Famous alumni, brave students, and overcoming tragedy: this week on Best of SNO

The Best of SNO inbox seemed somewhat alumni-focused this week– from one high school graduate’s perseverance in the face of tragedy to another high school excitedly welcoming back a famous alumnus, it’s clear the amazing schools in the SNO Network have helped mold some pretty impressive people. Of course, we want to focus on the awesome students of these schools too; like the two extremely fortunate high school students who survived a terrible car crash, or the incredibly insightful student who opens up about what it means to be transgender. Read on for our weekly picks.

Award-winning journalist comes homeHannah Bernstein, St. Louis Park High School
“Friedman said he came back to St. Louis Park to revisit the place that not only introduced him to journalism, but profoundly affected his worldview.”

B-A grad overcame violence and tragedy to become a military heroNathan Davis, Bellwood-Antis High School
“I moved around the New York area a lot when I was young,” Comanche said. “The incident when I was a kid was definitely hard on me, but over the years I’ve come to terms with it, and I think it’s made me stronger as a person.”

A breakdown of what it means to be transgenderRose Rodriguez, Sartell High School
“I wouldn’t necessarily call it coming out. I would call it becoming me. For me, it was more of an inner struggle than an outer struggle. 99% of the people around me I knew would still love me and care for me the same way they had before. It was more inwards because I was the one who struggled with it the most. I would say that I had a more preferred experience than others.”

Sophomores survive car accident at Manchester Smoothie KingEmily Dickson, Parkway West High School
On the afternoon of Dec. 29, Eickmann and Crews were paying for smoothies at Smoothie King on Manchester when a car barreled through the front window of the store and hit them, pinning Eickmann against the counter, throwing Crews over the hood and injuring another employee.”

Steering in the right directionJuli Wright & Kahla Carmichael, Colonia High School
“In 2011 alone, 1.2 million people got arrested for driving under the influence. Every two minutes, a person is injured from a drunk driving incident.”

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