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Too Juul For School

Too Juul For School

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

February 13, 2018


Filed under Feature, Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

As one of the most recent trends to gain popularity, the illegal use of e-cigarettes and "Juuls" has become common among the school’s underage population. The use of vape products—vaping for short—was introduced in 2003 by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik. It was originally advertised as a way for people ...

Bringing on the Men

Bringing on the Men

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

February 6, 2018


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Following rapturous cheers, the curtains open, revealing only a single grand piano stage left. For a drag competition, it’s a remarkably modest set. Immediately, assistant choral director Scott Ireland, known to the audience as “Angela Mansbury,” advances onto the stage and seizes control of the...

Online classes growing in popularity

Online classes growing in popularity

Grace Porter, Reporter

February 1, 2018


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

The rise of technology based education has made online schooling an easier option for some students. Students can get a full education online through the school district or choose to take only some of their classes online. There are several reasons why students might prefer virtual school over traditional...

Tyler Ruzich

Tyler Ruzich

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

November 28, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight

Tyler Ruzich, a conservative Republican, is campaigning to bring new ideas into the state government. “Those ideas are something that we really need right now,” Ruzich said. “We need cooperation and not moving left or right, but moving forward.” Ruzich wants to bring more responsible spend...

Dominic Scavuzzo

Dominic Scavuzzo

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

November 18, 2017


Filed under News, Recent, The Spotlight

Dominic Scavuzzo is a moderate Conservative running as a Republican. “I believe that my message overall is creating better dynamic,” Scavuzzo said. “By creating a youthful point-of-view, I could attract both the old and young.” Scavuzzo believes that voters from all age groups will be...

Ethan Randleas

Ethan Randleas

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

November 16, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight

Ethan Randleas is a Libertarian running on a Republican ticket. “They call [my ideas] very ‘out there’,” Randleas said. “Not a lot of people are going to agree with me, and I am okay with that.” According to the 2015 August Voter Registration, only 13,181 out of 1,705,537 people in Kansas are regi...

Jack Bergersen and Alexander Clae

Jack Bergersen and Alexander Clae

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

November 14, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight

Jack Bergerson is a liberal Democrat and points out his policies about his health care system and minimum wage. “I'm sure a lot of Democrats agree, but no one ever talks about it,” Bergerson said. While Bergerson himself is a liberal Democrat, his running mate Alexander Clae is economically a Libert...

Teens throw their hat in election ring

Teens throw their hat in election ring

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

November 14, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Unlike many other states, the Kansas Constitution does not have an age limit when it comes to running for governor. Ethan Randleas, Dominic Scavuzzo, Tyler Ruzich and Jack Bergerson, all 16 years old, took advantage of the lack of an age restriction and decided to run for the public office. Scrol...

Community members protest Burger King after senior’s controversial firing

Community members protest Burger King after senior’s controversial firing

Grace Porter, Reporter

November 8, 2017


Filed under News, Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Editor's’ Note: We have replaced the use of a racial slur in the following story. Having a job is not unusual to a lot of students, but few expect to work under a supervisor who casually uses racial slurs on social media. For senior Orandae Wilson, this was what being a black employee at the Bauer Fa...

Current State of Sexual Assault and Consent Issues

Current State of Sexual Assault and Consent Issues

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

October 18, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Every 98 seconds somebody is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. In the time it takes you to read this story, one person in the U.S. will have been sexually assaulted. Considering this, sexual assault should be important to talk about, but senior Bo Miller...

Dineen Dynasty: Jax carries family legacy

Dineen Dynasty: Jax carries family legacy

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Like both his brothers before him, junior running back Jax Dineen is one of the football team’s major playmakers. Jax Dineen is the third in line of four brothers to come through the football program. His two older brothers, Joe and Jay, were both all-state players. The oldest Dineen brother,...

New Theater Teacher Debuts

New Theater Teacher Debuts

DeeDee Zolman, Reporter

October 6, 2017


Filed under News, Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Ericka Waller, the new theater teacher, is now in her tenth year of teaching. Waller knew she wanted to teach after connecting with her theater teacher in high school. “He inspired me, so I went on to study theater,” Waller said. Before becoming a teacher, Waller worked professionally acros...

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