Issue 1 - October, 2017

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The official newspaper of Edina High School VOLUME 38, ISSUE 1, Oct. 12

Should We Block Sites on School Wifi? See Opinion ......... 8

New Attendance Policy See Opinion ......... 8

Hennepin Theatre Trust Cr itical R eview

Should We Judge Historical Figures Based on Present-Day Views? See Opinion, Head to Head ......... 9

City of Edina Opens Apartments for H o m e l e s s Yo u t h See News ......... 3

Lack of Insulation in Student Services Wing

See News ......... 3

Where in the World is Doc Loc? See Features ......... 4

The Secret Life of Scott Lenz See Features ......... 4

F r a n s k e ’s Ta k e o n t h e EHS Dress Code See In-Depth ......... 6-7

photo by Zoe Cheung

See Activities ......... 10

Students, Admin: A Divided Relationship on the Mend


Jenna Simon online editor in chief

n the morning of Thursday, Sept. 14, several Edina High School students went to school prepared to stand alongside their peers in protest of the enforcement of Edina Public Schools’ dress code and the perceived sexualization of female students. “The way that it started out was that everyone was trying to kind of rally behind this one issue . . . Everybody kind of thought ‘Hey, this is an example of a much larger issue relating to rape culture, relating to

sexualization of young females all over America, all over the world,’” senior Lauren Smith said. “We thought, ‘Hey, this is our opportunity to say something and do something.’” What started out as a protest with constructive intentions quickly spiraled out of control, with students gathering in the Commons at one point during the day, some standing on tables and others chanting. Full Article on Pages ......... 6-7

Lack of Insulation in Counseling Offices


Simone Vaillancourt page editor

fter a summer of construction at Edina High School, many areas of the new building were still a work in progress when teachers and students got back for the new year; even some spaces that looked ready were not. According to EHS college counselor Bill Hicks, the student services wing was never equipped with insulation, a fact which immediately posed problems to counselors and social workers when they returned for teacher inservice week at the end of summer break. “When we moved in, we got into our offices and all of us noticed that anybody who was on the wall to the hallway could hear people working outside the office,” Hicks said, “We could hear our colleagues from room to room. Everyone was kind of in the same situation.” Whereas a lack of wall insulation may have been an annoyance in new classrooms, the situation posed a more serious problem in the context of the counseling offices. Counselors are held to strict confidentiality standards; anything that they talk about with EHS students must be kept between the student and counselor. Because the walls were not insulated, there was a possibility that people outside of the office could hear confidential conversations. “We had assumed that

the rooms would be insulated for privacy,” Hicks said, “But even with the doors closed, it seemed like the walls were talking.” In addition to confidentiality problems, the lack of insulation in the offices caused temperature fluctuations within certain rooms. According to Hicks, there were days when the highest temperature reached in the counseling wing was near 60 degrees. “It’s been a work in progress since we’ve moved in,” he said. After weeks of dealing with cold temperatures and thin walls, the student services department notified their administrative team about the issue. After speaking with the school architects, the administration told the department that there was in fact no insulation, and that they would be adding it as soon as possible. According to Hicks, the construction team added the insulation on the week of Sept. 18 by working through the ceiling so as not to interrupt the staff. Social worker Laura Livesay, who works in an office near the entrance to the wing, also felt the effects of the insulation problem. She added that the construction team had used spray foam insulation to fill the walls. Full Article on Page ......... 4

October 12, 2017| 38:1

Letter to the Editor Editorial Board Ben Gustafson, print editor in chief Jenna Simon, online editor in chief Maren Naegele, managing editor Ellery Mahlum, print copy editor Tanner Jones, online copy editor Max North, art editor Zoe Cheung, photography editor Page Editors Simone Vaillancourt, cover Anjali Aralikar, news Lily Jones, student life Cecilia Orth, features Morgan Sheehy, in-depth Eva Hadjiyanis, opinion Brooke Sheehy, head to head Greyson Mize, activities Matthew Egger, sports Emma Bailey, sports Staff Writers Kyra Bergerud Hans Janovy Meyer Isha Konety Jack Marker Max Morton Julia Nicholson Syd Pierre Alex Stenman Theo Teske Kerui Yang Lucy Yang Adviser Sally Larkins

photo by Margaret Sullivan


psychological damages, at least to me, and potentially to the driver of the other vehicle, my friends who came out to help me, and the bystanders who witnessed the crash is unknowable. Well, mostly unknowable. Firemen carry junior Clara Bils at the mock crash I’ll give you all the chance to see into some of the actual psychological On Thursday, September 21st, 2017, damage that a car crash can cause. Edina High School hosted its yearly event, I now subconsciously avoid taking any the Mock Crash. As most of you know, unprotected) left turns (when I don’t have a the mock crash is a simulated crash that stop sign or stoplight) whether or not there is used to highlight and discourage drunk are cars there. driving. What many of you might not have I cannot drive in moderate rain without considered is the negative psychological becoming incredibly paranoid. effect viewing the mock crash might have Any scene of a car accident in real life, on certain EHS students, including me. Last minor or not, brings me right back into the April 25th, as I was leaving the EHS parking moments directly after my crash. lot, I got into a car crash. It wasn’t a major That last point includes wrecked cars crash;, the worst physical injury I sustained that may just be sitting around on school was a mild concussion. However, the property. For an event. Sanctioned by

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On the Mock Crash


the school. During said event, instead of going and watching like I was supposed to, I avoided any contact with it. Avoiding it didn’t help. Instead of focusing on the pieces I was playing in orchestra next period, I was reliving one of the worst moments in my life. It didn’t matter whether or not I was there to witness the mock crash; I still felt major negative effects on my schoolwork and emotional well-being for the rest of the day. The event’s message is incredibly important: don’t drive drunk. But the tactics used to get the point across are nothing short of shock and awe. I feel that the potential negative effects on students far outweighs the good done by the event, and I want to call for a change in the programming. Rather than scare tactics, the Edina High School administration and School Board should come up with another way to inform students of the dangers of drunk driving. Ian Klein.


