Holiday food drive: The Como Park Student Council collected 195 pounds of food and nonperishable items for the local Keystone food shelf during its holiday food drive. A special thanks to all students, staff and community members who donated.

Choir news: Como’s choirs were busy with several events in December, including the annual Pop Concert performed in the school’s auditorium. The Chamber Singers were invited to perform a concert at the Minnesota Department of Revenue on Dec. 16 in downtown St. Paul.

The Chamber Singers and Donna di Cantare (Women of Song) took their winter pops concert on the road to Hamline Elementary School on Dec. 19.

Band news: Four Como band members— Shyann Salverda, Noah Frese, Dominic Wolters and Kathryn Proper—were accepted into the Augsburg College ninth- and tenth- grade Honors Band, featuring competitive membership from the entire state. The experience ended with a concert Jan. 17 at Augsburg’s Hoverston Chapel.

The Como Instrumental Concert will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the school.

Girls basketball: The Como Park girls basketball team won its bracket at the Rochester Rotary Tournament, held at the Mayo Civic Center Dec. 29-30. The Cougars defeated Burnsville in the final game to claim the trophy. Junior Andrayah Adams leads the team in scoring with a 29-points-per-game average and was selected as an Athlete of the Week in both the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.

Robotics Team: The Robotics Team kicked off its competitive season on Jan. 3 with the release of this year’s challenge, Recycle Rush. Teams must build a robot that can move recycling containers around a field. The build season is a frantic six weeks that ends on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Check out the team’s progress at

Quiz Bowl: Como Park will send two Quiz Bowl teams to the statewide Academic WorldQuest Competition at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Como Showcase: The Como Showcase will be held at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10. Families and prospective students are invited to visit Como teachers ad students and learn about all of Como Park’s academic offerings, musical programs, athletic opportunities, student clubs and more.

Winterfest: Como Park’s Winterfest will be held Feb. 9-13. The event includes a week of theme and spirit days, a sports recognition assembly, Winterfest coronation, and a dance on Feb. 13.

Tour Como: Como will offer tours to prospective students and families on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in February at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Shadowing opportunities are also available. Call Sandy Kestner at 651-744-3997 or email if you would like to set up a visit.

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