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Truth be told

Truth be told

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

February 8, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

After more than 50 sexual-assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, after former Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in jail for molesting approximately 160 girls and after nearly all celebrities attending the 2018 Golden Globes wore...

Ending the candlelight vigils

Ending the candlelight vigils

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

February 7, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth, Showcase

Kansas city and candlelight vigils “I believe in you.” “You are important.” “Everyone matters.” On the sidewalk outside of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, these are the messages on the signs held by students and parents. It is Jan. 25, a cold morning. The sign holders w...

Disentangling depression

Disentangling depression

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

With 350 million people worldwide dealing with depression - including 16 million Americans - it has become a worldwide problem according to the World Health Organization. Senior Anna Braman has struggled with depression throughout her life. Although she was first diagnosed in fifth grade, last year...

This land is our land

This land is our land

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

January 4, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth, Showcase

Foreign-born immigrants make up 13.5 percent of America’s population according to the 2016 Current Population Survey. These over 43.3 million people and their 41 million American born children come from around the world, bringing with them hundreds of different cultural traditions. Raised i...

In the home of the hopeful

In the home of the hopeful

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

December 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

In the 2016 presidential election, less than 46 percent of millennials turned out to vote. That number was even less for local elections. But in a society where youth are often disengaged from the political climate, three seniors are fighting to make their voices heard. “During the 2016 ...

Today’s uniqueness, tomorrow’s acceptance

Today’s uniqueness, tomorrow’s acceptance

Elizabeth Payton, Multimedia editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Members of the LGBTQ+ community going to see the 2018 World Cup game in Russia were warned this month about governmental retaliation for showing affection toward each other, according to usatoday.com. This stigma against the LGBTQ+ community is not i...

Not black and white

Not black and white

Hani Yousif, Sports editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Government officials across the country are ripping down Confederate statues while protesters object, believing this action is destroying American history. NFL players kneel during pregame national anthems to the jeers of many fans. After a year in office,...

The image of Islam

The image of Islam

Gage Rabideaux, Staff writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Religion is a major component of many students’ lives. It inspires them to attend church, to fast and to serve their communities. But around the country, religion has recently been used as a reason to incite violence. On Feb. 23, two Indian engineers who were assumed to be Muslims we...

Optimism is key

Optimism is key

Jayson Hopkins, Staff writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Features

After school, freshman Matthew Dakon can be seen racing laps around the D Quad at speeds of up to six mph. Dakon suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) which is a disease that limits his mobility and causes difficulty walking, fatigue and muscle weakness. “It makes me all around weake...

Beyond expectations

Beyond expectations

Jayson Hopkins, Staff writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth, Showcase

No vision, no limits

No vision, no limits

Jayson Hopkins, Staff writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Features

Usually, a student would walk to class without giving it much thought but freshman Sarah Coccovizzo grew up having to find her way around in the dark. “I was born blind and my parents were trying to figure out what was wrong with me and why I didn’t have any vision,” Coccovizzo said. ...

Proud to prove

Proud to prove

Jayson Hopkins, Staff writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Features

When junior Andrew Willis was three, his doctor told him that he would struggle with school throughout life because of his hearing loss. Now, Willis is proud to say that his doctor was wrong. On Oct. 17, Willis received an Academic Letter Award, which he believes shows how he is overcoming the stereot...

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