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Senior Speech Illustrations: Week 25

Iya Abdulkarim, The Rubicon Editor

March 12, 2017

View the illustrations of the lines from senior speeches delivered on Thursday, March 9.

A right and a privilege: addressing low voter turnout in the United States

A right and a privilege: addressing low voter turnout in the United States

Amodhya Samarakoon, Creative Design Manager

December 12, 2016

In general, voter turnout in the United States is shockingly low. According to, voting was at its highest at only 63.9% in 1960 between Republican candidate Richard Nixon and Democratic candidate/winner John F. Kennedy. It had plummeted to its lowest a couple decades before at 48.9% in 1924 bet...

Quiz Bowl team wins ACRONYM meet

The Quiz Bowl teams mimic the images on their trophies. (Top from left) Patrick Commers, Jack Indritz, Cole Staples. (Bottom from left) Ewan Lang, Peter Schavee.

Diane Huang, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2016

The team placed first overall, with junior Ewan Lang placing third individually.

Humans of SPA: Cole Staples

“My proudest moment would probably be 8th grade Quiz Bowl Nationals when our team placed 7th in middle school nationals… we had been doing it [Quiz Bowl] since 6th grade and I knew that after that year, I would be switching schools. It was kind of a send off for me and the rest of the team, because a lot of us were leaving. It was our crowning achievement before we all went our separate ways,” junior Cole Staples.

Meghan Joyce, Chief Visual Editor

October 2, 2015

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Music helps retain learning, but only with the right study playlist

Freshman Maya Shrestha listens to music while studying in the gym foyer. “Having some background noise helps me focus on my work,” she said.

Iya Abdulkarim, Feature Editor

May 28, 2015

When a student puts on their headphones or earbuds in while studying, they tend to do one of the following: they sit down and plow through their work, or they sit and stare at it as they mouth the lyrics to the song they’re listening to.

Teachers defeat Quiz Bowl team to in pre-nationals face-off

Quiz Bowl honed their skills for national competition at the annual students vs. teachers match on May 22.  Upper School science teacher Andrea Bailey, US English teacher Matt Hoven, US math teacher Carl Corcoran, and US history teacher Jon Peterson faced off against freshman Peter Blanchfield and sophomores Cole Thompson, Paul Watkins, and Ewan Lang in this round.  The competition was facilitated by Quiz Bowl sophomores Patrick Commers and Netta Kaplan.  The team goes on to compete at Nationals the weekend of May 29.

Nina Zietlow, Staff Writer

May 26, 2015

The Quiz Bowl team competed against teachers May 22 in a friendly contest that helps them prepare for nationals.

Quiz Bowl team advances to quarterfinals in MNHS Quiz Bowl League playoffs

From left to right: Quiz Bowl adviser Andrew Bailey, freshman Peter Blanchfield, sophomore Paul Watkins, sophomore Cole Staples, sophomore Jack Indritz, junior Patrick Commers, sophomore Sarah Wheaton, junior Netta Kaplan.

Mari Knudson, In Depth Editor

February 22, 2015

The team also qualified for the 2015 NAQT High School National Championship.

‘Tis the season: looking ahead to video game releases

Students at St. Paul Academy are no exception to the hordes of buyers scrambling for the latest games. “I’m planning on getting Witcher 3. I’m planning on getting Evolve, if it’s any good . With video games with me, it’s more of a ‘Is it going to be any good?’ thing because with a lot of stuff it’s hard to find out if it’s any good or not,” sophomore Cole Staples said.

Paul Watkins, Science & Technology Editor

December 3, 2014

With the holiday season fast approaching, many video game publishers are rushing to release their latest and greatest games for people to buy. Big companies like Nintendo are putting out new installments in their franchises with the new Super Smash Bros., Pokemon, and Bayonetta games out or soon to be...

Sophomore Cole Staples shares playlist

Sophomore Cole Staples enjoys an eclectic spectrum of music.

Paul Watkins, Science and Technology Editor

October 23, 2014

Sophomore Cole Staples shares his recommendations for a mid-week playlist. “Don’t listen to the music, experience the sounds,” Staples said. 1) Pink Floyd - Echoes “It's like something that you can lay down, relax to, and lose yourself in. Echoes isn't the only song I like. I just like concep...

Quiz Bowl team closes season

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

March 18, 2014

In most high school activities, whether intellectual or athletic, the youngest competitors have to wait for their time in the sun. Learning curves generally remain steep enough to ensure that upperclassmen appear on top of the standings. The St. Paul Academy and Summit School Quiz Bowl team is a clear...