The Athena Awards Committee asked St. Paul area schools to nominate their top female athlete for the award. The schools obliged, and 43 girls, representing city and suburban, public and private high schools were selected to receive the award.
The newly elected board members, from left to right, are Maychy Vu, Mark Dawkins, Charles Dexter, Marny Xiong, Athena Hollins, Ploua Yang, Eric Foster and Valentine Awasom. (Marjorie Otto/Review)
The number of candidates far exceeded the expectations of many of the staff and board members of the Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council at the April 26 annual meeting held at the Arlington Hills Community Center.
From left to right, St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith, Ray Widstrand, Assistant Chief Kathy Wuorinen, Linda Widstrand, Peter Widstrand, Joyce Edmondson, Hugh Edmondson and Alice Johnson. (Marjorie Otto/Review)
Ray Widstrand does not remember the night he was brutally and randomly attacked on the East Side.
Koua Yang, teacher and coach at Harding High School, says, “I just want people to know how challenging and how rewarding teaching is.” (Marjorie Otto/Review)
Harding teacher shares his philosophy on how to connect with students
“I just really love working with kids. They just make me happy,” says Koua Yang, a Harding High School instructor, coach, and one of 11 finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award, an award that celebrates Minnesota’s teachers and their work.
For 16 years, Yang has been a social studies teacher at Harding High School. He currently teaches Asian American studies and human geography, and coaches the boys and girls tennis teams.
“It was instilled in me early on that education was important by my mom. My mom was my greatest teacher,” Yang says.