Downsides to Media Center Downsizing

Lack of Insulation in Counseling Department Simone Vaillancourt page editor

photo by Mimi Beringer

After a summer of construction at Edina High School, many areas of the new building were still a work in progress when teachers and students got back for the new year, and some spaces that looked ready were not. According to EHS college counselor Bill Hicks, the student services wing was never equipped with insulation, and was posing problems to counselors and social workers when they returned for teacher in-service week at the end of summer break. “When we moved in, we got into our offices and all of us noticed that anybody who was on the wall to the hallway could hear people working outside the office,” Hicks said, “We could hear our colleagues from room to room. Everyone was kind of in the same situation.” Though lack of wall insulation may have only been an annoyance had it been in new classrooms, the situation causes a more serious problem when taken into consideration at the counseling offices. Counselors are held to a confidentiality agreement; anything that they talk about with EHS students must be kept between the student and counselor. Because the walls were not insulated, there was a possibility that people outside of the office could hear confidential conversations. “We had assumed that the rooms would be insulated for privacy,” Hicks said, “But even with the doors closed, it seemed like the walls were talking.” In addition to confidentiality problems, the lack of insulation in the offices caused temperature fluctuations within certain rooms. According to Hicks, there were days when the highest temperature reached in the counseling wing was near 60 degrees. “It’s been a work in progress since we’ve moved in,” he said. After weeks of dealing with cold temperatures and thin walls, the student services department notified their administrative team about the issue. After speaking with the school architects, the administration told the department that there was in fact no insulation, and that they would be adding it as soon as possible. According to Hicks, the construction team added the insulation on the week of September 18th by working through the ceiling so as not to interrupt the staff. Social worker Laura Livesay, who works in an office near the entrance to the wing, also felt the effects of the insulation problem. She added that the construction team had used spray foam insulation to fill the walls. Hicks believes that the reason behind the lack in insulation was due to an oversight, though he maintains that he does not know for sure, as the department was never told why there was no insulation to begin with. Nonetheless, he is happy that the student services wing will finally be finished. With the new addition of insulation, counselors and social workers can now work in more agreeable temperatures, while keeping in line with their confidentiality agreements. The change will make their transition to the new wing easier, so they can focus on helping EHS students adjust to the new building as well.

The new study space has a modern design that encourages indivdual and group study Syd Pierre staff writer The new Edina High School Media Center has a plethora of bookshelves, open areas where students can read and study, and wide windows that overlook the athletics field. A predominant concern for EHS students regarding the new media center, however, is that it has been downsized from previous years, which has raised questions about seating and space for students. Sara Swenson, the media specialist, tries to find a silver lining and says that the windows are her favorite part about the newly renovated media center, commenting that “it’s nice to get all of the natural light.” Senior Ocean Salazar pointed out that in terms of students, “it’s less crowded which is kind of nice,” but also noted that the new Media Center seemed slightly overcrowded spacewise, pointing out all the furniture that filled up the floorspace. Because the large bookshelves house hundreds of books, they take up a

large extent of the floor space around the Media Center. Swenson’s current plans for creating more space include reorganizing and removing a couple bookshelves to arrange more seating areas for students. The new Media Center also shares its hallspace with the commons, which brings up other concerns regarding the noise levels due to the openness and popularity levels of the commons area. Swenson hopes to be able to provide a quieter study space for students compared to the commons or other louder areas of the school that students frequent, though she did not outline a specific plan for how. The newly renovated Media Center is open from 7:30 to 3:30 Mondays through Fridays. While seating is an apparent challenge at the moment, there are plenty of books to check out and the Media Center provides a less crowded atmosphere to study in. Be sure to stop by and check out the new space!

Beacon Interfaith Shelters Homeless Teens Alex Stenman staff writer

photo by Margaret Sullivan The issue of insulation has since been resolved, however, it begs the question: ‘Is there anything else that has been overlooked?’

EHS Media Center transformed from old school library to contemporary collaborative space.

According to, in a statewide survey taken every three years, up to 6,000 young adults can be without shelter on any given night in the Twin Cities area alone. However, homelessness isn’t exclusively an inner city issue. It is happening right here in Edina. The 66 West Apartment building in Edina looks to change that by providing homes to youths who don’t have one. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, a congregation of local groups, launched the project with the goal to prevent homelessness in the Twin Cities. Edina Community Lutheran Church, or the ECLC, took the lead on the 66 West program and primarily recieved funding from the city. “Homelessness must be prioritized because a person cannot thrive without a safe, stable place to sleep,” 66 West project leader Lauren Morse-Wendt said. “It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to keep a steady job, maintain mental health, and keep a family together when living in a car, on someone’s couch, or on the streets.” The building began moving residents into its 39 rooms this May. Beacon Interfaith has been assisting young adults out on the street since 2003. Since then, they’ve helped over 800 people find not only a home, but a community to be a part of.


“The young adults who now call 66 West home are settling into their newfound stability, taking the next steps on their paths to independence, and creating a new community,” Laura Vitelli, the Director of Advancement at Beacon Interfaith, said. She noted that more than half of the residents are currently working, and all are participating in weekly community meetings, taking financial literacy classes, and sharing their skills with each other. These apartments provide an excellent opportunity to these struggling young adults. It gives them a chance— a chance to get back on their feet. What can I do to help support? Apply for the Families Moving Forward Program This is a program started by Beacon Interfaith that helps homeless families by creating shelter space in the evening, supplying food, a place to rest, and good conversation. Contact the congregation nearest to you if you’re interested in volunteering Become an Ambassador Ambassadors help spread community awareness about the struggles of homelessness by inviting five or more people to Open Door Tours, tours around Beacon Interfaith projects aimed to display what community support has helped create. Donate to Beacon Interfaith Check them out online at


Counselor Switch Hurts Seniors Lucy Yang staff witer “I was left back at square one.” After years of building a relationship with his high school counselor, a wrench was thrown into senior Bobby Scalia’s plans. With the addition of two new counselors at Edina High School, students with last names beginning with Rom-Z were assigned to new counselors Julie Block and Robin Dayneko. For some college-bound seniors, the change meant that their main resource for all things college preparation would be completely new to them. Initially, seniors expressed discontent. According to senior Prasoon Sinha, his affected friends “weren’t very happy with the switch.” Their main concern was counselor-written letters of recommendation, which are often requested on college applications. “The letter of recommendation was what I was most worried about,” senior Margaret Schilling said. Fellow senior Allison Scholl was similarly anxious. “I had formed a bond with Ms. Schmidt and I knew she could write a really honest and nice letter about me.” Concerns focused on the ability of new counselors to write letters without a prior relationship to students. “I just don’t know her as well,” Scholl said of her new counselor. “I don’t know if she’s gonna write a good

