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Stories from Pittsburg High School - KS
Underage substance abuse can lead to lifelong struggle
Features

Ian Sullivan | February 17, 2020

Some teens may use their $20 to buy dinner or go to the movies, but Tom, a junior boy who drinks alcohol and smokes marijuana recreationally, decides to spend his money differently.

Tom has requested…

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Coronavirus hits ESOL teacher Liljun Zhu’s hometown
Coronavirus

Joseph Lee | February 14, 2020

On Jan. 31, the World Health Organization declared a national health emergency in response to a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, continues to spread throughout Hubei…

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What lies beneath the screen
Features

February 12, 2020

Using phones before sleep may seem like a good way to wind down, but it actually has the opposite effect. A specific wavelength of light that radiates from phone screens, called blue light, can have many…

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Coming out: an inside look at what it’s like to be in/out of the closet
Features

Lane Phifer | February 11, 2020

The struggles of being in the closet

As sophomore Meagan Wood comes home from school, she quickly runs up to her room, plugs in her headphones, and writes “I’m gay” repeatedly in her journal….

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Bringing history alive: students gain hands-on experience from teacher’s personal collection
Features

Ashlan Brooks | February 10, 2020

On Feb. 6, students in Patrick Moss’s 7th hour American History class experienced their lesson in a unique way. Students were able to get up close and personal with some artifacts from the time period…

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When anxiety attacks: how students cope
Features

Braden Benson | February 4, 2020

According to nurse practitioner Amber Hunziker, the most common mental health concern in Pittsburg High school is anxiety.

“I would say depression is high, anxiety is way worse,” Hunziker said….

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Breaking bonds
Features

McKenna Hodges | February 4, 2020

The signs of a toxic relationship are often overlooked or even ignored. Relationships between friends, family and significant others are sometimes difficult to identify as toxic or harmful. According to…

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When the brave return home: the aftermath of active service and those left behind
Features

Joseph Lee | February 3, 2020

An American flag drapes over a wall. A mannequin is dressed in fatigues and battlefield gear while the corner of his office is decorated with pictures of comrades and memories from his time of service…

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Bathrooms for all: equal access for every student
Opinions

Lane Phifer | November 15, 2019

Like many transgender people, determinating which public restroom to use is a battle I face every day. I question my safety and how others will perceive me depending on which restroom I choose, not to…

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A class for every student
Features

McKenna Hodges | November 14, 2019

Before class starts, freshman Logan Johnson and senior Jorden Johnson start off their day by playing football together with a group of friends. Running to both sides of the gym, Logan and Jorden laugh…

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Leap of faith
Features

Hannah Gray | October 11, 2019

Ever since he was young, Jeremy had always been accustomed to having only the bare essentials and fending for himself, until he found Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

Due to the sensitivity of…

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Looking forward: Jocelyn Bolte focuses on her future
Features

Lane Phifer | October 10, 2019

It’s difficult to go through the everyday challenges that come with high school, but for senior Jocelyn Bolte keeping her grades up and getting to class on time haven’t always been her biggest issues.

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Clocking in
Features

Hannah Gray | May 30, 2019

It’s a day after school and senior Leyton Marler clocks in at The Mall Deli, grabs his apron and begins preparing his first order. After his shift, he cleans up and heads home, trying to get his homework…

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District hires Heardt as new principal, begins replacement process
News

Nicole Konopelko | March 13, 2019

Starting in July, current assistant principal Kelynn Heardt will take over as the head principal of Pittsburg High School.

The USD 250 Board of Education approved Heardt’s hiring in its regularly…

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Board of Education begins search for new principal, extends timeline
News

Nicole Konopelko | March 8, 2019

The USD 250 school district has kicked off its search for a candidate to replace head principal Phil Bressler, who resigned in early January to seek a superintendent position.

The hiring process will…

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Creating irreversible masterpieces
Features

Nicole Konopelko | March 6, 2019

I wanna stay in love with my sorrow, oh, but, God I wanna let it go.

For some people, these words are nothing more than Evanescence song lyrics. But for sophomore Temper Raign Jetamio Estes — who…

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Surviving the battle
Features

Nicole Konopelko | December 14, 2018

Junior Caden Bressler spends most of his waking hours on the practice field.

Starting his second year after moving from Paola, he’s earned varsity positions on the football, soccer, baseball and…

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