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Students prepare for spring musical Les Misérables

Upper School Theater Director Eric Severson and choreographer Karis Sloss oversee Les Misérables rehearsals. “Those big rehearsals are a challenge. But it’s rewarding and it always pulls together in the end,
April 26, 2016
The Upper School spring musical Les Misérables began rehearsing before spring break. Students have been practicing choreography, singing, and acting with the guidance of US Theater Director Eric Severson. Performance dates are on May 20-21 at 7:00 p.m. and May 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Huss Center.

January Speeches

February 21, 2016

Senior speeches from January focused on how a change in attitude or approach can create a beneficial difference.

Scouting shapes participants beyond cookies, camping, and badges

Sophomore Kathryn Schmechel presented with the rest of her Girl Scouts troop at the Lower School as an eight -year-old Brownie.“My favorite part of Girl Scouts is selling cookies, and also being active in my community,” Schmechel said.
Students relive childhood experiences and engage in community service as Girl and Boy Scouts
May 5, 2015
Girl and Boy Scouts programs teach students at SPA valuable lessons and leave them with unforgettable memories.

Smartphone ownership becomes near-universal

Sophomores Ali Duval, Emily Schoonover, Phoebe Pannier, and Andrew Michel gather in the Summit Center around their devices. According to a 2012 poll, 43% of people are likely to own a smartphone.
November 1, 2014
It’s after school. Students sit in the Summit Center, stand on the sidewalk waiting for buses, or pile on the benches outside Briggs Gymnasium hanging out with friends. Take a brief glance at the people. Make a quick count of how many phones you see—those in hands or back pockets. How many are there?

Ensemble cast brings to life the best musical you’ve never heard of

Junior Halsey Moe, playing Daniel Beauxhomme, and senior Emma Chang, playing Ti Moune, perform in Once On This Island on May 15. “I think I am just going to miss the atmosphere of SPA theater because we are so close,” Chang said.
US Spring Musical Review: Once On This Island
May 30, 2014

It is curtains for the Upper School musical Once on this Island. A story of life, love, and loss, Once on this Island was a well rehearsed, song filled production. Centering on a small Caribbean island...

Students dive into winter activities

Freshman John Soranno trains at Echo Mountain Park, Colorado. “My favorite thing about skiing is the feeling [going down slopes] in a course and feeling all the things that I have been working on in skiing over the past year come together,” Soranno said.
December 19, 2013

As the snow starts to fall, Minnesotans everywhere strap on their skates, skis, and snowshoes as they head out for the beginning of winter sports. A variety of winter activities are played at St. Paul...

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