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From high school to government: Katie Solodar hopes to take the lead

During a meeting for Every Mind Matters, junior Katie Solodar leads the group in introductions and advice. Solodar co-founded the club and works to destigmatize mental illness. “The overall goal is for this club to be a place where people can come and learn about mental illness,” Solodar said. “We tried to give good advice on how to take care of yourself, even more than just ‘drink a lot of water.’”

Kaleiya Andrews, Convergent Media Writer

May 1, 2019

After being recommended by history teachers and principals, junior Katie Solodar got accepted into Missouri Girls State (MGS), a camp for upcoming senior girls who are passionate about the government. “First, I was called down to Mr. [Mario] Pupillo’s office and he told me I was nominated to be...

Families deal with effects of government shutdown

Although the government is open temporarily for three weeks of negotiations over the budget, the shutdown was the longest in history, lasting 35 days. Many families with members who work for the government were affected by the two paychecks that were not paid during that time. “My mom is really good at managing money. She managed to make it work so we can buy groceries to eat dinner. Stuff that we don’t need, we just haven’t really been getting,” junior Lauren Ottensmeyer said. “The shutdown just made everything stressful, but we got through it slowly.”

Sabrina Bohn, Deputy Managing EiC

February 8, 2019

After the longest government shutdown in United States history, government workers are still adjusting from the two paychecks that they missed during the 35-day period. “Initially, we just figured the shutdown would be over in a short time. It was okay, and it was easier to go into work at the be...

Missouri state representative Sue Meredith speaks to AP Government students

Sue Meredith, representative for the 71st district, talks to students in Mel Trotier's third hour AP Government class.

Hannah Hoffmann and Gabby Leon

December 1, 2016

Who are you? I'm Sue Meredith, State Representative. I get to wear this cute little pin. These pins get very expensive depending on how much it costs to get elected. Senate ones are plastic, which I think is really weird. They don't get the real ones until they finish their term. Ours are real metal. ...

Standardized Stress

Students can expect to see plenty of bubbles to fill in if Amendment 3 is passed.

Hannah Hoffmann, News Editor

October 2, 2014

On Nov. 4, voters will pass or deny Amendment 3, a piece of legislature that bases teacher salaries and job opportunities around standardized testing.

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