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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...

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...

Senioritis: stressful or stress-free

Senioritis: stressful or stress-free

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 11, 2017


Filed under Features, 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, Writer

March 9, 2017


Filed under Features, 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, A&E Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Features, 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 Features, 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, Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Features, 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...

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 Features, 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]...

The growth of Griffin Grounds

The growth of Griffin Grounds

Kaitlyn Minet

November 14, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, News, School, Showcase

Coffee shop connects students, clubs toward common cause

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Election: Millennials vs. Gen. X

Shelby Hilburn and Kaitlyn Minet

November 5, 2016


Filed under Features, 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, Writer

October 15, 2016


Filed under Features, 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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