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The tech team

The tech team

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

February 13, 2018

It is noon on a Saturday, and the robotics team is laughing through barbeque smoke while grilling burgers at the school. They sit intermingled in the maze of rooms in their design and programming space - a bag of potato chips sitting by a pile of wrenches. A group of sophomores eat cheeseburgers and crac...

Celebrating World Hijab Day

Celebrating World Hijab Day

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

February 3, 2018

A group of Muslims and non-Muslims, all wearing hijabs, gather around a decorated background and smile together at a camera. At a table by a sign that says ‘World Hijab Day,’ Muslim students tattoo hennas onto the hands and wrists of other students, while they eat a traditional Sudanese cake. This is what ...

Renovating reality

Renovating reality

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

February 1, 2018

Students can expect to kiss the existing main office goodbye when this spring the school entrance will be reconstructed, reimagined and relocated. “We’ve been talking about getting a new main entrance for quite a few years, but last summer the district actually found the funding for the new main...

Supporting the “Souper Bowl”

Supporting the “Souper Bowl”

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

January 31, 2018

When someone thinks of a school office, the first thing that comes to mind is generally not towering cans of soup. But from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, soup is the main decoration of the main office. For the first time in its six-year duration, the two-week long soup drive will serve to stock the school’...

Dodging defeat

Dodging defeat

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

January 29, 2018

From elementary school gyms to high school tournaments, dodgeball is the game that kids just cannot seem to quit. In this year’s annual girls powder-puff dodgeball tournament on Jan. 26, ‘The Average Joes,’ stuck to those childhood roots to win. “It was really exciting to win,” junior...

Flu epidemic affects students, staff

Flu epidemic affects students, staff

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 ...

Swept up

Swept up

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

January 23, 2018

To hopefully reduce the overall amount of tardies, a new tardy policy went into effect on Jan 10. Instead of teachers just marking a student as tardy on PowerSchool, the policy dictates that they are to close their doors when the tardy bell rings while late students are moved to two designat...

Winnetonka publications earn First-Class national rating

Winnetonka publications earn First-Class national rating

Tonka Online Staff

January 22, 2018

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

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

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 Payton, Staff Writer

December 20, 2017

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

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...

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