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Please pick up after yourselves

Please pick up after yourselves

Dakota Aportela, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, Opinion

Anyone who has taken the time to actually look at the environment has probably noticed just how badly humans are littering. There is trash lying on the ground: fast food wrappers, plastic water bottles, cigarette butts and more—all just lying here and there and floating anywhere it can with nothing be...

Vandalism becoming a problem at Harding

Vandalism becoming a problem at Harding

Jacqueline Martinez, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

A school bathroom is one of the most common scenes of vandalism. Anyone who has ever gone to a school bathroom knows that messages on the walls of stalls are so common that it’s unnatural to see them without it. Most students can probably agree that trying to go to the bathroom during passing ti...

Harding students walk out to protest gun violence

Harding students walk out to protest gun violence

Lori Vang, Reporter

April 10, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth, Top Stories

Concerned students all over the country, including many Harding students, stood outside in various locations for 17 minutes on March 14 — one minute for each of the 17 people who died Feb. 14 in a mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There were other walkouts between the...

Cream of the Crop

William Tzavaras and Turner Battle

June 6, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Interviews, Spotlight, Top Stories

#1 Kevin Tran) Kevin, who is finishing at the top of his class and got a near perfect score of a 35 on the ACT, plans on attending Stanford University in the fall. “I honestly don’t really feel anything,” said Kevin. “I’m proud of the work I put in the last four years, but nothing beyond tha...

LIFO: What it is and how it works

Galen Sato, Digital Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Spotlight, Top Stories

The ‘last-in, first-out’ (LIFO) policy used for teacher layoffs is designed to preserve teachers’ job security, but it also has some drawbacks. Around April, when the school receives its budget for the coming year, changes may have to be made. Often, this means cutting staff. Simply put, the ...

Hmong marriage customs get US makeover

Hmong marriage customs get US makeover

Tristin Thao, Reporter

June 6, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Spotlight

      In the Hmong culture, marriage is very important for families. The Hmong community consists of 18 last names, making up 18 official clans.  It is taboo to marry someone from the same clan.  For instance, someone with the Yang last name cannot marry another Yang.     Sometimes, t...

What it takes to fundraise

Megan Engelstad, Reporter

June 6, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

Fundraising at an urban school is a lot of work. Items get lost, people don’t have time and finding people that are financially able to contribute is hard. When doing fundraising, you need to figure out which method works the best. “There are two methods that I like to do and one that we somet...

What Is The Deal of Horoscopes that brings Attractions?

Nathalia Cortes Vazquez, Reporter

March 29, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

People have grown up hearing about horoscopes and zodiac signs but are they really the real deal? There aren’t many people who read their horoscopes every day. Those who do are trying to look on the bright side to the day or just read it for fun. Stephanie “Regret,” a freshman, said, “You...

St. Paul Organization Helps Kids Find Internships

St. Paul Organization Helps Kids Find Internships

Zoe Kavaney, Reporter

March 29, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Spotlight

Finding a job can be scary, especially if you've never had one. Right Track can help you out with that.   Right Track is a St. Paul based organization that gives advice to teens looking for employment. If they accept you, you might end up with a paid internship with a respectable business or...

Harding students protested during the national anthem at the pepfest

Elezebet Mitiku, Feature Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

Some students decided to take a knee for a couple of reasons, and others didn't feel like it was right to protest during the national anthem. “It was inspired by a situation that happened with a student here,” said Nolan Berglund, who was one of the students who kneeled at the pepfest during the nati...

Proposing A New Start Time For SPPS

Proposing A New Start Time For SPPS

Judy Her, Opinions Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

School start times could change not only for Harding High School, but also for other Saint Paul Schools as soon as two years from now, depending on the results of a vote at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15. According to the district website, “The Board of Education has requested the d...

Homecoming Royalty strives for diversity

Homecoming Royalty strives for diversity

Lila Chieng, Reporter

November 16, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

This year, Elizabeth “Mimi” Bell, a senior at Harding High School, noticed a lack of diversity in the past few Homecoming Royalty Queen winners and took the opportunity to inspire other African American women at Harding to push for change.   Mimi, a member of NHS and student council, look...

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