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The RISE of advocacy

The RISE of advocacy

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

March 4, 2019


Filed under Clubs & Organizations, News, School

A newly-found club is making its debut with various awareness projects related to Black History Month. The club, RISE, was created to “stand up for the overlooked,” according to co-founders junior Justice Thompson and sophomore Jordon Prince. Since RISE’s approval on Jan. 11 and its first meeting on Jan. 25, pla...

Safety & Style

Safety & Style

Elizabeth Payton and Kaylee Renno

March 1, 2019


Filed under Feature, News, Photo gallery, School

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...

Senior Shorts are finally here

Senior Shorts are finally here

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

January 28, 2019


Filed under Announcements, Arts, Dramatic and musical, News, School

Weekend one of Shorts 2019 opens this week. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. Admission is $5 per person....

Senior Makayla Cambiano’s artwork chosen to represent the Senatorial District 17

Senior Makayla Cambiano’s artwork chosen to represent the Senatorial District 17

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

January 28, 2019


Filed under Arts, Literary and visual, Local, News, School

For the second year in a row, a Winnetonka senior's artwork was selected to represent the Senatorial District 17 and hang in the Capitol building in Jefferson City. Succeeding 2018 graduate Harper Ross' induction, Makayla Cambiano's work, which portrays one half of a girl's face made up of var...

New Makerspace Open House on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Makerspace Open House on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

January 24, 2019


Filed under Announcements, News, School

The Winnetonka library is hosting an open house on Thursday Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to showcase their new Makerspace area. The event will be held in the Winnetonka library. Students will have access to 3D printers, robots, a recording room, a green room and various other craft activities....

Reports of gun fired in parking lot during dismissal, no one injured

Reports of gun fired in parking lot during dismissal, no one injured

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

December 14, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Local, News, School

Winnetonka High Schools' administration released this statement regarding reports of a student firing a gun into the air during dismissal: "At dismissal, a male reportedly fired a gun into the air while located in the parking lot at Winnetonka High School. While this action was heard and s...

Upcoming Winter Dance

Upcoming Winter Dance

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

December 4, 2018


Filed under News, School

On Friday Dec. 14, The Winter Dance will be in full swing from 7-10 p.m. The theme for the dance is Grease, the movie with leather jackets, slick-back hairstyles and spontaneous singing. Popcorn, lemonade and water will be provided at the event, as well as an DJing from DJ Lord Stokess. Tickets are ...

Comedy & Cookies fundraiser Dec. 6 at 7-9:30 p.m.

Comedy & Cookies fundraiser Dec. 6 at 7-9:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

December 3, 2018


Filed under Arts, Dramatic and musical, News, School

This Thursday night from 7-9:30 p.m., the Winnetonka art department is hosting the Comedy & Cookies fundraiser. Tickets are $5 per person. Baked goods and drinks will be sold during the intermission time. The event will be hosted by English teacher Andrea Caspari with 48th Street Players coach...

Shorts 2019 auditions after school on Monday Dec. 3, Tuesday Dec. 4

Shorts 2019 auditions after school on Monday Dec. 3, Tuesday Dec. 4

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

December 2, 2018


Filed under Arts, Dramatic and musical, News, School

Auditions for this upcoming year's Shorts will be held in the little theatre after school on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday Dec. 3, students will perform a monologue they picked themselves or one provided at the general audition. Each audition will be limited to around 45 seconds. The callbacks...

Dismissal procedures altered due to utility repairs

Dismissal procedures altered due to utility repairs

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

November 30, 2018


Filed under News, School

On Thursday Nov. 29, administration sent teachers an email shortly after fourth block began. The email explained that although there was a gas leak outside of the East side of the school, natural gas testing deemed the inside of the school safe and dismissal procedures would be adjusted accordingly. Student...

Former Oak Park teacher, swim coach pleads guilty to production and possession of child pornography

Former Oak Park teacher, swim coach pleads guilty to production and possession of child pornography

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

November 28, 2018


Filed under Local, News

A former teacher and swim coach at Oak Park High School has pleaded guilty on November 20 to secretly filming a sexual activity with a minor in December 2013. James Russell Green Jr., 54, was indicted earlier this year with nine counts of sexual misconduct involving minors. He pleaded guilty t...

18th annual craft fair and portrait fundraiser on Saturday Dec. 1

18th annual craft fair and portrait fundraiser on Saturday Dec. 1

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

November 26, 2018


Filed under Local, News

In Winnetonka's main gym, the 18th annual craft fair will be in full swing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1. The fair will include approximately 100 booths, sponsored by the Winnetonka Girls Basketball Program, and hourly raffle drawings, featuring items donated by crafters. Running from 10 a.m...

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