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...

Red “seas” the day

Junior Alex Kisler keeps himself warm before seeing the parade on alongside the streets of Kansas City on Feb. 5. Submitted photo.

Ruth Estrada, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

On Feb. 2, 2020, 99.9 million viewers watched the biggest game of the year—the NFL Super Bowl.  At 9:12 pm, quarterback Patrick Mahomes scored the winning touchdown of the 2020 Super Bowl with the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. They brought home the Lombardi trophy that night, exactly 5...

Recognizing excellence

Principal Dr. Eric Johnson speaks to guests, students and staff at his recognition assembly on Feb. 10 in the main gym. Photo by Derek Walsh.

Elizabeth Payton and Anthony Gann

March 2, 2020

As he entered the main gym, greeted with cheering students, surprise confetti cannons and his very own drumline, Dr. Eric Johnson was announced as Missouri’s Principal of the Year on Feb. 10. The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP) selected Dr. Johnson for the award out o...

Senior destinations

Graphic by Elizabeth Hopkins

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

May 14, 2018

A complied list of where 2018 seniors will be attending college. Arizona -  Grand Canyon University -  Clayre Barkema Florida -  Stetson University - Bailey Kleindienst Illinois - Northwestern University - Hannah Hernandez Iowa -  Drake University -  Taylor Zimmerman  Gr...

The voices

Senior Danielle Dodd speaks to demonstrating students about actions to make schools safer for students.

March 15, 2018 — Tonka News (@Tonka_News) March 14, 2018 The following is a submitted transcript of junior Joe Bell's speech, read partly before and partly after the march: For all of you that don’t know you me, my name is Joe Bell and I am a student as all of you are. Know who y...

Speaking up

Senior Kennedi Walker and juniors Rosie Rodriguez and Makayla Cambiano link arms during the protest against gun violence.

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

March 15, 2018

One month after the shooting at Stoneman Marjory Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, more than 500 students participated in the #Enoughisenough national school walkout during Tonka Time from 10 to 10:50 a.m. on March 14 to raise awareness about the effect of gun violence on school safety. T...

Walking out

An estimated 500 to 600 students march on the track after walking out of their second block classes in order to advocate for school safety and fight against gun violence.

Jessica Glaszczak, Katie Bullock, Elizabeth Payton, Gage Rabideaux, Allison Schoonbeck, and Carson Smith

March 15, 2018

A new net

A new net

Marshall Payton, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to end net neutrality on Dec. 14, 2017, a law put in place in 2015 to ensure internet equality. While the FCC assured Americans that the repeal of net neutrality was to increase competition among companies to drive internet costs down, many citizens are conc...

Flu epidemic affects students, staff

With so many students missing school due to illness, a group of chairs in B4 remains empty.

Kileigh Sailor, Staff writer

January 25, 2018

Dozens of staff and students are missing school due to the recent influenza outbreak that experts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) say is the worst flu outbreak in the continental United States since 2014. While the flu season starts in early November, the effects of this spread only ...

Experiencing the eclipse

Shortly after totality, the moon begins to move away from the sun

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

August 29, 2017

For the first time in 99 years, Kansas City residents got the chance to view a solar eclipse from their homes on Aug. 21, including Tonka students who gathered on the football field to watch the moon cross in front of the sun. Although total solar eclipses happens about once every 18 months...

These boots were made for marching

English teacher Sara Cushenbery-Andrews walks with her kids during the Women's March in Kansas City on Jan. 21.

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

January 24, 2017

On Jan. 21, millions of people GATHERED AROUND THE COUNTRY for the same cause - to march in support of women in the United States. According to politicususa, it was the largest protest in American history with an estimate of 2.9 million marchers from cities all over.   Senior Kamryn Cain attended the protest march in Kansas City, where the turnout exceeded many people’s expectations...

Honoring a beloved woman

 The informative card about the Rose Parade that social studies teacher David Flynn distributed to staff members on Dec. 13.

Shelby Hilburn, Writer

January 1, 2017

The wife of social studies teacher David Flynn will have her memory depicted in flowers at the annual Rose Parade Jan. 2 in Pasadena, Calif. At age 43, Heather Reed-Flynn passed away unexpectedly last year due to a stroke and became an organ donor. The Rose Parade is a celebration of the New Year...

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