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Schools: Summer school open to all

Hope Christian Academy, St. Paul Park, will offer summer school this year for both public and private school students.

"We've always done an informal program to help some of our students," said HCA principal Randy Krussow. "This is the first summer it will be offered to everyone.

"The program -- for students in grades one through 12 -- is designed for those who need to make up credit, earn extra credit or want to participate in enrichment classes," Krussow said.

Two sessions will be offered: June 9 to July 3 and July 28 to Aug. 22. A $100 fee will be charged for registration and diagnostic testing. Each session costs $395. A session is based on 40 hours of study. Full participation and at least 90 percent attendance or makeup equivalent is required for credit and an "A", "B", or "C" grade. All curriculum and teaching assumes a Biblical worldview. Each day runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Elementary classes will include Word Building, Math, or Creative Writing and Literature. High school classes will include English, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, World History, Geography, Civics, Economics and several electives including Health, Etymology, and Bible.

For details, call the school at (651) 459-6438. Hope Christian Academy is located at 920 Holley Ave., Suite 2, St. Paul Park.

Park High School

Krienke is named Math Student of the Week

Candace Krienke, a senior in Alena Behr's Introduction to Probability class, was selected Park Math Student of the Week for Feb. 27.

"Candace is an A+ student, with the self motivation to match and a determination that helps drive others around her to succeed," Behr said.

Krienke, who plans to become a registered nurse, tells younger students to "learn math while you are young because it is harder to learn when you get older. You need math in every career."

Hope Christian Academy

2nd term honor

students listed

The following students have earned academic honors during the second quarter of the 2007-08 school year at Hope Christian Academy, St. Paul Park.

"A" honor roll students are Carise Allen, Hannah Allen, Aaron Anderson, Caleb Anderson, Rebekah Anderson, Jamie Brandt, Christina Brown, Nathan Brown, Suzanne Brown, Hannah Gibbens, Philip Gibbens, Kelly Jackson, Anna Jaskulka, Joshua Jones, Lauren Kress, Michelle Miller, Seth Peterson, Alanna Pleasants, James Smith, Benjamin Stebbing, Bryanne Stites, Madelyn Stites, Immanuel Tamba, Caleb Venegas, Chloe Venegas, Jonah Venegas, Jade Wrotny, Angie You, Zachariah Zimmer and Zebulon Zimmer.

Students on the "B" honor roll are Josh Allen, Nikki Brown, Ryan Harley, Mariah Houle, Hana Jang, Joshua Jaskulka, Ellie Judd, Abigail Krussow, Grace Krussow, Tyler Palesh, Jenae Rankin, Charles Smith, Hosanna Stebbing, Sarah VanZee, Rebekah Zimmer and Suzannah Zimmer.

Oltman Junior High

Benefit to help buy

more books

Oltman Junior High School, St. Paul Park, will earn 10 percent of the profits from both walk-in and drive-through sales made from 5 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Cottage Grove Wendy's restaurant, 8639 E. Point Douglas Road South.

Those dates are March 19, April 16 and May 21.

All profits from Wendy Nights will help purchase books for the school library.

Three scholarships

available for seniors

The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will award three $500 scholarships to students who live in Cottage Grove, Newport or St. Paul Park or attend Park High School.

Applications are available in the school counselor's office, or online at They must be mailed between March 17 and April 18, to the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee, P.O. Box 16, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. For details, call education committee chair Barb Brown, at (651) 458-6209.

District Service Center

Elementary art exhibit

District 833 schools will celebrate "Youth Fine Arts Month" with an elementary art exhibit during March at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove.

Century College

Iranian author

to speak

Century College, White Bear Lake, will host author and illustrator Marjane Satrapi, author of this year's Century Common Book selection "Persepolis," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in the West Campus Theatre. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. For reservations, call Sue Klecker at (651) 773-1792, or e-mail

"Persepolis," a graphic novel, is Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, according to the press release. In black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran during the years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

Persepolis has been made into a feature film that was nominated for an Academy Award this year in the animated film category. It is currently showing at the Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Park High School

Speech team wins third in team sweepstakes

The Park High School speech team competed in early March at the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguar Invitational.

"Competition was tough and the kids performed excellently under pressure, earning third place in the team sweepstakes," said co-coach Liesl Werner.

Students who earned medals include:

First place -- Justin Cooke and Tori Ruckle, duo interpretation; Sarah Theide, extemporaneous reading;

Third place -- Navita Lakhram, storytelling; Tom Overland, discussion;

Fourth place -- Hannah Kropp, humorous interpretation;

Sixth place -- Matt Nelsen, extemporaneous speaking;

Seventh place -- Michelle and Stephanie Davis, duo interpretation; and

10th place -- Beth Graves, dramatic interpretation.

Spring break program


On days when children are out of school, the Southeast Area YMCA in Woodbury offers a full-day program with indoor and outdoor activities, swimming, arts and crafts, games and snack.

School release days are open to kindergartners through fifth-grade students, Monday through Thursday, March 17-20 and Monday through Thursday, March 31 through Tuesday, April 4. Preregistration is required. School release days are open to the community. YMCA membership is not required. The fee is $35 per child per day.

For details, call the YMCA at (651) 731-9507.