other disenfranchised communities which are normally systematically targeted, making it not just an environmental issue but also a social and economic issue.

We then were given a short presentation of how to talk to representatives, and on the bills that the summit was trying to get passed, and those they were trying to stop from passing.

The bills that were being supported were:

  • Solar on Schools (HF1133 & SF1424): which is a grant program to give schools solar panels which will eventually take on a great part of the electricity load of the schools.
  • Energy Conservation for Schools (HF1148 & SF2016): which would make a loan-fund for schools to make investments in energy conservation.
  • The Women of Color Opportunity Act (HF841 & SF1123): which is a collection of grant programs for organizations working with women of color to develop small businesses, expand access to STEM careers, provide internships, etc. to combat the how women of color are underrepresented.
  • Trash-burning is Not Renewable: which would declare that trash-burning is not a renewable energy source and companies cannot keep claiming it as such. It is still being drafted.
  • Green Affordable Housing: is a proposal by Governor Walz to make massive investments into affordable housing that is energy efficient as well.

The bills that weren’t being supported were:

  • Felony Free Speech & Guilty by Association (SF2011/HF2241 and SF3230/HF2966): 4 bills which would make harsher punishments for water and pipeline protesters.
  • Clean Energy First Act (SF1456): which, while it says that electric companies have to prioritize carbon-free energy, it also defines trash-burning as renewable and coal and gas plants “carbon free resources”.
  • Exempting Climate Impacts from Environmental Review: which says that new projects in Minnesota don’t have to consider the impact they would have on the environment due to carbon emissions. This bill is still being drafted.

After we were given these bills, and an overview of them, we then went to meet with our representatives. I went to meet Rep. Dave Pinto.

We were let in, and about 10 of us squeezed in. We went around introducing ourselves, then got straight down to business. Rep. Pinto immediately expressed his support for what we were doing and the bills we were talking about. The meeting was short, and we only had the time to bring up a few ideas, like how to get moderate Republican support, and short discussions on the bills. By the end of it, Rep. Pinto said that he would co-author the House Solar in Schools bill, which would mean he would be signing his name as someone that was supportive of the bill.

Then, we tried to go meet with Sen. Dick Cohen. We didn’t have a meeting with the senator though, so our meeting failed, but we left letters expressing what bills we supported and what we didn’t.

After that, I participated in one of the student-led workshops. There were many of those over the day, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to see most of them, but I managed to catch one. “Raising the pressure on legislators”, in which one of the students led us through how to contact your legislators and more effectively express your opinions and ideas to them. We were given instructions and how to write letters and emails, how to make phone calls, and how to be active on social media and the community.

We were also given a list of places to look for other events to become active in: US Climate Strike, MN Climate Strike, and Yea! MN.

Then, there was lunch, which may have been my favorite part of the day.

After that, all of us walked up into a sanctuary and filed in row by row, to listen to a whole host of speakers.

The first speaker introduced Will Steger, who founded ClimateGeneration, one of the programs leading the summit. Then came Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan who discussed the need to be active in politics and the fight against climate change. Following her came Governor Tim Walz, who talked about the urgency of battling climate change and how we as young people had to protest, to demand our rights.

Before this summit, I had barely known who Governor Walz was, much less how much of a contested character he was to the climate change activists at the summit. He only spoke for ten minutes, and left at the end without taking any questions. The entire group had a discussion about what he had said, with many of us coming to the consensus that we were disappointed by his lack of specifics.

After that, we had the chairs of both the house and senate climate justice committees talk to us, in which they discussed the specific actions they were taking, their problems, and how to get involved.

All in all, it was a very long day.

I enjoyed it, getting to talk to our representatives was important and it did feel like having a bit of a voice in politics, but the summit could have been managed a bit better, and I wish we got to meet with more representatives.

I would urge all of you though, even if you were unable to make it, to contact your representatives and make your voices heard, and to join in other events.

PRIZM

PRIZM is a magazine that displays the artwork created by the students at Highland Park. The staff advisor of PRIZM is Nancy Michael. 

PRIZM has been a group that has been created and recreated many times by the students at our school. There have also been other groups created that are similar to PRIZM but were put under a different name.

What is the purpose of PRIZM?

PRIZM gives the students at Highland an opportunity to be creative and create something that they like. It also allows them to show off their own hard work with the people of the Highland Park High School community. 

What can you submit?

You can submit anything that you consider to be artwork!

Things such as:

  • Writing pieces
  • Drawings
  • Paintings 
  • Sculptures
  • Photography
  • Pottery

How can you submit your artwork?

You can submit your artwork by sending it to the PRIZM email. This year that email is: Highlandparkprizm2020@gmail.com. If you have any questions, or issues with your artwork, you can email PRIZM as well. 

You can submit your artwork with any name that you’d like. You can also submit it anonymously and your artwork will be the only thing presented in the PRIZM magazine. 

When can you submit?

Now! The PRIZM email is ready and open to accept the fresh new pieces of artwork from all the students at Highland!

Want to be a member of PRIZM?

If you would like to be a part of PRIZM you can simply email the advisor Nancy Michael at: nancy.michael@spps.org

As a member of PRIZM you will be able to be considered a real publisher which sounds pretty cool on college resumes! 

PRIZM meetings usually occur in the auditorium or in the field house area. Meeting times vary, but there usually are at least two meetings a month. At meetings you help come up with ideas to promote PRIZM, ideas for fundraisers, and you get to decide what is accepted into the PRIZM magazine/book. 

The Good Club Vol. 2: Food drive

By: Vivian S.

One of Highland Park’s newest clubs is back at it again. The Good Club will be holding a food drive this week.

They will be collecting donations of food and/or hygiene products up until December 12th, when later that night, during parent-teacher conferences, they will be passing out the food to HP students next to the auditorium from 5-7pm.

If you have any donations, you can bring them to Ms. Jane’s room or Ms Ostendorf’s room (2207 and 2208).

So, once again, to find out more, I interviewed Cailin and Delaney, two of the people running the club.

Please note that these are not direct quotes. 

V: What is your goal for the food drive?

C&D: To make food security less of a taboo topic in our school, as many of our students do need food, we’re hoping to make it more normalized.

V: What do you want people to donate, and is there anything you do not want?

C&D: Anything is fine, especially canned and boxed food, stuff kids can make for themselves. Not fresh produce, milk, or eggs though. Healthier options if you have any.

V: What do you plan on doing with any remaining food?

C&D: There is a food shelf here, so it’s going to be put there, and if there isn’t enough room, the rest will go to a local food shelf.

V: Do you plan on doing it again?

C&D: Yes, if given the opportunity and resources to do it again, we’ll do it again.

V: How much more food do you need to reach your goal?

C&D: A lot, we don’t have a goal, we just want as much food as possible.

V: How are you getting donations, and who from? I heard you talking about getting donations from Cub and a dentist’s?

C&D: Members of the club reached out to specific stores to ask for donations, and neighbors and friends. 

V: Why did you choose to do a food drive?

C&D: Hunger is something that isn’t really talked about in our school, and we wanted to bring awareness to it as it is important.

V: Do you have any plans for your next project?

C&D: No.