Family ties, dancing through adversity, and Zombies: this week on Best of SNO

According to the Best of SNO inbox this week, Minnesota is now host to actual zombies– or at least, a bunch of people running around dressed as Zombies and being filmed while doing so. Here are some other things we learned this week: Dancing is very hard work. Clocks are really very clearly not bombs. And, there is no better way to strengthen a father-daughter bond than a pair of matching tattoos. Read on for our weekly picks, submitted and written by students just like you.

Student dancers reach the high barre of excellence – Emily Dickson, Parkway West High School
“People don’t realize all the hard work you put into it because you’re supposed to look effortless. Especially if you dance outside of school, it’s hard to get recognition for your work because a lot of the athletes here perform on sports teams with the school.”

Tick Tock goes the– bomb?Summer Thomad, Southwest Career and Technical Academy
“To put it simply, if Ahmed Mohamed was not an “Ahmed Mohamed” then none of this would have taken place.”

Heart surgery strengthens a father-daughter bondJessie Biondo, Francis Howell North High School
“A couple weeks later, the two decided to get tattoos together. They got lyrics from “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. Abby’s was on her rib cage, and Denny’s was on his back. Denny has been singing that song to Abby since she was little, so it holds special significance to their relationship.”

Life as a zombieKatie Reneau, Owatonna High School
“A zombie movie is being filmed in Owatonna called Zombies. The film features Tony Todd, also known for his role in Candyman, and America’s Next Top Model runner up Raina Hein. There have been multiple film shootings around Owatonna that have allowed people to participate as extras in the film.”

How it feels to be blackTorie Richardson, St. Teresa’s Academy
“To be black means to come from a line of people who stood up for what they believed in unconditionally. Who were so smart they sang in code. It means coming from inventors, from geniuses, from hard workers. To be black is to be different. It is not better. But, unlike what I’ve been taught from the world around me, it is not worse.”

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