letter of recommendation that’s going to reflect my personality.” The school took action to remedy the gaps between students and their counselors. On Get Connected Day, there were scheduled mandatory meetings for seniors to discuss the application process with their new counselor. There were also packets which seniors filled out with personal information. “They had a lot of information Ms. Block could use,” Schilling said. Alongside the high school’s efforts, students have also made their own arrangements for letters of recommendation. “I made sure to talk with Ms. Schmidt to ensure that she would be the one writing my college recommendation letter,” Sinha said. Other students also plan to meet with their new counselors frequently during the school year, in hopes of strengthening their relationship. Others still don’t mind the shift that much, choosing to meet with counselors only when required to do so. Student worry about recommendation letters seems to be subsiding, but there’s still division. Some

seniors, like Scholl, believe the shift wasn’t done properly. “I trust Ms. Block with her job because she’s highly qualified, but it’s unfair to seniors who have developed a good relationship with their past counselors,” Scholl said. “I think they should have at least talked to the students.” Scalia echoed her thoughts. “I wish the school had made the counselor switch process a little bit more gradual,” he said. Overall, the counselors themselves seem to be well-received. Each was described as “supportive and helpful,” “well-qualified,” and even “amazing.” Although the shift has caused some problems, as Scholl put it, “I think we’ll just have to do the best we can.”

art by Andy Youngstrom

Parking Problems Persist Matthew Egger page editor


Maren Naegele managing editor It’s lunchtime, and the minute the bell rings, seniors and juniors with release stickers officially have 41 minutes to jump in their car, pick up some lunch, and get back to class. That may seem like a lot of time, but between driving to your destination, eating and then making your way back to school, there is barely enough time to make it back without getting a tardy. Instead of wasting precious time deciding where to go, Zephyrus and Edina High School seniors have some yummy recommendations for you! Industrial Starbucks (7 minutes from school; 5122 Edina Industrial Blvd, Edina, MN 55439) For senior Josie Shuster, Starbucks is her go-to lunch destination. “I go for the love of my life, the pink drink,” Shuster said. With dozens of gourmet food options, and even more drink combinations, it’s hard not to find something deliciously appealing. Starbucks is a popular spot among EHS students, and it’s quite possible you will find one working behind the counter after school! Jerry’s Foods (8 minutes from school; 5125 Vernon Ave S, Edina, MN 55436) Senior Anna Karos is a Jerry’s Food Kitchen fanatic, and she isn’t alone. While many know Jerry’s Foods as the neighborhood grocery store, food lovers know it as the hotspot to get affordable, mouthwatering meals. With just a quick trip down Vernon, Jerry’s is the perfect spot to pick up lunch in the midst of a stressful school day. “I love how they have a variety of different foods to choose from! When they renovated a few years ago they really upped their game! They have hot food that’s all ready and delicious,” Karos said. Agra Culture (11 minutes from school; 3717 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410) Also just a quick drive down Vernon, Agra Culture is the perfect spot for a quick, healthy meal. Although it’s the farthest drive, Agra features fresh salads, sandwiches and soups that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. Take it from senior Johnny Berube: “It’s sick, tastes good, and is better for you than chicken patties.” Southdale Center Food Court (7 minutes from school; 10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435) With just a zip down MN 62 or through the windy back roads leading to W 66th Street, Southdale Center is home to many fast-food style restaurants: Panda Express, Qdoba, Smashburger, and countless others. Not forgotten are Dunn Bros, McDonalds, and Taco Bell right across the street. The options are endless!

photo by Josie Al-Najim

Getting in and out of the Edina High School parking lot has never been easy, but with the beginning of the new school year, it has become a very arduous part of many student’s days. It is not uncommon for some cars to be stuck in traffic in the lot for over half an hour after school. Many students are frustrated with the issues that traffic presents in their daily routine; juniors Adam Johns and Sean Beaulieu are no exception. The race to escape the parking lot after school seems to be the most complex part of the EHS traffic puzzle. While students can leave for and arrive at school on their own schedule, nearly all students vacate the parking lot at the same exact time, which causes cars to back up for long periods of time. Johns told Zephyrus about some of his own experiences with school traffic; “[The traffic] getting to school isn’t that bad because there are two ways in and out. Going home is kind of annoying unless you get to your car really early, because [otherwise] you get trapped in there for upwards of half an hour,” Johns said. The time it takes to cover such minimal distances prove just how terrible the traffic can be at EHS. “The longest it has taken me to get home is 50 minutes. We (his carpool) were stuck in the parking lot for 40 minutes,” Johns said. The journey Johns makes to and from school in terms of distance is a mere five miles. That means his carpool averaged a painfully slow six miles per hour--a leisurely jogging pace. “One time I biked to school and beat my

carpool despite leaving later than they did,” he said. However, Johns’s carpool may have had a spot of bad luck, because not all cars have taken such a long time to escape the parking lot madness. “The longest it has taken me to get out of the parking lot is 15-20 minutes,” Beaulieu said. The traffic itself seems to be causing issues amongst students who all wish to escape the chaos as fast as they can. Incidents of road rage are frequent, and horns often begin blaring minutes after the bell dismisses students at 3:15. “There is a lot of road rage. People get really angry all the time; some people yell out their cars,” Beaulieu said. Principal Andy Beaton sent out a school-wide email prior to the start of the year acknowledging the issues surrounding EHS traffic. Beaton condemned incidents of unsafe driving, threatening suspension or revocation of parking permits if deemed appropriate. Finally, Beaton touched on what steps were being taken to decrease backup. “We have worked with the City of Edina on ways to improve traffic flow... [We ask parents] to avoid dropoff and pickup of students unless absolutely necessary,” Beaton wrote. The EHS parking lot after school

Endless Options for Off-Campus Lunch

While all these restaurants sound delicious, you can’t beat eating a home cooked lunch in the comfort of you or your friend’s house. Sometimes it’s both easier and lighter on the wallet to make your own meals from the food in your kitchen. Going to someone’s house seems to be the popular option among seniors and juniors with that special release. And for some, it doesn’t matter where you go, as long as it is with the people you like spending time with, and who make your lunchtime special and fun! Now, before you race to your car, turn the keys in the ignition, consider these wonderful lunchtime options!


Who is Where in the World is Doc Loc? Scott Lenz?

Lenz, a man of many surprises. Jack Marker staff writer

Whatever the future may hold for Bruce Locklear, Edina High School will always remember his legacy.

