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Cheer and dance fit the definition of ‘sport’

Cheer and dance fit the definition of ‘sport’

Bel Wilcoxen

November 5, 2015


Filed under Opinion

As I was Googling a definition of a sport, one of the options that appeared was: “Is cheerleading a sport.” As a high school cheerleader, that phrase is offensive, especially considering a sport is defined by Dictionary.com as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an indi...

Local restaurant does not disappoint

Local restaurant does not disappoint

Cailin O'Mara

October 19, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

If you ever find yourself yearning for the comfort of some genuine home-cooked food, Fric and Frac is the place for you. Located in downtown Kansas City, Fric and Frac combines the eclectic atmosphere of Westport with the warmth of a family restaurant. Aesthetically, Fric and Frac is nothing but ...

Local Mexican restaurant impresses with a pleasant facility and delicious food

Local Mexican restaurant impresses with a pleasant facility and delicious food

Carly Dinsmore

October 8, 2015


Filed under Opinion

The first thing I noticed about La Carreta was how clean it was. There wasn’t one thing that looked out of place. The facility is not heavily decorated, but they have a few traditional Mexican items like sombreros and lucha libre masks. The string lights that hang from the ceiling give the facility ...

Papa in the Kitchen: Sushi

Papa in the Kitchen: Sushi

Mikaela Papageorgiou

September 28, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Papa in the Kitchen, Showcase

As the leaves start changing and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes and the sight of UGG boots are around every corner, there’s only one thing that can really get you into the fall spirit. And that is ... Sushi. OK, wait; before you stop reading this because you think I’ve gone insane, just h...

Feminism advocates gender equality

Feminism advocates gender equality

Lauren Klapper, Photo Editor

September 25, 2015


Filed under Opinion

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, feminism is “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” Advocates for feminism call themselves feminists. Feminists encourage and empower women to be who they want to be, regardless of outside pressure. Some people believe...

‘If you mess with one man, you got us all’

‘If you mess with one man, you got us all’

Dirk Beashore

September 25, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Coming out of the locker room, touching the sign above the door that reads “Our House.” Walking down the hill to see all of the youth football players and middle schoolers reaching out for high-fives. Breaking through the banner with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme music playing and the...

Hallway ethics

Hallway ethics

Jenna Asherman

September 8, 2015


Filed under Opinion

With every school year comes another batch of wide-eyed freshmen ready to leave their mark on the school. The bad part? In the first few weeks, they’re shifting from sparse middle school halls to our crowded high school ones. This means that they can be inexperienced in the way things tend to work...

Disconnected generation, or well informed?

Disconnected generation, or well informed?

Abby Neal, Copy Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Nearly every teenager has heard the same quote from his or her parents: “Why are you always on that phone? When I was your age, we never just sat down, we went out with our friends.” To members of older generations, current-generation high schoolers are lazy and disconnected from their peers and...

Seniors reminisce on memories as they say goodbye to high school

Seniors reminisce on memories as they say goodbye to high school

Maddie Hays

May 4, 2015


Filed under First Mate’s Opinion

In these four years, we have experienced countless triumphs and failures – severe disappointments, broken hearts, precious friendships and exciting new ventures. When I walked through the school’s doors my first day of freshman year, I had a preconceived notion of what I would enjoy in high school...

State game: Four students, zero spirit

State game: Four students, zero spirit

Maddie Hays

April 3, 2015


Filed under First Mate’s Opinion

The state tournament. It’s what each girls’ basketball player has dreamed of and worked toward all year. Waking up at the crack of dawn in the summers for workouts, the two-and-a-half hour practices and the tough losses endured throughout the season all pushed the girls to this moment. Going to...

Students lose apathetic views of politics

Students lose apathetic views of politics

Keegan Sparks, Web Editor

March 11, 2015


Filed under Opinion

When I surveyed the student body to get a gauge of their political beliefs, I gave them four different ways to identify their political beliefs: Democrat, Republican, Independent, or "I don't follow politics." I fully expected one thing: the overwhelming majority would say "I don't follow politics."...

Senate Bill 56

Senate Bill 56

Abby Neal

March 6, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Two of the things I look forward to most when I think of school are my debate and forensics classes. I enjoy having the ability and the means to learn about things I may not know about otherwise, becoming more well-versed in current events and issues and broadening the amount of topics I have exposure...

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