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COMO HIGH: Art curator, Youth in Government, JROTC service

Posted on 10 February 2020 by Tesha Christensen

Como cadets from the school’s JRTOC program volunteered six hours of their time at Toys For Tots on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Eric Erickson)

Como junior Audrey Power-Theisen was a curator for a new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She worked with the museum staff to select and display the artwork for an exhibit in the Harrison Photography Gallery, which will run through mid-June.
Power-Theisen is an exceptional student who has also flourished in Como’s art department. She has studied Beginning Photography, Advanced Photography and is currently thriving in AP Studio Art. Her teacher, Mr. Jason McIntyre, nominated her to be a curator and was proud she was selected.
“Audrey is an amazing artist and this opportunity allows her to see the process that museums go through to choose and display art in a world class museum like the Minneapolis Institute of Art,” McIntyre said. “It is a very unique experience for a high school student.”
13 Como students participated in the Youth in Government Model Assembly program at the state capitol from Jan. 9-12. The program gives high school students from across the state opportunities to serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, lobbyists, government officials and media representatives in the sessions that are conducted by the entirely student-led state government. It was an impactful experience for all of Como’s participants, organized by Ms. Liz Paone, who teaches in the social studies department and the Academy of Finance.
Forty-two cadets in the Marine Corps JROTC gave their time and effort on Saturday, Dec. 14 volunteering in the Toys for Tots holiday drive. The program was founded in 1947 by Marine Corps reservist Major Bill Hendricks. Como’s cadets have made service at Toys for Tots an annual event during the holiday season. This year’s project was organized and led by Junior Cadet Sergeant Eh Say Htoo.
The Como Park Booster Club recently announced the recipients of its grant awards. The following programs and clubs will receive financial support based on their competitive applications: The Technovation Apps Club, Como Park Future Farmers of America Club, Close Up Washington D.C., Ping Pong Club, Black Student Union, Link Crew, Youth in Government, Counseling Department, and the Cougar Journal – Como’s literary magazine.
The Booster Club grants help Como students expand access to a variety of programs, enhance and expand learning opportunities, gain leadership skills, attend events beyond the Como campus, and share their artistic expressions with Como Park High School and the community.
Prospective students for the 2020-2021 school year have been visiting Como throughout December and January, “shadowing” current students to see a day in the life of a Como student. If your student is interested in shadowing, contact Alexis Gray-Lawson who serves as a Parent Coordinator at alexis.gray@spps.org. Como’s Showcase Night, an open house to learn more about academic and extra-curricular activities at Como, will take place on Jan. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (see ad on page 6 in the Monitor.)

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Como Community Council Corner December 2019

Posted on 29 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director,
district10@district10comopark.org

Upcoming District 10 Meetings
• Community Council Board Meeting: Tuesday Dec. 17
• Land Use Committee: Monday Jan. 6
• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday Jan. 7
• Environment Committee: Wednesday Jan. 8
All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

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Library upgrade, choir, D.C. fundraising

Library upgrade, choir, D.C. fundraising

Posted on 29 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

by Eric Erickson

Como students performed “The Frog Princess” for the annual fall musical in the Cougar Forum. The cast and crew adapted well, moving their production to the forum while the auditorium was closed for remodeling. (Photo by Eric Erickson)


Physical improvements to the library at Como Park High School have also been accompanied by programming changes. Ms. Sheri Chaffee-Johnson, a veteran English teacher at Como, has transitioned to become the school librarian.
Chaffee-Johnson has transformed the library layout into an open, welcoming environment capitalizing on natural light and creating places for collaborative work, various work stations, and quiet nooks for reading and studying. There’s even the aroma of fresh coffee from the Cougar Grounds!
Academy of Finance (AOF) students who wanted to design a small business created the coffee shop in the library. It’s student-run, overseen by AOF teacher Ms. Erin Colestock. Coffee, tea, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate have proven to be popular and add ambiance.
Another new library program is peer tutoring for all core subjects at various hours throughout the day. Plus, the collection of books and resources are getting an overhaul to reflect relevance and fulfill students’ literary needs.
The Como Park Choirs will present the annual Pops Concert on Monday, Dec. 16 in the Como Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m.  The show will feature five choirs performing music from High School Musical, Shrek, Reflection, Alessia Cara and more. Admission for the Pops Concert is $2 for adults, $1 for students and senior citizens. 
On Friday, Dec.20, the choir will go on tour around the neighborhood to perform for elementary school students. The concerts will be held at Chelsea Heights Elementary and Como Park Elementary.
Advanced Placement Government students who will be representing Como in the national Close Up Washington D.C. program in February are raising funds to support their trip. Students will be bagging groceries for customers at the Roseville Cub Foods on Larpenteur Ave. from 10a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. The group already worked a successful Cub fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Cub customers generously support the effort of the students with donations that help defray the expense of the educational adventure. Community members interested in financially supporting students in the Close Up Washington D.C. program can also contact the trip coordinator at eric.erickson@spps.org.
Middle school students who are interested in experiencing a day of Como Park High School are invited to shadow a current Como student. Parents of interested prospective students who would like to shadow or take a tour may register by going to spps.org/visitcomo.
The Cougar girls’ basketball team began the season ranked in the state’s top ten for Class 3A and held the #4 spot as the Monitor went to press. The team is playing an extremely challenging non-conference schedule in December with three games against top-ten teams in Class 4A, including large suburban schools such as Wayzata, St. Louis Park and St. Michael-Albertville. As for the St. Paul City Conference, the Cougars will be aiming to win their sixth consecutive title.

