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Winnetonka publications earn First-Class national rating

Winnetonka publications earn First-Class national rating

Tonka Online Staff

January 22, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Clubs & Organizations, News, School

Both Winnetonka High School print publications, Griffin Rites newsmagazine and Odyssey yearbook, received a first-class rating from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) based on publications produced during the 2016-2017 school year. The publications are scored in different categories, in...

Creating a career

Creating a career

Hani Yousif, Sports editor

January 11, 2018


Filed under News, School

For most students, going to school means sitting in a classroom. It means four walls and a few rows of desks. But for junior Kaye Vandendaele, a hospital hallway is just as comfortable a classroom as the D-Quad. Vandendaele is a student associate in the medicine and healthcare strand of the North...

An out of this world week

An out of this world week

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

January 8, 2018


Filed under News, School

The varsity boys’ basketball team will take on the Raytown South Cardinal’s at 7 p.m. in the main gym on Jan. 12 for the annual Pack-The-House game, which serves to fill the student section stands with as many people as possible. This year the theme for pack the house is Space Jam. Directly af...

A slice of the action

A slice of the action

Elizabeth Hopkins, Multimedia editor

December 20, 2017


Filed under News, School

For the two weeks leading up to Dec. 18, the cafeteria was full of students voting for staff members that they wanted to see pied in the face. A collection table held nearly 12 donation jars which students placed their money in. The five staff members who raised the most money were selected to be ...

Digital enterprise

Digital enterprise

Jason Hopkins, Staff writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under News, School

On Dec. 1, the Anime and Gamers club hosted a Super Smash Bros gaming tournament in the library after school. It was led by student host and club president Kathryn Marshall with help from advisors Jennifer Scott-Burns and Krista Bradley. The tournament served as a platform for Marshall to raise awarenes...

Showcasing success

Showcasing success

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

The AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program held a showcase for 70 visitors on Nov. 16 in order to display how Winnetonka uses AVID strategies throughout the school building. AVID is a program that helps prepare students for college by teaching them different organizational skill...

Collecting to clean

Collecting to clean

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

November 13, 2017


Filed under News, School

For the sixth year, the office staff is hosting their annual ‘Tree of Clean’ service project. Students and staff can bring in hygiene items to decorate the tree in the main office until Nov. 20. Originally called the ‘Tree of warmth,’ the project began in 2011 as faculty contribution to...

STUCO gets scary

STUCO gets scary

Hani Yousif, Sports Editor

October 27, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

Student Council [STUCO] will host their annual haunted house this Saturday, Oct. 28 in the C hallway in order to benefit their canned food drive. The spooky house - which is targeted towards young children below the age of 13 - and the carnival will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the regular haunted ho...

Principal Eric Johnson goes to New York

Principal Eric Johnson goes to New York

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under News

Principal Eric Johnson, along with other District personnel, went to a four-day AP (Advanced Placement) conference in New York City beginning Oct. 24 and had the chance to meet a famous news personality in Time Square before the conference start. “I was able to meet Robin Roberts [a newscaster for Good M...

Competing for a cause

Competing for a cause

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under News, School

The annual fall food drive has become a matter of pride this year after student council (STUCO) organized it as a competition between Winnetonka and Northtown. The school that collects the most canned and boxed foods by Oct. 31 will send their school t-shirts to the losing school’s administration ...

‘Disney Day’ dilemma

‘Disney Day’ dilemma

Jason Hopkins, Staff writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under News, School

Teachers protested against Disney on Sept. 27 in order to demonstrate their belief that Disney has put “chains” on female character and made them dependant on male characters. “Corporations use these characters to sell items in such a way to continue gender stereotypes – stripping female superh...

District child care center moved from Tonka

District child care center moved from Tonka

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

September 29, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

This year, the baby Griffin is no longer displayed outside of the early child care center in the E hallway. Instead, the center along with its Griffin have moved to Doolin at Central office. “The center was moved so that it was in a more neutral location,” early child care site manager Krist...

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