EHS Junior Has an Eye for Charity Kerui Yang staff writer

Glasses. Such a simple invention, but so essential to those who need them. However, as essential as glasses are, many people don’t have access to them. After misplacing a pair in India while visiting family, junior Om Jahagirdar understood that kids around the world who didn’t have glasses couldn’t do a lot that they would want to. A few years later, Om and his brother, Atman, decided to start a non-profit, Omnisight International, to help those in need of eyewear get access to glasses. With the motto “Sight for all” as their guiding principle, the Jahagirdar brothers have already screened 80 students in India and provided some free glasses to kids in need. “I understood that a lot of people, a lot of children especially, weren’t as privileged

to have glasses,” Atman said. So far, the brothers have raised awareness through newsletters, fundraisers, and Om has even won a Mayor’s Commendation Award. They are currently working with the Edina Community Foundation, Dr. Randy Harley, and Dr. Jafar Hassan to screen kids for vision problems and provide them with free glasses. As for teamwork, “We’ll just split the job,” Atman said. “We’re very productive,” Om said. However, “Something that’s hard is to decide when we’re going to work on this, since you know, we’re always together … You have to stay very organized when you’re working with a relative,” said Om. In the future, they wish to expand their non-profit, but community collaboration is key. So, they encourage others to donate by dropping off childrens’ glasses at the boxes you’ll see Om Jahagirdar started the nonprofit around the school and help the Jahagirdar brothers provide people with a clearer future! Omnisight International.

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Picture your “typical” math teacher. Boring, balding, and nerdy might come to mind. While these stereotypes are untrue for most math teachers, there is one math teacher in particular who defies these stereotypes: Scott Lenz. “Mr. Lenz is a great teacher, but more importantly he’s a cool guy. Being in his class for three years was a blast and a half,” sophomore Joe DeBoom said. Lenz describes his childhood as nomadic. “I lived in upstate New York, and I lived in Florida on both the gulf side and on the Atlantic side on islands.” During the summer, he lived in California and eventually ended up going to college at University of California-Los Angeles, majoring in Philosophy. After college, Lenz went overseas to support his girlfriend’s modeling career. Upon arriving at a modeling agency in France, the company decided to go in a different direction. “I was dating a woman who was a model in New York. She went to a bunch of agencies in Paris. I went with her. An agent said ‘We’ll give you guys a test,’ which meant that they would take pictures. The agent pointed at me and said ‘You should go too.’ A week later they called and hired me and they didn’t hire her. That was the end of that relationship.” Lenz’s modeling career was just the beginning. Before ending up as a math teacher, he spent some time as a stockbroker. “I worked in securities out of college for Charles Schwab. Eventually I became an analyst for them. My friends would tease me saying ‘Do you know Scott is a big time stockbroker now?’” How did a former French model and stockbroker end up in Edina, Minnesota as a math teacher? For this, Edina students can thank his wife. “My wife is a law librarian. There was an opening, and I realized that it’s pretty easy for a math teacher to get a job as long as they are decent.” Lenz’s satisfaction with teaching far surpasses his past jobs. “I like explaining things. I like showing people things that are interesting. I like math and young people. I feel math has a purpose. I didn’t feel that in brokerage.” Besides teaching math, Lenz was an alternate Olympic sailor. Mr. Lenz would have gone to the Olympics in 1980, but the USA was boycotting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In addition to being an Olympic sailor, Lenz has created a tradition of biking to school daily even in the harsh Minnesota winters. Upon changing schools from Southview to the High School, he still makes the trek. “I think I doubled my distance. It’s about 6 miles one way.” Lenz’s unorthodox means of transportation is just one more example of his unique personality.

On Jan. 25, 2017, the students of Edina High School were enjoying another normal, productive day, when a bright red email notification popped up on phones throughout the area. “Devastating” was the only word to describe the news the green hued announcement brought. Amidst flourishing statements about legacy and the future of EHS, the message rang clear: Bruce Locklear was retiring. That’s why students were shocked on Aug. 7, 2017, when Twitter user @Doc_Loc tweeted: “Excited to start my next chapter with Jostens! The journey began today. Still a Hornet at heart!” Attached was

a photo of a sign reading: “Welcome Bruce! Director, Educational Resources.” Many questions arose from this post: Did Doc Loc leave his principal position to work at Jostens? What is the meaning of retirement? What is Jostens anyway? Jostens, a yearbook and class ring distributor, has been manufacturing graduation memorabilia since 1906. Upon further investigation, as Jostens has neither a list of its employees or a direct contact page, the only evidence that Bruce Locklear indeed works as a director of educational resources at Jostens is his own tweet and retweets of Josten’s material. However, after ten years of faithful service to EHS, it can be assumed that he wouldn’t lie about a job over Twitter.

art by Katie Schiller

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Greyson Mize page editor


New Attendence Policy Promising But Flawed Eva Hadjiyanis page editor

Should EHS Block Sites on School Wifi? Morgan Sheehy page editor

photo by Margaret Sullivan


students even more tardy. Since the whole point of this policy is to keep kids in class, something needs to be done to let kids run into class as soon as they can. Limiting this line is the best way to make sure kids can get to their classes as soon as they can. Even if they make it to class on time, students are facing issues with their attendance; many students have recently been marked absent at classes that they attended. “I was marked absent in two classes even though I was in class. These sorts of mistakes add up and with such a strict policy, can be problematic,” junior Birgen Nelson said. Once these problems are sorted out, I am sure that the new policy will be effective in cutting down unexcused absences and ensuring that nobody falls behind at school.

#$?@*%#&$ Emma Bailey page editor Swear words: we all say them. It can be difficult for the typical high school student to eliminate these particular words from their vocabulary; they just seem necessary. Profanity, while some might view it as vulgar, really does have the ability to express our raw, candid emotions and reactions. Swear words are beginning to become more accepted in our society, and slowly morphing themselves into a more natural portion of our vocabularies. Oftentimes, swearing rolls off the tongue, like second nature. We throw words out like candy, not always aware of their effect. Sure, the occasional swear word can add emphasis, especially when used by a figure of authority, but swearing overall doesn’t harbor as much meaning as we would like. Because of its continued and heavy use, especially among high school students, swear words have naturally integrated themselves into conversation, often going unnoticed. For those of us that jet through life without a filter, swearing has become a creative outlet. The f-word can take on the form of an adjective, noun, verb, and a few other parts of speech; perhaps because it is so versatile, it has shed the weight it was once assigned. It’s not as if swear words have lost their weight, but their vulgarity instead. Perhaps it’s not overuse that strips these words, but the context in which we use them. Curse words can be used to describe pretty much anything, whether it’s a moment in time, a person, or a mere thought. However, there are certain outlets where swearing is still deemed as “inappropriate,” such as school newspapers. No matter, profanity often serves as a filler for words unknown, neither adding nor taking away from a sentence’s quality. Sure, depending on the recipient of your words, it might be more beneficial to search for a better word, but swear words naturally tend to get the point across just fine. There have been words that, with time, have grouped themselves separately from that of swear words, and conjure more complex responses. For example, the n-word, though its meaning has evolved greatly over time, still carries an immense weight for black people all over the world. Black artists use the word in various pop-culture contexts, oftentimes leading people to falsely believe that this usage equates to permission for anyone to say the n-word. In the end, while connotations can change, some words are just too strong to lose their meaning. Swear words are continuing to release the same meaning and weight that they once possessed. Recent generations have crafted the words into entirely different categories. Yet, we are still told to eliminate these words from our vocabularies, an injustice that can only be explained by a lack of eloquence. art by Katie Schiller

