Arts & Culture

In September, Minnetonka High School rolled out its annual homecoming parade to celebrate the MHS community. Photographer Jim Douglas says the parade drew the biggest crowd he can remember. “The crowd was nine deep along Water Street.”

Student: Lily Finn
School: Visitation

Extracurriculars: Captain of the varsity volleyball team, starter on the varsity lacrosse team, spring blood drive coordinator, member of the Leadership Committee.

In a small computer lab at St. Paul’s Gordon Parks High—where students missing credits can earn them through digital-media storytelling in lieu of traditional classwork—four seniors add the finishing touches to a short film.

Hamline University’s student run newspaper, The Oracle, received three awards at the Associated Collegiate Press’ Best of the Midwest convention in Minneapolis last February.

Hiway Federal Credit Union has partnered with the school district to create a financial literacy program that provides job opportunities and education to students.

St. George Catholic Church has been bringing Corn Days to life for 47 years. With food from a long list of vendors, entertainment, games and—of course—corn, it’s no wonder Long Lake’s Corn Days festival is such a big hit.

High school can be all about fitting in and keeping your cool, especially in today’s fast-paced, Snapchatty world. In this year’s Prep Elite feature, we shine the spotlight on a handful of students who simply aren’t buying the allure of blending in. They excel at sports and in the classroom.

It’s fertile ground in this part of the country—even musically speaking. “Minnesota is the choral capital of the country; some say the world,” says Jere Lantz, director of the Minnetonka Choral Society (MCS) since 1993.

On a typical day at Minnetonka High School, the Writing Center is abuzz with activity well before classes even start. As early as 7 a.m., students flock to the room to discuss their latest written work with trained coaches.

The most important skill that Roxanne Heaton has developed in her 18 years as executive director of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts is flexibility.

Youngsters who dream of wowing crowds with their musical prowess are in luck—Minnetonka Music is here to teach them how to rock. The Deephaven store is home to the Excelsior Rock Club, which is specifically geared toward kids ages 8 to18.