May news from Como high school
Spring play was lively and humorous
Como’s annual spring play was “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” a fast-paced, modern, humorous medley of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Written by Don Zolidis, Como’s performers were directed by Allison Hartzell. The talented cast included Anna Anzaldo, Amira Boler, Camryn Borrego, Alyssa Clark, Alison Goodale, Madi McPhee, Emilie Pagel, Heather Rogers, Lillian Rogers, Toby Sax, Amelia Schucker, Minna Stillwell-Jardin, Norah Vitalli and Hunter Waldemarsen. Audiences enjoyed the lively, spirited comedy and participated in the production’s interactive elements.
Vive la France
French students recently participated in the annual A Vous la Parole French-speaking contest held at the University of Minnesota. Sponsored annually by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, with support from the U of M’s French Department, the contest recognizes excellence in French speaking skills. This year’s contest drew more than 1,200 student entries.
Students performed French poems, songs, a theater piece or original skit and read a text in French for judges who evaluated their language and performance skills. Students are given ratings based on a four-star system with four stars earning blue medal status. Como students earning blue medals were: Trenton Philippi, Joe McCune-Zierath, Eli Freberg, Mellisa Orfori, Aubin Eymard, Ulysse Corbin, Chloe Hollister-Lapointe, Hang Nguyen, Trinh Nguyen, Lay Lay Zan, Aiyanna Aeikens and Patrick Noren.
History students explore freedom
U.S. History students spent an afternoon in an Underground Railroad simulation with leaders from the VocalEssence WITNESS program. The “Exploring Freedom” workshop uses the sacrifice and lifework of Harriet Tubman to connect students with U.S. history and racial discrimination. The workshop includes African drumming, storytelling, group challenges and break-out sessions.
Spring brings AP tests
More than 500 Advanced Placement (AP) tests were taken at Como in subjects ranging from chemistry to economics and calculus to world languages. The AP exams are a culminating assessment of the knowledge gained from the rigorous college-level courses. AP courses are instructed by Como teachers and regulated by the AP College Board.
Athena Award winner
Senior Marie Wulff represented Como at the Athena Awards Banquet last month as a top student-athlete in the St. Paul Area. Wulff was a captain in soccer, a captain in robotics and lettered in track for two seasons. Her resume of academic accomplishments and volunteer service are extensive. Highlights include status as an AP Scholar, A Honor Roll with Distinction, leadership in the National Honor Society, tutoring, mentoring, peer mediation and international service trips. Wulff’s family, coaches and Como administration attended the luncheon with her at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale.
Volunteer for the June 6 all-night grad party
The Como Senior High School class of 2017 will graduate in a ceremony Tuesday, June 6, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium at RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul. The annual senior all-night party, sponsored by the Como Booster Club, will take place at school after the ceremony to provide a safe, fun environment to celebrate. Dancing, arcade games, henna artists, basketball, swimming, food, prizes and more are on the agenda. Parents and community members are invited to help before, during or after the party, and donations are welcome at any time. Use the VolunteerSpot link to help: http://signup.com/go.KY29UN.