Having access to the entirety of the world wide web is a huge responsibility, and knowing how to properly and appropriately navigate its contents is extremely important. As we have been faced with the rise of a digital age, students are easily distracted by their devices. So we must ask ourselves: should schools be allowed to block sites on school wifi? Edina High School has been One of the many websites blocked on Edina Open Wifi confronted with this issue along with thousands of other schools across the country. At this moment, EHS only has one network that students are allowed to use: Edina Open. An Edina Apps address and password are required to connect to the wifi, and once you are connected there are restrictions on different websites like Instagram and gaming sites. There is a second network, Edina Devices, that is password protected and has limited, if any, restrictions at all. However, this network is not accessible to students. In the past, students have been kicked off of all Edina wifi networks if they were on Edina Devices and forced to walk the path of shame to a library technician for a scolding. This year the school has implemented a strict device/ wifi policy. If a teacher catches a student misusing their device (whether it be playing games, watching Netflix, or using a proxy to bypass wifi restrictions) they are authorized to take the device away. A second offense can result in a 2+ day suspension. But where should the school draw the line? Socializing apps such as Snapchat and Instagram –– both of which are blocked on Edina Open –– provide students with another form of communication. These applications may not be related to school, but students are encouraged to participate in healthy peer communication, which these apps facilitate, so why should they have these applications taken away outside of the classroom during passing time and lunch? The school might as well just ban us from talking about non-school related things since these apps are just another means of communication. Furthermore, the websites that are blocked remain inconsistent. There are many ways for students to get around blockage by using a simple proxy. A gaming website such as “Cool Math Games” can easily be replicated through code manipulation and made accessible to students, while a website with information for a research paper that you can find while searching through the SIRS database is off limits until you get home. At this point, there is still no foolproof way to keep all students off certain websites. Ultimately, censoring websites does not reduce distractions in the classroom but binds students’ social freedoms at times when it is appropriate to talk and communicate freely. High school students should have the freedom to access the internet without restrictions and be given the responsibility to decide if a site is appropriate or not. Although I agree that access to unmonitored information is a school privilege, only blatant misuse of a device should result in consequences. Because students are going to have access to a non-censored virtual world outside of school, it is important to focus on educating EHS how to use technology responsibly instead of suppressing its use altogether.

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Edina High School is full of changes this year, ranging from the number of students to the organization of classrooms. One change that has provoked early outrage from students is the attendance policy, which is more strict than in the past. Despite the student backlash, I think that the change will benefit our school by giving students incentives to go to class. However, the administration has some work to do before the policy can be truly effective. The new policy states that after receiving two unexcused absences in a class, privileges such as dances, extracurricular activities, and parking passes are revoked temporarily. The change comes at a time where everything about EHS seems to be shifting. The attendance policy was not something I expected the new administration to put so much emphasis on, but it is a good year to make the change. “You’ve got all those new ninth graders and all those new tenth graders, it makes sense to set the tone right away for that,” band director Paul Kile said. In order to understand this policy change, we need to look at what constitutes an unexcused absence and how one can recover the privileges after missing a couple of classes. Unexcused absences can be any number of things including oversleeping, skipping, and going on vacation without calling

in advance. The best way to limit unexcused absences is to have an adult call the school whenever a student misses class, and the administrator can decide whether it is excused or not. Once a student reaches the limit of unexcused absences, they will need to make up the time during the teacher’s office hours, Flex Block, or detention. This gives students the opportunity to gain their privileges back and is a key part of the policy. Without the ability to redeem themselves, this policy would be unacceptable because accidents happen, and each student has their own story behind each unexcused absence. The restrictions are very temporary because students can make up work in just a few minutes, so they are mostly a threat which shows the power of the school. “I feel like they are hitting teens where they perceive it to hurt which is the dances, and for the upperclassmen, the parking pass stuff. I applaud the efforts to make attendance at school important,” Kile said. The incentive to keep privileges will stop students from skipping class and force them to make up missed work. Hopefully, this policy will prevent kids from habitually skipping class, which will have a positive effect on grades for students who would have otherwise ditched. There are some things the administration needs to smooth out before this policy can be used effectively. Everybody knows EHS has a traffic problem. Currently, if you get to school one minute late then you need to wait in a long line to reach Arlou McPherson’s desk and get a pass, making


Should We Judge Historical Figures by Today’s Standards? Replace the Monuments, Learn About Them in Museums

America has an ugly history. For four years, half of our nation fought to keep enslaved African Americans as property. Six hundred and twenty thousand Confederate soldiers died, and because of their loss, the culture of the Southern United States was changed forever. Many may think that the nearly 700 monuments in the U.S. of Confederate leaders were erected to remember the dead or to mark a point in history, and while that is true for some, the vast majority were established with a different purpose in mind. These statues were not assembled to serve as historical markers, but instead to venerate the Confederate cause. When America was at its most divided due to race, these monuments were used as political pawns, taunting black activists and garnering support for the Confederate side. The creation of Confederate monuments spiked suddenly in two key eras of racial divide. The three decades after 1900, nearly forty years after the Civil War, was an era of lynchings, Ku Klux Klan terror and Jim Crow laws. A prominent idea of the time was the “lost cause of the Confederacy,” a revisionist history of the Civil War. The theory led many to perceive the war as an honorable struggle to preserve the southern way of life, glorifying the bravery of the Confederates, despite their loss. After the war but preceding this period, only about 60 monuments were built in about 40 years, but during this 20 year period alone about 300 monuments were built, according to a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This was no coincidence, but clearly a public backlash to the mandated reunification of the Northern and Southern United States. From 1954-1968, the height of the Civil Rights Movement, there was another dramatic increase in monuments around the South. In

“By removing these monuments we are not simply erasing the men who contributed to two centuries of American slavery and oppression, we are choosing to stop glorifying them.”

