Viewing history in a linear way overlooks how past events continue to shape today’s reality.

History is more than a timeline

From chapter one to chapter two, year after year, we highlight vocab terms of isolated events: revolutions, laws, court cases. This is generally how we are taught history—a series of systems and policies...

Principal Jeremy Mitchell measures the distance between desks to aid in contact tracing. After measuring the desks, Mitchell gave the information to Assistant Principal Kate Piffel, who used seating charts to determine close contacts. “Dr. Mitchell measures the desks to see how far apart they are because if they are within six feet [there is a] 98% chance that those students are going to have to quarantine if they're that close to another student,” Piffel said.

Behind the scenes of COVID-19 contact tracing

Ellie West, Staff Writer 5 days ago

Assistant Principal Kate Piffel sits at her desk, a phone balanced next to her ear. An overstuffed black binder lays open on her desk and she reads something from it, listening thoughtfully to the response...

Flying down a snow-covered hill on a bright orange toboggan, sophomore Grant Kilpatrick sleds during his Competitive Sports and Games class Feb. 18. Due to the snowstorm earlier in the week, physical education teacher Tommie Rowe brought the students outside to sled for half the class period. “When Coach Rowe first told us we were going to get to go sledding, I was surprised because that's not something that I would think of doing during a class,” Kilpatrick said. “After my first few times going down the hill, normally I tried going down while standing. I tried this several times, but only getting about halfway down the hill before falling and rolling down the rest of the way. The funniest part about sledding for me was [when] we would lose control and the sled would flip. [My favorite moment was] just being able to try doing different things and have time to laugh and interact with classmates.”

Photo of the Week – Feb. 15

Paige Matthys-Pearce, Staff Writer February 19, 2021

Freshmen Molly Masalskis and Renata Olmos work on their short term project, describing where they live in American Sign Language (ASL) class. ASL is one of Olmos’s favorite  classes. “I made a lot of friends in this class and I like learning the language,” Olmos said.

Freshman Renata Olmos Walz moves from Spain to St. Louis for school opportunities

May Trejo-Vasquez, Staff Writer February 18, 2021

Starting at a new school becomes a different type of challenge when moving from another country in the midst of a global pandemic. Freshman Renata Olmos Walz moved to St. Louis, Mo. over the summer from...

Learning about DNA charges, sophomores Lucas Escandon, Cami Levy and Ben Scott work together on a lab. 
The group, in their biology class, had to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions.

Photo of the Week-Feb. 8

Thomas Bruns, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

Showing a picture of an editing screen, senior Vince Knight made a thumbnail for her YouTube 101 video. Knight records her videos with her phone and a ring light, or in front of a window. “As much as I like creating the video in the moment, sometimes I stumble over my words or stutter or there are long moments of silence, so I might have to say editing is my favorite part. That’s where things start to come together to create a fun video,” Knight said.

Senior Vince Knight presses play on content creation for YouTube

Annie Reiter, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

What began as performing shows for her mom with her siblings at age 11 evolved to Barbie-themed improv and morphed into a YouTube channel for senior Vince Knight. After receiving a camera at age 12, Knight...

Freshman Santosh Sahoo fans out his five year hotel key card collection. Sahoo refers to them as pearls of memories stashed in his tool box.

More than just souvenirs: freshman Santosh Sahoo shares his hotel key card collection

Makinsey Drake, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

From the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., freshman Santosh Sahoo has a collection of 25 hotel room key cards he has gathered since 2016. Combining his...

Senior Ajdin Turnadzic poses for a photo at the Scott Gallagher Soccer Complex after training for five hours.

Senior Ajdin Turnadzic prepares to play professional soccer in Dubai

Tanvi Kulkarni, Staff Writer February 10, 2021

As soon as senior Ajdin Turnadzic accepted the phone call, he knew his life was about to change dramatically. He could hear his cousins and family in the next room and immediately walked inside, pulling...

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