Career Day opens doors

The Academy of Finance hosted Career Day at Como Park Senior High on Nov. 5. More than 35 professionals from 28 businesses ranging from private law firms to Cargill and the FBI spent the morning with students leading sessions and answering questions that related to career and college readiness. They talked to more than 150 students.

Link Crew helps freshmen

Como’s Link Crew has been hard at work this fall on a number of initiatives and hosted a Halloween party. Link leaders decorated the cafeteria, brought treats and played games with the freshmen participants. Link Crew is a mentoring program designed to help welcome freshmen and make a smooth transition into high school. Link Crew also just wrapped up its winter clothing drive, collecting hundreds of gloves, hats and jackets.

Volunteers are welcome at Como

Volunteer tutors enhance student learning and strengthen school-community relations. Como volunteers work with students individually or in small groups in a variety of content areas, both in the classroom and after school. If you are interested in volunteering one hour a week or more, please contact Maria Cocchiarella at

Student news

Nate Parsons and Rachel Tetlie of the Como Park Orchestra continue in the first violin section of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies most advanced ensemble, Symphony, conducted by Mark Russell Smith. In addition, Parsons is a second-year member of the All State Orchestra’s first violins.

John Proper is composing an original work for Como’s school band that will be performed at the Spring Gala Concert in May.

Jacob Graff and Isaac Hamilton were awarded the Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Oladunni Alomaja was named an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Como students represented St. Paul youth with Mayor Chris Coleman at the induction of the new Front Avenue Skating Park in October. They were featured in a story and picture in the Pioneer Press.

Fall food drive

The student council is running its annual Fall Food Drive. Students are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food and household items through the end of November. These donations will help to support the Keystone local food shelf on Arlington Avenue and Rice St. Donations will also be collected during parent-teacher conferences, and community members are invited to drop off any donations in the front office.

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