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 school was one of 27 schools in the state to make the Washington Post’s High School Challenge list.
Hopkins High School climbed three places 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. Last year, it was 25th in the state. 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 graduating seniors. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests were…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The black students said they were upset about white ski team members who dressed up for ‘ghetto spirit day.’ The white students said they called it ‘rapper day.’
Prosecutors have charged two Hopkins High School students with misdemeanors following a confrontation in the assistant principal's office, Minnesota Public Radio reported Wednesday. The confrontation arose when the students tried to protest the school’s handling of an incident in which they say several white students mocked black culture. On Feb. 13, Hopkins ski team members dressed up for what they told officials they called “rapper day.” Black students said the ski team members actually called it "ghetto spirit day." MPR quoted one of the students as saying: They dressed up like gangsters basically. There were sagging chinchilla coats with the chains, joint in the ear just mocking our culture. Really how we reacted, we felt it was modern…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
High school journalism students explore what teachers and students think the widely used word means.
“Hipster” has become one of those words that’s frequently used but not always easy to pin down. The word conjures images of thick-rimmed glasses and indy rock bands—as well as a sense of going against the grain. Hopkins High School journalism students Bradley Kaplan, Sam Hromatka and Thomas Heegaard decided to explore exactly what makes a hipster in a “Royal Page (school newspaper) special on hipsters and stereotypes.” The video—“Hopkins On: What's A Hipster?”—shows students and teachers discussing what they think a hipster is. Check out the video above and then share your thoughts in the comments section below about what defines a hipster.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A 1988 KARE 11 story captured the Hopkins and St. Louis Park legislator long before he took office.
Hopkins and St. Louis Park Rep. Steve Simon is no stranger to public speaking. Two years ago, a video of Simon went viral when he asked in a floor speech, “How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?” Simon wasn’t always a veteran speaker, though. YouTube user scottcommercials posted a video of a 1988 KARE 11 news story of the then-18-year-old Simon and the rest of the Hopkins High School debate team—“one of the hottest debate teams in the Midwest,” according to the report. Check out video of the future legislator in the news story above.
Nine of 10 Hopkins match-ups have been postponed or canceled.
The ongoing bad weather has forced Hopkins teams to postpone or cancel most competitions Thursday, as well as some later in the week. Nine of 10 matchups were canceled—leaving only the synchronized swimming varsity meet, which is still scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. at St. Louis Park High School. The following games were postponed: Baseball 9 has been canceled altogether. In addition, Friday’s baseball games and the girls golf invitational on Friday and Saturday have been postponed.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Scott Westermann will be presented with the Fred Zamberletti Award at an event April 28.
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation has named Hopkins Athletic Trainer Scott Westermann as the recipient of this year’s Fred Zamberletti Award. The award, “named for the legendary athletic trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, honors an outstanding Minnesotan athletic trainer who has had strong impact in the athletic training profession,” according to the school district. “Scott is a very loyal and dedicated member,” a school district news release quoted Activities Director Dan Johnson. “He is the person solely responsible for prevention and care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation of students following those injuries, and the lead decision maker on the readiness for students to participate in athletics.” Westermann has…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The free playschool gives parents some free time and serves as the capstone of the High School’s Child Psychology II class.
Parent’s looking for a bit of free time can now register for Hopkins High School’s Royal Den. The annual playschool is the culmination of the Child Psychology II class. The high school students develop lessons that help the 3- to 5-year-olds exercise their math, science, art, music and motor skills. The play school takes places from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from May 1 to June 7. Children must be 3 years old or older and be potty trained. Enrollment begins April 16. The program is free, but parents must fill out an application. Donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Patty Ormson at 952-988-4561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Becky Kortum of Minnetonka helped the Gophers to a second straight title and a 49-game winning streak.
Hopkins High School graduate Becky Kortum of Minnetonka finished her University of Minnesota women's hockey career in a big way Sunday, as the Gophers won a second straight NCAA title, capping off an unprecedented, undefeated season. The team's 49-game winning streak extended past the 2012–13 record of 41-0, to include eight wins from the end of the 2011–12 season. Watch videos here: USCHO.com recalled an earlier NCAA tournament goal by Kortum, a forward: There was always someone on the team to step up and make the pivotal play. Senior Becky Kortum scored from her knees against Boston College to give her team its first lead late in the third period in the semifinal, and her celebration from her knees presented an unforgettable images. “I …