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Science Alliance club competes in Science Bowl, qualifies for State in Science Olympiad

Members of the Science Alliance club competed at the Science Olympiad competition on Feb 6. From left to right: Larry Chen (10), Adnan Askari (10), Ben Mellin (10), Ben Konstan (10), Navodhya Samarakoon (12), Liza Bukingolts (12), Maya Smith (12), Gitanjali Raman (12), Daniel Ellis (10), and Tessa Rauch (12).

Iya Abdulkarim, Feature Editor

February 14, 2016

St. Paul Academy and Summit School's Science Alliance student club took part in the Science Bowl competition on Jan 23, and advances to State in Science Olympiad.

Debate takes first and second place in section tournament

Debate team competitors pose for a photo after awards.  Pictured are seniors Liza Bukingolts, Navodhya Samarakoon and Maya Smith, sophomore Adnan Askari, and juniors Sarah Wheaton, Shefali Bijwadia and Raffi Toghramadjian.

News in Brief

January 11, 2016

This is the 15th consecutive year the debate team has qualified for the state tournament.

Girls Swim and Dive Team warms up to ambitious new coach

SPARKS SWIM AND DIVE take position on the starting block before entering the pool for a race. “There are nine teams in our division and we normally place 4th, but this year I think we can place 3rd,” senior Maya Smith said.

Marlee Baron, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 5, 2015

The new coach, Katy Vandam, has previously coached the SPA/HP Trojans, the boys swim team.

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.

Students remain unaware of nurse alternatives

Students are not aware of alternatives to going to see the school nurse: “If there’s a real health crisis, there are lots of people around who are able to step in,” Upper School Principal Chris Hughes said.

Meghan Joyce, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 4, 2014

Face-plant in Fitness for Life? Get sick in science class? Trip and twist an ankle? Ordinarily these problems would be fixed with a quick visit to the school nurse. However, without one working full-time, students believe that they are simply out of luck if it’s not the right time on the right day. The...

Students get their daily dose of humor

A recent poll survey students about humor.

Boraan Abdulkarim, Chief Visual Editor

June 4, 2014

A loud, welcoming sound of laughter fills the large, open space of the Summit Center. The students gathered on the rectangular frame of couches laugh at a string of sarcastic comments shot from one corner to another. Two sophomores in a nook of the library giggle at funny stories about their weekend...

Students pick snow days as best memories

Students have voted on the most memorable event of the year and the surprising yet disappointing winner is snow days, however, there were a few other events which also stood out to the school community.

Meghan Joyce, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 29, 2014

Students have all voted, the results are in, and the award for the most memorable part of this 2013-2014 school year goes to… snow days? There were some contrasting opinions and ideas, but snow days was the winner. 51% of students surveyed agreed, with reasons varying from “because I caught up on...

Advanced Placement exams provide extra challenge for students

Netta Kaplan, Copy Editor/Staff Writer

March 26, 2014

“Here’s my logic: I can either take a three hour AP test or I can spend an entire semester grueling in the pain of single-variable calculus,” senior Michael Wilkens said. His idea is the same one many have had. Even though St. Paul Academy and Summit School doesn’t offer any AP courses, plenty of st...

Sparks Swimming and Diving team bonds on land and in the water

Girls Swimming and Diving can practice up to 15 hours a week. “People are willing to try to be better and put in the effort to be better,” senior captain Anna Matenaer said.

Netta Kaplan, Copy Editor

October 1, 2013

The floor around the pool is soaked, and the benches around the edges of the room are packed with backpacks, swimming bags, and water bottles. Almost no one speaks, but it’s far from quiet. The noises of swimming are everywhere, with splashing and the soft slap of water against the pool walls. Somehow,...