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A new mission for Upper School Council Gita Raman



Need to let off some steam? The Upper School Council is working on reducing stress in the Upper School. USC has scheduled the opinion board, has created open gym time after lunch and is working on a student tutors program. On Oct. 12, senior President Hagop Toghramadjian announced that the gym will be open for student use during 4th and 6th periods, as well as some Wednesday X-periods. “So far, our proudest accomplishment has been ensuring that the gym is open for students to use every day,” he said. The gym project has been in progress since last spring, finally coming to fruition after faculty members agreed to supervise the gym during lunch periods. “We worked really hard to solve a lot of liability issues,” senior Treasurer Ellen Swenson said.

Student tutors is another USC project underway. To meet the goal of reducing stress in the Upper School, USC formatted an optional program for students to help struggling students in the grades below them. “It’s really important [for] SPA which is oftentimes a very stressful environment to provide a system of support for students to learn how to deal with that stress,” Swenson said. Together with student groups, USC worked out a schedule for them to put formal posts on the opinion board in weeklong segments. Over the course of the year, each Thursday group will have the chance to present issues they have been discussing, around dates significant to them. For example, People for Environmental Protection will post during the week of Earth Day. The group posts will only take up a segment of the board. Other groups and individuals are still encour-

aged to post their own opinions during those times. USC is also busy planning this year’s speaker day, with the theme “Bridging Barriers and Overcoming Obstacles.” This year, the event will span the entire school day, as students listen to speakers who have overcome significant adversity during their lives, or have helped others succeed in difficult circumstances. Through collaboration with US Librarian Kate Brooks, USC has successfully converted the library classroom to a quiet study area. The room is now available all day for students who want to focus on their work during free periods, except for times when student and faculty groups meet in the space. “It’s nice to have another place to study,” senior Ben Oppenheimer said. Stress reduction will not be limited to just tutoring programs and study sessions. Expect USC to find more cre-

ative ways of helping the Upper School relax. “Last year since finals we’ve seen a lot of stress and so we’re brainstorming ideas to reduce stress during those times. A lot of colleges have a day where they bring in puppies during finals week, for example. We won’t quite do that, but we really want to take peoples’ minds off of stressful things,” Swenson said. Maybe puppies won’t make an appearance during midterms, but rest assured, USC will find a way make exam season a little brighter. There will be open gym everyday during the week from 11:30-12:45 p.m. Clean athletic, nonmarking shoes are required. No exceptions. There will also be open gym Wednesdays during X-period except Oct 24, Nov 7, 14, 28, and Dec 12.

October 2012 Issue Volume XXXX Issue 2 News

Wolf hunting jumps the gun Gita Raman



“Stop DNR torture.” The words appear on billboards cropping up across Minnesota. The torture? Wolf hunts. The Minnesota DNR decided this year to start wolf hunting once again after the species’ long stay on

the endangered species list. In 2001, Minnesota policy makers stated that once gray wolves were off of the endangered species list there would be a 5 year moratorium before wolf hunting could recommence. This year, officials said that the 5 year break was not

necessary. The DNR is issuing 6,000 wolf licenses, for which more than 23,000 people have already applied. About 2,600 wolves currently live in Minnesota. The DNR wants to kill a quota of 400 wolves. According to the Department of Natural Resources the wolf population in Min-

nesota is stable and thriving currently. 6,000 licenses to kill four hundred wolves is excessive, to say the least. While hunting wolves is undoubtedly necessary, due to the wolves’ predatory nature, the DNR should take care not to let 16 years of preservation go to waste.

Maggie Vliestra mixes classic fashion and vintage style Gita Raman



For freshman Maggie Vlietstra, there are three rules to a perfect outfit. One: Dress for yourself and not others, enjoy what you're wearing, dress with confidence. Own it. Two: Have fun, follow your own rules. Three: Make sure that everything goes together. Be cohesive. Ever since the beginning of the year, people have noticed Vlietstra’s fashionable dresses, skirts and accessories. Whether it is a bedazzled headband and a jean jacket with a scarf or a plain shirt and her pleated peach skirt, Vlietstra’s fashion style

causes a buzz in conversation. Vlietstra buys most of her clothes from Urban Outfitters, Viva, Rewind Vintage and Blacklist Vintage. Some of her consorts in vintage shopping are freshmen Miriam and Alice Tibbetts. “We like to go look at fancy stuff and window shop,” Miriam Tibbetts said. “A vintage shop is like a treasure hunt; you have to dig until you find it [the right item],” Vlietstra said. She usually buys skirts, dresses, and jewelry, but her tastes move with current fads. “I especially like the cozy sweater trend and wearing lots of fun prints,” Vlietstra said.

