Summer Yale Scholars

Keith Eicher, a sophomore at Como Park Senior High School, will attend the Summer Yale Scholars program at Yale University. It is a competitive program for promising young scholars to study world issues in a multidisciplinary fashion.

Perfect ACT

Ellen Purdy, a junior, was one of three students in St. Paul Public Schools to receive a perfect score on her ACT. Congratulations, Ellen!

Film awards

Jake Vigliotti and Simon Insook took first place in the High School Short Form: Fiction category of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest High School Student Awards at the Mall of America on March 30. Jake and Simon were awarded for their video Online Relationship, produced through the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).


The Como Park Robotics Team had a record-breaking regional tournament at the University of Minnesota April 1-3. The team’s robot performed from the beginning, scoring points in autonomous mode (the first time for the team) and rocking the truss points (throwing the ball over the truss) during every qualification round match.

Vive la France!

Six Como students and three adults (two parents and their teacher Madame Patricia Teefy) went to Paris, Provence (southern France), and the Riviera (la Cote d’Azur) over spring break. The group toured Paris, saw la Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame de Paris, les Champs Elysees and the Latin Quarter (student area). A highlight was seeing the students order and enjoy crepes from street stands. From Paris, the group hopped onto the high-speed TGV train to Avignon. They toured Provence by bus and visited Arles (Van Gogh’s cafe and town), Nimes (and saw a Roman amphitheater) and Avignon (the medieval walled city with the Pope’s palace).

They traveled farther south to take a boat ride on the Mediterranean and visit the small port town of Cassis, then went on to Cannes and Nice. The students navigated everything from how to read a map, take the metro, purchase an item and order in a restaurant. They were curious and noticed lots of interesting cultural differences.

Fun Run

The Cougar Fun Run/Walk will take place on Thursday, May 22. from 12:45 to 2 p.m. rain or shine. All students, staff, parents, guardians and committee members are welcome to join the fun. The event will start at the front doors of Como Park Senior High School, where students will turn in their signed permission slips and receive a Cougar Fun Run/Walk Passport. Runners and walkers will proceed to Lake Como, and as they go around the lake they will stop at different activity stations and get their passports stamped after they complete the activity. When students have gone around the lake and completed the activities, they will head to the school’s track field for a drawing for wellness incentives, prizes, healthy snacks and water.

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