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Fine Arts Students of the Week: Students collaborate on inspiring story

Sarah Hanson and Nick Porisch Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal. Adviser nomination: "Sarah and Nick collaborated on their story 'Running for More Than Medals,' an article about how cross country coach Dave Herath's battle with...

Brainerd High School students Sarah Hanson and Nick Porisch hold up past copies of the Fifth Street Journal. The students were named this week’s Fine Arts Students of the Week for their collaborative work on a story on the high school cross country coach.Jennifer Stockinger / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd High School students Sarah Hanson and Nick Porisch hold up past copies of the Fifth Street Journal. The students were named this week’s Fine Arts Students of the Week for their collaborative work on a story on the high school cross country coach. Jennifer Stockinger / Brainerd Dispatch

Sarah Hanson and Nick Porisch

Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal.

Adviser nomination: "Sarah and Nick collaborated on their story 'Running for More Than Medals,' an article about how cross country coach Dave Herath's battle with cancer has been a source of inspiration for his team."

How did you guys work together on this story: They said there were three cross country runners in the class and they wanted to do a story about about the coach who has cancer, as it would be a good human interest story. Porisch wrote the narrative and gathered the information from the interviews. Hanson edited the story. They interviewed about six runners and Hanson interviewed Herath.

What worked and didn't work: The students said they had space issues and they had to cut about two quotes to make it fit on the pages. They said there were a lot of stories for the edition.

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Porisch and Hanson said the editors allowed them to write the story longer; the students were helpful in their answers for the story; and the coach was open about talking about the cancer.

Strongest skills: Hanson said Porisch is good at writing and touching on the emotions on a story. Porisch said Hanson is good at editing-"taking the raw stuff and making it more clear to make sure everyone understands it."

Goal for rest of semester: Hanson said she would like to help students improve their grammar and writing skills. Porisch said he would like to write a movie review, as he said the story on the cross country coach will most likely be his best, most important story of the semester.

Sarah Hanson

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Other fine arts activities: A Cappella Choir, Windfall and Wind Symphony.

Memorable fine arts achievements: Being accepted into A Cappella Choir last year and doing the Madrigal Dinner and singing at Orchestra Hall with the choir.

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Artist Most Admired: Lin Manuel Miranda.

Favorite TV show: "How I Met Your Mother."

Favorite book: "Pride and Prejudice" or "The Princess Bride."

Favorite movie: "The Mummy."

Favorite song: "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra.

Favorite restaurant: Khan's Mongolian Barbecue.

Sports/clubs: Nordic Ski, cross country running and Interact Club.

Halloween tradition: "I will be going trick-or-treating for We Scare Hunger. I am going to dress up as a Pokemon trainer."

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Biggest pet peeve: "When I know someone has a secret and they don't tell me what it is."

Parents: Christopher and Laura Hanson of Nisswa.

Nick Porisch

Grade: Sophomore.

Age: 15.

Other fine arts activities: Knowledge Bowl.

Memorable fine arts achievement: "Taking second place in a state essay contest in junior high."

Artist Most Admired: John Hughes.

Favorite TV show: "Community."

Favorite Book: "Lord of the Flies."

Favorite subject: Advanced Placement European History.

Favorite movie: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Favorite band: Rush.

Favorite restaurant: Mongo's Grill.

Sports/clubs: Cross country running, Nordic Ski and track.

Halloween tradition: "I have a couple friends and we hand out candy."

Biggest pet peeve: "My biggest pet peeve with myself is when I set something down and then about an hour later I forget where I put it. I am more tolerant of others so I really don't have a pet peeve."

Parents: Joe and Sarah Porisch of Brainerd.

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