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Under One Roof

Kolbie Christensen and Ally Madden

October 3, 2019

It can be hard to imagine teachers’ lives outside of school. Where do they live? What do they do on weekends? Who do they live with?  Three teachers and one former student teacher all work under the same roof, and as of last summer, live under the same roof. Second-year teachers Paige Lankfor...

Senior Basketball Players Leave a Legacy

Senior Basketball Players Leave a Legacy

Scott Riddle and Ally Madden

April 26, 2019

The senior basketball players worked tirelessly throughout the season to improve their record. The season started out strong in November in 2018, however the team faced some obstacles when 3 out of the 4 seniors were injured. Senior Matt Cairns was among the injured and expressed his excitement to ret...

Sub-Varsity Success

Brenna Morrison and Julia Tinsman

April 26, 2019

Freshman Kaitlin Meinheit, is a member of the girls C basketball team. The teams’ fourteen game winning streak gathered attention. “Our longest winning streak was fourteen games,” Meinheit said. The girls won fourteen consecutive games, which was the longest games won by the team in many year...

Jolie Barnhart

Rae Zimmerli, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2019

Behind every great picture is a great photographer. Senior Jolie Barnhart is Photo Editor of the BV West yearbook and though students have seen prints of her her photos all around school, many of them do not know the girl behind them. Barnhart’s love for photography started long before high school...

A Helping Paw

Natalie Lindmark and Rae Zimmerli

April 9, 2019

Katie Harris, the school social worker, already has one crucial job. A school social worker helps students with any sort of struggle that may occur in or out of school. Harris prides  herself on loving her job and the students of BV West, but it is certainly a special case in the way she can connect...

A Shattering Reality

A Shattering Reality

Chelsea Park, Editor-in-chief

December 13, 2018

While many are aware of the prevalence of gun violence in America, the issue is a distant reality. Shootings may seem to occur in faraway areas of the country. However, gun related incidents have affected and continue to affect members of the community. Choir teacher Kimberly Modelski and juni...

Curing S.A.D.

Kennedy Kramer, Reporter

December 13, 2018

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized by major depressive episodes in the fall/winter, but few if any symptoms in the spring/summer. SAD hits teens lives hard and goes beyond sadness, even though the initials suggest otherwise. Most commonly referred to as seasonal depression, it is a type ...

JPCo 9.0

JPCo 9.0

Photographers Keely Woods, Elle Kopischke, Gabi Alexander, Ali Oelschlager, Peyton Schram, Elle Kopischke, Reporters Ally Madden and Kolbie Christenson

November 7, 2018

Energy is high, the lights are low and the music is loud as students file into their class sections. Each of the year’s eight assemblies have their own mood. The Kick-off Assembly is all about energy, Homecoming and Sweetheart are more about tradition, and the recognition assemblies have Jaguars in a...

Taking Action

Natalie Fiorella, Reporter

October 19, 2018

The shooting at Parkland High School in February last school year drove students around the country to take action against gun violence, including Blue Valley West Senior April Ma. This August, Ma wrote an op-ed for Teen Vogue, sharing that she’s always known the deadly consequences of hatred and...

Math teacher helps students succeed

Math teacher helps students succeed

Lizzie Wombolt, 21CJ Reporter

October 9, 2018

For some, math comes easy, for others it does not. Sitting in a quiet classroom struggling to finish a problem is frustrating. Luckily, for many students at BV West, that is not a problem; they have Jan Berghaus for math. A good teacher can change a students high school experience. The bond between a ...

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