TONKA NEWS

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 to concerns about the decreasing safety of international travel and the possibility of countries closin...

Art students recreate 1900’s painting at annual Chalk and Walk on Sept.7-8

Art students recreate 1900's painting at annual Chalk and Walk on Sept.7-8

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

September 10, 2019

Art students painted up Crown Center for the annual Chalk and Walk on Sept. 7-8, recreating an "old" painting with a modern twist. Winnetonka chose to adapt "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt, painting the characters as two women instead of a heterosexual couple. They also included a ring on one woman's finger...

2019 Club Fair

An underclassman signs up for Tea Club.

September 6, 2019

To promote involvement within the 30+ clubs at Winnetonka, a club fair was hosted in the main gym during advisory time. Students toured the gym and chatted with various club members, and signing up for the ones they were interested in. Although some clubs weren't present within the fair, a total of 35...

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 that lasted hours on Friday, Dec. 17, multiple gunshots rang out in the student parking lot during...

Winnetonka welcomes service dog

Winnetonka welcomes service dog

Elizabeth Payton

November 9, 2018

Titan, junior Jolie Meyer’s service dog, lies down in his bed during class. Although many students would enjoy having an animal friend follow them around the school, Titan is a certified service dog on a mission to assist his owner in times of need. Students are not allowed to pet him. Photo...

Renovation update

Renovation update

Makenzie Jackson

October 29, 2018

The new main entrance on the student side of the building is under construction and is set to unveil during second semester. The construction is the result of a grant given to the NKC high schools for major renovations. The new entrance is expected to be finished before the end of the schoo...

Back in Action

The theatre department poses after performing

Makenzie Jackson, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2018

  Winnetonka graduate Bailey Kleindienst (on the right) qualified on Heart of America NSDA District team for World Schools Debate over the  summer. Photo submitted.   The theatre department poses after performing "Alice in Wonderland," adaptation by Jason Pizzarello, at the...

Volleyball coach Mike Espinosa achieves 500th win

Volleyball coach Mike Espinosa achieves 500th win

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018

Coach Mike Espinosa achieved his 500th win on Sept. 18. After the volleyball team won Tuesday's game, he was congratulated and awarded with a trophy. He is one of 50 high school coaches in the nation to accomplish this. Photo submitted....

Student journalists win awards at Balfour Yearbook Camp

Student journalists win awards at Balfour Yearbook Camp

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018

Journalism students Cozmo Crum, Makenzie Jackson, Jackie Cindrich, and Ashlyn Bunch presented with "Excellent" and "Honorable Mention" awards for their yearbook projects at the 2018 Balfour Yearbook Camp. Photo by Shannon Le Grand, advisor....

Students greeted with surprise flash mob at the Back to School Assembly

Students greeted with surprise flash mob at the Back to School Assembly

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

August 21, 2018

Principal Eric Johnson jumps into the flash mob at the Back to School Assembly, lip syncing to "Don't Stop Believing." The assembly took place on Aug. 17, the first Friday after school began. At the assembly, students were greeted with a surprise flash mob, featuring staff members dancing and li...

All my life I wanna’ be a Griffin

Senior Jackson Mattingly screams while he swings the fence part of the

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

May 18, 2018

 

Football’s first hit

Sophomore Dre'Maine Fanning from Tonka faces off against number 28 from Northtown as he tries to avoid being blocked while running with the ball.

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

August 15, 2017

The football team showed improvements in their overall skill and communication according to athletes and coaches at Jamboree, where they played in front of a crowd for the first time this year on Aug. 12 at North Kansas City High School’s District Stadium. Besides the Winnetonka Griffins, Jamb...

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