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March For Our Lives

Lauren Prehn, Reporter

February 21, 2018

Filed under Opinion

On Feb. 14, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and wounded over a dozen. Like many mass shootings in the past decade, the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, used an AR-15 semi-automatic style weapon. A fairly easy gun to purchase, the AR-15 has no wait...

Valentines Day: Single or Taken

Mel Koenrer, Reporter

February 16, 2018

Filed under Opinion

A dreaded day of the year for those without a significant other has arrived in an untimely manner, per usual, as a reminder that again on the day celebrating love, the solitaire have lack thereof. Movies have been made, books have been read and music has dedicated itself to this one holiday that singles...

Time’s Up for Woody Allen

Hannah Cole, Reporter

January 16, 2018

Filed under News, Opinion

The Time’s Up initiative has been sweeping the nation. Celebrities, activists and ordinary people are coming together to support women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted in the workplace. Last week during the Golden Globes, the prominence of this movement was clear. Almost every single celebrity...

Finals, Finally

Jaden E. Webster, Reporter

December 18, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Finals are quickly approaching and classes have started to review a semester’s worth of learning. However, most students dread taking finals and spend long nights studying concepts they learned three months ago. Students may complain about their finals and the possibility of failing the test may haunt...

The Question of Gun Control

Rachel Pickett, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Drake Breuckmann is a senior. He participates in Forensics and is the vice president of membership for DECA. Breuckmann plans on attending University of Kansas or University of Missouri following his senior year to pursue a degree in business. The cons of Gun Control:  Every time a mass shoo...

Should the Government Pay for College

Kolbie Christensen, Contributor

December 4, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Web Exclusives

Imagine walking down the street and almost every person has a chain tied around their ankle. All are struggling to walk, the chain dragging and scraping the pavement. They can’t go far because if they do, the chain pulls them straight back to where they started. The clanking of the chains on the concrete...

Standards-Based Learning

Hannah Holladay, Karen Tritt, Reporter, Guest Writer

December 2, 2017

Filed under October Print, Opinion

Pros  Can you ride a bike? Yes or no? That simple question will help explain why standards-based learning (SBL) is so effective. In previous years, student grades were influenced by behaviors that had no connection to student learning. That is no longer the case. Now, we focus on only one ques...

Senior Privileges

Shelby Hoelting, Reporter

November 28, 2017

Filed under October Print, Opinion

From the day students walk into BV West as a freshman, they are looking forward to being a senior and being at the top of the food chain. They look up to the senior class and think about when they will be in the senior’s shoes and having the privileges of dropping JAG, shortening their schedule second...

The Consequences of Victim Shaming

Dana Nasr, Reporter

November 26, 2017

Filed under October Print, Opinion

One in three women. This is not a statistic for a disease or an illness, nor is it a statistic for some great achievement committed by women. This is the statistic that is found when googling “female sexual harassment”. One in three women. That means there is a high chance that a friend, a siste...



Lanie Render and Jillian Dunlay

November 22, 2017

Filed under October Print, Opinion

The impact that social media has had on our generation is almost too difficult to comprehend. We spend hours, sometimes days, editing pictures and videos to receive validation from followers. The mask that media allows us to hide behind has gradually grown and become more popular than ever. It seems...

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