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Eggroll Queen Music Cafe owner overcomes obstacles

Eggroll Queen Music Cafe owner overcomes obstacles

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

After she lost her hearing, Mai Vang turned to making eggrolls

first-time customer, Mrs. Reyn Martin shares a laugh with Mai Vang. “The food is great,” she said.

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN
Eggroll Queen’s story began in a living room, grew in a food truck, and has now settled in the former Undeground Music Cafe space (1579 Hamline Ave. N.).
Along the way, local resident Mai Vang, who grew up in the Como area and now lives 10 minutes from the restaurant, has overcome her own hearing loss to become a minority, woman business owner. She runs Eggroll Queen Music Cafe with partners David and Helene Schultz.

What is it like being a person of color and woman entrepreneur?
The Eggroll Queen was starting out as a community volunteer event and evolved into a business. It was fine when I was still making egg rolls from my living room to sell them to few friends in the community. When the egg rolls start picking up, I realized I didn’t have the funding to properly operate the business. As a woman in the Hmong community, we don’t normally go out and approach potential investors for money. Besides, almost every family in the Hmong community knows how to make egg rolls.
Finding the proper financial to start a business was the biggest hurdle because I didn’t have anything to begin with and with my disability, my family income was also cut in half. I slowly build the business up from my living room to a food trailer built by my brother Cherxa, funded by families, friends, and the community. When my food trailer was caught on fire, I couldn’t afford another one. I was so fortunate that the community was pouring in with donations enough to get a food truck and get me back on the street again.
On the positive side, being a woman of color, it gives me the opportunity to introduce my food to other larger community because most of them have never had a good egg roll or don’t know how egg rolls should really taste like. They only get the down-graded version from other restaurants.

What challenges have you overcome?
Back in late 2013, I went deaf and everything I knew how quickly came to an end. I struggled to find a solution to get my hearing back. When I finally came to accept that my hearing could be permanent, I lost a lot of hopes and the will power to do the many things I used to do.
To keep myself from focusing on the problem I faced, I started going out to the community again and do what I can to help others that may have bigger problems. I was fortunate enough to find a group of very kind-hearted St. Paul Eastsiders that would go out of their way to help others. We did few fundraisers to help few of our community members that needed help using the egg roll recipe that my family has been doing for years.
As friends and community members start pouring in to get the egg rolls, I focused less and less on my personal problem and more on how I can contribute to the community the way I used to through my egg rolls.
It’s still very hard for me to have a normal conversation with everyone especially my husband and kids, but using technology, we are doing our best to move forward as a family. I still have to take few naps throughout the day on a daily basis to clear pressures from my head and ears so I won’t be so off balance when I walk.

What’s new at the restaurant?
At the Eggroll Queen Music Café, we now have a full kitchen to prep and serve our delicious jumbo egg rolls. We are also offering our special rice bowl dish.  Our goal is to make sure when families stop by for either lunch or dinner, they can get a full meal while enjoying live music from local artists. In addition, we upgraded all of our music equipment so local musicians have a good place and proper equipment to show off their talents to the community.
For years this coffee shop was a neighborhood gathering, we still want to be that. But additionally, we want to make the café at place for new, emerging, and established artists and the community. By that, we have a larger wall for artists to display their art and are rotating it.  We also have a lot of musicians who play here. We also realized that there is no place in the Twin Cities for writers and poets to read or perform their works. We want to be the place for them. We also hope to be a community meeting place, both for neighbors, and for special events.

