Como Park Senior High School

Exams, honors, activities and celebrations


AP Exams
Hundreds of Como students are taking Advanced Placement exams during the first two weeks of May. The national tests administered by the College Board allow students to show what they know about the subjects they’ve studied at the collegiate level during the school year. Students demonstrating proficiency can transfer their scores into college credits.

National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Como senior Soren Sackreiter was recently named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. According to the College Board, with over 4.5 million students annually eligible, finalists make up less than a fifth of one percent. Sackreiter will apply the National Merit Scholarship and his other scholarship awards to study at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Braided Journeys
Students in the American Indian Education program at Como, which is called Braided Journeys and led by Ms. Angie Hernandez, participated in an immersive field trip to the Mdewakanton Sioux Community Culture Center.
Students visited the Hocokata Ti, a public exhibit showcasing Dakota history and culture. Como students also gathered with other native youth for interactive lessons including a nature walk, playing traditional games, and creating arts such as hand-stitched leather pouches.

Juniors enrolled in Como’s AVID class (Advancement via Individual Determination) were able to do another in-person college visit in April when they toured the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. College tour guides helped the 11th graders understand the variety of colleges, majors, and student groups that the U of M offers. Another highlight was lunch in Coffman Memorial Union.

The 105 cadets at Como have been busy with many events including the annual inspection from the Marine Corps Regional Director. The demonstration of core knowledge, uniform and grooming standards, logistics and organized paperwork resulted in Como’s cadets passing with flying colors.
Additionally, cadets have been thriving in Orienteering courses against other JROTC programs. Sophomore Cooper Westrum took first place and junior Ze Vang earned second place navigating the 2.8-mile course.

Cupcake Wars
Students in Culinary Arts classes were happy to see the return of the cupcake baking competition and evaluations by Como teachers. This year’s winners were sophomores Lisa Truong, Anthony Ososki, Elliot Larsen, Sam Koushik and Kiki Ruddy, juniors Sig Isaacson, Nalee Vang, Kayla James and Zhane Singer, and senior Tenia Childs.

Prom and Graduation
Como’s junior-senior prom theme will be “Under the Stars” at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul on May 20. Graduation for the class of 2022 will also take place downtown inside Roy Wilkins Auditorium on the evening of June 7.

Athena Award
Senior Saylor Landrum was honored at the Annual Athena Awards Banquet as Como’s 2022 recipient. Landrum was a captain and all-conference performer in cross country running, Nordic skiing, and track and field. Her academic class rank is No. 6. Aside from school activities, Landrum is ranked third nationally for her age group in the biathlon (Nordic skiing with rifle target shooting.) She will attend Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York where she will be on both the biathlon and Nordic ski teams.


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