The Rubicon

Seniors step off stage to direct their own One Act Plays

Senior directors Jack Romans (left) and Maggie Vlietstra (right, standing) bond with cast members during a rehearsal in the Driscoll Family Commons. Leading up to the performance, Romans said,
February 27, 2016
The St. Paul Academy and Summit School Winter One Acts were preformed on Jan. 29 in the Huss Auditorium. Senior directors provide some insight into the process and their One Acts.

To be or not to be? The US one-acts explore the human condition, eggs, modern relationships, and more

Sophomore Jonah Harrison, junior Mary Grant, and senior Tessa Rauch, respectively cackle as they play the three witches from the one-act
January 31, 2016
The Upper School one-acts, on Jan. 29 amazed and amused the audience with eye-catching visuals and quirky humor.

Students from midde and upper school display their work in winter art show

The Fine Arts department faculty spend countless hours working on putting up the art exhibition. Work from every student who has participated in either the first semester or trimester has a piece of work in the show.
December 7, 2015
Winter Art Gallery opens, featuring artwork from students throughout the campus and of different mediums.

P.L.A.Y. student group hosts dodge ball tournament amidst long week

Senior Lukas Kelsey-Friedemann and junior Tommy Dicke face their opponents during the tournament.
November 22, 2015
P.L.A.Y. student club held a dodge ball tournament for students (and teachers!) Nov 12.

Ingrid Topp-Johnson breaks it down with mix tapes

Junior Ingrid Topp-Johnson poses with some of her recent mixtapes. “When I am making a playlist, I usually come up with a very specific idea and then sit down at a computer and create it within half an hour,” Topp- Johnson said.
March 16, 2015
When someone says they’re a DJ, the statement tends to paint a picture of them spinning records or turning knobs on a keyboard while jumping up and down in a crowded room with strobe lights spinning above them, but this is not always the case. Junior Ingrid Topp-Johnson creates playlists and mix tapes.

Walker Art Teen Art Council provides members enriching real-world experiences

Members of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council looks at one of the paintings for their teen-curated event last April at the Walker Art Center, Teen Takeover: Double Take. “I wanted to be more involved in the arts community. It sounded flawlessly awesome, getting to work with artists and being at the Walker regularly,” Jackson said.
December 29, 2014
Museums offer a unique view of a subject — be it art, history, science — and a chance for greater immersion and interactivity. With the abundance of opportunities to volunteer or work in a museum available to teenagers, some SPA students have taken the experience of a museum a step further with the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC), which juniors Ingrid Topp-Johnson and Jane Jackson are a part of.

Maximizing fun and minimizing cost: Affordable outings to fill your Winter Break

People come together for a fun hockey game at Wells Fargo Winter Skate. “The lights are really pretty, you feel like you're in a winter wonderland,” Freshman Ellie Findell said.
December 26, 2014
With winter break just around the corner, students want to maximize the fun while minimizing the cost. Here are some ideas for things to do over break for ten dollars and under.

Stitching and embroidering provide useful, enjoyable hobbies

Left: Some of junior Blaire Bemel’s creations include pillows and pencil cases. Right: Bemel poses with her sewing machine ‘Elna.’ “It’s a really good feeling when someone asks you where you got something and you can actually say you made it,” she said.
October 3, 2014

While some of us have distinctive pastimes like duct tape art, rock collecting, or juggling, juniors Blaire Bemel and Ingrid Topp-Johnson have a hobby that is both quirky and useful at once. They sew....

Students absorb culture… minus the travel

Sophomore Calla Saunders paints a mural of Disney characters with French lyrics at Concordia French Language Lac du Bois. “It helps to connect things we’re familiar with, like Disney movies, with the new language that we’re learning,” Saunders said.
May 30, 2014

Language experts say that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to visit the country of origin. While this may not be feasible for all St. Paul Academy and Summit School students, they can experience...

Students tackle international issues at Model United Nations conference

Model United Nations participants sophomore Nina Zietlow, freshman Moira McCarthy, sophomore Lexi Hilton, sophomore Claire Walsh, and sophomore Netta Kaplan represent the country of Benin at the conference held on Mar. 27-29 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.
April 1, 2014

For most spring break is a time to relax, unwind, and take a break from studying, but for a small group of St. Paul Academy and Summit School sophomores, spring break means getting down to business researching...

Theater plans coming to fruition

Theater plans coming to fruition
September 26, 2013

“Chaotic, cramped, complicated:” these are words that St. Paul Academy and Summit School sophomores Claire Walsh and Alice Tibbetts used to describe the current setup for drama and music rehearsals...

Denim, eighties, and Toms shoes infiltrate fall fashion trends on campus

Toms shoes are quick to put on and popular this fall.
September 10, 2013

Fall means beautiful colored leaves, fresh apple cider, and, of course, the start of a new fashion season. The overarching theme? Throwback. “I’m seeing a lot of eighties,” freshman Shelby Tietel...

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