What drove the changes and grand re-opening?
The former Underground Music Café had woodfire oven pizza and few other food selections when Eggroll Queen took over the business. I was so excited and was hoping to open our line of egg rolls within a month or two, but we learned very quickly that a lot of things in the café need to be brought up to code in order for us to sell our egg rolls and other food there.  It took us most of 2019 to get everything to work and now we are ready to serve the community.

How is the Twin Cities food scene evolving and where do you fit into that?
Personally, I feel that our Twin Cities food scene has changed a lot due to our very diverse communities. A few decades ago, when you are thinking about going to a restaurant, chain restaurants often come to mind and everyone settled for pretty much the same choice of food. Today, our community is filled with so many different communities, foods, cultures, etc.  Eggroll Queen is among one of them; however, our goals has always been focusing on the quality and how we can offer egg rolls to our community with the very same recipe that we would do at home. We want to make sure every bite is good to the last one.
Our restaurant is a very nice, cute place where family can come out for a good lunch or dinner and yet still feel at home.  Parents can read few books to the kids or playing small board games with their kids to strengthen their bonds. People can stop by for locally brewed coffee, beer or a nice glass of wine and enjoy live music from our local artists.
In the morning, you will see friends stop by for a quick meet up, engineer and police officers starting of their day with a cup of latte, coffee and laughters with friends. Ladies would round up their friends and come to share ideas, doing needle work, chatting and laughing together early in the morning.
Our employees know their customers and know what they want as customers enter the door.  With all of those fun and quality time together, kids and adults alike can have one or few scoops of ice cream before heading out.

What specials do you offer that are not-to-be-missed by local residents?
Our lunch special, the Queen Meal, is definitely something local residents should get.  The meal includes chicken or vegetable fried rice, one jumbo egg roll and a drink – soda, juice, or coffee.
I like to invite everyone to come and try our delicious food. Your support of getting three egg rolls and a rice bowl will help provide jobs for few employees, keep the café open for the community, musicians, and artists. See you soon.

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Foxtrot Burger Spot replaces Delicata Pizza

Foxtrot Burger Spot replaces Delicata Pizza

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Foxtrot Burger Spot Co-Director of Operations Jahn Brink is a Como resident with the goal of making this restaurant his neighborhood beer and burger spot. (Photo by Terry Faust)

What’s new?
The biggest moves were changing from a gourmet pizza concept to a burger and beer forward neighborhood hangout. The meeting space downstairs has been converted into a game room with a TV, juke box, dart boards, and vintage arcade gaming.
What drove the changes?
We are very proud of the work and output that we achieved at Delicata. In this industry you don’t always get to choose when you close your doors. We had an exciting opportunity to breathe new life into this space and find a model better suited for a neighborhood go to.
How is the Twin Cities food scene evolving and where do you fit into that?
The Twin Cities food scene is exciting. There are so many talented players and operators in our cities. I think the fact that our food scene is growing helps the greater brand of the Twin Cities. It raises the standard for all of us. While we might be a humble neighborhood burger joint, we have a scratch kitchen and we use some really fun cooking techniques.
What does it mean to switch to a profit sharing model with your staff?
The profit sharing model was just a eureka moment. What better way to keep staff motivated and interested than the knowledge that they are directly impacted by the success of the business?
What’s your favorite thing on the menu?
It’s funny, all of our burgers are so great, but the Cry Fowl chicken sandwich is tough to beat.
What specials do you offer that are not-to-be-missed by local residents?
Monday – Trivia with Trivia Mafia; Wednesday – Pitcher Night $10 pitchers of any tap beer; Thursday – Date Night (1 pitcher of beer or 1 bottle of wine, 1 starter and any 2 burgers for $40); Sunday – Kids Eat Free (1 free kid’s meal with the purchase of any burger or sandwich)
What does it mean to you to be a neighborhood restaurant in the Como-Midway area?
Personally, I live in this neighborhood. I love being a part of the success of the restaurant and creating a space for our friends and family to go to.

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Planet Princess Foods

Planet Princess fills gaps for good grain-free bread

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Founder Alisa Dale (center) with her son, Samueal William, and his wife Kristin William.

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN
When St. Paul resident Alisa Dale couldn’t find a great gluten-free bread, she decided to make it herself.
She began baking grain-free buns and bagels at GIA Kitchen (955 Mackubin St.) with other small start-ups to mid-size businesses who lease space in the licensed commercial kitchen in 2017. Everyone on the Planet Princess team lives in St. Paul.

