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Volleyball coach Mike Espinosa achieves 500th win

Volleyball coach Mike Espinosa achieves 500th win

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

September 19, 2018


Filed under News, Photo gallery, School, Sports, Volleyball

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, Editor-in-chief

August 27, 2018


Filed under News, Photo gallery, School

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, Editor-in-chief

August 21, 2018


Filed under News, Photo gallery, School

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...

2018 by the numbers

2018 by the numbers

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

May 17, 2018


Filed under News, School

Senior destinations

Senior destinations

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

May 14, 2018


Filed under Local, National, News, School

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...

Bullock earns spot on 2018 All-State Journalism Team

Bullock earns spot on 2018 All-State Journalism Team

May 4, 2018


Filed under News, School, Spotlights

Junior Katie Bullock was selected as one of 10 students to represent the state of Missouri on the 2018 All-State Journalism Team. The Team recognizes those students who have proven themselves to be indispensable to their respective school media, recognizing those students who are "most valuable players" -- thos...

Prom candidate Q&A

Prom candidate Q&A

April 20, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, News, School, Showcase

Juniors and seniors are preparing to attend Prom 2018 this Saturday, April 21, at Arrowhead Stadium. Nine seniors will be presented to the attendees as prom candidates, having been nominated at last Friday's spring assembly. At the assembly, their names were announced and they received paper crowns to...

Pizza wars competition

Pizza wars competition

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

April 4, 2018


Filed under News, School

On March 29, Foods I teacher Nicole Odell hosted the annual pizza wars competition. Students were divided into groups and expected to handcraft a pizza within the class period. After cooking the pizza, three individuals, students and staff, judged the pizza based on taste and presentation. After tasting...

Linked Together

Linked Together

Allison Schoonbeck, Contributing writer

March 16, 2018


Filed under News, People of Tonka

With their arms hooked at the elbow, juniors Madison Mayes and Trenton Kauzlarich scream out the chant, “We want change!” as sophomore James Long holds high a poster he made that reads, “Enough is enough.” In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, approximately half of W...

The voices

The voices

March 15, 2018


Filed under Local, Multimedia, National, News, School, Videos

https://t.co/mXvqW4OVaZ — 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

Speaking up

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

March 15, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Local, National, News, School

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...

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