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Speaking Effectively (Guest Speaker – Heather O’Keefe)

Speaking Effectively (Guest Speaker – Heather O’Keefe)

Diane Kershaw and Maria Kershaw

May 21, 2018


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Finals week brings a variety of assessments of students. From a weightlifting final with Coach Wright, to a Chemistry exam with teacher Mike Alsin, nearly every skill taught is assessed somewhere in the school this week. One skill, tested in many English classes, is the often dreaded, public speaking....

From Household to Classroom

Kolbie Christensen, Reporter

May 21, 2018


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    For many students they don’t get to see their parents until the evening, but for a handful of students at BV West, they see their parents when they wake up, during the school day and after school. Not only do these kids attend BV West, so do their parents, who are teachers at BV West.  ...

Subject: Social Studies teacher Paul Stuewe

Subject: Social Studies teacher Paul Stuewe

Maddy Harbison, Reporter

April 13, 2018


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Soldier, legal clerk, factory worker, teacher, farmer, handyman, construction worker, traveler, he is the most interesting man in the world. And many know him. Social studies teacher Paul Stuewe has served many roles. “My parents taught by example so we acquired a strong work ethic; get up early,...

National Day of Hope

Natalie Lindmark, Reporter

April 4, 2018


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Every first Wednesday of April, a very special holiday is celebrated that as far as most of us have known, has gone unrecognized. This year, falling on April 4, National Day of Hope is celebrated. This day is to recognize staying positive, hopeful, and always being kind to others. It was started in April,...

SAT II’s: What Are They and Are They Worth It?

Chelsea Park, Reporter

March 29, 2018


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For most high school students, taking the ACT or the SAT is a pretty common endeavor. Taking these tests are not only required to fill out most college applications, but they also play a considerable role in getting students accepted to certain colleges. However, in addition to the two established tests, s...

Countdown to Prom 2018

Countdown to Prom 2018

Lauren Prehn, Reporter

March 27, 2018


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With prom just around the corner, the days leading up to the dance bring a feeling of excitement to the upperclassmen at BV West. While prom is often viewed as a pivotal point in one's high school career, it does not come without the stresses of planning all of the fine details leading up to the event. Here...

Rockstar Dream Becomes Reality

Danielle Ferrigno, Contributer

March 14, 2018


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Guitar Hero rocked the video game world for years. Everybody wanted to be a rock star. Sophomore Jacob Smith did something about it. He is a member of a band that has become his blended family. Smith started playing drums for fun to just “bang stuff and have fun” when he realized that this ins...

Gravel Road to IV’s and Bandages

Annabelle Lynch, Contributer

March 13, 2018


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“I thought I was in an alternate universe,” sophomore Olivia Pelliccia said. Pelliccia and her two best friends, sophomores Abbie Campbell and Zara Diedel, were involved in a serious ATV accident on May 26, 2017. The accident happened at Campbell’s lake house in Shell Knob, Missouri just one w...

Spotting Success

Sofia Adinolfi and Rachel Pickett

February 28, 2018


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Pride, one of the four cornerstones of BV West, is exemplified in The Spot, a student-run store located in the commons. A large collection of apparel, water bottles, lanyards, clothing for gym class and many necessary school supplies can all be found at the store. The Spot, which is a fifth-hour class...

CAPStivating Opportunities

CAPStivating Opportunities

Chelsea Park and Natalie Lindmark

February 27, 2018


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For most high school students around the country, college is the first taste they get of coursework regarding their future professions. However, for students in the Blue Valley School district and other select nearby schools, CAPS, the Center for Advanced Professional Studies, can be a jump-start into...