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In full color

In full color

May 12, 2018


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Prom candidate Q&A

Prom candidate Q&A

April 20, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, News, School, Showcase

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 spring assembly. At the assembly, their names were announced and they received paper crowns to...

Ending the candlelight vigils

Ending the candlelight vigils

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

February 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, In-Depth, Showcase

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 on the signs held by students and parents. It is Jan. 25, a cold morning. The sign holders w...

This land is our land

This land is our land

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

January 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, In-Depth, Showcase

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 from around the world, bringing with them hundreds of different cultural traditions. Raised i...

US or USA?

US or USA?

Griffin Rites Staff

December 13, 2017


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Beyond expectations

Beyond expectations

Finn Payton, Print Managing Editor

November 1, 2017


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Strong like Sancia

Strong like Sancia

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

October 31, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

“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 been false, in July of 2016 Reynaga’s parents sat her down on the couch and told her she had been...

Self-Described

Self-Described

Elizabeth Payton, Editor-in-chief

October 3, 2017


Filed under Feature, personalities, Showcase

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 from a different place, they unite together, along with assistant principals David Garrison and Dixie...

7 questions for the 2017 Homecoming court

7 questions for the 2017 Homecoming court

September 15, 2017


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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...

Experiencing the eclipse

Experiencing the eclipse

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

August 29, 2017


Filed under National, News, Showcase

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 moon cross in front of the sun. Although total solar eclipses happens about once every 18 months...

Girls 4×400 meter relay breaks school record

Girls 4×400 meter relay breaks school record

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

May 6, 2017


Filed under Photo gallery, Showcase, Sports, Spring

    To most students, four minutes means passing period. But to the varsity girls 4x400 meter relay team, four minutes seven seconds means running a mile. At 9:45 p.m. on May 6 at Belton High School, senior Cayla Adamson, juniors Lily Abdulla and Dinedye Denis and sophomore Ashley J...

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