Vlietstra gets plenty of information from a variety of fashion blogs. Some of her favorite blogs are Fashionologie, Clothes Horse and Style Bubble. Fashionologie is an up-to-date blog about fashion and who is bestdressed - it already features 2013 spring fashion collections. Clothes Horse is a monthly blog written by Amelia Alvarez, a writer and actress in Los Angeles. Style Bubble is another popular blog written by London-based writer and editor Susanne Lau. These websites have played a huge role in making Vlietstra more fashion-conscious. “I’ve always been interested in fashion, but last year

I started spending a lot of my time reading blogs, reading books, collaging and things like that. And I still do,” Vlietstra said. One of Vlietstra’s most frequented websites is ModCloth, an online vintage shop. Vlietstra said her greatest fashion role model is actress Emma Watson. “She has a good sense of style and self,” Vlietstra said. Although she is but a freshman, Vlietstra has high hopes for a future which may include work in the fashion industry. “I would love to work in the fashion industry!” Vlietstra said. “It would be really cool to work as a fashion editor or a stylist at a magazine.”

November 2012 Issue Volume XXXX Issue 3 Back Cover (16 Minutes of Fame) Feature Writing

Sophmore Mattie Daub drinks peppermint co Gita Raman



Sophomore Mattie Daub used to want things that any typical sevenyear-old would wish for: an Easy Bake oven, different kinds of lollipops, and Sea-Monkeys. Daub

celebrates Christmas with her family and believed in Santa until she was seven. She used to put out milk and cookies for him and carrots for Santa’s reindeer. Today, her wish list has become more practical. Now that she is 15 years old, she would like

peppermint coffee and fuzzy socks. She focuses more on giving than receiving, too. As her preferences change, her traditions of celebrating Christmas have changed, too. As a child she and her family would get a Christmas tree and drink creamy hot

chocolate. Now, she still celebrates with a Christmas tree, but instead of hot chocolate she drinks peppermint coffee. “Coffee is a good source of caffeine for the holidays,” Daub said.

Sophmore Evan Leduc changed his belief in Santa Gita Raman



Some traditions sophomore Evan Leduc celebrates include having an advent calendar with small little chocolates

leading up to Christmas day and setting up Christmas trees. “I like the general good mood in everyone during the holidays,” Leduc said. Leduc believed in Santa until the age of 10. Now he believes in Santa

in a different way, “mostly to humor parents and [my] sister,” Leduc said. Leduc’s other traditions have not changed from being a child. Still, as years pass Leduc’s tastes have changed; now he would like video games,

gift cards and books instead of legos, model airplanes, and Pokémon trading cards.

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Junior Charlotte Hughes wished for American Girl Dolls Gita Raman



When junior Charlotte Hughes was younger there were many things she wanted, including American Girl Dolls,

Candy Canes, and a variety of windup toys. Some traditions she had when she was younger was that she would wake up really early and eat a large breakfast. Throughout the day she would be with her family and open

presents by the fire. The night before Christmas, she would set out cookies and milk for Santa. Now as her craze for American Girl dolls has ended, she would like clothes, chocolate, cool sunglasses and money to fund her trip to

France in the spring. Now Hughes sleeps in and watches Christmas movies all day. As some traditions change, others don’t: she still eats a large breakfast and sets up a real Christmas tree.

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December 2012 Issue Volume XXXX Issue 4 Cover Story

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel charms with mirth Gita Raman



The colors, noise and life of an Indian city drew me to watch the British- comedy drama movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It gave me a lot of laughs, joy and a slight feeling of remorse. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a sweet comedy about a group of British retirees who are looking for a different type of retirement home for less money. They end up staying in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the El-

derly and Beautiful. The group struggles at first to cope in the fast moving city, “Initially you’re overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it’s like a wave. Resist, and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it, and you’ll swim out the other side,”noted recently widowed Evelyn (Judi Dench). As the group of seven strangers redefine themselves in the new country they form bonds with one another that cannot be separated easily between Dashwood, Greenslade and Ainslie. The film is directed

by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). Most of the actors in this film did well including Tom Wilkinson, Smith and Dench. Wilkinson portrayed his character, Graham Dashwood, with love and passion; he was never being haughty about being the leader of the group. Maggie Smith’s character, Muriel Donnelly, changed throughout the movie. She started out as a sour and hateful woman, but when someone won her heart she became more kind and approachable. Smith and Dench were

both nominated for best actress in a motion picture in a comedy or musical. The movie as a whole was nominated for Best Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical. The characters of the film rubbed off on me throughout the play. The ending of the movie was portrayed very well. All of the characters were happy and content with themselves, Douglas even found a new love.

