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Walkout

Walkout
Destiny Mattingly, Editor + Staff Writer November 24, 2020

Winnetonka students participate in a walkout to show their support for equality for all races. This growth has emerged as events unfold to reveal racism in America. From the 1963 Civil Rights Movement...

Raise A Fist

Raise A Fist
Destiny Mattingly, Editor + Staff Writer November 22, 2020

For eight minutes and 46 seconds, Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. George Floyd was a 46-year-old man, who was killed after a convenience...

Saying goodbye

Aksels proudly stands in front of Winnetonka after the building is closed due to a stay-at-home order. In the background, staff members work hard to prepare food packages for the families they serve. This is his
Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer April 10, 2020

While many students across the country are holding their breath following statewide orders for schools to remain closed, foreign exchange students are experiencing a different type of crisis.  Due...

“Clique” in to fit in

Cheyenne Brown, Staff Writer March 4, 2020

Most people want to find a group of friends that they “click” with, whether they spend their Saturdays in detention or only wear pink on Wednesdays. These friend-circles, formed by the need to feel...

Club spotlights

During an improv show in fall 2019, senior James Long strikes a bizarre pose as junior Delany Breshnahan lunges towards him in a game of “Freeze Frame.” In the game, two actors must make up a scene based on peculiar stances they must take. After some time, the host yells “Freeze!” prompting them to stop, mid-action, for another group to replace them and make up a whole new scene. “The best way to get involved [in 48th St Players] is to dive right in,” Long said. Photo by Isabel Sedwig.
Daniel Smith, Staff Writer March 3, 2020

While everyone else leaves school, these groups stay after, turning the otherwise empty halls into a grand stage where they come to perform their ideas. Likewise, while some may spend every other Friday...

Grit: A solution to the average student’s greatest problem

English teacher Be-Asia McKerracher assists sophomore Kaster Hughes in Honors ELA II. Photo by Daniel Smith.
Daniel Smith, Staff Writer November 7, 2019

Many students, at Winnetonka and in high schools all across the country, are dealing with a serious lack of determination, an important skill needed to get them successfully through the school...

Safety & Style

Safety & Style
Elizabeth Payton and Kaylee Renno March 1, 2019

An impenetrable tension loomed over the building as students arrived to school on a late-December morning, just three days after the first incident of its kind. Preceding a school lockdown...

Distorted

An illustration showing people being funneled into Kansas City. Created by Elizabeth Payton.
Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer November 5, 2018

Before you read, test your knowledge. It was a typical spring Friday in 2013: birds were chirping, flowers were blooming and sex was selling right here in Kansas City. Unknown to the buyers in the...

To plug or unplug…

A student uses a MacBook Air to access Canvas, a program that allows teachers to upload their classroom content online.
Nia Scaggs and Erica Burnett November 1, 2018

Just last year North Kansas City Schools introduced the one-to-one initiative, allowing every one of their high school students access to a laptop. “We spend $2.1 million a year on 20,814 students....

Griffins soar into the world

Graphic by Jessica Glaszczak
Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor May 14, 2018

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....

Senior profiles

Senior Danielle Dodd laughs in the courtyard. Dodd will be attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts this coming fall to study lighting design.
Staff May 14, 2018

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...

Bullock earns spot on 2018 All-State Journalism Team

Griffin Rites editor-in-chief junior Katie Bullock, left, works with print managing editor Jessica Glaszczak on an upcoming issue of the newsmagazine. Bullock was selected to the All-State Journalism team on May 4.
May 4, 2018

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...

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