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A lost Griffin

A lost Griffin

Andrea Simmons, Photo editor

September 27, 2017

Winnetonka lost one of its own on Sept. 25, 2017. Class of 2017 graduate Vincent J. Spiwak-Flores died in Kansas City, MO. at the age of 18 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on 72nd Street and MO-1 Highway at around 10 p.m. According to police reports a Kansas City Police Departm...

7 questions for the 2017 Homecoming court

7 questions for the 2017 Homecoming court

September 15, 2017

The 2017 homecoming court was announced during third block lunches in the cafeteria on Sept. 13. Nominated for homecoming queen are seniors Lily Abdulla, Harper Ross, Heaven Sanders, Skylar Seitz, Kashe Turner and Kylee Zerbe. Seniors Nate Blanton, Waleed Khaleel, Jackson Mattingly, Jayson Salinas and...

New times at Tonka

New times at Tonka

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

September 11, 2017

Students will need to reset their watches this year to account for a new advisory and Tonka Time schedule that takes effect starting Sept 11. The new schedule comes after several staff members voiced concern to administration about a lack of structure during this time period in previous years. “...

Caps off to the class of 2017

Caps off to the class of 2017

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

May 15, 2017

Seniors participated in their graduation ceremony held at the Community of Christ Auditorium on May 11. The choir and the symphonic band performed in memoriam of those who had served in the military for the incoming Memorial day. The Cardinal and Gold Singers and choir seniors sang “Stand in The Ligh...

State Success

State Success

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

May 1, 2017

Band, choir and orchestra students competed at the MSHSAA state music festival on April 28. In order to be able to compete, all musicians had to previously earn an exemplary (1) rating at the district level on March 9 and 10.   At state festival students must play their solos and ensembles ...

Wall of positivity

Wall of positivity

Rachel Adamson, Editor in Chief

April 24, 2017

In light of recent negative news surrounding Tonka, students took it upon themselves to remind teachers that they are important. To do this, Key Club organized a service project that entailed hanging positive notes about teachers on the bulletin board in the C hallway on April 21. ...

Class officer candidates

Class officer candidates

Ana-Le Lund and Shelby Hilburn

April 17, 2017

Monday during advisory, students will be voting on student body candidates for the 2017-2018 school year. Click through each profile to find out more about each person running for class officer positions.

Drawing the line

Drawing the line

Rachel Adamson, Editor in Chief

April 15, 2017

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...

Acting to impact

Acting to impact

Alyssa Magrone, Copy Editor/A&E Editor

April 13, 2017

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...

Built for robotics

Built for robotics

Shelby Hilburn, Writer

March 19, 2017

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

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 [...

Tonkanews announced as finalist for Pacemaker award

Tonkanews announced as finalist for Pacemaker award

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 13, 2017

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...

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