• October 19Pirates football team takes on Eudora Friday, Oct. 30.
  • October 19Last day of first quarter is Wednesday, Oct. 28.
  • October 5Deadline to register to vote in Kansas is Oct. 13
  • February 28The registration deadline for the April 4th ACT is today, Friday, Feb. 28

Setting the scene: Theatre department strives to bridge racial, equality gaps

Sophomore Maddie Lamb teaches choreography to cast at musical practice.

Audrey Menzies, Design Editor

November 19, 2019

It’s 1962. Weight and race were what defined a person, and the fight for equality was stronger than ever. This is the scene the Piper Theatre department is trying to set. It is one of the heaviest topics they have ever taken on, and opening night is Nov. 21. “With ‘Hairspray’ being so race h...

Cheer, volleyball undergo changes in coaching style

Coach, Rachel Ferguson, introduces a new passing drill at practice Wednesday, Sept. 25. This is Ferguson’s first year coaching at Piper.

Zoey Pudenz, Managing Editor

October 2, 2019

This year has brought big changes for the cheer and volleyball teams with both making adjustments to their new coaching staff. Cheer coach Morgan Kolenda, has coached at the collegiate level and was previously the head coach for the Bonner Springs High School team. “I like that she’s a hands-on coac...

Overgrowth Leads to Need for Change

Staff Editorial

October 2, 2019

Students sitting shoulder to shoulder, sharing textbooks and assignments. Some leave to go to another classroom to work due to a shortage of computers. Teachers rolling the entire contents of their desks down the halls to a different room each period. This is the reality of overcrowding in schools. ...

Administration, students debate phone policy

Sophomore Nathan Hiatt texts while in class.

Miles Lockridge, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

Cell phones have become a fourth necessity for survival in today’s society, being used to communicate, store memories and keep up on current events. Administration reviewed the policy at the beginning of the year, making few changes. For returning students, one noticeable change was a reversible red and...

Overgrowth In schools brings new challenges

As the school district slowly grows, the high school has realized an issue with overcrowding in their classes.

Megan Neal, Print Editor

October 2, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year has brought new challenges never seen by the high school before. With more students attending than ever before, issues of overgrowth have flooded the hallways. While the senior class contains 125 students, the freshman class contains 207 students, this is one of the highest clas...

Area 51 Rivets Nation, Raises Questions About Government Secrecy

The PHS student section throws baby powder at the beginning of their homecoming game. The Pirates walked away with a 40-6 win.

Caroline Zimmerman, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

Over the Summer, popular youtuber Matthew Roberts gained massive media attention after creating a petition to raid Area 51. This raid inspired the Homecoming theme since the proposed date of the raid happened to be the same day as the Homecoming game. Area 51’s existence was not uncovered until 2013, ac...

Advanced Placement exams change for the worse

Lauren Pappert

Lauren Pappert, Photo Editor

October 2, 2019

Advanced Placement (AP) exams have changed yet again. According to the College Board, the registration and payment deadline will be moved from early March to mid November.  Changing of deadline regulations and fees for AP Classes will put pressure on students who are already stressed enough trying t...

Halloween changes over time

Lauren Textor, Editor-In-Chief

October 30, 2018

Halloween has undergone several transformations throughout the years, from pagan reverence of the dead to harvest celebrations to community parties to one candy-centric night of fun. Freshman Konner McDaniel experienced typical Halloween traditions growing up. “When I was little, I mostly just we...

6,353 miles from home

6,353 miles from home

Megan Neal, Print Editor

October 30, 2018

A new home, school and life awaited junior Polina Rakusheva as she traveled thousands of miles from her home in Kazakhstan to America. When Rakusheva was 14, she learned about a free program called Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) that gave students the chance to go on an educational exchange. After waiting...

Permanent Expressions

English teacher, Christine Kohrs received her most recent tattoo of her father in Nov. 2017.

Trey Trumbo, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018

From tribal to meaningful portraits, people choose tattoos for fun, to reflect who they are or to be a walking piece of art. The first recorded tattoos were in 1898 from a medical doctor in Egypt. Since the 1970s, tattoos have become a mainstream item around the world. While some people get tattoos t...

Supreme Court Justice hearing represents political divide

Charles Connor, Sports Editor

October 30, 2018

Prior to Sept. 14, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice flew under the radar for the majority of the general public. After that date, however, everyone knew the name Kavanaugh as a result of allegations that surfaced claiming that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted a w...

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