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We’re Not Learning Much

February 6, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I wish that school was about learning skills that we can use in our future, rather than memorizing useless facts and regurgitating them back onto a scantron. Ask any adult if they have used what the knowledge they learned from standardized testing, and I guarantee that the answer will be no. Let’s...

Study Tips

Libby Frazier, Section Editor

December 16, 2014

Filed under Opinion

As we all know, finals are coming up next week. All the coffee in the world could never amount to the stress of studying for these nightmare-like exams. That, my dear peers, is why I am here. Like real estate, location is very important. Trying to study in a place that is loud and busy will get you...

Underage Drinking

Adrieanna Norse, Reporter

November 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

UNDERAGE DRINKING   In today's society teenaged alcoholism is a very serious problem that needs to be addressed more in schools and in homes. Alcohol is a serious drug that can cause serious damage. Some tragic effects of teenage alcoholism are diseases and disorders, family problems and it also...

Minimum Wage

Piyom Aramoon

November 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

The minimum wage affects many people across the country. The minimum wage, being at $7.25, would barely put a full time worker above the poverty level $15,510 a year. The problem is, most jobs do not allow for full time positions often. The minimum wage should not be increased because it would affect...

Is the New Driving Age Pointless?

Emma Nelson

November 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

“I don’t like that they changed the driving age because it makes everything more difficult,” Sophomore Hannah Smith said. “Teens have places to go and their parents cant always drive them.” In 2009 the unrestricted driving age in Kansas changed from 16 to 17 years old. This upset many people,...

Equality For Everyone

Alexis Ralston

November 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Equality for Everyone   “Years ago we said it was wrong to have interracial marriage, look at us now. So how are we going to feel about our opinions on gay marriage down the road?” freshman Lauren Strohs said. The world is evolving more and more every day; what used to be a country of ra...

Harsh Teen Driving Laws

Shannon Willis, Guest Reporter

November 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Shannon Willis Harsh Teen Driving Laws   Too many laws. Not enough freedom. Kids across Johnson Country are becoming annoyed with the harsh driving restrictions placed on new drivers.  The old driving laws from the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles used to allow young drivers to obtain a f...


McKenna Yanik, Reporter

April 21, 2014

Filed under Opinion

About half of all young people have experienced some form of cyber-bullying, and ten to twenty percent experience it regularly.  In Florida, 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick took her life after receiving taunting text messages from 15 girls.  How many lives will be taken or kids damaged before someone makes...

Yik Yak?

Miranda Stark

April 16, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” These words are spoken often, but are they true? Words can be extremely hurtful and even go as far as to drive someone to take their own life. Yik Yak is a new, Twitter-like app that allows users to post anonymously to other...

It’s Time to Unblock Youtube

Ryan Williams, News Editor

October 11, 2013

Filed under Opinion, Web Exclusives

YouTube has been blocked at BV West and other BV schools for as long as I can remember. But no one really knows why this outdated block is still in place. Nearly every educational website that has a video of some sort uses YouTube for their videos. Blocking YouTube is blocking any video on school ground...

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