SUN Sailor Editions St. Louis Park

Sailor St. Louis Park Thursday, May 25, 2017 News Update BY SETH ROWE SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS St. Louis Park boys garnered second place with 140 points, trail- ing only Metro West Champion Chanhassen which scored 176 points at the eight-team fi eld, May 18. To page 10 Vol. 47, No. 22 Rock camps help girls fi nd their voices She Rock She Rock’s mission has expanded St. Louis Park runners do well $ 1 Sam Stahlmann began taking lessons from St. Louis Park resident Jenny Case as an 11-year-old, and now helps Case lead an effort to introduce girls and women to playing rock ‘n’ roll. Case founded She Rock She Rock about a decade ago, about two years after she began providing les- sons to Stahlmann. Case founded She Rock She Rock, then called Girls Rock n Roll Retreat or GRRR, after learn- ing about the Girls Rock Camp Alliance and simi- lar programs in places like Portland, Oregon, and Sweden. When Case an- nounced she planned to conduct a camp session in 2007 at Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Stahlmann was the fi rst girl to sign up. “One thing I really loved with lessons from her is we got to write my own songs and record them at her studio,” Stahlmann said. “I was always into song- writing and I wanted more than anything to be in an all-girl band. One day she told me she was doing a girls rock ‘n’ roll retreat, and I got really excited about it and told my par- ents about it.” Stahlmann’s parents registered her for the camp, an experience she said changed her life sig- nifi cantly. “I was kind of the weirdo at my school,” A She Rock She Rock participant performs at a showcase at O’Gara’s in St. Paul last year at the culmination of a girls rock camp. (Submitted photo courtesy of Emmerlee Sherman) Stahlmann said. “I had my few friends, but it was the fi rst time I felt really comfortable in a room of 50 people, and I just remember feeling so excit- Of her experiences, ed seeing all these amaz- Stahlmann said, “It’s giv- ing women instructors ab- en me the confi dence to go solutely killing it on their instruments.” MUSIC - TO PAGE 5 St. Louis Park Sun Sailor announces distribution changes Readers urged to sign up now to receive paper The ROC hosts ice cream social The Recreation Out- door Center, or ROC, reopened with a new roof installed in time for the Children First Ice Cream Social May 21. Despite chilly weather, a crowd gathered. To page 8 Memorial Day service planned The American Le- gion’s Frank Lundberg Post No. 282 will host a Memorial Day ser- vice 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive. For more informa- tion, call 952-929- 9016. St. Louis Park High School senior My Nguyen plans to graduate Thursday, May 25, less than two years after immigrating to the United States from Vietnam. (Submitted photo courtesy of Matt Thomas, St. Louis Park Public Schools) Senior seeks to help fulfi ll her family’s American dream She immigrated from Vietnam in the fall of 2015 BY SETH ROWE SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS Tradition reigns at Holy Family Holy Family Acad- emy in St. Louis Park has implemented a classical curriculum to teach children. To page 2 Public notices St. Louis Park is seek- ing bids to replace the West 37th Street bridge and reconstruct a road. To page 12 Sun-Sailor 33 Second St. N.E. Osseo, MN 55369 763-425-3323 My Nguyen immi- grated with her family in 2015 to the United States, without knowing English, but is poised to graduate from St. Louis Park High School less than two years later. Nguyen’s parents op- erated a coffee shop in Vietnam but decided to move to the United States so Nguyen and her younger brother could gain a better edu- cation, she said. With her graduation Thurs- day, May 25, and plans to attend Minneapolis Community and Techni- cal College to study ac- counting, Nguyen seeks to honor her parents’ goals. “It was a long time – like 12 years – to this day, to graduation day,” Nguyen said. “That is what my parents were hoping. They want me and my little brother to have a better life than them. They gave us ev- erything to have a better education, a better life, even though they knew before they came here they had to start again, and that is a hard thing, but they decided.” She said she struggled to gain an interest in school in Vietnam, of- ten arriving at class late or sometimes skipping school. “I didn’t want to go to school,” she explained. “I just wanted to hang out with friends.” However, her English language teacher, Cory Lorentz, said Nguyen is the opposite in her class- es. Lorentz said Nguyen is exceptional, overcom- ing challenges while smiling. “I think every student in the class looks up to her,” Lorentz said. “She’s one of the hard- est-working students I have ever worked with. I have never seen her in a bad mood. For My, everything is possible. If there’s a hurdle, she jumps over it.” Nguyen said she re- alized her parents had some difficulties in tran- sitioning to their new life and tried to increase her efforts. Lorentz said, “She knew she had to, in a sense, step up to the plate and help her family so they could live inde- pendently.” Nguyen has made use of the English she has learned in school, help- ing translate for her par- ents so they can conduct business and helping her brother, who is 5 years old, learn to read and write in English so he SENIOR - TO PAGE 9 The St. Louis Park Sun Sailor will move to U.S. Mail delivery this sum- mer. Readers are urged to sign up now to continue to receive the newspaper each week. The Sun Sailor will undergo a ma- jor transformation, to become a re- quested periodical through the Unit- ed States Postal Service. This means readers will get guaranteed, on-time delivery direct in their mailbox each and every week at no cost to them. In order to qualify for this highly prestigious mailing