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Wellstone International High School

Students often come from places where they speak other languages and struggle to learn how to speak English. The greatest challenges that Wellstone High students are facing right now are to learn the English language and to get ready for college.

Wellstone students fight to learn. They don’t even give a breathing space to their teachers. But Wellstone High students don’t fight in school. They are well-behaved and respectful, and always ready to learn and be responsible in the future. “The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines. The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” said U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, after whom the school is named.

Great River School

A glance down the crowded hallways of passing time at Great River reveals an eclectic variety of students, almost all of whom warmly accept each other’s eccentricities. The social hallmark of Great River is the predominant individualism that is accepted and fostered. The sight of an outwardly typical athlete making conversation with a gifted “geek” is not only normal, but expected.

Some college admissions checking Facebook

College Application? Check. ACT score? Check. College essay? Check. Recommendations? Check. Facebook page? Check?

It’s college application time and as seniors put their final touches on their applications, a new report is showing that they may have one more thing to worry about – their social networking pages.

Just say "No" to "narcing" yourself out on social networks

Posting a photo of yourself holding a giant bag of Marijuana on Facebook and writing “Me and my friend Mary Jane” under it is asking for trouble.

In a speech to about 65 students at the University of St. Thomas in November, C.L. Lindsay, an attorney who runs a non-profit dealing with legal problems that often occur on campuses, warned students to think before they post.

“Assume anything you put online will stay there forever,” he said, so don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your mom, employers or professors to see.

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VIDEO: At-risk youth now on track to become lawyer

Richard Terrell, 21, was the kind of junior high student that was more interested in fighting than studying. But with the support of his grandparents, who fostered him and his siblings, and other strong support, Terrell didn’t fall prey to the troubles that claim so many at-risk youth. Today, he works multiple jobs, including an internship at a prestigious law firm in downtown Minneapolis, and dreams of one day becoming a judge.

East African immigrant students support Obama 100 percent

Ubah Medical Academy, predominantly an East African immigrant school in Hopkins, Minn., was buzzing with joy and excitement over the previous nights elections Nov. 5. Not a single student at Ubah supported John McCain. Student were euphoric as they exchanged greetings and congrats. Every other sentence you heard in the hallways contained the phrase “We made history!”

Harding reacts with silent anticipation: What's next? students ask

Barack Obama is the new President, and the reaction at Harding High School in St. Paul is eerie silence. Hmong students make up a little of more than fifty percent of Harding’s student body. Normally the Hmong community votes for the Democratic party, but Hmong students at Harding supported both candidates.

"Hard Rain" hits hard

On July 20, 1969 at 9:32 in the morning, people across America were looking at television footage of the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon. While that was going on, British photographer Mark Edwards was lost while on assignment in the Sahara Desert.

Edwards was very lucky to be rescued by a Tuareg nomad, who took him back to the nomad’s camp, brought out a cassette player from his hut and played a song by Bob Dylan — “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.” While listening to the Dylan song about the dangers of nuclear war, Edwards imagined connecting the lyrics and his own photographs of environmental damage to the earth. “I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest…,’’ Dylan sang. “Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten.”

Patrick Henry High School

The feeling you get from walking through the crowded halls of Patrick Henry is that it is a school of great diversity. There are many different cultures, styles and backgrounds that mix together to form the student body of Patrick Henry.

Is school too long or too short?

Every student loves the sound of the bell ringing at the end of the school day. Who decides how long you have to wait for that last bell? Many students think the school day and the school year is already too long, so they may groan when they find out that educators want them in school even longer.

September Your Turn -- essay highlights

Several of September’s essays contained illuminating points about what teenagers care about right now. We liked them so much that we put together a list of their quotes.

Immigration
I want Barack Obama to open the border for three reasons. First, most of the Latinos want jobs. Second they want a life that Mexico can’t give us. Third, Latinos are not criminals; we just want a better life for our kids such as education, jobs, and things like that. — Luis Pacheco, 14, Harding High School

September Your Turn contest winners

More than 120 students around the Twin Cities submitted essays to September’s Your Turn on what they would tell the presidential candidates about how they can help American youth. The responses were incredibly diverse and ranged from calls to end the war in Iraq, a solution to teen homelessness, and a request for an iPhone.
The winners this month were Global Warming by Rachel Mosca, Dear Mr. President by Claire Mahoney, Senority means nothing by Matteo Alampi, Hopes for the future by Chris Ulrich, and Asking Barack Obama to lower gas prices by Mai Der Yang

School of Environmental Studies

The personality of the School of Environmental Sciences is laid back. Few students in this country can say that they attend classes on a zoo campus. It’s a project-based, hands-on approach to learning. Teachers at SES recognize that learning styles vary widely.

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Why do people love comic books?

A Humboldt Junior High investigation of why comic book fans can’t put down their super-hero-filled stories.

Clinic needed to protect students

For the first time in recorded history at Hopkins High School, more than of the twelfth grade students reported being sexually active, according to the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey.

Clinic would be message of low expectations for teens

Allowing a teen clinic to operate inside a school only promotes sex to teenagers, and it becomes almost expected that women in school will be sexually active. Allowing a teen clinic to operate inside a school only promotes sex to teenagers, and it becomes almost expected that women in school will be sexually active.

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A look at bullying at Humboldt Junior High School

Brittany Hobson reports about the effects of bullying at Humboldt Junior High.

What happens at all those parties?

With a Republican National Convention in town this week, there were hundreds of different receptions and parties all across the Twin Cities. Most of them were closed to the public. What really goes on inside one of these receptions? Members of the ThreeSixty Journalism staff were recently invited to attend a reception held by Best Buy at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul. Here’s what we learned.

Pressured not to succeed

In my class last year at Dunwoody Academy, I often felt embarrassed when raising my hand to answer a question. I didn’t want to feel too smart. A lot of the students would say I was acting white or being a nerd.

Finding the perfect prom dress -- for free

On the first weekend in April, 700 high school girls in the Twin Cities had their Cinderella moment – choosing free prom dresses, shoes and jewelry gathered by Operation Glass Slipper Pam and Emily Philipp, a mother and daughter from Mendota Heights, started the non-profit program last year, supported by dozens of local businesses and hundreds of volunteers.

Mercedes Akinseye shows how Giovonne Betts, a senior at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, found the perfect dress.”>

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