Young recipient of historical recognition

By J. Metje & Michaela Fielding

“I’m so proud of Mrs. Young. She really deserves this.” -Christina Nguyen, sophomore

BSHS has become acclimated to a certain level of prestige and award. Indeed, in “winning at everything we do,” we expect a certain level of achievement each year. However, for one BSHS teacher, a totally unexpected accolade has come in a historical fashion. Jacquelyn Young, coach of the high school’s forensics team, has been inducted into the National Speech and Debate Association Hall of Fame. Not only is she the first person to ever get this level of recognition after applying just once, she is also the first black female to receive this award.

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Numbering our days

By J. Metje

“When I see a student learning important things and learning how to apply it to their own lives, that’s what makes it worth it.” -retiring teacher Dacia Rzchowski

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” -Psalms, 90:12.

It can be said that no others teach us to number our days like the teachers, faculty, and administration in our schools. Here at BSHS, five individuals skilled in teaching the value of time are coming to the end of theirs as members of the Wildcat family. Retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year are teachers Dacia Rzchowski and Sharon Erikson, counselor Linda Williams, janitor Larry Reeves and administrator Frank Wheeler.

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Community walks to save lives

By Courtney Yanks

“I did donate, but not only money; I donated my time, I walked with amazing people that I spent time listening and relating to. I met so many strong people that afternoon, and I can not wait till next year to attend another one,” sophomore Hali Watts said.

On May 6, a beautiful Saturday afternoon, many gathered to bring awareness to a problem occurring not only in Blue Springs but around the country: teen suicide.

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Two free years of college, done by tutoring

By Michaela Fielding

“To be qualified to be a part of the program you must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, have a 95% attendance rate or above, pass the Algebra 1 EOC, and go to a meeting that explains what the A+ program is and what you will be doing in it, so it’s a good idea to start early.” -A+ Coordinator Lauren Carpenter

During Wildcat hour, students can be observed tutoring one another in the library, classrooms and various places around BSHS. Many of these students are earning their tutoring hours towards their A+ certification. The A+ program was designed with hopes of helping more students attend college debt free. Continue reading Two free years of college, done by tutoring

Culinary skills visits JCCC

by Kaylee Largent

“The variety of learning tools were incredible and definitely hooked me in,” -Bennie Holmes on JCCC’s facilitites

BSHS and BSSHS culinary skills and hospitality and tourism classes recently took a field trip to Johnson County Community College to visit their culinary program and the campus. The trip’s intent was to give students an exclusive look into the campus buildings, financial responsibilities required, and what the culinary program had to offer. Continue reading Culinary skills visits JCCC

Boys in the Cheerleading World

by Jadyn Webber

“Most people don’t understand what we do.” – junior Taron Still

High ponytails, glitter, pom poms, and short skirts dominate the imagery in the world of cheer. However, males muscles are slowly making their mark on coed teams. BSHS is one of only a few teams in the area that features a competitive medium/large coed varsity team, making the squad unique from neighboring schools. The young men on the squad cite various influences pulling them into the sport. Continue reading Boys in the Cheerleading World

Students and staff in end of the year frenzy

By Dasia Walters

“… in the end all of my hard work and everything will show out.” – senior Tara Orr

The end of the school year: a time of restlessness, anticipation, and for many, a great deal of stress. With the amount of exams being given, clubs and organizations wrapping up and seniors preparing for graduation, the feverishness can reach record highs.

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Project Lead the Way Senior Showcase and State Championship results

PLTW Senior Showcase – Union Station – April 18

  • 2nd Place and winners of $1500 scholarship –
    • Sarah Scherich & Asher Roush – Wheelchair Drum Helper (Engineering)
  • Innovator Awards
    • Jesse Maloney & Ryan Watts – Water Purification Bottle (Engineering)
    • Emily Schulze – Epi-Cartridge (BioMed)

Technology Student Association State Championships – Missouri S&T – April 23-25

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Practice pays off for national speech and debate qualifiers

By J. Metje

“Since Christmas break, we’ve been preparing. Every week from there leading up to districts, we worked,” -sophomore Noah Hinton

The setting was Lee’s Summit West High School. The occasion was the National Speech and Debate Association’s Show Me District Tournament. The event, likely the most stress a forensics and debate competitor had faced all year, was their one and only chance to qualify to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, this June. Despite the high stakes, eight students qualified for Nationals across the two weekends of competition.

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