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Seniors’ Future Across America

Seniors’ Future Across America

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Feature, 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...

Senioritis: stressful or stress-free

Senioritis: stressful or stress-free

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 11, 2017


Filed under Feature, In-Depth

Baggy shirts, sweats and the notorious senior hoodie to top it off. Not to mention the lack of motivation. This is a classic description of senioritis, which is viewed as seniors’ worst enemy as they believe it causes a decline in motivation and performance. But for some students, maybe senioritis...

The art of concentration

The art of concentration

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Feature, In-Depth

In AP Studio Art, the many worlds and concepts of creativity, determination, hard work and talent are expressed through art. Students choose a theme to create a portfolio throughout the school year, containing 12 total works of art. This makes up what is known as the concentration portfolio. The concentration...

Tonka pride

Tonka pride

Alyssa Magrone, Copy Editor/A&E Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Feature, In-Depth, Showcase

Tonka Trash. This term passes between the middle and high schools in the district, creating a negative stigma. This stigma sears into some students, while others rise above. It all starts in the middle schools as eighth graders are anxious to start their high school careers. Middle schools such as A...

Behind the broadcast

Behind the broadcast

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Feature, In-Depth

Oak Park High School is not only the home of the Northmen but also of N2 sports, a course offered for the entire North Kansas City School District [NKCSD] schools that focuses on broadcasting sports within the district. Although the course is only offered at Oak Park, it can be worked into the sche...

A healthy obsession

A healthy obsession

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

February 13, 2017


Filed under Feature, In-Depth

Friendly competition arises among the staff as teachers eagerly race toward a healthy lifestyle. “It’s not to lose weight, it’s simply to get more activity in our lives,” history teacher Sarah Green said. Fitbits have recently become a global trend and are beneficial in helping people become...

Foreign teammates

Foreign teammates

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

February 11, 2017


Filed under Clubs & Organizations, Feature

The varsity and JV scholar bowl teams both walked away with a score of 2-1, defeating Kearney and Lee’s Summit but losing to North Kansas City at the competition on Feb. 8 at Kearney High School. These wins may not have been possible without the foreign exchange students. The scholar bowl team is ...

Saving Superman

Saving Superman

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

January 1, 2017


Filed under Feature, Local, News, School

Luis Rodriguez, father of two Winnetonka students, is fighting to overcome his fifth brain tumor. Since he was diagnosed with his first brain tumor four years ago, the community has come together to show their support for a person they call ‘Superman.’ “They gave him six months, six months,” ...

Land of the free, home of the fearful

Land of the free, home of the fearful

Rachel Adamson and Katie Bullock

November 30, 2016


Filed under Feature, In-Depth

"I was scared," a transgender student who has asked to remain anonymous said. “My friends were scared.” He had been watching the election since it began airing on Nov. 8. According to him, it was around 2 a.m. when he began to feel hopeless. “I was panicking,” he said. “I knew he [Trump]...

Beyond the coffee

Beyond the coffee

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

November 9, 2016


Filed under Feature, Uncategorized

Behind every order of coffee from Griffin Grounds there is a story, a student. A student like freshman Caleb Smith, who is not that different from everybody else despite the fact that he is in a special education class. “Being in a SPED class helps me a lot,” Smith said. “I struggle if I’m ...

Election: Millennials vs. Gen. X

Shelby Hilburn and Kaitlyn Minet

November 5, 2016


Filed under Feature, In-Depth

As generations develop throughout the years, judgments toward younger and older generations often occur. Generation X (ages 35-50) have been known to stereotype Millennials (18-34) and perceive them as too ignorant to vote due to lack of knowledge and experience. Huffman think otherwise and believe...

The Psychology of Sleep

The Psychology of Sleep

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

October 15, 2016


Filed under Feature, In-Depth

Sleep is very important to how students function. Sleep deprivation adds to the complications of life as a student. “If you’re depriving yourself of sleep, especially deep sleep, then you’re not growing, you’re going to be more fatigued, more susceptible to injury, and you’re probably n...

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