Kudos: May 22, 2017

  • Jackson Mighty Girls work to make their community a better place
    The Mighty Girls have been working all year to make a positive impact on their local and global community. The Jackson Mighty Girls is a leadership group for girls in grades 3-5 that meets twice a week at Jackson Elementary to come up with ideas to make their community better.

    Last fall, the Jackson Mighty Girls held a food drive, collecting 400 pounds of food to donate to the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf. This winter, they participated in the Share the Love project to create cards for the International Institute of Minnesota. Their cards helped welcome refugees to our state. This month, the group plans to open the "Mighty Store" at Jackson. The store will be run entirely by the Mighty Girls and all proceeds will support Haiti through the WE Foundation. The Mighty Girls’ goal is to raise $500. This leadership group won't stop there -- stay tuned for what they come up with next. Thank you for your contributions to our community!

    Johnson Senior High School captures third consecutive badminton state championship
    Saint Paul is a dominant force in girls badminton. Johnson Senior High School captured its third consecutive state title in the sport -- and its seventh in the past eight seasons -- this week, defeating Harding High School 7-0 in the finals.

    While Johnson’s stronghold on badminton is remarkable, it is worth noting that Harding, Washington Technology Magnet School and Como Park Senior High School rounded out the final four in the Minnesota State High School League’s Badminton Tournament.

    Six SPPS high schools -- Johnson, Harding, Washington Tech, Como Park, Central and Humboldt -- were represented in the final eight teams standing in a state tournament field of 23 teams.

    Since the 2000 state tournament, a Saint Paul City Conference school has won the state championship every year with the exception of 2001, when Eden Prairie captured the crown.