Friday, May 24, 2013
The two-volume, 35-song Hopkins Royals Sampler showcases the talents of high school musicians.
Hopkins High School students are talented musicians—and now you can continue enjoying their performances long after the performances have ended and they’ve graduated. Fans can now buy a two-volume, 35-song Hopkins Royals Sampler that showcases the talents of local musicians. Money from the choir and orchestra helped fund the project, according to a video produced by the Royal Page. “It shows that there’s this incredible diversity at the high school,” a student in the video said. “Even just among the small group of 40 or 50 kids there’s just a huge diversity of what type of music and what instruments and who’s playing it and which friend groups.” Watch the Royal Page’s video in the player above. Click here to purchase the sampler. The …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The school sent students home Wednesday morning because of a power outage.
Power has been restored at Hopkins High School after officials were forced to send students home early Wednesday, the school district announced. The school lost power in its west wing. Staff worked with Xcel Energy throughout the morning and determined that it would take at least the entire day to restore power. Without power and food service, school officials decided at 10 a.m. to dismiss students. Workers were able to restore power by Wednesday and confirm that school would be on for Thursday. See what students had to say about the unexpected day off of school in the Storify widget above. (Users viewing the site on mobile browsers may not be able to see the widget.)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sam Seliger-Swenson is the top-ranked sophomore, according to Breakdown Sports.
Hopkins High School volleyball player Sam Seliger-Swenson has once again been selected as one of 21 players to appear on the cover of Breakdown Sports USA’s Volleyball Guidebook. The company selected top athletes for the cover of its annual guide, seen by hundreds of people across the county. Seliger-Swenson, who also appeared on last year’s cover, is ranked as the top sophomore, according to Breakdown Sports. This year’s guidebook features profiles of 750 players—including more than 300 players profiled with a photo and short Q&A. It’s now on sale for $69.99. Click here for details on how to order. Hopkins kicks off its season Aug. 23 against New Prague.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony played Thursday.
Hopkins students wowed music lovers at the annual spring concert Thursday. Those who attended got to hear pieces performed by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. You’re not out of luck if you missed the performances. Audience members have uploaded some of the performances to YouTube so they can be enjoyed over and over again. Check out the videos in the player above.
Do the discussions taking place bring people together or tear them apart?
Race has been an inflammatory subject in local schools over the past few months. On Friday, about 150 Hopkins High School students walked out to protest what called the school’s unfair treatment of minority students. The protest followed news the week before that prosecutors had charged two Hopkins students with misdemeanors after a confrontation in the assistant principal's office over the school’s handling of an incident in which they say several white students mocked black culture. The two students accused Hopkins ski team members of organizing a "ghetto spirit day." The ski team members say it was actually called “rapper day.” Hopkins is not the only school facing such controversies. In March, about 300 South High School students from …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Another student commented about Friday's protest: 'I actually don't see what this walk out will solve.'
Here is a sample of the commentary on social media about the student walkout protest at Hopkins High School on Friday. (If you don't see a Storify window above, see it at Storify.com.)
They cited 'unfair treatment of minority students,' the Star Tribune reported.
Ed. Note: The video above—shot by a Hopkins High student and showing the walkout—contains a few snippets of profanity, roughly at the 7:20, 10:20, and 11:20 marks. Hopkins High School was the scene of a student protest Friday, according to the Star Tribune: About 150 students at Hopkins High School staged a walkout Friday afternoon to protest what they called unfair treatment of minority students at the 1,800-student school in Minnetonka. “What do we want?” “Equality!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” they chanted during the brief walkout on the balmy spring day, which broke up as soon as school let out and buses arrived about 2:30 p.m. Last week, prosecutors charged two Hopkins High School students with misdemeanors following a confrontation …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The reality TV star appeared to have won the traditional divorce she sought, the Associated Press reported. Humphries is a former Hopkins High basketball star.
A judge in Los Angeles gave his stamp of approval Friday to a settlement of divorce proceedings between NBA player Kris Humphries and celebrity Kim Kardashian, the Associated Press reported. The pair shared his home in Mound during their 72-day marriage in 2011. Humphries, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, is a native of Minnetonka and attended Hopkins High School, leading the school to a state championship in 2002. He was Mr. Basketball in 2003. The AP provided this account: He sought an annulment claiming their marriage in an elaborate wedding ceremony was a fraud staged for her reality show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." She denied the allegations and insisted on a traditional divorce. She apparently won. "The court is going to …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Test your knowledge of west metro news with Patch’s weekly news quiz.
From the small to the large, decisions, people and projects make our communities what they are. Events take place every day that shape our communities and add to their unique character. How much do you know about what happened in your community this week? Patch invites you to test your knowledge of this week’s events by taking the news quiz above. Don’t feel bad if you get an answer wrong. There’s a link after every question so you can read up on the news you missed. Want to find out even more? Check out this week’s “Pick of Our Patches” to see highlights of the area’s biggest news this week. (NOTE: The quiz may not appear in some mobile browsers.)
Friday, April 19, 2013
The high schools were among 27 schools in the state that made the Washington Post’s High School Challenge list.
Hopkins High School and Robbinsdale Cooper both climbed in the Washington Post’s list of the most-challenging high schools, according to rankings released last week. The Washington Post’s High School Challenge ranked Hopkins 22nd in the state for how it prepares students for college. Nationally, the school was ranked 1,587th out of 1,900 schools that made the list. Robbinsdale Cooper was ranked 27th in the state and 1,945th nationally. Last year, Hopkins was 25th in the state while Robbinsdale Cooper was 29th. Only 9 percent of the country’s approximately 22,000 schools made the list, including 27 in Minnesota. To grade the schools, the Washington Post divided the number of college preparation tests that students took by the number of …