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Teens with jobs

Beyond spending money: Teens with jobs are able to mature as people as they learn important life management skills and gain valuable insights into the world before they take their next steps Grade school: learn study skills, time management and teamwork in preparation for high school. High school: get involved in …

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New Leadership class

More than following the leader: New Leadership Studies course teaches males how to set an example within their gender-community Five months, four units, three class periods per week, two years to develop a curriculum, one gender and infinite definitions of the subject in question: leadership. Social studies teacher Matthew Ridenour …

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Open Mic Night

Minnehaha students perform at Open Mic Night in December to raise money for Minnehaha’s international project, raising money for water projects in Zambia. MVI 1018 from Redhawksonline on Vimeo. MVI 1019 from Redhawksonline on Vimeo. Olivia_Emma_Kali from Redhawksonline on Vimeo. Nathan from Redhawksonline on Vimeo. Lili from Redhawksonline on Vimeo. …

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College values

Molded, taught and indebted: Redefining the value of colleges in an age dominated by price tags Consider this: would you rather be modeled or molded? Trained or taught? In debt or indebted to an institution that has provided you with all the tools necessary to be successful, responsible and thoughtful …

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Brady Ryan (’12) in Jordan

Examining belief in the Middle East Varying beliefs have been a source of controversy worldwide for thousands of years, and still are today. However, Arabic-speaking nations are free of such controversy (at least nominally) simply because of semantics; in Arabic, there is no word for “beliefs,” only a word for …

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Minnehaha wealth gap

Minnehaha students must learn to navigate the muddy waters of socioeconomic differences “From the first moment you drive into the parking lot, you can see it from the type of cars people are driving,” said sophomore Kitra Katz. “And the first moment you come inside on the first day of …

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Wally Borner retires

Making a mark on Minnehaha: Beloved middle school history teacher, Wallace Borner, retires after 39 years of educating students at Minnehaha Academy. “[Mr. Borner] had a big red beard,” said Judy Cummings, a Minnehaha parent whose husband and daughters also had Wallace Borner as a teacher. “He let us call him …

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