What drove you to start your own business making gluten-free items?
About four years ago, I learned that my body reacts to gluten, and I needed to stop eating it. That was hard to hear because I really love bread! I honestly tried practically every gluten free alternative out there. But I found them quite unsatisfactory in one way or another: in taste, in texture, and especially in ingredient quality and nutrition.
Being a happy foodie, I resolved to create gluten free, grain free bread reminiscent of the hearty, traditional bread I missed. I had a lot of boxes to tick! It had to toast like bread, have a crumb like bread, stay soft and moist yet not break apart or get soggy. And it definitely had to taste great. And I was determined to do all of this using quality gluten and grain free ingredients, clean enough to be non-GMO with no binders, additives or preservatives.
At the time, I didn’t realize this quest would be a two-year journey. It was challenging and fun, and once I perfected the recipe, it was really gratifying.

What sets your products apart?
There is a huge gap in the market for really good gluten free and especially grain-free bread. In fact, one of the major food trends identified in 2019, projected to grow in 2020 is grain free eating. Consumers are turning away from grains for a number of reasons.
We fill this gap!
Planet Princess breads are so much more than “just” gluten free. Our products are “set apart” in several categories: they are protein rich, low carb, gluten and grain free, and they contain seven vitamins and five minerals. Not to mention that they are delicious and function just like traditional bread.
When you eat a Planet Princess bun, you get so much more! 10 grams or more of protein, as low as 7 net carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 7 essential vitamins and 5 minerals from non-GMO ingredients. This bread nourishes your body! One of our continuing efforts is to build that understanding with consumers.
Our buns are also Keto and Paleo friendly. People struggling with insulin resistance or diabetes have become some of our biggest fans as well! Our majority ingredients register low on the glycemic index.
Our customers keep us going! We really enjoy demos when we get to talk with them face to face, and we are so grateful for their support.

How is the Twin Cities food scene evolving and where do you fit into that?
The Twin Cities food scene is vibrant and growing quickly! New makers are entering the scene, creating amazing, local food products that are truly unique. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a wide range of resources and offers so much support to local makers. Minnesota is unique in its support of food entrepreneurs, financial and otherwise. We are so lucky that way.
And I have to give credit to the many incredible co-ops in the Twin Cities! They are so supportive of locally made products. Honestly, if you want to find locally made, unique food products before they go “mainstream,” check out your local co-op. They have been invaluable in our business building. If it weren’t for them, we would not have been able to do this.
We fit into the food scene as makers who are providing something new and unique. Since we bake in a community commercial kitchen, we get a great opportunity to share ideas and resources with one another. And makers understand the hard work of starting a food company like nobody else. There’s a natural camaraderie there. Food entrepreneurs are really great people. They are talented, enthusiastic, and committed as well as generous and approachable.

What challenges and benefits do you face being a woman entrepreneur?
The benefits of being a woman entrepreneur are exciting. There are so many local agencies and organizations that expressly support women entrepreneurs, providing networking, education, and other opportunities. Plus, in my experience, businesswomen themselves are generous about supporting other women business owners, especially those just starting out. They gladly share connections and helpful information. They are natural mentors. That has been a Godsend to me so many times. I want to offer whatever I can and pay it forward to other women entrepreneurs, too.
We are just now poised to start the process of raising capital to expand our production capacity and grow our distribution. And statistics on venture capital to fund women owned businesses are a bit daunting as I begin the process. For example, 40% of small businesses in America are owned by women, generating $1.8 trillion a year. Yet women still receive just 7 percent of venture funds, particularly angel funds.
This may be another challenge for me to overcome! In truth, though, I have no direct experience with it so far. And in spite of this financial landscape, I feel confident (especially in Minnesota!) that we will find the investors who deeply understand what we have, how on trend and timely it is, and how many people are looking for it. And they will support us financially into the next phase.

What’s your favorite Planet Princess Foods product?
I would say that I use the Plain bun most often for burgers. But my favorite is the Cinnamon Raisin ‘Bagels’. They are so yummy and smell so good when you toast them. Besides, I can feel like I just “treated” myself, yet still get all the good nutrition they contain. The Garlic, Rosemary, Sundried Tomato Buns are awesome, too.
Find Planet Princess items at both of the Seward Co-ops, all three Mississippi Markets, Eastside Co-op, the Wedge Co-op, and the Fresh and Natural Foods in Shoreview and Hudson Wis. Plain buns are also featured at Alma Restaurant in Minneapolis. For those who live outside the Cities, buns are available for delivery online at azurestandard.com, a national healthy foods distributor. We hope to be available on Amazon soon.
If you want to stay informed about new locations and new flavor launches, join us on our website!

