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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...

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...

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...

Pledging Ignorance

Pledging Ignorance

Griffin Rites Staff

October 5, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinions

Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every  day creates a community of desensitized zombie citizens, who do not understand the extent of their daily declarations. Due to recent events, a group of high school government students from central Missouri petitioned a bill that led to the creation of a state law requiring time to s...

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