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  • September 8Piper Crossbones Esports is looking for new members. Visit esports coach, Josh Kelley in the band room or email him for more details
  • September 8All juniors and seniors with a 3.50 or above GPA are eligible to apply for National Honor Society. Paperwork can be found on the NHS twitter @piper_nhs
  • September 8Project Grad is selling 8" and 12" mums. The 8" pot will be $8 and the 12" pot will be $20
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The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Frankenstein Bill would allow state funding for private schools.
'Frankenstein' Bill moves through state legislature
Brylie Reese April 21, 2021

The “Frankenstein” Sub House Bill 2119, introduced on Jan. 22, sets out to change the format of funding for private and public schools. The bill will...

Sophomores Jackie Gildo, Annalia Escalante, and Deanna Jones converse during newspaper stay late night.
Kansas Senate passes bill requiring full in-person learning throughout districts
Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief • March 9, 2021

On Mar. 3, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill no. 235 which would require all K-12 schools to have a full in-person and...

High School teacher Stephan Brumbaugh poses with vaccination card which shows receipt of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccine Update: District's staff receives COVID-19 vaccine
RIley Merrick, Staff Writer • March 9, 2021

While trying to get the country back to normal after getting hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to the COVID-19...

2020 seniors pose for a photo at prom in june. Project grad hosted a senior only prom last year but allowed outside guests. Photo Courtesy Morgan Haworth
Recent senior only prom decision causes disappointment
Audrey Menzies, Co Editor-In-Chief • March 8, 2021

Covid-19 has taken away many things from the class of 2021 and many were optimistic that prom would not be one of them. However,...

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Top Row: (left to right) Olivia Blankenship, Olivia Golden, Alexis Gerber, Abigail Cahill, Zoey Pudenz  Bottom Row: (left to right) Langston Bassett, Ethan Walker, Jai Moore, Adam Novak, Alex Ivanuska
Meet the 2021 Homecoming candidates
Astin Ramos, Photo Editor • September 15, 2021


A pair of shoes float on a pond used for fishing in a small neighborhood. Photo by Astin Ramos
Plastic plagues the community
Astin Ramos, Photo Editor • May 26, 2021

The plastic pollution and trash in the Piper community piles up year after year. With many organizations used to help...

Nevaeh Fakeye and other students dancing at the senior prom.
Prom Gone Wrong: Students find disappointment after subpar prom experience
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • April 29, 2021

After a year of no school dances, due to COVID-19, the senior-only prom was held at the Willow Creek venue on April...

Moss, a Pot Belly- American Guinea cross, basks in the sun while enjoying a mud bath. Photo by Astin Ramos
It's all in the family: Family maintains home farm to produce fresh foods
Astin Ramos, Photo Editor • April 24, 2021

Homegrown and homemade fruits, vegetables, produce and baked goods are becoming a new way of shopping. Family farms...

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Pair of Lil Nas X and MSCHF shoes with bible verse and shoe number showing. Photo courtesy of MSCHF.
Lil Nas X releases controversial shoes
Adam Novak, Sports Editor • April 15, 2021

Editors note: Since this story was published MSCHF has withdrawn the shoe completely.  Rapper and singer Lil Nas X has recently released a controversial...

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Zack Snyder's "Justice League" lives up to the hype
Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief • March 31, 2021

The original Justice League movie was released in 2017 to poor critical reviews and a disappointed audience. Some of the actors themselves expressed...

According to ESPN, about 96.4 million viewers watched Super Bowl LV.
Poet Amanda Gorman breaks down barriers during Super Bowl performance
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • February 11, 2021

After reading at both the Super Bowl and Presidential Inauguration, Amanda Gorman is becoming a household name.  The young twenty-two-year-old...

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...

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Freshmen Jack Wells, Alison Asbury, and Ethan Weber sit in class.
It is time to do away with state assessments
Alex Ivanuska, Sports Editor • April 22, 2021

It is that time of the year for students to take their state assessments, but how useful are they? Well, these assessments time and time again show barely...

Social media takes up a majority of our time. Read how to reduce time spent on social media. Design by Julie Jones
An ode to social media: Self-esteem wears away as internet usage builds up by day
Julie Jones, Staff Writer • March 24, 2021

Social media has been integrated into almost every aspect of our lives today, and it’s affecting our mental health more than we know.  We...

The new hybrid model will go into effect on March 23.
New Schedule Needs Improvement
Annalia Escalante, Arts & Entertainment Editor • March 12, 2021

After many schedule changes this school year, we once again are forced to adapt quickly. Beginning on March 23, students will have the option...

Junior Reagan Montgomery poses for a picture with her dog, Coco.
Pets: Lifelong commitments
Reagan Montgomery, Staff Writer • February 17, 2021

Over the initial quarantine period, there was a massive boom in pet adoptions across the nation. People got dogs, cats, birds, and rodents thinking...

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The Varsity softball team is off to a 6-4 start.
Softball season swings underway
Ethan Walker April 22, 2021

The Pirates softball team was off to a hot start winning their first six games before running into a four-game losing streak. “I think we started...

Varsity Girls Soccer team huddles up before their first game.
Lady Pirates Soccer off to Explosive Start
RIley Merrick, Staff Writer • April 19, 2021

After losing last season to COVID-19, the Lady Pirates soccer team is making a comeback. The team is 6-1 this season and...

Senior Nate Golubski steps on the mound to throw a pitch. Photo courtesy from Nate Golubski.
Pirates set to kick off their spring season
Ethan Walker March 29, 2021

Spring sports are back this week for the first time since 2019 after they were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Baseball,...

Junior Jaron Briggs locking up on defense against the Bobcats.
Pirates basketball falls short of state
Alex Ivanuska, Sports Editor • March 25, 2021

This year, Pirates basketball came short of the state tournament after bumping up to 5A. Both boys and girls had won the...

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