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  • April 30Freshmen and sophomore, please check your school email and vote for your StuCo representatives for next year. Votes must be submitted by Friday.
  • April 18Art Club will be meeting Monday, April 22 in the art room.
  • April 18Attention NHS candidates, a Piper cleanup is being held April 27 through April 30. For more information, call 913-488-5478.
  • April 18Seniors need to complete the Post-Graduation Plans form due by April 26.

Halloween changes over time

Lauren Textor, Co 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, Managing 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

Permanent Expressions

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...

Fear manifests as sex trafficking rises

Blake Beashore, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018

There is a monster lurking in the darkness, snatching lives away from the innocent every day. This monster is allowed to run wild in the streets without anyone to stop it, unspoken of except in hushed whispers and the occasional safety assembly. This monster is the extremely intricate world of sex traffi...

Midterm elections gauge public opinion

Scout Molder, Co Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018

As the United States approaches the halfway point of the Trump presidency, the importance of voting in midterms has become a hot topic within news and social media. On the national scale, these elections, which take place at the halfway point of every presidential term, are significant because every s...

Returning seniors lead varsity soccer

Returning seniors lead varsity soccer

Charles Connor, Sports Editor

September 27, 2018

For the last few years, Piper’s soccer program has been on the rise. Multiple winning seasons have prompted an entirely new level of expectations for the Pirates this season. This year’s varsity team has a total of 12 seniors, and the goal is to bring home the state championship. Captaining this year...

Seniors plan for life after high school

Seniors plan for life after high school

Lauren Textor, Co Editor-In-Chief

September 27, 2018

Senior year is meant to be filled with traditions, celebrations and friendships, but it’s also a stressful and surprisingly short period of time for teenagers to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives: what they’re going to do after high school. Although seniors across the country are e...

The whole story: Finstas foster individualism

The whole story: Finstas foster individualism

Morgan Haworth, Social Media Manager

September 27, 2018

She uses her second Instagram to release emotional baggage. After hiding her true feelings and bottling herself in, she feels free when she posts on her finsta. “I started my finsta because I feel like my finsta is the real me,” junior Jamike Unoke said. A finsta stands for a “fake Instagram.” These a...

Students participate in online challenges

Trey Trumbo, Staff Member

September 27, 2018

Over the years, online challenges have become more and more popular, sweeping rapidly across nations all around the world. While most have been harmless or even for a good cause, others, like the Kiki Challenge, have resulted in destruction of property or loss of life. “I feel like most challenges begin...

Stuco works to improve

Taylor McEachron, Co-Web Editor

September 27, 2018

As the third month of school approaches, students are getting into their routines with classes, clubs and extracurricular activities. Not only are students getting back in the swing of things, but certain groups are looking to improve the school’s environment. Student Council has been working since...

Teen Lives are Going up in Vapor

Teen Lives are Going up in Vapor

Scout Molder, Co Editor-In-Chief

September 27, 2018

My mom was 15 years old when she started smoking cigarettes. She used to buy them from a vending machine at the bowling alley, no I.D. required, all while in her high school cheerleading uniform. When I was younger, I used to think it was crazy how easy it was for such a young person to access someth...

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