Ann Oakman

Remembering Berkley Duckson

Mourning the loss of class of 2020 graduate, student, friend Berkley Allen Duckson (‘20), aged 18, passed away on February 20, 2021 due to injuries sustained in a snowmobiling accident in Brainerd, Minnesota. Berkley was born on March 13, 2002 to Jay and Pamela Duckson. He attended Minnehaha Academy from …

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“An outstanding performance”

Cast of spring musical receives 19 honors for student-led production of Junie B. Jones the Musical The Minnehaha Academy Players held its first student directed winter musical, Junie B. Jones the Musical, this February. The production, directed by senior Zac Anderson, debuted on February 19 and 20. To accommodate COVID-19 …

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A major task

The expectation of choosing a major at a young age “I think it’s really, really important when you go into college, whether you’re decided on a major or not, to be open to changing your mind,” said counselor Kristin Overton. Choosing a singular field of study that may guide the …

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Uighur Muslim repression called a ‘genocide’

Chinese re-education camps continue to mistreat Uighur Muslims Since 2017, more than 1 million Uighur Muslims have been detained in what the Chinese government is calling “re-education centers” in Xinjiang, China. According to PBS NewsHour, Uighur Muslims who have been detained in these centers say they were interrogated, mistreated and …

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Behind the scenes: Preparing for a COVID-19 school year

What it took to prepare for in-person learning In the mid summer heat, weeks before school was to start, Principal Michael DiNardo confronted the big question; What’s next? With the help of Maker Space Coordinator Shannon Boehm, they started out with the basics. Stepping into each classroom and surveying the …

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Worldwide Wonders

What happens next? What changes will stick? The past eight months have been a whirlwind of chaos and change. COVID-19 stormed the United States in March, causing a shutdown of businesses, schools and the public in general. Eight months later, some say there is no turning back. “I don’t think …

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New Student Leadership Institute announced

Program designed to promote selfless, faithful leaders “Everyone is going to have opportunities to lead throughout the rest of their lives,” said social studies teacher Collin Quinn. “Life is about learning. So are you interested in the type of person that you’re becoming? Are you interested in what it means …

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AP testing changes because of coronavirus

Social distancing orders affected this year’s AP exams, switched to at-home testing The College Board altered May 2020 AP exams to conform with COVID-19 stay at home orders. The College Board announced on March 20 that all AP exams would be taken at home, online. Students took the tests on …

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Why CFE is important

Why CFE is important Our freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior staff perspectives on the importance of CFE Every spring, students participate in Cultural Field Experience (CFE). Students are sent to local, national and international sites to experience and learn from different communities. It is often underappreciated. Here are four perspectives …

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Discovering new stories

Discovering new stories This year’s CFE theme puts focus on listening to others Pitter-patters and stomps from shoes echo throughout the gym as the little kids zoom around. Their laughs are roaring and their smiles are beaming as Anna Noble and her peers chase them around the gym at Baby’s …

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