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News from Como Park High School

Posted on 11 April 2015 by Calvin

Klobuchar-and-Como-studentsBy ERIC ERICKSON

• 21 AP U.S. Government and History students spent the first week of March in Washington D.C. participating in the national Close Up program. The Como students had meetings to discuss public policy with both of their U.S. Senators and their Congresswoman during their visit to Capitol Hill. The students also participated in study visits to every major memorial and monument in Washington, visited several Smithsonian Museums, and attended seminars with Congressional aides, policy experts, and media members. Other cultural highlights included seeing a play at the Kennedy Center, and exploring neighborhoods such as Georgetown and DuPont Circle.

• Como Park freshman World History students advanced from Regional competition to State History Day at the U of M in the following categories: Research Papers – Fatha Ahmed, Noah Frese, Jackson Kerr, Gabe Reynolds, and Lucas Carmichael-Tanaka; Individual Website – Grace Commers and Eva Hanson; Individual Exhibit – Walter Medcraft; Individual Documentary – Arturo Digirolamo; and Group Documentary – Shukuri Abdullahi and Hodon Bashir, Stephen Boler and Eli Pattison. St. Paul Regional Honorable Mention was awarded to Allen Thoresen and Shyann Salverda for Group Exhibit, and Beth Fryxell and Emma Wallisch for Group Website.

• The Como Park Advanced Band received a certificate of Excellence from the Minnesota State High School League at the March 24 Large Group Competition at Tartan High School.

• Rachel Tetlie was awarded the Presidential Distinction Scholarship in addition to a music scholarship of $20,000 annually at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

• National AP Exams (Advanced Placement) will be conducted at Como during the first two weeks of May. 521 exams will be given in 23 different AP subjects that Como students have studied this academic year. April is a busy month of preparation and review with several student-led study sessions and multiple evening sessions led by Como AP teachers.

• The Robotics team debuted their robot, the “Recyclops” at the 10,000 Lakes Regional Contest on April 3 at Williams Arena. Results will be in the next Monitor.

• The Como Park Booster Club hosted a successful fund-raising event at the Urban Growler in March. The Booster Club is a parent organization that supports Como school activities with supplementary financial support, while also broadening community involvement. The Club recently awarded grants to the Como Choirs and Jazz Band for travel costs, an ELL Field Trip, and supported needs of the JROTC, Cross-Country Team, Student Council, and Senior Barbeque.

• The annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game took place during the last hour of school before Spring Break. A packed gym of students supported both teams in a fun-filled event with players from the Senior Class versus Staff members that always produces laughs and memories.

• The competitive spring sports seasons began with try-outs and practices in mid-March. Boys’ teams include baseball, track, tennis, and golf. Girls’ teams are fielded in softball, track, golf and badminton. Como also has Ultimate Frisbee teams for the boys and girls that are ramping up with more outdoor matches. New to St. Paul this year are co-op lacrosse teams for both genders.

• Cougars Softball is set to defend their conference crown, and a fund-raising event for the team is planned for Apr. 11 at the Nickel Joint, located at 501 Blair Ave., beginning at 6pm. Tickets cost $15 and include great food and beverages, and many door prizes and drawings.

• Como Boys’ Soccer is raising funds for its 2015 season with a May 8 event at the soon to be opening Como Dockside. More information about “Night By the Lake” is available at www.comosoccer.com with a link to purchase tickets.


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