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There are some acts that are reprehensible no matter whose morals we judge them by, such as slavery or torture. There’s no defense for the Confederacy or any acts perpetrated by those who support it, in the past or present. However, we as a society have fallen into the dangerous habit of attempting to erase our sins instead of atoning for them. As a nation, it’s our duty to recognize our failures and improve in the future. Using whiteout on a typo doesn’t fix it; the error is simply covered up. The same goes for the sins of our past. Americans tend to gloss over the darker chapters in our national history. History is kinder to some than others -- if every monument dedicated to anyone who’d ever done anything wrong was removed, there would have no monuments left. So why are some historical figures given a pass instead of facing judgement, despite their dark deeds? For instance, Ramsey County is named after Governor Ramsey, the first governor of Minnesota when it was a territory, and its second governor when it was a state. He was also the first governor to volunteer soldiers for the Union Army during the Civil War. These are all positive achievements that are worth remembering.

The vast majority of these monuments were not funded through the states or federal government, but funded, placed, and dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who claimed to represent local community sentiment. There was no democratic vote, poll or hearing for the placement of these statues. And because the Southern United States was not a completely representative society, African Americans had no say as to whether these were put up in their own communities. In recent years, Southern legislatures have passed laws requiring approval from state legislatures before any historical monuments can be moved or removed, making those unjust decisions permanent. For example, North Carolina’s Historic Artifact Management It’s lesser known, however, that Ramsey placed a bounty on the scalps of Dakota Indians in an effort to drive them from the state. Abraham Lincoln, best remembered for preserving the Union and abolishing slavery during the Civil War, personally approved the execution of 38 Dakota Indians in Mankato, Minnesota, the largest mass execution in American history. If actions speak louder than words, then certainly the evil committed by these otherwise celebrated men is something we should take into account when considering their legacy.

“Erasing the Confederacy won’t heal the wounds it left, just hide them from view as they continue to fester.” General Robert E. Lee, head of the Confederate Army, was offered command of the Union Army before turning it down to fight for his home state of Virginia. In doing so, he betrayed his nation. After the war, he opposed memorials to the Confederacy, and served the last few years of his life as the head of Washington and Lee University, which was partially renamed in his honor. He made an effort to atone for his sins. The grounds on which Lee is remembered are the most damning charges against him. He is commemorated not as someone who tried to take defeat gracefully, but as a figure of the “Lost Cause” of the South. His status as an emblem of white supremacy is the most important reason memorials to Lee should be removed, but the rest of his legacy cannot be forgotten, as it teaches an important lesson. People are capable of committing acts of both good and evil, and we can’t let someone’s negative actions blind us to anything positive they may have accomplished, and vice versa. During World War II, Germany and Japan orchestrated terrible crimes that we must never forget. The Holocaust, death marches, and human experimentation are only the tip of the iceberg when discussing the evils committed by these two


and Patriotism Act created in 2015 makes it extremely hard for communities to get rid of unwanted monuments. Additionally, the placement of these monuments, mostly in public venues like courthouses or city squares, was coordinated. This insured that everyone could see the message that these monuments held. And while these monuments are truly representative of our history at a point in time, they belong in historical museums, not in public parks and centers of government. By removing these monuments we are not simply erasing the men who contributed to two centuries of American slavery and oppression, we are choosing to stop glorifying them. We cannot continue commemorating men who led a crusade to keep their fellow men enslaved. These monuments were unjustly erected in the first place, used to promote a decidedly immoral political agenda, and they are currently causing unrest from the communities they are located in. A quote from former U.S. president George W. Bush sums up the solution to this question, “A great nation does not hide from its history, it faces its flaws, and corrects them.” Let’s vote, discuss, and eventually correct our flaws and take these monuments down for good. art by Andy Youngstrom

this era, African Americans saw significant political and legal progress, but this didn’t go without widespread backlash. With Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, America suddenly saw the placement of about 55 additional monuments. Only seven had been created in the decade that had preceded it, according to the same study. These monuments were put up to promote a political agenda and resistance to the social change occurring. They were used to threaten and intimidate black leaders by supporting an ideology starkly opposed to the rights they were gaining.

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nations. After the war, the government of Japan chose to ignore its evils out of shame. Germany took that same shame and used it as a tool to create permanent remembrance. By forcing people to learn about the Holocaust and see death camps, by de-Nazifying the government and society, and by destroying any remains of the Nazi government to prevent a reformation, fascism was permanently ended in Germany. Today, Nazism in any form is a crime in Germany, and schoolchildren are educated about the crimes of their nation’s past. Germany operates under a model social democracy. America should take a page from Germany’s book - confronting our dark past headon instead of simply erasing and ignoring it, so that we may do better in the future. As a nation, we have a history of attempting to erase our wrongs instead of healing them. We try to eradicate any trace of those who committed an act in the past that we today condemn as wrong. This is a dangerous habit, as those who forget the past are damned to repeat it. By allowing ourselves to wipe away evils committed in the past, we’re guilty of something almost as bad: pretending we never did anything wrong. Society cannot be allowed to forget the unforgivable sin of slavery. While leaving memorials and monuments to Confederate leaders is not the answer, neither is erasing them from history. Removing the memorials is a step in the right direction, but it’s not the easy fix it’s portrayed as. Erasing the Confederacy won’t heal the wounds it left, just hide them from view as they continue to fester. The least we can do is learn from the evils of the past, lest moral wrongs as egregious as those committed by the Confederacy are ever to happen again. If nothing else, educating others about those who committed wrongs in the past is crucial because it teaches society today that people who appear to cause no harm are also capable of awful sins. The entire story must be learned. Figures of the past were doing what we do every day: acting on what they knew. We have to know more than they did to prevent history from repeating itself.

