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Girl on fire: Feature twirler pushes limits on Friday night

Girl on fire: Feature twirler pushes limits on Friday night

By Rachyl Russian, Pittsburg HS, Pittsburg, Kan.

November 20, 2014

Twirling is something that is very familiar to sophomore Megan Munger. Recently, she decided to twirl with a twist. This is her 11th year twirling and second year for the school. Munger can twirl three batons at once; this summer she started to twirl fire. “From the end of July and until school started I ...

‘You can tell any story with a picture if you can make it move’: Student sketches and animates in free time

‘You can tell any story with a picture if you can make it move’: Student sketches and animates in free time

By Avery Mojica, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.

November 19, 2014

A blank piece of paper sits in front of junior Gavin Wylie. He picks up his colored pencils and pens and begins to sketch out the shape of a face. This drawing is the beginning of what will become a cartoon-like character, and possibly an animation. Wylie began to notice his artistic talents at about age...

Foxes cause disturbances on school property

Foxes cause disturbances on school property

By Zac Johnson, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.

October 22, 2014

Huskies are no longer the only animals associated with BVNW. Recently, foxes have been spotted outside of the school causing disturbances. “I think the foxes are more of an annoyance,” lead daytime custodian Ronnie Goodson said. “I’ve only seen them running around; they don’t come up to...

Kansas student travels across the country to compete in triathlons

Kansas student travels across the country to compete in triathlons

By Braden Shaw and Brooke Wiebe

September 18, 2014

As he crosses the finish line, body drenched with sweat and completely exhausted. Senior Callahan Eckardt just finished a 1-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and a 10K run: a triathlon. Callahan was inspired to do triathlons by a cyclo-cross race, which is an off-road bike race that also involves other obstacles. He was only 12, and h...

New program gives students a taste of reality

New program gives students a taste of reality

By Chris Forte, Shawnee Mission North HS, Overland Park, Kan.

May 16, 2014

On Jan. 27 and Feb. 12 students participated in Reality U, a program intended to educate high school students about the intricacies of budgeting finances as an adult. Ms. Carol Ann Washer, one of the teachers whose classes participated in the program, describes it as a “big picture of budgeting after hig...

Groundbreaking athlete reminisces about experiences

Groundbreaking athlete reminisces about experiences

By Abbi Faflick, Wichita HS East, Wichita, Kan.

May 15, 2014

Fifty years ago, as a junior, Jim Ryun, ’65 East graduate, became the first high school athlete to ever break the four-minute mile, at 3:59.0 in Compton, California.

‘Jayhawkers’ movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

‘Jayhawkers’ movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

By Ryan Liston, Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan.

March 19, 2014

After a long drive from Philadelphia, Wilt Chamberlain sat down in a restaurant just outside of Lawrence. A waitress comes to his table and tells him he must eat in the kitchen or leave. At first, Chamberlain thinks his height is intimidating other customers, but he soon learns he can’t eat there...

Tweet calling an administrator ‘Public Enemy #1’ gets Kansas student suspended

Tweet calling an administrator ‘Public Enemy #1’ gets Kansas student suspended

By Kenneth Palmer and Becca Moran

March 17, 2014

Choruses of angry shouts echoed from the student section during the Feb. 18 home basketball game against Shawnee Mission South. But what was supposed to be a display of school spirit quickly raised questions about the First Amendment rights of students. Assistant Principal Keith Jones kicked out students...

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers

By Sally Cochran and Gennifer Geer

March 7, 2014

Most students just have to face teachers for a few hours each day. These students at Blue Valley High School in Stillwell, Kan., share what it is like to go home to the same people they have seen all day at school. They have a parent as teachers.

Deporting Justin Bieber is silly and unnecessary

Deporting Justin Bieber is silly and unnecessary

By Justin Curto, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.

February 11, 2014

Over the past few years, Justin Bieber has had more influence than almost any other pop star. Ever since his 2009 release of “One Time,” the Canadian singer has had teenage girls fawning and fangirling over him, while still making relatively good pop music. However, his innocent boy charm dissipa...

Computerized system, Tardy Tracker, will change procedures

Computerized system, Tardy Tracker, will change procedures

By Olivia Baird, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.

February 3, 2014

A new computerized system, called the Tardy Tracker, will be introduced soon to BVNW on Monday, Jan. 13, and change the procedure to keep track of student tardies. Administrator Chris Legleiter explained that the program aims to better reinforce the school’s tardy policy. Now, when students are late...

Grades vs. learning: Which motivates students more?

By Sabrina White and Madison Service

January 14, 2014

From an early age, students are told of the importance of getting good grades, especially in high school. But should those grades be emphasized more than the learning in a class?

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

By Meredith Strickland, Blue Valley HS, Stillwell, Kan.

December 18, 2013

It’s a typical Sunday night, and you’re finishing up the homework you procrastinated on all weekend long. Your phone rings, and you read the message — it’s a text from your English Language Arts teacher reminding you about a quiz tomorrow. However, your teacher isn’t directly texting...

Karsten Melton is a real super hero

By Kaitlyn Styve and John Burdette

December 13, 2013

Karsten Melton, a freshman at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., was diagnosed at age 4 with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is responsible for the degeneration of muscular proteins. DMD afflicts approximately one in 3,500 males. Inspired by comic book super heroes, Melton cop...

Wood shop students build toys for tots

Wood shop students build toys for tots

By Brooklynn Langham, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.

December 12, 2013

For the past three years, the Woodshop Two class has been making and giving away wooden car toys through Toys for Tots, an organization geared towards helping underprivileged children. Woodshop teacher Darren Masten got the idea to start participating in Toys for Tots from an old friend who was doing it...

Mary Beth Tinker takes her rights on a tour

Mary Beth Tinker takes her rights on a tour

By Cara Brashears, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.

November 20, 2013

Read the story's parts: The Background: Speaking out at 13 years old The Motivation and impact Taking it to the road Reaching the Midwest Learn more about the Tinker Tour. The Tinker Tour is a project of the Student Press Law Center....

Kansas boy moves from dance team manager to performer

Kansas boy moves from dance team manager to performer

By Sidney Hallak, Jordan Reinhardt, and Liz Kuhlmann

September 14, 2013

After the Dazzler dance team tryouts in April, Kevin Murakami became the first boy to be on the school dance team  at any Blue Valley school. Murakami is now headed into his senior year, and hopes to make it the best yet while he dances with the other girls instead of managing. View original story...

E-cigarettes should not be allowed in school

E-cigarettes should not be allowed in school

By JagWire Staff, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.

September 5, 2013

Glancing over in class, you see vapor emerge from someone’s mouth, and what appears to be a cigarette in his hand. However, it’s actually an electronic cigarette, and the use of it is becoming a problem during the school day. While it seems it’s common knowledge not to smoke in school, ...

Students create dubstep music

Students create dubstep music

By Katherine White, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.

August 21, 2013

For juniors Brian Schath, Matthew Kavanaugh and Greg Darnell, electronic music isn’t just for listening to. These three students work individually and together to make dubstep music, a genre that Schath defines as a “series of electronic sounds like synthesizers and drum beats arranged in ways that...