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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, Top Stories

      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...

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, Top Stories

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...

Changing of class schedule not to happen any time soon

Changing of class schedule not to happen any time soon

Andy Thao, Reporter

March 29, 2017


Filed under News, Spotlight, Top Stories

Harding’s schedule will not change to a six period day, Principal Revsbeck told staff last week despite the talk of such a change across the district. “The district is looking at a budget shortfall,” said Jeff Rissman, an assistant principal at Harding High School. “I don’t know the spec...

The Attraction Valentine’s Day Brings In

The Attraction Valentine’s Day Brings In

Nathalia Cortes Vazquez, Reporter

March 2, 2017


Filed under Features, Spotlight

What makes Valentine’s Day a holiday where kids and adults feel the need to celebrate with loved and cherished ones? Most students at Harding thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t that big of a deal, just a time that goes by with no regret. “Doesn’t really affect me,” said junior Makala Joyce....

Not good enough for Education Secretary

Not good enough for Education Secretary

Andy Thao, Reporter

March 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Spotlight

Since the dramatic changes by President Donald Trump, another stun to the nation occurs once again. On Feb. 7, Betsy DeVos was nominated for the United States Secretary of Education which I think is probably the biggest shock since Trump proposed the travel ban even though there wasn’t much time bet...

Harding students elect Clinton in mock election

Harding students elect Clinton in mock election

Priscilla Yang, Assistant Photo Editor

November 15, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Spotlight

      Throughout history, people have been beaten, jailed, tortured and even put to death for the right to vote. Our right to vote is not only a privilege but also a right that we Americans take pride in.      In a recent survey conducted on Harding’s population of voters, ten stu...

SPPS has a new safety policy

SPPS has a new safety policy

Andy Thao, Yusuf Aw Yusuf, Reporter, Features Editor

February 2, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, News, Spotlight

With the growth of violence in St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS), Harding and other schools in the district are taking steps to ensure school safety, including the implementation of new rules in order to improve safety at all SPPS schools. Following recent events at Saint Paul Public Schools, especially...

Suicide is not a selfish act

Suicide is not a selfish act

Wendy Scaletta, Editor-In-Chief

January 20, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Spotlight

Many people fear death and could never fathom inflicting it upon themselves. Some, however, welcome the idea with open arms. Suicide, the act of deliberately causing one’s own death, is the third leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 to 24, and the tenth leading cause of death among Americans...

Muslim students struggle with unorganized prayer opportunities at Harding

Muslim students struggle with unorganized prayer opportunities at Harding

Yusuf Aw Yusuf, Features Editor

January 20, 2016


Filed under Features, In-Depth, Spotlight

Muslims believe that it’s important to pray five times a day in order to maintain a happy and significant life. Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it’s obligatory for every Muslim to pray five times a day. Harding High School’s diverse community has been welcoming to its Muslim...

Students question safety of Harding

Students question safety of Harding

Elezebet Mitiku, Reporter

November 16, 2015


Filed under Features, Spotlight

Recently we've had an incident involving a loaded gun in a student's backpack, and some students that came from different schools this year question the school's safety. Some students that transfer to Harding from different schools like Highland Park or Washington sometimes hear bad things about Harding....

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