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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Baseball emphasizes team, pushes toward postseason

By Chris Tupin

“We need to focus both on playing as a team and staying concentrated on our goal of winning a state title,” – Junior Nick Brandner

The Wildcats baseball team has begun to wind down their regular season play. Currently, the Cats are 12-8 and first in their conference with eight games left to play before the postseason begins.

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Making music in districts

By Michaela Fielding

“We did great. This was the first time in Mr. Rudolph’s teaching career that not only did we get all ones, but that every single judge in every single room gave each choir a one,”- senior Kaitlyn Springate

Orchestra students plucked strings and band members tuned instruments while the choir sang: music filled the air. This was not just another performance for the band, choir and orchestra. This performance was big. This was districts. Continue reading Making music in districts

“Senioritis” serious business for students

By Courtney Yanks

“Senioritis has me excited to leave high school, but scared for what comes after,”  senior Lily Andrews

Four years ago, freshmen began the year nervous and excited for what these high school would hold;  for seniors, that enthusiasm has changed. Senior students usually begin the year with a fervor, applying for colleges and diligently completing work, but for some, “senioritis,” a decline of motivation in the last year of high school, takes it toll  by the end of the year.

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To eat or not to eat: health foods in the teen world

By Dasia Walters

“[I want students to] watch more of their choices and eat within moderation.” – nutrition and wellness teacher Brooke Enright

These days, companies trend towards marketing to the health conscious consumer more and more, stamping the words “organic,” “non-GMO” and “50 percent less salt” onto their packaging as a proclamation of wholesomeness and wellbeing to the world. But who is the target audience  most enticed by these labels? According to a survey conducted by USA Today reporter Bruce Horowitz, the answer might be lying right inside of schoolhouse doors.

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A tale as old as time

By Kaylee Largent

“Disney has blown me away again and again. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is truly a tale as old as time.” -sophomore Ana Gross

Disney has re-released another classic, and this time it is Beauty and the Beast getting the facelift. The Disney story was brought to life using real characters and settings as compared to the animated version made in 1991. The film provided fun songs and incredible images for viewers to indulge into as they watched the story of Belle and the Beast.

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Girls Soccer Kicks Into Another Season

by Kristian Frisbey

“We want to beat the teams like Blue Springs South, Lees Summit, and Lees Summit West because they are all on top right now. We want to be able to end the season with a over .500 record, and are expected to have a much better season than last year.” -junior Katie Cole

Kicking off another season, the girls soccer team has many goals that they want to accomplish this spring. Continue reading Girls Soccer Kicks Into Another Season

Mr. Wildcat Wraps up for the Year

by Jadyn Webber

“I wanted to enjoy my senior year and do all of the fun things Blue Springs has to offer. I’d watched it in the past and it always seemed kinda funny.” – senior Christian Barlow

On March 23, Student Senate hosted Mr. Wildcat, a pageant show for senior boys. The show was comprised of a swimsuit, talent, and formal wear portion. The competitors auditioned, and a select few were chosen to move on to the actual show. Many senior boys looked forward to Mr. Wildcat with enthusiasm. Continue reading Mr. Wildcat Wraps up for the Year

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