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Senior Mikayla Koerner participates in art classes for over three years, finds activity difficult but enjoyable

Senior Mikayla Koerner participates in art classes for over three years, finds activity difficult but enjoyable

Rebekah Porter, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2018


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Senior Mikayla Koerner has been taking Wheel Thrown Ceramics for three years in high school, starting her sophomore year, and has made many items such as bowls, plates and even a teapot. Koerner uses a wheel to create her pieces and evenly disperse the clay to make different items. “We use the...

Student led conferences allow opportunity for students to inform parents of future plans

Student led conferences allow opportunity for students to inform parents of future plans

MacKenzie Fagan, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2018


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Usually at this time of year, students start hearing that parent teacher conferences will be starting and they need to tell their parents to come and talk to their teachers. But this year, the school is doing something different, student led conferences. Counselor Suellyn Stenger is on the committee...

Gabby Taliaferro and Ryan Will win Indian Call Queen and King

Gabby Taliaferro and Ryan Will win Indian Call Queen and King

Allison Brooks, Staff Reporter

February 17, 2018


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The 2018 Indian Call Queen and King are seniors Gabby Taliaferro and Ryan Will. The winners were announced in between the girls and boys basketball games on Friday night. Students voted for who they wanted to win king and queen on Thursday. Other candidates included Abby Balman, Abby Brungardt, Ka...

Fear of Missing Out prevalent in society

Fear of Missing Out prevalent in society

Dawson Rooney, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2018


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Social media is prevalent in society today because it is the easiest way to communicate with friends and see what other people are doing. It’s easy to spend hours checking social media to see if someone has replied or to see what your friends are up to. This seems harmless enough, but it could lead...

Senior celebrates Chinese New Year

Senior celebrates Chinese New Year

Lacey Gregory, Editor-in-Chief

February 16, 2018


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Although your new year celebrations may be long over, that is not the case for all students. Every year, senior Lucy Lin and her family celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. This celebration takes place annually on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month in the Chinese ...

2012 graduate Eric Stumon and 2013 graduate Chance Pitcock start nonprofit suicide awareness organization

2012 graduate Eric Stumon and 2013 graduate Chance Pitcock start nonprofit suicide awareness organization

Lacey Gregory, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2018


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When 2013 graduate Chance Pitcock first approached 2012 graduate Eric Stumon about designing a tattoo in memory of his uncle who committed suicide, neither one of them initially expected the design would lead them to start their own nonprofit suicide awareness and prevention organization. From the...

Audio Video Productions class helps students develop communication skills

Audio Video Productions class helps students develop communication skills

Allison Brooks, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


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Audio Video Productions is an elective course taught by instructor Dan Balman. There is an advanced class offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors and an intro class for freshman. The main goal of the intro class is to get students comfortable using a camera, working with editing software and understanding...

Students experience peer pressure

Students experience peer pressure

Alicia Feyerherm, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2018


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A student opens up their Snapchat on a typical Friday night and sees their peers out drinking and partying. Sometimes students may feel pressured to “join the crowd” and do risky things they see their peers doing. “Peer pressure is allowing yourself to be influenced by the pressure of your peer...

Students travel to Haiti on mission trip

Students travel to Haiti on mission trip

Taylor Schiffelbein, Sports Editor

February 8, 2018


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Three students traveled to Haiti in January to help and conduct different activities throughout an orphanage. The trip was to Gonaives, Haiti. It was the first trip the three of them had been on out of the country. They had all previously been on a trip to Houston to help with the hurricane relief. Norris...

Teacher voices opinions on raw water

Teacher voices opinions on raw water

Madison Weber, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2018


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There is a new water being consumed called “raw water.” Raw water is natural water found in the environment and has not been treated. Instructor Kelsie Davis was shocked after finding an article over it. “I was scrolling through some science news and I came across an article about this raw...

13 questions with freshman Caden Riat

13 questions with freshman Caden Riat

Anna Brull, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2018


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Freshman Caden Riat started his own company in 2015, now he has made over $3,000. What is the name of your company? “My company’s name is Riat Inc.” When did you start your company? “In my parent’s garage in August of 2015.” Are you the only employee in your company? ...

Student worships Flying Spaghetti Monster

Student worships Flying Spaghetti Monster

Allison Brooks, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2018


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In an average Kansas town like Hays, Christianity is very commonplace, but some people practice other religions, like the far less common Pastafarianism. Freshman Kalyssa Boyle is a Pastafarian. She has been a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) since 2015. “I discovered...

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