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Tailgating Club Grills and Chills Hans Janovy Meyer staff writer

Grill Club cooks out at Varsity football game

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Edina High School has always been a school filled with spirit. With the addition of the new school store, students can find more ways to proudly display their Hornet pride than ever. The store’s glass walls and bright Edina apparel make it impossible to miss. At the same time, it feels as if the store has always been, or always should have been, a part of the school. Junior Lizzie Ebner describes the store as “a tool for both students, teachers, and parents” to rally support for Edina High School. The best part? The store will be run completely by a group of dedicated students. Under the advisory of Mr. Berndt, they will be in charge of organizing money, placing orders, and managing the whole store. All of the ideas will come directly from the students. To get the store up and running, these students have been working diligently as a design team to develop products, make plans, and set up the store. New merchandise at The Hornet Hub The students will

How To Start Your Own Club Anjali Aralikar page editor

Student-led clubs are the staple of Edina High School’s extracurricular life. Although to most students, the notion of actually starting a club may seem daunting, it’s a relatively easy process. So, for those you who want to start a club but don’t know how, Zephyrus asked two club founders how they got the job done. Get the club request form from the office or print one yourself and start to look through it. By going through the form, you can figure out the basic idea of what you want to do for your club. Senior Saumya Mangalick is the founder of Girl UP Edina. She recommends looking through the form so you can see the requirements of what you need to do and think about. After you look through the form, junior Iulia Pan, founder of the Mental Health Club, recommends that you fill it out right away. “You have to fill out all the information that’s there such as, the club’s name, description of the club, your goals, your advisor, where and when you’re going to meet,” Pan said. Mangalick recommends figuring out exactly what your club’s mission

is. “Figure out the goals for the semester or for the year. You have to plan out the details of what you want your club to be doing, where, and most of all, why.” Mangalick said. Then you will need to find a teacher who would be willing to be an Adviser for your club and a core group of peers who will be your starting members. “I got together some of my friends, and we decided to fill out the forms. Then, we asked Mr. Klobuchar to be our advisor,” Mangalick said. “[Your advisor] will provide a room for your club to meet in,” Pan said. Pan’s club advisor is Mary Fink, the Youth Serving Youth coordinator. After you fill out the form, get the signatures from your advisors and turn into the Office and wait for them to approve it. “The activities director will look it over. If they don’t see any problems with it, they will sign it off,” Mangalick said. Finally, promote your club and get people would are interested to join in the fun! “I have no founding members, so basically I’m starting it alone. This is why I think the activities fair is very important for clubs so you can get members, even if you don’t have anyone at the beginning,” Pan said.

You can also hang posters around the school, just make sure you get the office’s permission to do so. Here are some helpful tips from these two founders for this process: Work closely with your advisor. “[Your advisor] will be the one that will provide you with your room and you will need to work closely with their schedule so you won’t run into issues like your advisor having a meeting and your club meeting on the same day,” Pan said. Make sure you don’t fall victim to self-doubt and if you do, make sure you have a group of supportive friends to pull yourself out! “People doubting you can be a really difficult thing to deal with because it makes you doubt yourself. But I found a great group of four core girls to be my co-founders and they supported me in starting this and we all support each other now as leaders,” said Mangalick. Finally, make sure the club you want to start is something that you are passionate about, especially if you’re going to be leading the club. “It needs to be something that you know you will commit 150% to every single day, because if you are starting it and if you are passionate about it, that means you’ll make sure it’s successful and that it will last beyond you,” Mangalick said.


continue working hard throughout the year to maximize the efficiency of the store. This year, the store’s revenue will directly fund all of the store’s purchases and paying for the debt that bringing in all of the workers and apparel will cost. In future years, the store hopes to give the excess revenue back to the students by contributing to the Edina Boosters, who will put the money to good use. To insure the store is accessible and convenient, it will be open during school hours, select days after school, and of course, during school events such as sports games or competitions. As a fundamental aspect of school spirit, the store will encompass everything it means to be a Hornet at Edina High School. Don’t forget to pick up your school spirit geart at the new school store!

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Hot dogs, steak... meat, and more meat. Grill Club, a BYOM (bring your own meat) club of all seniors tailgates Edina sporting events. Grilling at football games may seem rather strange to some, but to its members it is a time to relax and have fun, and transcend social barriers, according to their Twitter page, “we don’t see race or gender in this club, just how big your wiener is.” Founded last year by Edina High School graduates Luke Cohen and Sebby Berchard, the club has a short history, what it lacks in backstory, it makes up for with huge amounts of meat. As of now the club has approximately 180 members; around 50 of them showed up to the first event of the new school year, the home football game against Wayzata. The club has tailgated many football, basketball, baseball, and hockey games, and they take their sports very seriously. Mason Dorgan is one of the three “Grill Masters” of the club, along with Cole Wiley and Spencer Paugh. As Grill Master, he “tends to people’s meats, brings the grills, and brings the condiments.” As another of the three “Grill Masters,” Wiley gets people their sweatshirts, organizes events, and attracts more members. He attributes the fast growth of the club to the ease of joining. Any senior can DM the club’s Twitter account and ask to join. The club also uses the group messaging platform GroupMe. Anyone in the club can add their friends who can then join

the club. Another reason Wiley believes that the club is growing so fast is the popularity of EHS sporting events. Grill Club offers another way to experience the world of sport spectating that was not present before the inception of the club. Wiley hopes the club can soon reach 200 members. While some might view the consumption of meat as a divisive issue, as far as the Grill Club is concerned, meat is a way to connect people and have fun. Should the club interest any of our senior readers, DM @EHSGrillClub on Twitter.

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Review Broadway Shows for Free Brooke Sheehy page editor Hennepin Theatre Trust Critical Review is a writing program that gives high school students in 41 different cities across the county, from Edina to Maple Plain, the opportunity to sit in on and evaluate touring Broadway opening performances on Tuesday nights for free. Each high school student is given a package of promotional material about each show, and is invited to attend a variety of different workshops. There, the students are trained by professionals about what it takes to make a professional Broadway performance. Students learn about everything from lighting design to choreography. There are between five and ten mandatory shows each student must attend should they accept their admittance into the program. The only requirements are to take notes throughout the performance and have a 500 word written review ready to submit no later than 24 hours after the performance. Each review is edited by the leaders of the program, and the top three to five reviews are selected to be published on their website. Currently the Hennepin Theatre Critical Trust Review has about 20 returning members and are looking at new student applications from the Sept. 18 deadline. They hope to accept about 40 students for the 2017-2018 season. Junior Gabi Leovan is currently the only student representing Edina High School as a second year critical reviewer. “Being a part of this program has really strengthened my writing skills, and has made me appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into the creation of each Broadway production,” Leovan said. This year’s shows are composed of Disney Classics including “Aladdin” and “Finding Neverland” as well as the comedic performances of “School of Rock” and “Something Rotten.” The Hennepin Critical Review program is an opportunity to expand high schoolers’ writing experience, and is a great resume builder for those who are interested in journalism.

