Graduates - East Side Review published May 2014

East Side students make their schools’ Grad’s List


Wrestling club’s got lessons on and off the mat

Members of the East Side Wrestling Club sweat it out during practice on Monday, March 24. The free club keeps kids in shape and is lauded by the parents of participating kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For the coaches at the East Side Wrestling Club, wrestling is about more than getting in shape and winning matches.
Coach Mason Fong says it’s a sport that “can really kind of build character and work ethic.”


Job skills in the bank at Harding High

Bruce Thao, 16, a Harding High junior, tells his friends about the benefits of opening a savings account. Harding High School now has a credit union within its walls, located in the cafeteria. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Credit Union at school is only the fourth in the state
It’s not every day that you stroll into a high school and find a credit union.
In fact, in Minnesota, it’s pretty rare -- Harding High School is only the fourth high school in the state to have a credit union within its walls.


Strike averted for St. Paul teachers

After nine months of negotiations, a tentative contract agreement between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers was reached on Monday, Feb. 24.
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers, the union representing public school teachers in the district, called the resulting document “a landmark contract that moves the St. Paul Public Schools closer to providing the schools our children deserve.”


St. Paul teacher’s union moves to vote on strike

Contract negotiations between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers are coming to a head.


Chue Vue brings a fresh look to St. Paul School Board

Chue Vue stands in the lobby of Mai Village in December. Vue is a new addition to the St. Paul School Board, and is the only Asian-American currently on the board. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Sider Chue Vue is a busy guy, and with his new role as a member of the St. Paul School Board, it’s not letting up anytime soon.
But he’s not put off in the least by what’s ahead; rather, he’s determined to get his feet wet.
“It’s a steep learning curve,” he said, “I’m still making my rounds.”


Hill-Murray to add 6th-grade program next fall

Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.


Metro State hires outside group to reach out to neighbors

The block-sized surface parking lot at Metro State University will be the site of new development for the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As Metro State University grows its student body, the school must also grow its physical campus. The school is planning to add several new buildings to its East Side campus, including a student center, a nursing building and a science center.
One of the first steps towards that is to put in a new parking ramp to accommodate the growth.


Backpack bonanza!

Family Values for Life volunteers gave away 1,500 backpacks during their event that also included a hot dog dinner, cotton candy, haircuts and more.

Familiy Values for Life gave out 1,500 backpacks just days before school started.


New Johnson High School wrestling captain: a success story

Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.


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