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There are more than two genders

Wendy Scaletta, Mai Vue, Reporter

October 19, 2015


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Most people, when asked what their gender is, will answer either male or female. Some people, however, do not fit so squarely into this binary. Most people identify as the gender that matches their sex, an identity known as cisgender. Most biological females identify as female, and most biological males...

Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership

Zuzan Win, Reporter

October 16, 2015


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GGAL stands for Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership, a program that works with immigrant and refugee girls from seventh through twelfth grade. GGAL is under the umbrella of WISE, Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment.  Their main goal in the program is to increase focus on women and to increase...

Mr. Shady isn’t so shady

Mr. Shady isn’t so shady

Gao Xiong, Reporter

September 29, 2015


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Harding's new College and Career Center has a new director. "My name is Mr. Shady," he said, adding that his job is to help students out with future goals, such as college and career, with a focus on academics. Mr. Shady has been a school counselor at Johnson High School for seven years. Last yea...

Staff member joined by his brother

Zuzan Win, Reporter

September 29, 2015


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One of Harding’s new staff members, alongside his brother Kenny, who has worked here since last year, may look familiar. Peter Olafeso works as a BIP, Behavior Intervention Specialist. He worked in summer school two years ago, and has a close relationship with Principal Revsbeck. Mr. Olafeso said Pr...

Teacher complaint process

Levi Metty, Reporter

June 4, 2015


Filed under Features, Opinion

Every student has their own way of learning and every teacher has their own way of teaching. Some Harding students have complained recently that those two styles don’t meet up, and no matter how hard they try, they cannot learn in the class. What can these students do? It appears that at Harding, t...

Chernobyl survivor from Ukraine 1986

Chernobyl survivor from Ukraine 1986

May Flower Vang, Editor

June 4, 2015


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In 1986 a nuclear power plant exploded in Ukraine. While this incident may remain a distant memory for some, but for survivors- including one Harding teacher. The Chernobyl impact was 300  times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 Japan. Many people died including innoce...

Sex Trafficking Awareness T-shirts

Pajai Vue, News Editor

May 19, 2015


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  Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), a program for SPPS youth, is raising awareness about sex trafficking in Minnesota with a t-shirt they designed. YLI is a program that helps youth develop leadership in their community. In October, the members of YLI came together to discuss issues in the Twi...

Experience at Anime Detour

Experience at Anime Detour

Kianna Sayarath, Reporter

May 7, 2015


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As one of the biggest conventions in the Midwest, Anime Detour 2015 attracted more than 4,000 attendees to the Doubletree in Bloomington at the end of March. While anime is the focus of the convention, DC Nation, Marvel, T.V shows, webcomics, fanfiction and all sorts of fandom are also welcomed. Pre-registered tick...

Anime Detour

April 29, 2015


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As one of the biggest conventions in the Midwest, Anime Detour 2015 attracted more than 4,000 attendees to the Doubletree in Bloomington at the end of March. While anime is the focus the convention, DC Nation, Marvel, T.V shows, webcomics, fanfiction and all sorts of fandom are also welcomed. Pre-registered tick...

Seniors win scholarships

Gao Xiong, Reporter

April 29, 2015


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Applying for a scholarship can be really frustrating. Students put a lot of time and effort into scholarship applications in hopes of finding another way to pay for colleges, tuition, and dorms. Senior Nasro Mohamed got accepted to two colleges, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Wash...

Depression is common among teens

Wendy Scaletta, Reporter

April 10, 2015


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Teens are supposed to be carefree, joyful individuals who spend their days laughing with friends and planning bright futures for themselves. Not all teens, however, fulfill this expectation. Depression is a term used to describe mood disorders such as major depressive disorder, dysthymia, and seasonal...

Hmong celebrate 40 years in Minnesota

Gao Xiong, Reporter

April 10, 2015


Filed under Features, In-Depth

More than 40 years have passed since Hmong people came to live in Minnesota. They've been through hardships and struggles between American influences and traditional Hmong. The Hmong people had been nomads for years when the Vietnam War (or the Secret War) broke out and the Hmong had to hide up in t...

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