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Live long and prosper

Sean Gundersen May 23, 2013

I am going to Northwestern University to study musical theatre. It sounds silly, but a big reason for that whale of a decision stems directly from composer and playwright, Jason Robert Brown. In my lifetime,...

Mrs. Spoede

Sean Gundersen May 7, 2013

For many, math is the low point of their day, the thorn in their side, the deep grey cumulonimbus hanging over freedom at 2:20. Call me crazy, but over the years, numbers have become my best friends,...

Holding on to understanding

Sean Gundersen May 2, 2013

I didn’t sleep last night. — and no, it wasn’t because I was staying up all night trying to concoct the perfect “Senior Citizen day” outfit. It was because I was thinking. A lot. It all started...

AP Homeland

Sean Gundersen April 29, 2013

The end is nigh. Despite lukewarm temperatures, I’ve taken to cranking up the heat in my car and rolling down the windows to blast tunes throughout St. Chuck. It’s summer in my heart and high school...

Far from a “Sophomore Slump”

Sean Gundersen April 19, 2013

Four years ago — an oddly difficult time period for me to describe — I first entered the hallways of FHC. Much the same, four years ago, my favorite band decided the spotlight was too big, the music...

Workings of the teenage brain

Sean Gundersen April 17, 2013

It was a chilly Halloween night when junior Jeff Connor decided the inevitable: he was going to sneak out. Despite being already grounded, Connor recalls being extremely defiant in his rebellion. “At...

A supergroup to save the world

Sean Gundersen March 7, 2013

Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Joey Waronker (Beck/R.E.M.) walk into a bar. Bartender asks: “What do you want?” They reply: “World peace and good music.” In my rambling...

Snow day relieves students

Sean Gundersen February 21, 2013

The unofficial “Thorpe Report” had students and teachers in a buzz all day Wednesday Feb. 20 for the inevitable — snow day. “I’m putting my money on [Superintendent] Pam Sloan waiting it out...

El Estoque

February 19, 2013

To the El Estoque Staff, When I went to El Estoque I was immediately hit with a wealth of information — but more importantly accessible information. As a fellow web designer I can really appreciate...

Students qualify for merit finalists

Sean Gundersen February 14, 2013

A representation of less than 1 percent of the original pool of students, National Merit Scholars are the elite candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements,...

The boys are back in town

Sean Gundersen February 7, 2013

There are tears on my calculus problems from Monday. And no, they are not tears of anger or frustration from inability to figure out an integral or derive an equation. Rather, they are tears of joy. That...

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