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Curtain opens on biennial musical November 19-21

Sydney Gard and Maya Hodison
November 20, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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....

Helicopter rescues librarian after two nights in Colorado mountains

Helicopter rescues librarian after two nights in Colorado mountains

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
October 25, 2015
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Most trips to the bathroom don’t end with a rescue helicopter ride out of the Rocky Mountains. For librarian Chris Everett, however, that was the case. On her annual Rocky Mountain hiking trip with family and friends, Everett and her son’s girlfriend, Danielle Hohly, were lost for two nights at Mirror...

Spanish three classes take new approach on foreign language education

Spanish three classes take new approach on foreign language education

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter
October 24, 2015
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Sophomore Jackson Mason goes home after a long day of school. He looks at his Spanish homework to see what activity he should do for this week. After deciding to listen to a Latin radio station on Pandora for an hour, Mason puts on his headphones, presses play, and earns three homework points. The...

Drafting students design and build a shelter by Free State prairie

Drafting students design and build a shelter by Free State prairie

Sydney Gard, Co-editor in chief
October 23, 2015
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Many high school drafting students would not expect to be able to design a structure for their peers. However, when sophomore Darik Dudley walked into his Drafting 2 class during the second week of school, he discovered that was exactly what he would be doing. Dudley and other Drafting 2 and 3 students...

USD 497 adds new equity goals

USD 497 adds new equity goals

Madi Engnehl-Thomas, Reporter
October 22, 2015
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When New York Elementary School third grade teacher John Bode was in high school, coming out as gay or lesbian was unheard of. Many of his high school friends didn’t come out until after graduation, when they felt they would be more accepted. “As I became a teacher and started to understand that...

P.E. teacher advocates for new LGBT+ library section

P.E. teacher advocates for new LGBT+ library section

Sydney Gard, Co-editor in chief
October 21, 2015
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When gym teacher Nancy Hopkins walks through her Cardio Center in the school, she feels a great sense of pride. After all, she came up with the idea for the center, contacted people from around the country to get items to sell, and held a huge auction to fund it. Now, the center houses six gym classes...

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