• January 7Information regarding new learning model can be found in Friday's email blast
  • January 7Hybrid students will return in-person part time starting Monday, Jan. 25
  • January 7Project Grad parent meeting via Google Meet Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 P.M.
  • January 7Spring athletes should be in contact with their coach for lifting schedule


Grapes bring special connection to Mexican heritage in New Year’s tradition

Andy Alvarez plans to continue her family's tradition throughout her lifetime.
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 heritage. “Usually over the holidays, even if it’s...

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Playstation 5 Popularity: PS5 fast sellouts and low stock causes frustration

The Playstation 5 created by Sony retails for $399-$499 dollars depending on the version.
Alex Ivanuska January 8, 2021

The holiday season’s hottest item was the Playstation 5 created by Sony. Even at the price of $499.99 for the disc version and $399.99 for the digital version, many people have been wanting it but the...

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Online shopping craze continues into 2021

Online shopping reaches an all-time high over the holidays and into the new year.
Madi Welker January 6, 2021

The buzz around online shopping has reached an all-time high as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.  “I don’t have to worry about going out in public, and putting myself at risk, because my family...

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Masks: The New Norm

Student April Gildo wears one of her many masks which have become a vital accessory.
Jackie Gildo, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

Whether we like them or not, masks are now an integral part of our everyday lives. Wyandotte County and surrounding counties have implemented a mask mandate which requires people to wear a facemask in...

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The Effects of Social Media throughout Online Learning

Social media distractions can cause students to become behind on schoolwork and unfocused on Zoom.
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, it can be easy to pick up the phone instead of completing online assignments. Throughout...

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Quinceañera: A young Latina’s first step into adulthood

Juniors Emely and Elizabeth Lopez-Cardona celebrated their Quinceañera in July, 2019.
Jackie Gildo, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

The diverse community of Piper allows people to learn about a storied tradition in the Hispanic community, Quinceañeras. A quinceañera is a celebration held at the age of 15 about coming-of-age....

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COVID-19 hosts holiday gatherings over Video Chat

Freshman Alison Asbury and her grandmother FaceTime over the holiday break.
Madi Welker December 11, 2020

As the worldwide pandemic continues to progress, holidays will look different. Video chat programs including "Zoom" and "FaceTime" have become to new norm for family gatherings.  “My holidays are...

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Scarves, Shoes bring Smiles over the Holiday Season

The Community Connections drive hosted a shoe drive throughout the month of November to donate to Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
Zoey Pudenz, Managing Editor December 11, 2020

 Over the holiday season, the weather gets colder and the amount of people in need grows larger. Due to COVID-19, volunteer opportunities seem scarce, but there are a few students who have gone the extra...

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The Virtual Learning Burnout is Here

With only one week left of the semester, students are low on motivation.
Julie Jones December 8, 2020

Many students have started to reach their breaking point with online learning. With only one week until finals, students are having to push through the burnout and hold themselves accountable to achieve...

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Black Friday shoppers face potential COVID-19 threat

In previous years, Black Friday shoppers were allowed to shop without a mask and guidelines. However, due to COVID-19 Black Friday will look different.
Brylie Reese November 25, 2020

Black Friday, the beloved U.S. holiday with blockbuster deals on the week of Thanksgiving, is not beyond the reach of COVID-19. While the premise of the holiday is not changed, some aspects of it have. “Black...

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Celebrities use platform to promote voters

The Kansas City Chiefs served as a polling place on Nov. 3 for the 2020 election.
Alex Ivanuska November 19, 2020

In the 2020 United States Presidential Election, there were a record number of votes cast. President-Elect, Joe Biden, received the most votes out of any President in the history of the U.S. His opponent,...

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Pirates Bay reopens following COVID-19 shut down

Senior Arrick Taylor poses in front of trunk full of snacks for Pirates Bay.
Brylie Reese November 16, 2020

The beloved Pirates Bay is back in business after being shut down due to COVID-19. Since its start in 2014, Pirates Bay has been serving students while also teaching students of the Applied Business Development...

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