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News from Como Park High School

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Calvin

• Senior Noah Hamilton has been designated a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. This achievement recognizes students that are in the top 1% of students nationwide. Noah will be pursuing the distinction of becoming a National Merit Finalist through the submission and evaluation of all his academic achievements. Finalists will be announced in February 2017.

• Senior Sumaya Mohamed was selected to be the media representative for the state-wide Youth in Government program this year. Sumaya is an accomplished video producer and editor who has gained much experience through her own documentaries and her time at the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

• Freshman Amelia Schucker will be participating in a String Day Festival on Mon., Oct. 31 at the University of St. Thomas. Selected students from across Minnesota will be on campus intensely practicing and rehearsing with conductor Dr. Matthew George. Amelia plays violin and viola in the Como Orchestra led by Dr. Philip Fried.

• Parent Academy Seminars are coming soon with events scheduled for Mon., Oct. 24 and Mon., Nov. 7 at Como from 5:30-6:45 each night. The seminar in October will focus on Exploring College Options. The November seminar will cover College Entrance Exams including the SAT, ACT, and Accuplacer. A light supper will be provided, and childcare is also available. All Como parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

There will also be a FAFSA Night at Como on Tues., Oct. 18 from 5-7pm. Como counselors will be available to help students and families with the process of applying for financial aid and navigating the forms online to successfully complete the application.

• Como’s Theatre and Music Department will present the annual fall musical in the Como Auditorium on Thur. and Fri., Nov. 10 and 11 at 7pm both nights. The show is entitled “Yearbook Reflections,” an upbeat musical about the willpower, compassion, and humor found in every high school. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for students and can be purchased at the door.

como-park-high-school-img_8074• Senior cross country star Innocent Murwanashyaka won the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24 at the University of Minnesota. (Photo left) With 490 high school runners in the Maroon Division race, Innocent took the lead early on and never let it go, cruising to his second consecutive Griak title. He also qualified for the State Meet as a junior last season, finishing in 8th place, and has set a goal of getting back to state and competing for the title.

Murwanshyaka is also an exceptional student in Como’s Academy of Finance and was highly regarded for his work this past summer with a BrandLab marketing internship. He is being recruited by several Division I schools including the University of South Dakota and the U of M.

• The Como Robotics Team is already back in action after their groundbreaking work last season that culminated with a state tournament appearance in April. The Como “BEASTBOT” will participate in the Minnesota Robotics Invitational on Oct. 15 at Roseville Area High School. The team is ranked in the state’s Top 20 and are excited about kicking off the year in this select tournament of high caliber teams.

como-park-high-school-img_4039• Members of the Como Cougars Varsity Football Team spent the afternoon of Oct. 1 at the Minnesota Vikings training facility participating in a skills clinic and meeting NFL players and coaches with inspiring messages. (Photo right) The Cougars worked with E.J. Henderson, Chuck Foreman and Super Bowl winning coach John Gruden who was in town with the Monday Night Football broadcasting crew covering the Vikings.

Dick’s Sporting Goods also teamed up with the Vikings to host the event. They presented the Cougars with a $2,000 check to purchase much-needed equipment including tackling dummies, hand shields, and practice balls.

• Homecoming week events at Como were festive and fun with dress up days in school, a pep fest, coronation, and “Battle of the Classes.” Homecoming culminated with a parade, picnic, football game, and dance at the school. Special recognition and thanks go out to the Como Park Booster Club for their support, and all of their behind the scenes work.


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