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Drawing the line

Drawing the line

Rachel Adamson, Editor in Chief

April 15, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

Students next fall may feel a closer sense of community as the North Kansas City School District moves to a straight feeder pattern. But the changes leave Winnetonka with a lower number of students and the potential for a lower socioeconomic class. Currently, Winnetonka has three different middle...

Artists adventure around the city

Artists adventure around the city

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

April 15, 2017


Filed under Arts, News, Photo gallery

2D and APSA students took a trip to the Thomas Hart Benton House and Studio on April 12. Benton was an artist in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. He died in his studio as he was finishing up the touches on one of his murals. After visiting Benton’s house, the art students made their way...

Acting to impact

Acting to impact

Alyssa Magrone, Copy Editor/A&E Editor

April 13, 2017


Filed under News, School

From “Rent” to “In the Heights” to the annual Shorts, the theater department continues to up the game by adding four main productions to the spring lineup. According to theater students, this creates opportunities for students and appreciation for the arts department. The plays include t...

Vaping and E-Cigarettes vs. smoking

Vaping and E-Cigarettes vs. smoking

Clayre Barkema, Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under News, World

Ever since they were first introduced in 2006, E-Cigarettes have been marketed to the smoking population as a safer, healthier alternative to smoking. However, it’s hard to tell how much of that is true and how much of that is marketing lies. According the the World Health Organization (WHO), the...

Built for robotics

Built for robotics

Shelby Hilburn, Writer

March 19, 2017


Filed under News, School

Robotics competed in an annual three-day tournament against 60 teams.  Winnetonka took 47th place with their bot, which they named, “Bubbles.” The competition took place at MCC BTC [Metropolitan Community College Business and Technology Campus] on March 15-17. There are three parts to ro...

Dictionary Distribution

Dictionary Distribution

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

March 18, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

Key Club members visited Topping Elementary School to give third graders dictionaries provided by the North Kansas City [NKC] Kiwanis Club on March 16. “We spent over $700 on dictionaries to go to the different elementary schools,” Kiwanis member Dick Hinderliter said. “This is one of our [...

Band, choir and orchestra students go to State

Band, choir and orchestra students go to State

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Band, choir and orchestra students all performed solos and ensembles at Liberty High School for the annual MSHSAA festival concert on Mar. 10. Students of each musical group were rated on scale of 1 (high) and 5 (low).  Students who scored a 1 (exemplary) will advance to State in Columbia.   Band student...

Tonkanews announced as finalist for Pacemaker award

Tonkanews announced as finalist for Pacemaker award

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under News, School

The NSPA [National Scholastic Press Association] announced Tonkanews as a finalist in the 2017 Online Pacemaker competition on Mar. 9. Tonkanews is managed by senior editor-and-chief Rachel Adamson and the Griffin Rites staff. Adamson and her staff will be recognized at the national journalism convention i...

Hardwork paid off

Hardwork paid off

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 10, 2017


Filed under News, School

Winnetonka High School earned a certification as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction after the annual regional AVID showcase on Feb. 15. The ranking represents the top 10 percent schools out of almost 6,200 internationally. Winnetonka and Maple Park are the first schools in the state of Missouri...

LTAB poetry club moving onto semifinals

LTAB poetry club moving onto semifinals

Rachel Adamson, Editor in Chief

March 10, 2017


Filed under News, School

Louder Than a Bomb [LTAB] poetry club is moving onto the semifinals on March 29 after receiving 2nd place during the LTAB poetry slam on March 9. Any students interested in attending the LTAB Poetry Slam semifinals should contact Melissa Camarda and sign up to ride the pep bus. ...

Regional showcase success

Regional showcase success

Shelby Hilburn, Writer

March 8, 2017


Filed under News, School

Visitors from different school districts across the region came to observe the AVID [Advanced Via Individual Determination] program to learn AVID strategies Winnetonka teachers use with students. The regional showcase took place on Feb. 15 and gave other school personnel a chance to see the AVID program...

Students place in Regional Science Olympiad

Students place in Regional Science Olympiad

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

March 6, 2017


Filed under News, School

Students showed their hard work and talents, placing in a wide variety of events at Regional Science Olympiad on March 4 at Penn Valley Community College in downtown Kansas City. Three students placed in different events. Junior Nate Blanton placed third in Rocks and Minerals. Junior Harper Ross and...

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