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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.

Platonic friendships are met with misunderstanding

Platonic friendships are met with misunderstanding

Bel Wilcoxen, Photo Editor

March 16, 2017

Best friends are unique to each person. Some people have an unbreakable bond with their dog, some are close with their mother and some best friends make people wonder if there is a deeper meaning to the relationship. Seniors Skylar Penyweit and Sheridan Smith have been close friends for three years no...

Lockridge leaps for legacy at West Point

Lockridge leaps for legacy at West Point

Abby Neal, Web Editor-In-Chief

March 16, 2017

Former president Dwight D. Eisenhower, famous World War II general Douglas MacArthur, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and senior Emmett Lockridge all have one thing in common: attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating high school, Lockridge will pack his bags with military-iss...

“Split” thrills with psychological suspense

“Split” thrills with psychological suspense

Grace Haworth, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017

“Split,” a true thriller, combines the effects of multiple personality disorder with the stress and fear of a kidnapping to create a film that keeps the audience on edge. Main character Kevin “Wendell” Crumb (James McAvoy) suffers from multiple personality disorder. His failure to control th...

Students reflect on Trump presidency two months in

Students reflect on Trump presidency two months in

Raven Fletcher, Business Manager

March 16, 2017

The 2016 presidential election brought many changes to the state of American politics. One of the most publicly noticed changes is a shift in the way citizens receive information from the president himself. Twitter has now become a common medium in information sharing from the capital. According to ...

Chili’s impresses with wide variety of options

Chili’s impresses with wide variety of options

Sascha Dean, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017

When my date and I walked into Chili’s, the delicious aroma of food made up for the time it took to find a parking spot, although the restaurant was just as full. Luckily, we only had to wait for about 15 minutes to be seated. Our waitress took our drink orders as soon as we sat down, and within two ...

Seasons end at state tourney

Seasons end at state tourney

Katie Sullivan, Web Editor-In-Chief

March 16, 2017

For the first time in school history, both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams made it to the 4A-D1 state basketball tournament. Both teams had to beat Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood at sub-state to make it to state. For the Lady Pirates neither team posed much of a threat; however, for the b...

Au Naturale: Students go natural with their hair

Au Naturale: Students go natural with their hair

Jalen Zwart, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2017

In recent years, many black women have taken part in the reclamation of a feature which has suffered years of ignorance. Some have call this the “natural hair movement;” it consists of one wearing their hair the way it grows without altercation: no relaxers, no perms, nothing. Reasons for partici...

Forensics team hosts tournament

Forensics team hosts tournament

Raven Fletcher, Business Manager

March 16, 2017

For most school activities, the Kansas High School Athletic Association sponsors games or meets, provides referees and determines location. However, forensics events are put on by the squads and involve political strategy, as well as fundraising. This year, the forensics squad held its annual tourna...

School rules don’t dissuade substance abuse

School rules don’t dissuade substance abuse

Isaia Wilcoxen, Staff Writer

February 10, 2017

As you enter the school bathrooms, you notice the aroma of marijuana. Opening the stall, you see a blunt on the toilet and an empty plastic bag on the ground. This instance is just one of the illegal acts that have occurred on school grounds, and although these instances are hard to see from an outside...

Students reflect on causes and effects of substance use

Students reflect on causes and effects of substance use

Karli Trumbo, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017

TW: Drug and Alcohol Use. Students share why or why not they chose to partake in illegal drug and alcoholic activities and the consequences. Each individual you encounter is different; different in knowledge, ideas and opinions. With differences come conflicts which lead to discussions, such as the...

A voice against legalization

A voice against legalization

Jenna Asherman, Design Editor

February 8, 2017

When people think of those against legalization of marijuana, they conjure images of crusading soccer moms who have a haircut à la mid 2000s Kate Gosselin, or a government official who hasn’t even smelled it. That’s why when people hear that I’m against legalization, I’m greeted with a dubiou...

Health education excludes demographic from curriculum

Health education excludes demographic from curriculum

Cailin O'Mara, Managing Editor

February 8, 2017

Attending health class is universally regarded as the bane of freshman year. After all, what could be more pleasant than learning about the nuts and bolts of human health and sexuality? For most students, this experience is characterized by slight uncomfortableness and a plethora of inappropriate jok...

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