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Locked Out

Kyler Murphy, Reporter

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It’s here again, the bathrooms are locked during jag. This was decided upon by the administrative team here at the school. “What we started to see were some issues regarding vaping going on in our restrooms” Assistant Principal Bryan Brutto said. While I do think that vaping in the school bathrooms is...

Bob The Resume Builder

Hannah Cole, Managing Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Picture the perfect student. Perfect grades. Perfect test scores. Perfect attendance record. Perfect attitude. Perfect level of participation in activities and sports. Perfect leadership resume. The perfect student that all colleges will approve of. To embody the perfect student and earn that college acceptance l...

Finally, Finals

Lauren Prehn, Editor-In-Chief

December 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

It's that time of year again, the end of year stress surrounding finals is in full force. For many students, these last few days are spent calculating what grades they need on final exams and cramming information from old units. Note taking and study sessions are accompanied by coffee and late nights....

Ripple of Kindness

Lauren Prehn, Editor-In-Chief

December 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A smile is worth a thousand words. As trivial as this may sound, even simple displays of kindness have the potential to spread an abundance of happiness. It works like the ripple effect of a pebble thrown into a lake. The seemingly insignificant rock hits the body of water and creates wave after wave. Replace that pebble with a smile and a “good morning” to a stranger in the hall on your way to math class. That brief interaction brightens their day, and in some way or another, they pay it forward and positively influence someone else. Each interaction we have with others has the potential to spread kindness. It can be easy to become consumed in our own lives while paying little attention to the wellbeing of those around us. By dedicating a few moments each day to positively impact the lives of other people, both the benefactors and beneficiaries come away happier.  No kind gesture is ever too small. From picking up a fallen scarf, to writing positive messages on sticky notes, to volunteering at a food bank, there are endless ways to spread positivity throughout the community. Acts of kindness can also be extended to benefit the environment. Give back to the planet by planting a tree, cleaning up a local park or recycling old papers.  In a society riddled with conflict and divisiveness, kindness acts as a middle ground capable of unifying strangers. No matter the magnitude of the gesture, any act of kindness leaves the world in better shape than it was found. Be the positive change, spread happiness and create ripples felt far and wide. GET INSPIRED Implementing acts of kindness into everyday life is made easy by groups like the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Dedicated to changing society through kindness, the foundation’s website provides an extensive list of ways to give back to the community. In addition, the website shares the experiences of others who commit random acts of kindness to inspire others....

Sleeping Through School

Hannah Cole, Managing Editor

December 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Wake up, get out of bed, leave for school, learn, homework, sleep. Exhaustion. Unfortunately, the lengthy tasks that encompass a typical day for high school students leave little time for rest. As homework and responsibility pile up, students find themselves sleeping less and worrying more. This increas...

An Education Issue

Hannah Cole, Managing Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Step by step, my feet bring me closer to class as my mind longs to be elsewhere. Breathing in and out, I mentally prepare for the exhaustion I will face today.  I take my seat. Tapping my pencil up and down, a test is placed in front of me. Staring down at the clean sheet, I’m frozen with indecision...

Getting Involved, Changing the World

Hannah Cole, Managing Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

As the midterm elections steadily approach, many students look for various ways to get involved.  Avid Yoder fans and Sharice Davids enthusiasts alike possess an array opportunities at their disposal. Political actions exist that can influence and help either party. One method of volunteering...

Guest Opinion-April Ma

Guest Opinion-April Ma

September 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

High School Senior April Ma Explains How “Students Demand Action” Is Working to End Gun Violence April is the founder of the Johnson County, Kansas chapter of SDA. April Ma In this op-ed, April Ma, founder of the Johnson County, Kansas, chapter of Students Demand Action, shares how she and her ...

Are College Visits Worth It?

Jonah Park, Managing Editor

April 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

With summer break approaching quickly, students and their families are planning their vacations. However, they may want to consider planning college visits as well. After all, if students are planning on attending college, it is important they know what they are getting themselves into before they apply....

The Power of Generation Z

The Power of Generation Z

Hannah Cole, Reporter

April 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Generation Z is defined as the post-millennials, having birthdates from about 1995-2012. Recently Gen Z is also being defined by the young, outspoken students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. These students were first forced to speak out about gun violence after a shooting happened at their own school. Since then, the student...

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