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A Shattering Reality

A Shattering Reality

Chelsea Park, Editor-in-chief

December 13, 2018


Filed under December Print, Features

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


Filed under Features, News

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


Filed under Features

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


Filed under Features

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


Filed under Features

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 ...

In With the New

In With the New

Lauren Prehn, Editor-In-Chief

September 27, 2018


Filed under Features

Staff additions offer new perspectives and talents Joe Allison Where did you teach before coming to BV West? "I taught and coached in Leavenworth, KS for the past 13 years. I was the head baseball coach at Leavenworth for 10 years and I coached football and wrestling as well." What class (or class...

A Tradition Begins

A Tradition Begins

Staff Reporters, 21CJ

September 21, 2018


Filed under Features

A shadowy figure stands in the center of the dark gymnasium. A single, white spotlight illuminates senior Jack Mahoney with a large bass drum mallet. The spotlight widens to show senior Tommy Sulentic holding a shiny red drum. 1800 people await hands raised. BOOM BOOM *Clap* A small smil...

Working and the Student/Life Balance

Working and the Student/Life Balance

Natalie Fiorella, Reporter

September 18, 2018


Filed under Features

Any number of students work part-time while going to high school. Others cannot imagine adding employment to their already busy schedules. Sophomores Brian Balquist and Riley England had unique experiences with that give others a look into the workplace.  Balquist began working at the Overland ...

Is a GAP Year a realistic option?

Natalie Lindmark, reporter

September 10, 2018


Filed under Features, Uncategorized

For most students, there aren't a lot of options after high school. Most are told the same thing: go to college and get your degree. What about those who aspire to do more than just go to college, or those who do not know what they want to do with their lives? A Gap Year could be the right answer for t...

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