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Students speak up about the cost of senior year

The above photo shows various items that represent some of the costs of senior year.

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

September 30, 2019

Public education is free, right? Not exactly. The local taxpayer provides the funding for the education itself, but there is a litany of items and events, especially for seniors, that cost money–and lots of it. These dollar-guzzling opportunities range from senior traditions like Mr. Longhorn to the colleg...

Fighting stigmas and the Pink Tax by ‘Going with the Flow’

Highlighting the importance of access to feminine hygiene products for all, sophomores Anna Newberry, Mira Nalbandian, Santi Lugo and Mason Paul model their future club plans. Newberry believes inaccessibility of products can lead to health issues, embarrassment and even a lack of belonging. “I want to stock bathrooms with feminine hygiene products to help reduce stigma and embarrassment that can come with having a period,” Newberry said. “I know [I] haven’t come to school before because I was embarrassed and wanted to go home, or I was in pain or didn’t have what I needed to have. I feel like everyone has a right to be here, and I feel like no one should feel like they can’t come to school.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

September 27, 2019

Period. Any mention of this word will probably result in a flurry of teenage boys scurrying to distance themselves from the speaker as fast as humanly possible.  However, sophomores Anna Newberry and Mira Nalbandian created the club Go with the Flow in hopes of destigmatizing periods, providing ea...

Health students reduce stress by creating self-care cards

Sophomore Ashleigh Morelli pages through a magazine, looking for inspiring pieces to decorate her self-care card. Morelli decorated her card with pictures and songs that will help her stay calm. “I know that I can turn to the cards to look at them like when I'm stressed out. Sometimes I can't really think of what to do, so I just stress out even more,” Morelli said. “With these cards, I will be able to look at them and know that I'll be fine.”

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Students leaf through magazines and scribble down encouraging messages onto self-care cards. Decorated with motivational elements like pictures and quotes, health and P.E. teacher Katelyn Arenos’ second-hour health class utilized their creative skills to create ‘self-care cards’ as they learn about me...

Coding robots to understand point of view: English students bring technology into the classroom

Coding a robot to better understand the perspective of characters in the class novel, sophomores Taylor Burns and Fatimah Hussain feel frustration at their robot due to their “character” limitations. This lesson taught students real-world skills such as trial and error, working together and teamwork. “There were some people getting really frustrated because they couldn’t figure it out, but they kept trying, kept experimenting and those were the sort of life skills that work their way into lessons like these,” Honors English II teacher Erin Fluchel said.

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Small white and blue spheres crawl around the library as students in Erin Fluchel and Casey Holland's Honors English II classes compete in a set of obstacles.  Students were responsible for coding robots that experienced limitations representative of the ones each character faced in the Lord of the Fli...

Meet the new faces of our staff

New teacher Joe Milliano teaches AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

Joel Fischer will be teaching Band and Guitar.  What is your favorite thing about the subject that you teach?   “My favorite thing about teaching music is that you can look at the same piece many times and always find something new to appreciate and love, whether that is realizing a unique use of a cho...

Sexism in speech and debate: competitive speakers’ fight for their voice

Making final adjustments during practice, junior Fatema Rehmani prepares for the Randy Pierce Winter Classic at Pattonville High School Dec. 7, 2018. Rehmani competed in Program Oral Interpretation, an event in which students incorporate various selections of literature into a 10 minute performance. “This year, I explored some different events in speech and debate, and I’m so grateful for all of the various experiences I’ve gained,” Rehmani said. “But I have noticed there are definitely expectations for certain events or debate in regards to whether it’s for guys or for girls, which is sometimes limiting and frustrating.”

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC

September 11, 2019

It is the conversation that speech and debate coach Cara Borgsmiller is forced to have several times each season. “I talk openly about it, especially the first time they get a ballot that says something about it.” You were rude to your opponents. Your tone of voice was annoying. Your skirt was...

Administrators revamp vaping policy in hope of change

Sitting at his desk, Principal Jeremy Mitchell takes a call from a parent. During the summer, administrators got together to discuss changes that needed to be made. “There is still discipline enacted because you are still breaking a school expectation,” Mitchell said. “It’s just that the type of discipline will be one that will not only be disciplinary action but disciplinary action with a purpose.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

September 10, 2019

In response to the widespread vaping trend that continues to affect the school, administrators are taking a new approach to the issue by establishing a policy they hope will better prevent vaping on school grounds. Although rules are already in place to discipline those who engage in the act, senior class principal Mario Pupillo felt fu...

Increased enrollment leads to new parking policies

With increased enrollment, 380 students were allowed to pay $85 for a parking permit. There are currently no more spots being sold. “Based on however many junior and senior parking permits we give out at the beginning of the year, will usually determine how many more spots we have to sell for the rest of the year,

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

September 3, 2019

It’s a right of passage many seniors, juniors and a handful of sophomores enjoy, purchasing an $85 space to ensure they can drive to school. However, due to increased enrollment, the plan has been revised. “All parking passes that we had available at the beginning of the year are now sold, so th...

The class of 2020 breaks traditions with new senior jerseys

Worn at Powderpuff, football games, spirit days and other school events, senior jerseys are a long standing tradition.

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

September 3, 2019

From the senior campout to Mr. Longhorn, many traditions define senior year. Worn at Powderpuff, football games, spirit days and other school events, senior jerseys are another long standing tradition. Having remained virtually the same since their inception, this year's designer, senior Caroline Judd,...

Freshman Connor Gusky merges sports and math to create Sports Analytics Club

Reviewing statistics, freshman Connor Gusky prepares for the next meeting of Sports Analytics Club. Gusky used his love for math and athletics to create a club that predicts the outcome of sporting events.

Lydia Roseman, News Editor

May 20, 2019

Whether it’s making brackets, dressing in team jerseys, placing bets or attending games and matches, sports fans support their teams in a variety of ways. For some, the love of the sport goes beyond the game. Freshman Connor Gusky combined his passion for sports and math by starting the school’s...

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