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Griffins soar into the world

Griffins soar into the world

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

May 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Spotlights

A heart for medicine In a few seconds of silence, senior Rana Ekilah stands anxiously holding her mother’s hand. She scrolls through her phone looking to see if she made it into her dream college program. The silence quickly breaks as Ekilah screams “I’m accepted! I got in!” She cries and hugs...

Senior profiles

Senior profiles

Staff

May 14, 2018


Filed under Features, personalities

Arfon Abdi Involved in: Gold Medallion, Key Club, Medical internships, Muslim Student Association By Jason Hopkins In Kansas City alone, there are more than 30 well-equipped hospitals available for community access. But in other places around the world, there are none, and with no access to hosp...

Bullock earns spot on 2018 All-State Journalism Team

Bullock earns spot on 2018 All-State Journalism Team

May 4, 2018


Filed under News, School, Spotlights

Junior Katie Bullock was selected as one of 10 students to represent the state of Missouri on the 2018 All-State Journalism Team. The Team recognizes those students who have proven themselves to be indispensable to their respective school media, recognizing those students who are "most valuable players" -- thos...

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...

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