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Prom candidate Q&A

Prom candidate Q&A

April 20, 2018

Juniors and seniors are preparing to attend Prom 2018 this Saturday, April 21, at Arrowhead Stadium. Nine seniors will be presented to the attendees as prom candidates, having been nominated at last Friday's...

Truth be told

Truth be told

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor February 8, 2018

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...

A candle smokes after having just been blown out representing a possible end to the teen suicides.

Ending the candlelight vigils

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief February 7, 2018

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...

Disentangling depression

Disentangling depression

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor January 10, 2018

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...

Senior Lily Abdulla stands at the homecoming game on Sep. 29 where she was a member of the homecoming court.

This land is our land

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief January 4, 2018

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...

Above: Senior Hannah Hernandez paints a water droplet poster for Key Club’s awareness campaign about the global water crisis.

In the home of the hopeful

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief December 17, 2017

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...

 Junior Regan SmithMcLey and English teacher James Hawes walk with Gay-Straight Alliance in the homecoming parade on Sept. 29.

Today’s uniqueness, tomorrow’s acceptance

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer December 15, 2017

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...

Not black and white

Not black and white

Hani Yousif, Sports editor December 14, 2017

Government officials across the country are ripping down Confederate statues while protesters object, believing this action is destroying American history. NFL...

Senior Arfon Abdi was instrumental in recruiting students to join the Muslim Student Association and continues to organize activities that promote a better understanding of Islamic. Read more about her story in

The image of Islam

Gage Rabideaux , Staff Writer December 13, 2017

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...

Freshman Sarah Coccovizzo, who was born blind, uses landmarks like the stairways to help her find her way around the school.

Beyond expectations

Marshall Payton, Staff Writer November 1, 2017

Senior Kylee Zerbe is announced as a Homecoming queen candidate.

7 questions for the 2017 Homecoming court

September 15, 2017

The 2017 homecoming court was announced during third block lunches in the cafeteria on Sept. 13. Nominated for homecoming queen are seniors Lily Abdulla, Harper Ross, Heaven Sanders, Skylar Seitz, Kashe...

Views for the eclipse

Views for the eclipse

Hani Yousif, Sports editor August 29, 2017

Elizabeth Payton 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...

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