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Jackson fosters furry friends: does good in an adorable way

Senior Jane Jackson plays with her foster cat at the Animal Humane Society. “Recently I totally failed at being a foster because I adopted one of [them]. That’s the hardest part; not wanting to adopt all of these cute animals,” Jackson said.

Boraan Abdulkarim, Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2016

Senior Jane Jackson shares her fostering experience with the Animal Human Society's fostering program.

Juniors use privileges to de-stress as exams approach

Junior Navodhya Samarakoon holds an ice cream cone on a sunny afternoon while enjoying junior privileges.  Samarakoon and junior Maya Smith went out to lunch at Punch Pizza, then stopped at Grand Ole Creamery for ice cream. “It felt like we were skipping school,” Samarakoon said. “It was nice to de-stress ourselves by eating ice cream and good food that we both enjoy, and just talking to each other,” Samarakoon said.

Boraan Abdulkarim, Editor-in-Chief

May 27, 2015

Privileges provide independence for junior class in the last month of the school year, and many use it to stay organized and relaxed.

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.

Mari Knudson, In Depth Editor

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.

Students search for study spaces

Junior Sam Matenaer takes advantage of the isolation provided by the cubby desks in the library. “It’s not a table, so I’m sitting alone, so it’s easier to focus on my work,” he said.

Netta Kaplan, Managing Editor

December 12, 2014

With exams quickly approaching, students are looking for quiet places in the school to hunker down and get some studying done. For plenty, the library is just the spot. “The library is nice because it’s in the middle of everything, so you can go see your teachers, and I like writing on a table,”...

Students offer tips to stay organized

Students offer tips and advice to help stay organized.

Boraan Abdulkarim, Chief Visual Editor

September 29, 2014

With the school year well underway, students' clutter and stress have a tendency to pile up.  Binders, notebooks, lockers, and computer files all slowly fall into disrepair. It is important to take the time to get organized. Students share their personal advice on how to make everyday school life...

Purple ribbons display support for suicide prevention

Juniors Justin Jallen and David Nicholson proudly display their purple ribbons in support of World Suicide Prevention Day. Many Upper School students and faculty have decided to wear the ribbons, which were created and dispersed by GSA.

Netta Kaplan, Managing Editor

September 10, 2014

Purple ribbons seem to be everywhere: pinned to clothing and backpacks, tied around wrists and ponytails. Distributed by the Gender & Sexuality Acceptance student group for World Suicide Prevention Day, an overwhelming number of Upper School students and faculty have chosen to wear the ribbons to...

Fine flower prints bloom in a garden of student apparel

Sophomores Vanessa Miller and Jane Jackson wear matching floral prints.

Boraan Abdulkarim, Chief Visual Editor

May 15, 2014

The spring's first buds have started blooming all over St. Paul, especially on the premises of St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and students' shirts showcase gentle flower prints. While floral prints, along with pastels, make an appearance every year in spring trends, 2014 witnessed the rise of a...