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Teen novel advances conversation on gender identity

Elise Sommers, Editor in Chief

June 4, 2014

When local author Steve Brezenoff started writing his teen novel Brooklyn Burning, he didn’t mean for it to encompass issues of gender or sexuality. Yet the final product, published by Carolrhoda Lab in 2011 did just that. "I s...

Antonio Hunt is a source of constant positivity at South

Elise Sommers, Editor in Chief

April 22, 2014

Senior Antonio Hunt strides through the halls each passing time, smiling and greeting people. “For me, I just try to talk to people, be nice to people,” Hunt said. “Some people may think I’m weird because I just upright...

Racial inequity prominent in special education

Elise Sommers, Editor in Chief

February 6, 2014

Speak appropriately, act appropriately, be in place and learning. These are the four behavioral tenets for students at Harrison Educational Center, not unlike our own Tiger PRIDE principles. Harrison is a Minneapolis  high schoo...

Traditional charity is not sustainable

Elise Sommers, Web and News Editor

February 11, 2013

For one scorching weekend at the end of July, the Sommers family flocks together from all corners of the world. During those few days all 60 or so aunts, uncles, cousins, and distant relatives take over a hotel to play cards, ...

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