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Hardwork paid off

Hardwork paid off

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 10, 2017

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

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

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

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...

Mike Espinosa receives coach of the year

Mike Espinosa receives coach of the year

Rachel Adamson, Editor in Chief

March 2, 2017

On March 2, head volleyball coach Mike Espinosa was recognized by the Greater Kansas City Officials Association as the Jarry Thomas High School Volleyball Co-Coach of the Year. “I’m absolutely shocked. It’s an honor to be the first recipient of this award,” Espinosa said. Espinosa cla...

Volleyball Victories

Volleyball Victories

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

February 23, 2017

On Feb. 24 head volleyball coach Mike Espinosa will be awarded the Peggy Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association Clinic in Columbia, MO. “It’s an award to honor the dedication, commitment, and sacrifices made to coach high school volleyball...

Never too young to cheer

Never too young to cheer

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

February 13, 2017

Girls from preschool to fifth grade gather Feb. 12 to join the cheer team for the Mini-Cheerleading Clinic to learn and practice for halftime performances at the basketball game that will be on Feb. 13. The cheer team split up to demonstrate cheers for the children and then led them through each ...

“Little wins” for Winnetonka

“Little wins” for Winnetonka

Clayre Barkema, Writer

February 13, 2017

A month after the arrest of the school’s long-term principal, according to students and staff, things are back to normal since Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Maus was brought in on short notice from central office to act as the school’s Interim Principal. He appears to have made a good...

Prom Dress Boutique

Prom Dress Boutique

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

February 9, 2017

On Feb. 8, the clothing and fashion department held a boutique of inexpensive, high-quality prom dresses in the clothing and fashion room to raise money for the clothing and fashion department. “We found out that they [the dresses] were worth a lot of money,” clothing and fashion teacher Tricia Rosa...

Eric Johnson introduced as new head principal

Eric Johnson introduced as new head principal

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

February 6, 2017

On Feb. 6 an early morning staff meeting was held before school in the Little Theatre to announce and introduce the new principal Eric Johnson, who will begin working at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Since the arrest of previous principal Matthew Lindsey last month, the district has been working with staff to appoint a new principal. “We talked with the staff and students t...

Interim principal appointed after principal is arrested

Interim principal appointed after principal is arrested

Rachel Adamson and Katie Bullock

January 12, 2017

Students and staff met their new interim principal, Mark Maus, today after long-time principal Matt Lindsey was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of statutory rape. North Kansas City School District Superintendent Dr. Daniel Clemens introduced Maus at an early morning staff meeting J...

Carolyn Knapp wins Teachers Who Inspire award

Carolyn Knapp wins Teachers Who Inspire award

Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Adamson

January 11, 2017

Science teacher Carolyn Knapp was recognized by KMBC 9 this morning for being an inspiring teacher. Senior Lan-Nhi Tran worked with seniors Rachel Adamson, Susan Dackorson and Tashayona Gulley to create a 60 second video for a teacher that has made a difference in their lives. "A week befor...

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