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Paraguayan exchange students hope to experience new things in the U.S.

Paraguayan exchange students hope to experience new things in the U.S.

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
February 2
Filed under News

As nine exchange students from Paraguay stepped off the plane and into the Kansas City airport, they were greeted with colorful signs and smiling faces. For five weeks, they will bear the frigid Kansas temperatures instead of enjoying their hot summer break, in hopes to learn more about American language...

Social media habits require new methods of discipline

Evan Frook, Reporter
January 25
Filed under News

Last September, parents filed into Southwest and South middle schools for a meeting geared towards discussing the realities of what their children were doing on social media and explaining how to use social media safely. The meetings were followed by presentations to all grade levels. “The second...

Pet World rallies after devastating fire

Pet World rallies after devastating fire

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
January 20
Filed under News, Top Stories

On March 25 of last year, Pet World suffered from an accidental fire. While no human lives were lost and many animals were saved, not all of them were so lucky. Owner Sherry Emerson says that part of the problem is that there were not automatic sprinklers in the store. Most state codes do not require...

Seniors share plans for early graduation

Maame Britwum, Online Editor
December 15
Filed under News

As first semester comes to a close, many seniors are beginning to prepare for their final semester; however, for senior Kirsten Baska and many others, this semester will be her last. At the start of her junior year, Baska realized that graduating early was the best decision for her. “I think...

Government students register to vote

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
December 14
Filed under Briefs, News

On Nov. 24, Government students were provided with the opportunity to register to vote for the 2016 election. Throughout the semester students have been learning about the government and the different candidates. Government teachers Aimee McLendon and Katy Hayden had the idea of registering the students...

Curtain opens on biennial musical November 19-21

Sydney Gard and Maya Hodison
November 20
Filed under News, Top Stories

Stressed actors already fill the auditorium when senior Nat Hoopes walks in. He has 16 measures of music and a two minute monologue memorized and is ready to perform a dance for the choreographer. Because he’s been in between 10 and 20 plays, Hoopes isn’t used to being nervous for auditio...

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
November 20
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

This year the school district took new steps to incorporate technology in learning. Textbooks in AP U.S. History classes and Algebra I classes are now being used online. One concern that arose out of this new policy was how the district is going to accommodate for students who do not have access to computers...

Increasingly heavy backpacks have negative spinal effects

Increasingly heavy backpacks have negative spinal effects

Trenna Soderling, Editor-in-Chief
November 18
Filed under Health and Lifestyle, News

Passing period can easily turn into a fight to see who can sprint down the middle staircase and get to class on time. A common weapon of choice? Backpacks, stuffed with textbooks, binders, workbooks and spirals. Today, heavy backpacks are common. Advanced classes come with large amounts of pap...

Homecoming video edits spark controversy among students and teachers

Libby Stanford, Co-Online Editor
November 10
Filed under News

On October 8th students and teachers filed into the small gym to watch the much anticipated Homecoming video. This year's Homecoming candidates spent two days filming the video, which was themed “elections”. They dressed up as various characters and did their best to convince the student body to...

Student Council members discuss General Assembly

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor
November 9
Filed under Briefs, News

At the start of the year Student Council began its transition from a classroom setting to a general assembly. Instead of having Student Council meet exclusively during third hour, meetings will be held after school to incorporate more students. Senior Meghan McClorey says the move is a return to how...

Student shares his experience and thoughts on Breast Cancer Awareness

Madi Engnehl-Thomas, Reporter
November 5
Filed under News

When senior Zak Reed drove across the Kansas River with his parents to see the bras across the bridge after moving here in 2009, he didn’t think much of it. Now, six years later, Reed believes the bras across the Kaw do not help with bringing awareness to breast cancer. “I don’t know how it’s...

Students weigh pros and cons of spirit busses

Students weigh pros and cons of spirit busses

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
November 4
Filed under News

While two lightning delays and double overtime made for an exciting soccer city showdown, it presented challenges in managing a spirit bus restricted by district rules. The first spirit bus of the 2015-2016 school year was supposed to be filled to the brim with cheerleaders and pumped-up students....

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