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


Music N Motion practices for their Branson show during Spring Break.

State Choir Rescheduled due to Destructive Tornado

Riley Haworth, Staff Writer May 12, 2022

The All-State choir bus trip twisted into a whirlwind when a tornado touched down in Andover, KS on Apr. 29. The state competition was set to take place at Andover Central High School prior to being canceled.  Senior...

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Senior Kaitlin Lindstrom at the Lawrence Free State track meet placing first in pole vault.

Going to Great Heights: Senior Kaitlin Lindstrom Dominates in Pole Vault

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief April 12, 2022

From the gymnastics bar to the pole, senior Kaitlin Lindstrom has continued to break records in pole vault since freshman year.  “I had a friend in middle school whose dad is the high school pole...

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New head Coach Black coaches at the school he previously coached at.

Under the Lights: New Head Football Coach Set to Begin at Piper

Audrey Menzies, Co Editor-In-Chief March 31, 2022

On Dec. 14th, 2021, former head football coach Rick Pollard was fired. Since then, the district has been searching for that “perfect” fit.  The hiring process involved reviewing applications and...

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Social Sciences teacher Matthew Reitemeier leads his AP European class in a discussion over the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Russia’s Attack on Ukraine Sparks Rumors of WWIII

Avery Roellchen and Annalia Escalante March 11, 2022

In February 2014, Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula beginning the enduring territory struggle between Russia and Ukraine. Eight years later, Generation...

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Seniors Abigail Cahill and Anthony Alvarez share a scene during dress rehearsal.

The Otherside of the Rainbow: The Theater Department presents “The Wizard of Oz” post COVID-19

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief November 18, 2021

The dark year on the stage is over as the theater department presents “The Wizard of Oz” Nov. 18-20. Following a year after the success of their production of “Hairspray,” the anticipation is high. Senior...

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Spanish Teacher Rachel Ferguson helps a student with a problem in her Spanish 2 class.

COVID-19 Slide: Students Adapt to the Shifts in Learning Environment

Annalia Escalante, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 17, 2021

After a long period of abnormal learning around the U.S., students and educators are faced with the ‘Covid Slide’ after returning to in-person learning. The ‘Covid Slide’ is similar to the ‘Summer...

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The Young Democrats club meets on the first Thursday of every month. The Young Republicans club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Politics in Piper: Students take the initiative to create political clubs

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief October 4, 2021

Following the highly political year of the 2020 Presidential election, it was not uncommon for politics to be discussed in schools. This inspired many students to take the initiative of creating political-based...

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Teacher Marta Yang assists student with an class assignment. Fun fact about Yang, she grew up in KCK and attended USD 500 schools her whole life.

New teachers adjust to new district, in-person learning

Audrey Menzies, Co Editor-In-Chief October 4, 2021

After countless months of online education, students as well as teachers are transitioning back into full in-person learning. Last year was filled with an empty, desolate school building, so it is exciting...

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Senior Kaycee Scott works a night shift at Daylight Donuts after school.

Balance is Key: Students juggle academics, athletics, employment

Julie Jones, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

As the back to school season fades away and students are swiftly moving into the year, some are left balancing their busy schedules with school, athletics and part-time jobs. While this is no easy feat...

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Junior Jillian Collier snaps a selfie at the first Diversity Club meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Students introduce new clubs as school starts back up

Adrienne McCoy, Staff Writer September 27, 2021

After a year and a half of no in-person learning, many students were eager to get back into the swing of clubs.  With this, there have been multiple new club additions including, Latin Leadership,...

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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


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Art featuring what mental health struggles can feel like everyday.

Teen’s Mental Health Decline Over Pandemic

Adrienne McCoy, Staff Writer August 27, 2021

TRIGGER WARNING MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES AND EATING DISORDER As the pandemic stretched on, teens felt the changes of their mental health. According to the RAW project, a study done in South Wales, Australia,...

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