Como junior Ethimon Lee was named High School Big Brother of the Year in the Greater Twin Cities. Ethimon is pictured with his “little brother” from Como Elementary.

Como junior Ethimon Lee was named High School Big Brother of the Year in the Greater Twin Cities. Ethimon is pictured with his “little brother” from Como Elementary.

Como student named Big Brother of the Year

Como junior Ethimon Lee was selected as the High School Big Brother of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. Over the past two years, Lee has devoted an hour each week to being an additional, caring person in the life of his “little brother” Nathan at Como Elementary School.

Ethimon helps Nathan with his homework and the pair enjoy playing games and building models together. Research shows that a mentor has a positive impact on academic performance, avoidance of risky behavior, better relationships with family and school attendance.

Como’s Big Brother Big Sister program extends a huge thank you to the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation for awarding grant money used to purchase materials for making fleece blankets. Como students then donated the blankets they made to local Children’s Hospitals.


Drama and music news

The Como spring play, “30 Reasons Not to Be in a Play,” was held April 28 and 29. Written by Alan Haehnel, Como’s performers were directed by Allison Hartzell. The cast included Anna Anzaldo, Camryn Borrego, Alyssa Clark, Margaret Coyne, Grace Fick, Erianna Jiles, Madeline McPhee, Madison Moody, Nicolas Otte, Heather Rogers, Lillian Rogers, Minna Stillwell-Jardin and Norah Vitalli.

The Ordway Honors Concert was held on April 19, with top-performing students from across St. Paul joining forces for a fantastic night of music. Como choir students selected for the concert were Olivia Berven, Rebekah Blesi, Alyssa Clark, Margaret Coyne, Angel Khang, Emily LaCroix-Dalluhn, Kou Lee, Chimeng Jimmy Lor, Oo Meh, Nicolas Otte, Anthony Phelps, Justine Sanchez, Granda Sayavong, Adam Swanson, Patsy Thayieng, Divine Uchegbu, Sara Lee Yang and Yue Pheng Yang. The choir also held its Spring Farewell Concert at the school May 19. The audience got to hear some of the music the choir’s touring students will sing in Carnegie Hall on May 28.

Como orchestra and band students who performed in the Ordway Honors Concert included Mariah Williams, Christian Berger, Vincent Portuese, Peter Schik, Martin-malik Williams, Theodore Lucy, Henry Hanson, Ellie Thorsgaard, Joe McCune-Zierath, Bridget Proper, Eva Hanson, Max Narvaez, Shyann Salverda, Chrys Sowards, Tuomas Sivula, Thomas Quinn, Noah Frese, Dominic Wolters, Tyrin Anderson, Justin Rogers and Jackson Kerr.

In the most recent Minnesota State High School League competition, the Como Strings received a superior grade in the solo/ensemble category, and the Como Band received an award of excellence for large group ensemble.


French students place at U contest

Como French students participated in the annual “A Vous La Parole” language contest at the University of Minnesota April 28. Students presented Francophone songs, readings, poems and theater skits at the event. Como students earned 47 medals at the event.


Help needed with all-night grad party

The Como class of 2016 all-night graduation party will be held Thursday, June 9. Hosted by the Como Park Booster Club, the group is looking for volunteers and community partners to help. This event provides Como’s graduating seniors with a safe, fun environment to celebrate with friends. Donations or questions can be directed to

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