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Harding again one of the ‘most challenging schools’

Harding again one of the ‘most challenging schools’

Andy Thao, Reporter
January 30
Filed under Features

          According to the Washington Post, a newspaper company that has most of their newspapers sold around Washington D.C., Harding has been nominated as one of the most challenging schools in Minnesota, ranked 23rd.          “I feel proud; it’s great that we got the recogn...

New cafe brings out the best for staff

New cafe brings out the best for staff

Nathalia Cortes Vazquez, Reporter
January 30
Filed under Features

A new cafe, All Knight Cafe, opened a few weeks ago for staff to have their to-go beverages and snacks at school. Three special education staff, Nichole T., Stacy Vonwald and Shar’Ron Webb, have opened a cafe in room 1361 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, after winter break ends. Students ass...

Appeal of School Meat to Students

Appeal of School Meat to Students

Nathalia Cortes Vazquez, Reporter
December 16
Filed under Features

Students at Harding are questioning whether the school's lunch meat is considered top quality. The topic of school lunch meat has been questioned as far back as the 1980s, starting with a lunch staff looking at boxes labeled with the quality of the meat that's being served, such as ‘F’ quality. ...

Is Catfishing the New Trend on Social Media?

Is Catfishing the New Trend on Social Media?

Sheng Yang, Reporter
December 12
Filed under Features, Top Stories

Two Harding students, Hannah Mullis, a junior, and Muatsi Lee, a sophomore, have been victims of being catfished on Facebook. They spend most of their time on the internet interacting with friends or using it for entertainment, but never did they think they’d be catfished. Catfishing is when someone fakes their ident...

How one gesture can change a season

Adan Mohamud, Reporter
November 16
Filed under Features

Harding was in awe as they heard news going around the school of a silent protest displayed by boys swimmer, Jeremiah Cotter. Jeremiah, who is a senior, took a knee during the national anthem and was met by mixed responses. He was met with praise and criticism by many students in school and on socia...

SEA club hopes to become more diverse

SEA club hopes to become more diverse

Sheng Yang, Reporter
November 15
Filed under Features

South East Asia (SEA) is a club at Harding High School. Before, the club was primarily focused on the Southeast Asian cultures, but this year’s objective changed to focus on making the club as diverse as possible. “Our ‘sea’ meaning has now changed to a “sea of diversity,” said Becky Vue, t...

Students flock to MAD club

Students flock to MAD club

Nathalia Cortez Vazquez, Reporter
November 15
Filed under Features

MAD is the Manga Anime Drawing club at Harding High School where students can polish their skills in Japanese comic books and graphic novel-style drawing to become better. Students expect to become better at drawing and enjoy learning more about manga. They each have their own personal goal of becoming b...

The Origins behind Philosophy Club

The Origins behind Philosophy Club

Priscilla Yang, Assistant Photo Edito
November 15
Filed under Features

       Philosophy is a word that contains much meaning and yet is hard to define. On Google, philosophy is defined as “the general study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.”    What is philosophy, really, and how has it made its impact in the world tha...

Diversity plays an important role in education

Adan Mohamud, Reporter
April 22
Filed under Features

Harding High School has one of the highest diversity rates in all of Saint Paul Public Schools, just behind American Indian Magnet. 20 percent of the school’s population is African American. With many of the events that have been taking place around the United States, such as the Black Lives Matter move...

Eating disorders could have a lifelong impact

Eating disorders could have a lifelong impact

Wendy Scaletta, Editor-in-Cheif
March 30
Filed under Features, In-Depth

Everyone needs food to survive. For most people, food is simply a necessity and, for the most part, harmless. For others, however, it is a potentially life-threatening obsession. Eating disorders are mental illnesses that affect millions of people in the United States. These disorders include anorexi...

Jet Mika

Jet Mika

William Tzavaras, Sports Editor
March 17
Filed under Features, Sports

As a young boy, Jet Mika was the kid who used to shovel snow in front of the church sidewalk. A couple years ago, he suffered a major back injury and endured the surgery and has now recovered fully to become a Minnesota State High League Wrestling State Tournaments finalist. Jet recently finished fifth...

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be romantic

Shaina Moua and Gao Xiong
March 17
Filed under Features

Many people think that Valentine's Day is reserved just for their significant others; in fact, anyone can share the day with someone hoping to find a deep connection. We personally know students who will date each other to feel a sense of belonging and romance, even if they both know the relation...

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