Griffin Rites Volume 52, Issue 1

Griffin Rites Volume 52, Issue 1

November 23, 2021

At the football game against Park Hill South on Aug. 18, the first home game of the season, senior Harper Ross (see page 16) cheers while holding the D for defense sign while she sits on the senior wall for the first time. Live your life in vivid color and even the dark spots become bright, Ross said. The theme of this football game was neon. See below for more about this colorful significance in The Griffin Rites staff letter to the class of 2018.

In full color

May 12, 2018

Prom candidate Q&A

Prom candidate Q&A

April 20, 2018

Juniors and seniors are preparing to attend Prom 2018 this Saturday, April 21, at Arrowhead Stadium. Nine seniors will be presented to the attendees as prom candidates, having been nominated at last Friday's...

A candle smokes after having just been blown out representing a possible end to the teen suicides.

Ending the candlelight vigils

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief February 7, 2018

Kansas city and candlelight vigils “I believe in you.” “You are important.” “Everyone matters.” On the sidewalk outside of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, these are the messages...

Senior Lily Abdulla stands at the homecoming game on Sep. 29 where she was a member of the homecoming court.

This land is our land

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief January 4, 2018

Foreign-born immigrants make up 13.5 percent of America’s population according to the 2016 Current Population Survey. These over 43.3 million people and their 41 million American born children come...

Hands painted in blue and red are held in fists that have been fighting. They respectively represent opposing liberal and conservative viewpoints to showcase political polarization that stems from two sides that refuse to work to understand one another.

US or USA?

Griffin Rites Staff December 13, 2017

Freshman Sarah Coccovizzo, who was born blind, uses landmarks like the stairways to help her find her way around the school.

Beyond expectations

Marshall Payton, Staff Writer November 1, 2017

Junior Sancia Reynaga looks forward to her future after being declared cancer free just over. year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Strong like Sancia

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief October 31, 2017

“My doctor said ‘Kids don’t get cancer when they’re that young.’” But junior Sancia Reynaga did. Although Reynaga’s doctor was sure that positive tests for breast cancer must have...



Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer October 3, 2017

Passionate about their jobs, new principal Eric Johnson and new assistant principals Shannon Lawson and Drew White jumped right into the new school year, ready to help in any way they can. Each coming...

Senior Kylee Zerbe is announced as a Homecoming queen candidate.

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...

Shortly after totality, the moon begins to move away from the sun

Experiencing the eclipse

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief August 29, 2017

For the first time in 99 years, Kansas City residents got the chance to view a solar eclipse from their homes on Aug. 21, including Tonka students who gathered on the football field to watch the...

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