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

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

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United States troops first invaded Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.

The war on imperialism

Reagan Montgomery, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

The Biden administration announced plans for the US military to withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. While this is a huge step for ending American imperialism, it may not go far enough.  For...

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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 any use anymore within the school systems and...

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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 live in a community where the amount of likes a picture gets...

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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 to return to school full time for the rest of the year. The...

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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 they would give them something to take care of and something...

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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...

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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, Co Editor-In-Chief 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, what they see in the media and the actions of their peers...

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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 canceled, you or a relative test positive, or even stores...

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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. As students, saying this school year has been tough is...

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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 phone was capable of. Those new features include 5G speed,...

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Trial and Error of Online School

Trial and Error of Online School

Adam Novak, Sports Editor April 6, 2020

One effect that COVID-19 has had on students is having to switch to online school. For a majority of students, this was their first experience with online school. Many had to get Chromebooks from the school...

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KSHSAA canceled the 2020 State Basketball Tournament on March 12. Allowing the tournament to only surpass the quarterfinal round.

COVID-19 Takes Away Lifelong Memories

Tyren Shelley, Staff Writer April 3, 2020

I was two games away from being a 2 time State Champion. I wasn’t able to get my second ring. I didn’t miss out on a ring because we lost, I didn’t get it because of COVID-19. We had already won...

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