January/ Feburary2012 Issue Volume XXXX Issue 5 Cover Story

Take charge of illness by staying home Gita Raman



Your head aches. Your throat is sore. You barely slept. But the test in Math, lab in Science, and Harkness Discussion in history just can’t be missed. For many students, being sick and coming to school is the norm. We come to school with runny noses, annoying coughs, and painful headaches, and sometimes fluctating temperatures. This is not good. Students who are sick should most probably be at home. Not only because it would be better

for you, but according to a study published at, if one person gets sick in a large group environment, eventually most everyone in that group will get sick. At St. Paul Academy and summit School, this is particularly hard because of the four to five different types of homework for every day of class missed. This can be hard on students because all the homework piles on, and considering all of the missed class lessons, it may be difficult to understand the homework. Many students cannot afford to miss a day of school with all of these factors at hand, so

they persist and come to school while being sick. But viral illness is contagious. In fact, this winter Minnesota has had the largest flu outbreak in history according to Minnesota Health Department. The flu was widespread in Minnesota, along with most of Midwest. Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Should students really share this with classmates at school? Germs spread constantly, through the sharing of common objects

including pencils and pens. We share these things constantly at SPA -- which means we share our viruses, too. There are several ways to prevent colds; if you feel the symptoms of a cold, keep yourself hydrated with water and juice. Staying home and getting rest, allows the body to heal and develop immunity to future illness. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you stay at home for twenty-four hours if you have flu symptoms.

March 2013 Issue Volume XXXX Issue 6 Opinion/ Editorial

United Lacrosse sparks new frienships and teamwork Gita Raman



One of the hopes of Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Beth Seibel-Hunt is, “that we get to start, I’m ready to start, and I’m eager to continue to improve our playing record.” There is not much time to get on the field; the snow on the ground has made it difficult to get outside. Instead, the team has been practicing in the Visitation gymnasium. During one of the practices Seibel-Hunt told the girls, “We have to push ourselves since we are not on the field, put in your best effort.” Despite the snowy weather outside, the team is eager to begin with their new players. “We are very strong in the midfield and have an ex-

perienced goalie,” said Seibel-Hunt. This year the Girls JV and Girls Varsity lacrosse teams have about 19 players in total. Five of those players are on Varsity lacrosse, there are four freshmen and one sophomore. “We return with six experienced players and we have nine new players on the team,” said Seibel-Hunt. One of those returning players is freshman Bridget Hoffmann. Hoffmann started playing lacrosse last year as a “bubble” player, meaning that she would switch from JV to Varsity at anytime. This year there are five varsity girls from SPA playing on the team. Hoffmann has said that playing with the Visitation girls is nice, since she knew some of them from her hockey team. When asked about

the best thing about playing lacrosse she said, “It’s fun being with the team, they’re great to be with and play with.” “Lacrosse is a fun sport and it is really easy to pick up. A lot of the girls that tried out made the team this year.” Bridget Hoffmann’s sister, 7th grader Hayley Hoffmann who was one of the girls that made it to the Varsity team, said. This is Hayley Hoffmann’s first year playing lacrosse. With all of the other spring sports Hayley had one key purpose: to meet new people and to have a new experience. Hayley has had similar experience playing hockey. Hayley chose to play this sport mainly because it seemed “almost like playing hockey, except not on the ice.” Hayley’s main goals are to improve her game and learn more about the sport. Seibel-Hunt has been

playing lacrosse ever since she was a freshman in high school. The highlight of her career came during her sophomore year in college, when she was a US National Representative for New England in her regional tournaments. As she increased in the ranking teams, she was then invited for tryouts for the US National Team. Seibel-Hunt was among the top 50 players, but was placed in the lower group and was not able to play for the national team. Seibel-Hunt noted that “it was my best year ever.” Not giving up SeibelHunt continued to play for clubs and sports teams. “The best part is sharing your passion with the team, no question,” said Sibel-Hunt.

April 2013 Issue Volume XXXX Issue 7 Sports

Retirees in Middle and Lower school leave impressions, memories Gita Raman


Feature Editor

With tea parties in the Lower School living room and going away receptions in Davern Commons, and special recognition at the Faculty Dinner on May 28, St. Paul Academy and Summit School bids farewell to teachers some students have known since

their days in red and blue uniforms on the Goodrich campus.

Maurine Hatting Administrative Assistant “I’ll miss the people here.”

George Hower MS Math and Science “I liked working with the SPA children, colleagues,

and enjoyed the block schedule.”

Four teachers will be retiring from the Lower School this year:

Tom Lundholm LS 5A Teacher Jane Zeddies Kindergarten

Deb Waddell LS 1/2 Teacher One staff member is job searching after her department restructured:

Judy Mason Registrar “I’ve been here 33 years and have seen so many changes.”

Jayne Nelson Kindergarten

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