Edina High School

Edina coaches and trainers talk about protecting youth athletes from concussions

“Concussion” is the buzzword in youth sports these days. The high-energy pace and physicality of football, hockey and many other activities make some bumps and bruises inevitable. But some parents and coaches feel heightened anxiety about concussions—partly due to high-profile cases of professional athletes who’ve suffered ongoing memory loss, and worse, after repeated head injuries throughout their years playing sports.

Pump Up the Jam

Each spring, the Edina High School choir performs “Current Jam,” a pop variety show that features the year’s hit radio songs. The performance is wildly popular among choir participants and spectators alike. Choir member and high school senior Kristin Beese says, “Most people join high school choir to participate in the spring concert,” Fellow senior and choir member Jack Halverson agrees, saying, “People who usually aren’t involved in music will do choir.”

Lemon Girls

Edina High School seniors are required to complete a May term project. This includes the option of taking part in a project outside of school. For many senior girls, becoming a “Lemon Girl” is an ideal way to spend May term. Since 2011, a select number of Edina High School senior girls – affectionately termed “Lemon Girls” – have helped organize the annual Lemon Run/Walk on behalf of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood cancer.

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