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Time and Money

Kyler Murphy, Reporter

October 3, 2019

The statistics are staggering: 96.6 percent of Blue Valley students graduate, 90 percent take the ACT (with the highest composite score of all districts in Kansas) and the district is ranked ahead of all school districts in Kansas by Niche Rankings. Students are expected to succeed and attend colleg...

Jaguar Jump Up Assembly

Jaguar Jump Up Assembly

Alexa Couse, Norah Kennedy, Reese Wheeler, Photo Editors

May 16, 2019

Each class migrated to their new seats in the gym for the annual Jaguar Jump Up Assembly. The Class of 2023 came over from Pleasant Ridge and Lakewood Middle Schools to be a part of the transition and were treated to a display of the BV West cornerstones: family, pride, grit and excellence.  (This...

Class Day 2019

Class Day 2019

Natalie Canon and Reese Wheeler, Photographers

May 12, 2019

Class Day 2019 took place in the gymnasium on Friday, May 10. The event was filled with accolades, performances and the final ringing of the Victory Bell by the seniors. (This story will be updated with additional information and student names as they become available.)  ...

Songs For A New World

Kate Cronin, Reporter

May 7, 2019

This February, the Blue Valley West theater department presents a new musical, Songs for a New World, with a small, prestigious cast combining under and upperclassmen. Out of the eighteen cast members, only two are freshman, including Gracie Hernandez. Songs is her second show at west, but she has been a...

The Art of Forensics

Lucy Call, Reporter

April 29, 2019

Forensics class is one of the many unique courses offered at Blue Valley West. Students in any grade are eligible to take the class and learn skills in debate, acting skills and literature. Students take the skills they’ve learned to tournaments at nearby schools. In most of the competitive spea...

Looking at CAPS Through a New Lens

Anabel Myers, Reporter

April 26, 2019

  One opportunity that upperclassmen have is the ability to shorten their school schedules to attend CAPS, the Center for Advanced Professional Studies. This nationally recognized program allows students to engage in studies in a professional environment and solve real-world problems. Stude...

The Social Media Effect

Anna Katherine Marquette, Reporter

April 26, 2019

Hours upon hours staring at a small screen. Only minutes upon minutes spent in a meaningful way. Most teens today waste excessive amounts of time on social media without realizing it. The growing amount of time they spend on their phones is disturbing. Many teens remain incredibly concerned with commu...

Breaking Out Of The Box

Breaking Out Of The Box

Aminah Syed, Lydia Princ, and Jillian Dunlay

April 25, 2019

In school, students are surrounded by a constant pressure to fit in. From wearing the latest clothing brands to trying out for the right sports and activities, there is a universal desire to form to a specific mold. However, what many adolescents fail to realize is that the teen years are about self-d...

District Administration Tips Scales for the Crimson Cats

Darrelyn Dollar and CC Forcellini

April 25, 2019

Dedicated athletes try to balance all aspects of high school life. The Crimson Cats train throughout the school year, performing at athletic events and competing at dance competitions as far away as Orlando, Fla. However, the they are facing a new challenge next year because dance team will no longer be a...

Why CBD?

Kolbie Christensen, Reporter

March 19, 2019

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a nontoxic natural compound found in a cannabis flower. According to Ministry of Hemp, the chemical compound of CBD was first discovered in 1940. In 2014, CBD products became legal in many states and in England which helped propel increased legalization. Kansas passed...

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