Como students took advantage of the chance to visit with representatives from 30 different businesses, industries, and trade groups during school on Thursday, April 27. The fair featured many St. Paul employers who shared information and insight for future endeavors, and some who had immediate opportunities and internships.
A sample of the professional participants included Abogados Café, Delta Airlines, Construction Craft Laborers Union, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Hiway Credit Union, Keystone Best Buy Teen Tech Center, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Warners’ Stellian.
A revamped Como robotics team had a wonderful season building their robot and bonding. Como’s “BEASTBot 2855” returned to competition after a hiatus that began during distance learning due to COVID-19.
Team enthusiasm grew during after-school build sessions, culminating with participation in the 10,000 Lakes First Robotics Event at the University of Minnesota in April. Como placed 30th out of 51 teams, and won the Team Spirit Award which recognizes consistently positive attitudes and interactions with other teams, judges, sponsors, and event participants.
Eleventh grade U.S. History students Paw Gay Say and Zariya Gemeda won the first-place prize for their website at the St. Paul Regional History Day competition. Their project which focused on the impact of Anne Frank’s Diary advanced to the Minnesota State History Day finals at the University of Minnesota.
While the girls didn’t advance to nationals, they gained valuable life skills through their research. “Going to state made me nervous and confident at the same time,” Gemeda said. “Nervous because it was my first time participating in a big event. And it made me confident because I discovered that I can do something challenging and put my skills and knowledge to the test.”
After a year of rigorous college-level learning, Como students in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taking AP Exams for subject-specific courses from May 1-12. Collectively, Como students are taking hundreds of exams covering content from 15 different courses with a goal of showing what they know and potentially earning college credit.
After the AP Exams are complete, Como Park juniors and seniors will celebrate the 2023 Prom on Friday night, May 12 at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. This year’s theme is a Masquerade Ball.
The Como band will perform a spring concert in the Como Auditorium on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. The Como choirs will present a variety of styles and selections for their spring concert in the Como Auditorium on Friday, May 26 at 6 p.m.
The commencement ceremony for the Como class of 2023 will take place in downtown St. Paul inside Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Tuesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. The final day of school for 9th, 10th and 11th graders is June 14. Staff will close out the academic year on June 15.
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