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Stories from Mill Valley High School
Self-isolation hurts high schoolers’ mental health
Coronavirus

Steven Curto | March 31, 2020

Following Johnson County’s stay-at-home order, which went into effect Tuesday, March 24, students have been forced to stay home and limit their contact with others to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus….

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Schools close for remainder of year after order by Gov. Laura Kelly
Coronavirus

Ben Wieland | March 18, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced an order to shut down all public schools in Kansas for the remainder of the year Tuesday, March 17 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

According to an email sent…

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Coronavirus and the school: Everything you need to know
Coronavirus

Ben Wieland | March 16, 2020

Each of the four stories below details how the coronavirus pandemic will affect different aspects of life around Mill Valley. Since the virus, and plans to respond to it, are developing rapidly, information…

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The Pressures of Cheating
Features

Hannah Chern | March 11, 2020

Culture of Cheating

Many external factors result in students to lean toward cheating to relieve the pressures they face

As time is ticking down, a whole page of the test sits in front of…

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Austin Properties files lawsuit against Shawnee over denied housing project
News

Ben Wieland | March 10, 2020

Johnson County development company Austin Properties, owned by Greg Prieb, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Shawnee for denying a $50 million project to build multi-family and single-family homes…

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YouTube’s biggest downfall is itself
Opinions

Evan Sherman | February 28, 2020

Ever since video sites started to take off, YouTube has been making more and more money at the expense of its content Creators and users (YouTube makes around $7.60 every one thousand views while Creators…

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Life at Home: Four families share how their culture influences their lives
Features

Hannah Chern | February 19, 2020

The Kaushals

Freshman Amit Kaushal’s family blends American and Indian cultures

Growing up speaking three languages has always been normal to freshman Amit Kaushal. Kaushal speaks Punjabi…

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The effects of stereotypes and racism are felt within the school and community
News

Anna Owsley | February 18, 2020

Sophomore Drew Morgan shares his personal story

Morgan sheds light on how racism and stereotypes have impacted his life

An elderly, white man approached the baseball field concession…

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Representation: How minorities see themselves reflected in society
Features

Tanner Smith | February 18, 2020

Representation in Politics

Despite recent strides, minority students and teachers feel underrepresented in politics

Imagine looking up at your community leaders, at your representatives…

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Students and administration face racist language within the classroom
News

Steven Curto | February 18, 2020

While sitting through another day of AV Production Fundamentals last year, junior Beth Desta got into a heated argument with a boy sitting next to her in class.

Desta doesn’t remember what instigated…

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Sophomore experiences discrimination founded in her Muslim heritage
Features

Aiden Burke | February 17, 2020

When sophomore Deema Rashid moved to America from Iraq, she felt alienated and left out by an imaginary idea, something that separated her from everyone else. She felt isolated and alone because she was…

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What Kobe Bryant meant to me
Sports

Ben Wieland | January 28, 2020

I used to hate basketball.

I didn’t understand the rules, or know the players or even really care about the game. I played one season of basketball in elementary school with a church-league team….

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Professional modeling gives students an inside look at the industry
Features

Steven Curto | January 6, 2020

After performing in a show at the University of Kansas during his freshman year, senior Tripp Star met his modeling agent who was in the audience of the show. The agent approached Star after the show and…

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How I See Me: Students battle their insecure body images
Features

Steven Curto | January 6, 2020

Social pressures to ‘look pretty’ are part of the problem

With constant pressure to look a certain way from advertisers perpetuating the myth of a “perfect body”, it is no wonder that many students…

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Students make STEM more accessible to girls throughout the school
Features

Tatum Elliott | December 9, 2019

Though many STEM classes and extracurriculars have more males than females, junior Courtney Mahugu helped start the Society of Women Engineers while also being a member of the robotics team.