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Como AOF at Travelers

Academy of Finance, international visit, fall musical

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

 

Como seniors from the Academy of Finance presented their case studies about worker retention in the insurance industry at The Travelers in downtown St. Paul. (photo by Kris Somerville)

by Eric Erickson

The Academy of Finance (AOF) senior cohort spent the day of Oct. 24 downtown at The Travelers Companies. As part of a continuing collaboration, the students presented case studies on worker retention in the insurance industry.
AOF 11th graders visited Land O’Lakes Headquarters on Nov. 6. The juniors spent the day in the marketing department learning about careers in marketing and advertising.
All 290 Academy of Finance students in the program, grades 9-12, will be hosting approximately 40 Wells Fargo corporate employees at Como on Nov. 19. The Wells Fargo Day is an annual highlight as students partner with mentors, develop and refine resumes, conduct mock interviews, and for the seniors, present their assigned case studies.
The International Visitor Leadership Program hosted by the U.S. State Department, partnered with Global Minnesota to bring “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security” to Como Park High School.
Eight leaders representing their nations had multiple professional objectives including demonstrating how women leaders mentor the next generation for areas of expertise. To help facilitate this, Global Minnesota scheduled a visit to Como for discussions with Mr. Erickson’s students. The guests had small group conversations with a U.S. History class, and a round table discussion with senior AP Government students.
The distinguished guests included a news reporter from Croatia, an agency head from the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense, an educational development director from Ukraine, a NGO consultant from France, a director general of EU Affairs from Malta, a school administrator from South Sudan, and diplomats from Moldova and Ireland.
Como’s Theatre and Music Department Choir presented the annual fall musical in the Cougar Forum this year. With building construction making the auditorium unavailable, directors Carole Whitney and Allison Hartzell decided to utilize the small but new forum space.
“This is a wonderfully talented, creative, and flexible cast that has worked to make the show a delight, even outside of our usual theater home,” Whitney said.
The Frog Princess entertained audiences for two nights after two months of preparation. Cast members were John Dugan, Aspen Schucker, Ava Vitali, Wim Lemkeit, Wyatt Hanson, Lila Seeba, Emilie Pagel, Lee Tuggle, Maisee Her, Boon Yang, Toby Sax, and Jordan Allison. Chorus members included Mariatu Kanu, Gemma Pham, Dulce Ruiz, Htakee Saw, Leeda Thao, and Tee Tee Wah.
Como Park High School’s Accelerated Programs Night is Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The event is an opportunity for prospective students and families to learn about the many options for accelerated coursework at Como including Advanced Placement (AP) and College in the Schools (CIS) courses, plus Post-Secondary Enrollment Options. The event will take place in the school library and refreshments will be provided. Questions can be directed to Como’s AP Coordinator Teng Lo (teng.lo@spps.org) or Como Principal Stacy Theien-Collins (stacy.theien-collins@spps.org).

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Como Community Council Corner

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org
Steer someone into spotlight
Know someone who makes the Como Park area a better place to live, work or play? Nominate them for the Neighborhood Honor Roll, which is an annual recognition given by each of the city’s 17 district councils. The Honor Roll pays tribute to everyday people who make a sustained and lasting impact in our neighborhood or the city.
Submit your nominations by email no later than Thursday Dec. 12 to district10@district10comopark.org. Tell us who you are nominating and why. The Como Community Council board then selects three of your nominees on Dec. 17 to recognize for 2019.

It’s another yoga get-together
District 10’s next Community Yoga session is Sunday Dec. 1. The session will be suitable for all levels of skill and experience. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothes. Yoga runs from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. The class is limited to 25 participants. Registration is $5, which benefits the Como Community Council. Register in advance at: www.district10comopark.org/communityyoga.html

D10 crime
Crimes against people are at a 5-year low in District 10, but crime overall is at a 5-year high, according to preliminary police statistics for the first nine months of 2019.
Crime reported in Como was up 6.2 percent from January-September, compared with the same period in 2018. The totals were driven by large increases in theft and vandalism. Although crime levels remain consistent in much of the neighborhood, a few areas saw significant decreases, while a few areas saw significant increases. See District 10’s website – www.district10comopark.org – for charts and more details on specific types of crimes and 5-year trends in the neighborhood.

