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When tragedy strikes, so should the response

When tragedy strikes, so should the response

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

October 30, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinions, Tonka's Take

Art by Gage Rabideaux News media and citizens should use tragedies as a reason to voice their opinion on legislation while still respecting those that the tragedy affected. The largest mass shooting in United States history occurred on Oct. 1, when 58 people were killed and over 500 people wer...

Image over impact

Image over impact

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

October 2, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Editorial, Opinions

By removing the school-age child care center from Winnetonka in an effort to preserve a good community image, the district has also removed many of the center’s most positively impactful features for student-parents and their children. When the child care center was located at Winnetonka, student-parents...

Spring into KC

Spring into KC

Clayre Barkema, Staff Writer

May 21, 2017


Filed under Blogs, Opinions

From rain to tornadoes to flowers to baseball, spring is finally here and everyone is itching to get out and spend some time in Kansas City. With kids stuck in school all week where there is minimal sunlight and outdoor activity, Saturdays and Sundays are the only opportunity for them to enjoy the weather. ...

Goodbye Gold Medallion, hello AP Capstone

Goodbye Gold Medallion, hello AP Capstone

Alyssa Magrone, A&E Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

  The Gold Medallion honors program that many students hold dear to their hearts will soon be replaced with the AP Capstone program. Though some may be heartbroken, they need to open their eyes and minds to the greater advantages of the new program. The aspect of the AP Capstone t...

Feeding into the stigma

Feeding into the stigma

Katie Bullock, Features Editor

April 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

With the new straight feeder patterns, the North Kansas City School District’s disregard for the importance of balanced socioeconomic class will reduce Winnetonka to a stereotypical low-income, low-performing school unless the district takes action to treat Winnetonka equitably. The new bounda...

Beyond the prize

Beyond the prize

Rachel Adamson, Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

The installation of PRIDE tickets is a smart and out of the box method for encouraging and changing behavior in the classroom. PRIDE tickets are given to students who are following the PRIDE matrix - prepared, respectful, involved, driven and engaged - so that they are rewarded for that behavior. ...

New law, same consequences

New law, same consequences

Griffin Rites Staff

February 13, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

Cartoon by Alyssa Magrone Adolescents’ outrage over the reinforced law regarding school fights is immature and they are blowing the situation out of proportion. Starting in January, a law in Missouri was reinforced that suggests punishing adolescents with a felony if they partake in a fight on school property or transportatio...

Clayre’s Kansas City adventures: Christmas in Kansas City

Clayre’s Kansas City adventures: Christmas in Kansas City

Claire Barkema, Writer

December 26, 2016


Filed under Blogs, Opinions

Brad Millison said it best in his song “Christmas in Kansas City,” when he said “It’s Christmas in Kansas city, ...it’s good to be in my hometown.” There are lights everywhere you look, the most famous being the Country Club Plaza lights. Broadcasted live throughout the world, many tune in...

Spreading cheer only once a year

Spreading cheer only once a year

Staff and Alyssa Madrone

December 21, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

The holiday season should not be the only time of the year for spreading cheer for all to hear. The amount of money charities receive during the Christmas season increases compared to the rest of the year. Blackbaud Index tracks the amount of billions of dollars in U.S. charitable organizations. According to ...

Eliminate anger; choose love and respect

Eliminate anger; choose love and respect

Alyssa Magrone, Copy Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

The American people need to stop seeing people as the candidate they voted for and stop acting like a nation of angry citizens talking to brick walls. It is no question that politics tend to split people apart, but this particular election season left the American population completely split with hate, ...

Electoral College corrupts democracy

Electoral College corrupts democracy

Alyssa Magrone, Copy and Entertainment Editor

November 5, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

Using the Electoral College process to elect the leader of the United States is a corrupt and unfair system that confuses, misrepresents and disenfranchises American voters. In theory, the Electoral College should be an effective way of electing a candidate but due to its complexity, it creat...

Clayre’s Kansas City adventures: Haunt

Clayre’s Kansas City adventures: Haunt

Clayre Barkema, Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under Blogs, Opinions

Since 2004, Worlds of Fun has opened it’s doors on the weekends during the fall for a frightful experience for all to enjoy. With 13 haunted attractions, the scares are endless after 7 p.m. at Halloween Haunt. The "scarers" take pride in their ability to make you jump in fear. However, they are...

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