Women in…

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Musical talent among students
Features

Elise Canning | December 2, 2019

Sophomore Derik Bandad has a passion for music and has been playing it nearly his entire life
Since the age of four, when he received his first guitar, sophomore Derik Bandad has had an undeniable love…

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Engineering students start year-long project to help a family affected by Christianson syndrome
Features

Sammie Volkamer | November 25, 2019

Four students in Engineering Design and Development began their year-long project Friday, Nov. 15. Students in this class are required to choose a problem in the world that interests them and find…

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Low salaries drive paraprofessionals away from the district
News

Steven Curto | November 22, 2019

By day, paraprofessional Robin Roberts helps students with special needs do their classwork. By night, when many other professionals head home for the night, Roberts works her second job at Embellish Boutique,…

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Finding the Light: Students find ways to cope with mental health issues
Features

Anna Owsley | November 18, 2019

Mill Valley, along with the rest of the nation, faces a mental health crisis of massive proportions. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in six children between six and 17 experience…

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A deeper look into the district’s actions against vaping
Vaping

Anna Owsley | November 5, 2019

The USD 232 school district was among the first across the nation to take such public and decisive action against e-cigarettes as its lawsuit against Juul Labs, Inc. However, the district’s objectives…

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Senior creates an Instagram account with De Soto senior to share people’s stories
Features

Steven Curto | November 4, 2019

One July evening, while sitting in De Soto senior Chase Culver’s living room, senior Maddie Valencia and Culver discussed creating a public Instagram account to provide an outlet for people in the community…

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District joins lawsuit against JUUL, while students and staff still struggle to handle vaping epidemic
Vaping

Hannah Chern | October 21, 2019

After Olathe Public Schools filed a lawsuit against JUUL Labs, Inc. on Monday, Oct. 7, USD 232 followed in their footsteps. The USD 232 Board of Education authorized legal counsel to file a lawsuit against…

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We need to boycott Disney sequels and remakes
Opinions

Anna Owsley | October 21, 2019

Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” While this mindset was the driving force…

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Mill Valley’s LGBTQ population finds acceptance and faces new challenges
Features

Ben Wieland | October 16, 2019

A classroom right before passing period can reveal a lot about the treatment of LGBTQ students at the school. Pro-LGBTQ stickers cover the laptops and water bottles of some students, while simultaneously…

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Proposal to drastically change state assessments is in the making
News

Anna Owsley | October 14, 2019

The Kansas State Board of Education is discussing a proposition to replace the current Kansas-developed high school assessments with a required ACT and an ACT WorkKey exam for all juniors across the state.

The…

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College athletes need to be paid for their likeness
Opinions

Zach Shrader | October 3, 2019

On Sept. 30, the California legislature passed a law that allows student-athletes to get paid for play. Finally, some steps toward improvement. This has been something that has needed to happen for years….

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Groups throughout the school find ways to use stickers
Features

Ben Wieland | October 1, 2019

The Silver Stars dance team capitalized on the popularity of stickers by ordering Mill Valley stickers and selling them back to students for their fall fundraiser. Assistant coach Nicole Porter…

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Students verbally commit to different colleges for a variety of sports
Sports

Hannah Chern | September 30, 2019

At around the age of seven, junior Jaden Ravnsborg was introduced to the sport of volleyball. After three years of playing recreationally, Ravnsborg has continued her passion for volleyball by playing…

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Cancel culture is necessary
Opinions

Tatum Elliott | September 26, 2019

Released on Friday, May 31, the Netflix Original “When They See Us” rattled the nation in its portrayal of the Central Park Five. The film enraptured its audience as the stories of five black men,…

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After receiving open-heart surgery, student competes for cross country team
Sports

Steven Curto | September 25, 2019

On Saturday, Sept. 14,  sophomore Logan Pfeister medaled for the cross country C team with a 26:12 race time. Two and a half months ago, on Tuesday, July 2, she had open heart surgery. She practiced this…

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Addition of MacBooks brings both new opportunities and new restrictions to the school
News

Ben Wieland | September 24, 2019

Every Mill Valley student left enrollment with something a bit more interesting than just a schedule and parking pass this year: a personal, district-issued MacBook Air. The district’s new one-to-one…

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