Kitty Berube Hits the Ground Running this Season Ellery Mahlum print copy editor

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Hornet Football Off to a Phenomenal Start

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Throughout the first month of the cross country season senior Kitty Berube has hit the ground running — literally. The former C team member has become one of Edina High School’s top Varsity runners. Berube’s unexpected success occurred after the first race of the season, where she ran the two mile in the JV race in 12:14, which would have placed her seventh in the Varsity race. At the Apple Jack Invitational Kitty placed fifth out of 120 Varsity runners from fifteen other teams. She ran a 5K in 19:31; last year she never broke 27 minutes. In cross country, dropping seconds is impressive, let alone eight whole minutes. Although it may seem like it, this transition did not happen overnight. In the past year, Kitty has made changes in her lifestyle and approach to running that have really payed off. In the spring of 2017, Kitty dedicated herself to track. Throughout the season she greatly improved and finished off the season by running not one, but two half marathons. Going into the summer she ran every day and took part in the Cross Country Summer Running program. Along with this training routine, Kitty has been going the extra mile to stay in the best shape that she can. She has started eating healthier which has helped her feel stronger. “I’ve cut out processed foods. I don’t eat gluten or dairy,” Kitty said. She also tries to cross train when she gets the chance. Even without a license, Kitty has found ways to get to yoga classes and Lifetime to train on her days off. Going from C Team to Varsity is a big jump, but the transition has been going pretty smoothly. “[The Varsity team] is so small, it’s so personal, and you really get one on one time with our coach” Kitty said. “I think Matt (her coach) does a really good job at making our workouts right for us and putting us in separate groups so we get individual training.” This approach helps each team member reach their full potential. Her family has also been very supportive throughout this process, “It’s cool that she’s getting recognition because she works really hard at it. I’m super proud of her,” her brother, senior Johnny Berube, said. One of her favorite parts of being on the cross country team is the team environment and the constant support she gets from her teammates. “We all help each other out, support each other, and in races we’ll all be cheering each other on,” Kitty said. “I think it’s a totally different group of girls than any other sport.” Before this year Kitty never even thought of the possibility of running in college but now she is hopeful to continue cross country next fall. She advises Varsity hopefuls to remember to “trust what your coaches say, trust what your teammates say, and just trust yourself,” Kitty said. “And if you’re really into something, just go for it.”


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Your 2017 Hornette Senior Captains!

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Senior captains, from left to right: Hannah Masuda, Maia Karpinsky, Grace Masuda Anjali Aralikar page editor

Z.: When did you first join Hornettes? Maia Karpinsky: Ninth grade, I was on [Junior Varsity]. Then in tenth, I was on Varsity. Z.: What do you like most about being on Hornettes? M.K.: It’s really fun, we’re close as a group of girls. It’s fun to perform in front of the school! Z.: We understand that the captains choreograph the dances. Is there anything that inspires you when you’re choreographing? M.K.: It’s a lot of work. But it’s definitely worth it, because it’s really fun and we all get to hang out together. We try to do it together because that’s when they turn out the best. The fun thing about Hornettes is that the dance moves pass on, so it’s fun to get a new song, learn a new dance, and look back on the old routines.

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Zephyrus: When did you first join Hornettes? Grace Masuda: Ninth grade, I made Junior Varsity Z.: What do you like most about being on Hornettes? G.M.: I love that we’re such a close team and we’re best friends with each other. Also, I love the halftime performances, I love dancing on the field. Z.: We understand that the captains choreograph the dances. Is there anything that inspires you when you’re choreographing? G.M.: We kind of just pick out the music from whatever we have in our little playlist (the playlist is called ‘For Business’) and look at our past years, and kind of go for it. We don’t really have much inspiration, we kind of just go for it.

Z.: When did you first join Hornettes? Hannah Masuda: So, I was on [Junior Varsity] my freshman year of high school. Then, I made Varsity my sophomore year. Z.: What do you like most about being on Hornettes? H.M.: I like that we are so close and that we have so many team bonding [events] that bring us close to all of our traditions. We have our sleep over, traditions, and a potluck before every single game where we all bring different food, and it’s really good. Z.: We understand that the captains choreograph the dances. Is there anything that inspires you when you’re choreographing? H.M.: We watch the past year of dances, to get an idea of the moves. Our favorite year to watch is 2013, we call that the Bible Year, because it’s so good.

Short, stocky, and without fail in baggy black sweatpants, senior Joey Koehler strikes a distinctive figure in the halls of EHS (that is, when he decides to show up). Those sweatpants aren’t just a fashion statement — they are crucial attire for parkour, a street sport and training discipline developed in France to which Koehler has devoted himself. “Parkour is, by definition, moving from point A to B as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible,” Koehler said. Competitively, Koehler’s been very successful, having done well at multiple national-level competitions across the US, such as a third-place finish at JUMPFest in the speed division. He also looks forward to competing at an international competition in Scottsdale, Arizona in November, saying he hopes

he “won’t get sucky.” However, for Joey, parkour isn’t really about the competition. The real appeal lies in pushing himself. “I’m happiest when I’ve been working on a challenge, like a really big jump, and every time I get where I want or complete a goal, it’s just the best feeling in the world.” This sentiment is corroborated by his friend Aditya Rewalliwar, a freshman at EHS. “He trains until he gets it. That’s probably the reason why he’s so successful, because he won’t stop until he actually gets what he’s trying to do, like a flip or a move,” Rewalliwar said. Commitment is crucial to success in parkour. Joey described how he spent a month on training his legs so he could jump farther. “You start parkour with where you are, you’re gonna start with tiny baby jumps and rolls. It’s a matter of hard work.”

Flag football team celebrates their victory Tanner Jones online copy editor As the leaves brown each autumn, America turns to its favorite fall pastime: football. Traditionally regarded as a sport for boys, stereotypes aren’t stopping a group of EHS girls from participating as well. Girls’ flag football, which is celebrating its fifteenth year this season, has grown tremendously. “This year we registered 390 girls from 4th to 12th grade,” junior Annie Kuehl said. Girls’ flag football is fundamentally meant to be inclusive. Rather than the sometimes excessive rigor that many Edina sports require, this activity is meant for participants to have fun. “Because it’s on a school

night, my favorite part is flag football. It’s a nice break from the stress of school and homework. This season I am most excited to have fun and hang out with friends,” Kuehl said. Junior Susie Hoffmann agreed, although she noted that participants are also competitive. “I would say it’s pretty competitive, it’s a competitive sport but in a modest way,” Hoffmann said. Beyond that, girls’ flag is designed to be a commitment in which even the busiest students can participate. “Games are every Tuesday for about 6 weeks, and some teams practice before their games,” Kuehl said. Girls interested in playing flag football or other Edina Girls Athletic Association sports should check out the organization’s Instagram, @edinagirlsathleticassociation.