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Damon Jenkins, South High class of 1995, has always had a passion for community work. After an unexpected career change, Jenkins “accidentally” entered the banking field as a branch manager but still focused on having a positive impact on the community. Now, at First Independence Bank, Jenkins accomplishes this by focusing on the community aspects of banking and bringing financial literacy to those who historically have been underserved and underrepresented by banks. Photo courtesy of: First Independence Bank

South High alum Damon Jenkins bridges the long-standing gap between banking and community

Griffin Larson, Arts and Entertainment & Visuals Editor February 16, 2024

The Lake Street branch of First Independence Bank—located just two blocks away from South—may just look like a regular bank to some, but it has a lot more inside to offer than your standard checkings...

Many high grossing and hugely successful concert films were released in theaters in 2023. Image courtesy of: The Riverview Theater

How concert films are changing modern concert going

Greta Meissner, Staff Writer February 2, 2024

The rise of the concert film is making arena concerts more accessible to larger audiences, is this a good thing? For the most part, yes! In 2023 two of the most successful female artists of the decade—Taylor...

New independent music venue Cloudland opens on East Lake Street

New independent music venue Cloudland opens on East Lake Street

Lou Glatt, Staff Writer February 1, 2024

A new business in South Minneapolis, Cloudland Theater, solves the lack of local music venues throughout the South Minneapolis neighborhood. Ever since the closing of the Hexagon bar, a music venue and...

Students running the coffee shop pose for a group picture with new technology to accept credit and debit card payments.

South High Coffee Shop opens for the year with new improvements

Kai Heidman and Kaija Halvorson January 17, 2024

This year the South high coffee shop is under new management. Mr. Ziehm, a fairly new teacher to South, took over teaching the Coffee Shop Career Development class after former teacher Tiffany Geise left...

South’s conjoined swim team takes a close victory over their rival team, Southwest, putting them in the lead of the conference.

TMT wins rivalry meet vs. Southwest

Max Niblett, Staff Writer January 16, 2024

Expectations were high for South’s team, TMT and Southwest going into the meet at Phillips community center, home pool for TMT. TMT and Southwest are rival teams and this meet’s outcome decided the...

Minneapolis native Bobby Rogers is spreading awareness about social justice through multidisciplinary art.

South alum Bobby Rogers uses art to create change

Ella Tennant and Dinko Kendrick January 11, 2024

South High alumni, Bobby Rogers, has been one of the most prominent visual artists in the Midwest for nearly a decade. As a multidisciplinary artist, his work consists of graphic design, photography, and...

Adapted sports are an important opportunity for students in the special education program. They give these students the chance to meet new people, learn new games, and compete alongside their friends. In recent years the South adapted soccer team has been very successful placing top 3 at state two years in a row. Photo courtesy of: Harmony Anderson

Adapted sports: a crucial part of the special education program

Max Niblett, Staff Writer December 14, 2023

The adapted sports program at South is an integral way for special needs students to be exposed to new social and athletic opportunities that are often overlooked. The program is a great way to give special...

Students standing in lunch lines longer than ever before

New School Lunch Schedule Causing New Issues for South High Students

Kai Heidman, Staff Writer December 12, 2023

This year South consolidated the number of lunches from three to two, creating unforeseen complications for students. The new schedule eliminated the former 2nd lunch which split fourth hour into two 25...

How can South students access exercise?

The inaccessibility of exercise during Minnesota’s winter

Greta Meissner, Staff Writer December 12, 2023

Physical activity should be part of everybody’s daily routine, but for many it isn’t. Affordable forms of exercise during Minnesota’s winter is made difficult due to shorter days, snow, ice, cold...

Displays from the November 2022 exhibition, “Identity.”

Art From The Inside: giving a visual voice to incarcerated artists

Andrew Godes, Opinions Editor December 11, 2023

The penal system in America is designed to make incarcerated people invisible. Prisons strip inmates of their individualism, ushering them around the facility as a single entity. Feelings of despair set...

The South High School theater department is hosting their new musical, “Footloose.” However, this time the theater department will be offering an audition workshop on Thursday, November 30th, with sessions during 5th hour and 6th hour. Photo credit: South High Theater Dept.

South High’s upcoming musical Footloose hosting audition workshop for first-time auditioners

Diana (Chris) Mata-Vasquez, Staff Writer November 29, 2023

The South High School theater department is hosting their new musical, “Footloose.” However, this time the theater department will be offering an Audition workshop. The point of this workshop is to...

Ona Knoxsah playing traditional Ojibwe games with freshman All Nations students. November 13th, Native American Family Involvement Week.

Meet South’s new Coordinator for the All Nations program: Ona Knoxsah

Dalaney Villebrun, Staff Writer November 29, 2023

South High’s All Nations program has it’s first full-time program coordinator, Ona Knoxsah. She started in the position at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year but she also attended South as...

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