Central Student Wins National Essay Contest
A Central High School senior has been recognized for winning Chipotle’s Cultivating Thought  national essay contest. Fue Xiong’s 300-word essay is printed on the restaurant chain’s cups and bags and earned him a $20,000 scholarship.

Xiong’s essay describes a moment when he was five years old, eating rice and sardines with his family in a Thai refugee camp, according to KARE 11. At the time, he was juggling the emotions of his father’s drowning death and the anxiety of migrating to the U.S.

Xiong’s English teacher, Anthony Jacobs, challenged all of his Expository Composition students to apply for the scholarship by writing about a moment when food created a memory.

“I wanted it to be powerful, but I wanted it to represent me and where I came from,” Xiong told the Pioneer Press. “So this is why I was thinking about writing about what my last meal in Thailand was.”

Xiong joined the Minnesota Army National Guard and has been accepted to the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

SPPS students talents on display during Honors Concert at the Ordway
Congratulations to the SPPS student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists who showcased their skills and talents during the 25th annual Honors Concert on April 19, at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The Honors Concert featured performances by the all-district high school orchestra, band and choir. Thank you to all who volunteered for the event.

The Honors Art Exhibition will be on display until May 1 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art project space in the Pioneer Endicott Building. Free and open to the public, the exhibition features selected paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and other works submitted by SPPS students.

Seven SPPS student athletes honored with Athena Awards
The 2016 Saint Paul Area Athena Award winners were announced April 20 during the 22nd annual award luncheon.

The Saint Paul Area Athena Awards program was initiated in 1995 to honor outstanding female athletes. Each year, one student athlete from every Saint Paul area high school is selected to receive the award.

This year’s Athena Award winners in SPPS are:

  • Kennedy Alexandra Gay, Central Senior High School
  • Cassandra Prescott, Como Park Senior High School
  • Miranda LaFavor, Harding Senior High School
  • Emilia Czapiewska, Highland Park Senior High School
  • Aye Be Ne Hsa, Humboldt High School
  • Jane M. Lindstrom, Johnson Senior High School
  • Gabriela Soto, Washington Technology Magnet