Miranda elected to board
Congratulations to Juan Miranda, who was elected to the Como Community Council board, representing South Como and Energy Park. He fills a vacancy created when Cody Zwiefelhofer was elected vice chair.

Upcoming District 10 Meetings
• Community Council Board Meeting: Tuesday Nov. 19
• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday Dec. 3
• Land Use Committee: Wednesday Dec. 4
• Environment Committee: Wednesday Dec. 11
All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Streetcar Station shifts hours
With the change of seasons, the exhibit area of the Como Park Streetcar Station is now open only on the first Sunday of the month until spring. The next opportunity: Sunday, Dec. 1 from noon-4 p.m. It is still a great chance to introduce yourself to the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, to get a sense of the history and visionaries behind Como Park (and the Twin Cities’ overall park system), to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or just to chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Historic Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.

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Como Community Council Corner

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org

Special Election for board
The Como Community Council Board will hold a special election Oct. 15 to fill the six months remaining in the term of a representative from Sub-District 4, which encompasses South Como and Energy Park. The vacancy is the result of the election of board member Cody Zwiefelhofer to vice-chair.
Want to vote? The special election will be on Tuesday Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other residents age 16 or older who live in Sub-District 4 are eligible to vote. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in Sub-District 4. Community members must vote in person; there is no absentee or proxy voting.
Want to run? The deadline to get on the ballot is past, but applicants can still run as write-in candidates on the night of the election. You can get more details about the position on the District 10 website.

A Vision for Como Park paths
The Como Community Council on Sept. 17 approved a series of recommendations from its Pathways work group to make bicycle and pedestrian paths in Como Regional Park “more useful to more people more often.”
The recommendations include giving Saint Paul Parks and Recreation specific suggestions to improve the condition and function of paths; upgrade signs along paths; create maps, kiosks, interpretative displays and other “wayfinding” tools; and upgrade amenities along paths. You can read a short version of the report and recommendations on District 10’s website: www.district10comopark.org.

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Advanced Placement awards, girls’ soccer wins city title

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

by Eric Erickson

The Como Park Cougars girls’ soccer team captured the St. Paul City Conference Championship with an undefeated 6-0 conference record. They clinched the title with a victory on Senior Night, held at Como on Sept. 25. (Photo by Eric Erickson)

The National Advanced Placement (AP) Exam results administered by the College Board in 2019 were released to school coordinators in September. The information revealed that Como students earned hundreds of college credits. AP scores are categorized on a five-point scale for each test taken in a specific subject, with colleges and universities generally awarding credit for scores of 3, 4 or 5.
The College Board also released its individual student awards which are based on multiple exams across a variety of disciplines being passed at high levels. “AP Scholar” status is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Como AP Scholars include: Najma Ali, Kajsa Andersson, Ruby Beckman, Edward Bie, Amira Boler, Ian Brudnak-Voss, Roan Buck, Bridger Carlson, Chiamaka Chijioke, Bruce Deal, Adina DeGaetano, Raef Eddins, Thomas Freberg, Alexandra Harris, Hannah Hausman, Olivia Helmin, Willow Hollister-LaPointe, Kiersten Howatt, Nicholas Jacobsen, Harrison Kerr, Reagan Kerr, Zach Konkol, Aditi Kulkarni, Stella LaCroix-Dalluhn, Abigail Levin, Theo Lucy, Khyri Lueben, Carter Moorman, Claire Olson, Emilie Pagel, Janey Post, Serena Raths, Jack Schumacher, Isak Stillwell-Jardine, Sawyer Wall, Audrey Westerberg, and Justine Wulff.
The AP Scholar with Honor award is granted to students who earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Como AP Scholars with Honor include: Sunniva Berg, Carter Brown, William Farley, Elijah Frese, Naddi Jillo, Joseph Newman, Lila Seeba, Mira Seeba, and Emma Wolters.
The AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Como AP Scholars with Distinction include: Aiyanna Aeikens, Henrie Friesen, William Gray, Chloe Hollister-Lapointe, Jackson Lee, Celia Olson, Eloise Rein, Mason Salverda, Peter Schik, Antero Sivula, and Marco Tabacman.
National AP Scholar is a classification granted to students in the U.S. who earn an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Como’s National AP Scholars are Isaac Harker and Alistair Pattison.
Como’s long-established AP program continues to challenge and support students opting to study rigorous courses of their choosing at the college level in over 20 subjects taught by College Board certified Como teachers.

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