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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...

Strong like Sancia

Strong like Sancia

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

“My doctor said ‘Kids don’t get cancer when they’re that young.’” But junior Sancia Reynaga did. Although Reynaga’s doctor was sure that positive tests for breast cancer must have been false, in July of 2016 Reynaga’s parents sat her down on the couch and told her she had been...

A family more than blood

A family more than blood

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

October 10, 2017


Filed under Features

  The foster care and adoption systems in America may not be perfect, but three Winnetonka families believe it is worth the challenge. Staff members Carrie Marcantonio, Todd Marcantonio and Jessie Shepherd all had a desire to provide a loving home and family for a child. Senior Sydney West is one of ...

Self-Described

Self-Described

Elizabeth Hopkins, Multimedia editor

October 3, 2017


Filed under Features, personalities, Showcase

Passionate about their jobs, new principal Eric Johnson and new assistant principals Shannon Lawson and Drew White jumped right into the new school year, ready to help in any way they can. Each coming from a different place, they unite together, along with assistant principals David Garrison and Dixie...

Views for the eclipse

Views for the eclipse

Hani Yousif, Sports editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Elizabeth Hopkins The eclipse on Aug. 21 was a once in a lifetime moment for staff and students. For some though, it was not only about the eclipse but about where to get the best view. The eclipse was observed on the football field by most of the students and staff. Some students, like Junior Emma Jameson, were called out by parents to view the eclipse with family ...

Hidden Heroes

Hidden Heroes

Katie Bullock, Feature Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

They are the people students rely on to stay safe and in a healthy environment. They are the ones students go to when they need their transcripts sent to colleges. Their names: unknown to most students. In a poll of 100 students, zero percent reported that they could name all of the custo...

Leaving a legacy

Leaving a legacy

Clayre Barkema, Staff Writer

May 17, 2017


Filed under Features

Cap and gown, senior photos and graduation parties, these are the peak of senior year. But sports achievements, academic aspirations and outside accomplishments are what reflect back to the school. Trying to keep a positive vibe around the school is one of the things seniors want to mak...

Drawing inspirations

Drawing inspirations

Ana-Le Lund

May 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

A quick walk into F1 feels like a walk through an art gallery as art teacher Heather Sulzen’s portraits claim the walls, where details of students are depicted projecting memories to those that stay to look. During first semester, Sulzen took part in a portraiture class at the Kansas City Art Institute, a...

Seniors’ Future Across America

Seniors’ Future Across America

Jessica Glaszczak, Writer

May 15, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Although the class of 2017 has graduated, they are not completely leaving Winnetonka. The things they learned as Griffins will continue to guide them in their future lives. Whether that means attending college, going into the military or joining the workforce, the map below shows where seniors will be...

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