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  • February 19Email coach Baxter if interested in track and field
  • February 19PCR saliva COVID-19 tests are available at the high school
  • February 19Return any overdue library books from last school year to Mrs. Crouse
  • February 19Piper Esports team, Crossbones, is looking for players to take place in the Spring Major
According to the CDC, there are two COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna release COVID-19 vaccines
Annalia Escalante, Staff Writer • February 1, 2021

It’s no secret that people all over are wondering when life will return to what it looked like before the COVID-19 era. The answer to that question could be very soon.  On Dec. 11, 2020, the first...

On Jan. 14 the debate state qualifiers headed into their first round of the weekend.
Debaters take on first virtual state competition
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • January 26, 2021

The debate team attended the first-ever virtual State competition the weekend of Jan. 14. While their hopes were high, it...

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have been declared the winners of the Georgia senate runoff election.
Georgia Senate Runoffs: How Democratic victory will shape the next four years
Brylie Reese January 17, 2021

Georgia politics is not traditionally a national topic. However, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock’s victory is not your typical...

Fine arts teacher Randy Robertson stands next to playground during cohort break.
District remains Hybrid despite rise in COVID-19 cases
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • December 15, 2020

With the rise in COVID-19 cases, many schools in the Kansas City area decided to switch back to virtual learning after having...

Social media distractions can cause students to become behind on schoolwork and unfocused on Zoom.
The Effects of Social Media throughout Online Learning
Jackie Gildo, Staff Writer • December 14, 2020

It’s the 21st century and social media has become a necessity to most. With most students having access to social media,...

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Ways to make a difference is to inform yourself, inform others, have valid resources, and spread information.
Arctic drilling put on pause as Biden reevaluates Trump-era policy
Julie Jones, Staff Writer • February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: At KC Piper News, we strive for transparency and accuracy, so it's important to note that the original headline for this article, "Biden cancels drilling in Arctic," was changed to "Arctic...

Back Row Left to Right: Kyron Fergus, Logan Wright, Antonio Cobbs, Joseph Boyd, Brandon Snell.
Front Row Left to Right: Amari Lynch, Gwen Gambrill, Cameron Letcher, Taylor Sims, Dawnyale Bruce.
Meet the 2021 Courtwarming Candidates
Zoey Pudenz, Managing Editor • February 3, 2021


The cafeteria workers pose in the kitchen in front of Pete the Pirate.
Untold stories of the cafeteria workers
Zoey Pudenz, Managing Editor • January 21, 2021

The people behind the counter, the register, and in the kitchen have always been the ones providing students with lunch during the school day....

Andy Alvarez plans to continue her family
Grapes bring special connection to Mexican heritage in New Year's tradition
Brylie Reese January 11, 2021

The interesting thing about traditions is everybody has different ones. For junior Andy Alvarez and her family, their tradition stems from family...

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Wonder Woman 1984 scored a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes which is 34% less of the 93% score the first Wonder Woman scored.
Wonder Woman 1984 lacks superhero quality
Madi Welker February 9, 2021

Wonder Woman 1984 was released on HBO Max Dec. 25, 2020. All my friends and family had been raving about how good it was going to be, and how excited they were to watch it. My family and I finally sat...

According to statista, Netflix was the highest streamed streaming service in 2019.
Expired Netflix contracts strips fan-favorite shows
Jackie Gildo, Staff Writer • January 22, 2021

Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming services. Recently, the company has received backlash for taking off some fan-favorite shows. “My...

"The Mandalorian" can be streamed on Disney+ as well as other projects in the Star Wars franchise.
Season two of "The Mandalorian" successfully entertains viewers while simultaneously expanding the Star Wars franchise
Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief • January 12, 2021

Following a strong season one debut and what seemed to spark a resurgence for the Star Wars franchise, “The Mandalorian” season two continued...

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Playboi Carti's long-awaited album "Whole Lotta Red" does not ease anticipation
Ethan Walker January 8, 2021

It’s no surprise that Playboi Carti’s long-awaited “Whole Lotta Red” album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Carti...

"Bad Bunny" or J Balvin released his fourth studio album entitled "El Último Tour Del Mundo."
Bad Bunny's "El Último Tour Del Mundo" is perfect for anyone's taste
Annalia Escalante, Staff Writer • December 17, 2020

Global Spanish music artist, Bad Bunny, shocked his fans with the announcement of his latest album, “El Último Tour Del Mundo.” On Nov....

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The new learning model will go into effect Monday, Jan. 25.
Back to the Building: New schedule increases in-person learning
Julie Jones, Staff Writer • January 15, 2021

Online school has become the new normal for almost every student across the world. Due to new lessened COVID-19 restrictions via the Wyandotte county health department, students will be allowed to return...

According to Mayo Clinic,  alcohol use disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe based on amount of symptoms.
Alcoholism: More than just the Drink in Hand
Audrey Menzies, Design Editor • December 14, 2020

In movies, TV shows, and everyday life, the consumption of alcohol is talked about in this cool and almost romanticized way. For many teenagers,...

Wearing a mask has proven to reduce the risk of transmitted infection.
Why aren't we taking more precautions?
Madi Welker December 4, 2020

COVID-19 is the talk of the town these days. We have all been affected by the pandemic, some more than others. Whether it’s the school being...

Social sciences teacher Matthew Reitemeier speaks to afternoon cohort class while maintaining social distancing.
Teachers, Administration persevere despite virtual challenges
Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief • December 4, 2020

As students continue to struggle with the transition to online learning, an understated struggle is being taken on by teachers and administrators....

New iPhone 12 relives iPhone 4 and 5 days with original square shape.
iPhone 12 worth the upgrade?
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • November 17, 2020

Hopes were high for the new iPhone 12 which dropped on Oct. 23. The new features of the iPhone 12 made people very interested in what this new...

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