It takes hard work and dedication to graduate at the top of your high school class — whether you end up in the top 10 among 90 classmates or the top 35 among 350. Today we salute the hundreds of students who accomplished that rank in St. Paul and other east metro schools. This annual project invites schools to send us a list of their “Top Graduates,” however they define them. Some schools designate the traditional valedictorian and salutatorian, others define a Top 10, and some recognize a long list of students who have achieved honors status. Our 2019 compilation shows students headed to colleges from coast to coast — from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to the University of California Berkeley. As college majors, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is strong. Some 80 students featured will major in a bioscience field; another 80 in an engineering discipline; three dozen in computer science. Other graduates are joining the U.S. military or … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2019: When their hard work meets the future
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While working with the Icelandic Mountain Guides, outdoor adventure photographers and filmmakers Ulrika Larsson and Lukasz Warzecha released Meltdown, a film exploring how climate change is causing glaciers to melt in Iceland, told from the perspective of those affected the most. We spoke to them about their work, the challenges, and how photography and film can be used to communicate the message of conservation. What is LWimages? UL: “We are an innovative and creative photo/video production company based in the UK and Sweden. Our main focus is outdoor adventures and adventure travel, shooting and filming both commercial and editorial assignments. We believe in the power of non-fiction visual storytelling. Over the last couple of years we have also entered the world of TV and OTT media services mainly with Lukasz as the director of photography for an adventure travel series.” LW: “I’m a stills photographer and have been shooting professionally for 10 years and … [Read more...] about Adventure photography: witnessing the fate of Icelandic glaciers
By Bob Strauss | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: January 25, 2019 at 6:01 am | UPDATED: January 25, 2019 at 1:39 pm Animation is undergoing a big Hollywood renaissance. It’s more aggressively becoming what it’s always fundamentally been: art. In the feature film arena, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has opened new vistas for how a big studio cartoon can look and feel, and dominated its category in virtually every contest of the current awards season so far. Meanwhile streaming services such as Netflix are giving animators unprecedented new creative freedoms and job opportunities. RELATED STORY: Animation jobs are booming in Southern California. Here’s what it takes to get them “We typically are most interested in going after the most inspired, greatest creators we can find,” said Mike Moon, a veteran animator and studio executive who, for the past year, has been Netflix’s content lead who covers adult animation. … [Read more...] about Netflix and films like ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ are fueling an animation renaissance
Eli Rosenberg, The Washington Post Published 9:51 am PST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 7, 1997 shows a picture of late Jeanne Calment during a memorial mass at the Primatiale Sainte-Trophime church. - What if Jeanne Calment's longevity record was a fraud? Russian researchers have concluded an incredible sleight of hand between the French woman and her daughter, provoking interest and controversy in the scientific community. Jeanne Calment died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997 - a world record of longevity of all genders. less (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 7, 1997 shows a picture of late Jeanne Calment during a memorial mass at the Primatiale Sainte-Trophime church. - What if Jeanne Calment's longevity record was a ... more Photo: GEORGES GOBET, AFP/Getty Images … [Read more...] about The world’s oldest person record stood for decades. Then came a Russian conspiracy theory.
THE DYNAMIC BLACK WOMAN was well into her 40s and had been working in the trenches of government for years when she shocked the nation with her historic election to Congress, yet that didn’t stop people from labeling her an overnight sensation. She commanded attention by defying the odds, having taken on the establishment of her Democratic Party as much as she took on her opponent. Not only did she refuse to wait her turn, but she creatively forged a new kind of coalition that energized voters out of their apathy and proved the wisdom of her impatience. And when Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress, she made it clear she was just getting started. Related Links 2018 Bostonians of the Year Chisholm’s stunning win in New York in 1968 came six years before Ayanna Pressley was born, and more than a dozen years before the bookish girl would put on her best church clothes and a set of fake pearls and strut around her bedroom pretending to … [Read more...] about Meet the 2018 Bostonians of the Year: Ayanna Pressley and Alex Cora