Craig eagerly awaits education exchange to Germany

By Samara Bhatti

“I’m really excited just to get out into the world and experience a culture that I’ve only read and heard about.” –Freshman Jadyn Craig on her upcoming exchange experience

Many BSHS students are familiar with having foreign exchange students in their classrooms here at home. Next year, however, BSHS will send a Wildcat abroad. Freshman Jadyn Craig has been accepted to be an exchange student in Germany. Craig noted that the AFS program offers an exciting opportunity to learn a new language, learn more about other cultures and experience German schools. Continue reading Craig eagerly awaits education exchange to Germany

NHS welcomes new members, sponsor next fall

By Jayla Sample

“I like to help people, and involve myself with others and try to rub off as much positive energy through others.” –Junior Niya Harris 

National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Often touted as “more than just an honor roll,” NHS serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Continue reading NHS welcomes new members, sponsor next fall

Wilson honored with outstanding chemistry teacher award

On May 1, chemistry teacher Jennifer Wilson was noted by the the American Chemical Society as an outstanding high school chemistry teacher. She was nominated by UMKC dual-credit coordinator Dr. Ken Kramme. This award is given each year to honor and celebrate achievements in advancing the chemical enterprise and making a positive impact in organizations, communities, and society.

To Wilson, it’s all in a day’s work. Continue reading Wilson honored with outstanding chemistry teacher award

Talent front and center at fundamentals play

By Samantha Johnson

“They will get to show off their skills in a very fun way and get to show the school what they’ve been working hard for… All of their hard work comes to an end and they get to be rewarded by their friends and family. It is so cool.” – special education teacher Emma Bellmann

Blue Springs students with special needs will break out their award winning smiles and top-notch dance moves in the Drama Den tomorrow at 1 p.m. for the annual Theater Fundamentals play. With three months of rehearsal, the charismatic cast is looking forward to performing for their fellow classmates. Continue reading Talent front and center at fundamentals play

Little Shop of Horrors reaps Blue Star nomination

By Caitlin Ham

“I’m really proud of the entire cast and crew and believe Sam will do an outstanding job representing the musical as a whole.” –Theatre director Lisa Lowman

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, Starlight Theatre’s annual Blue Star Awards recognize musical theatre accomplishments in the KC metro area. Each year the program serves 5,000 local students to honor those who contribute on stage or behind the curtain in their schools’ musical theatre program. Judges who are theatre professionals attend each school’s musical and evaluate. This year Blue Springs musical, Little Shop of Horrors, received nominations for outstanding actor in a lead role (Sam Abuchon as Seymour Kreulborn) and outstanding orchestra, a nomination BSHS has never received. Continue reading Little Shop of Horrors reaps Blue Star nomination

Boys 4×400 team dominant despite changing lineups

By Brett Tieman

“When you have a relay team and everyone does their part, it all works out well. They’re believing in what they can do and running with confidence, and that is what makes a relay team special.” – Head Coach Joseph Cusack

The boys 4×400 relay team has been one of the key factors in the success of the track team. Last year they placed second in the finals at state, pulling them four points ahead of Lafayette to win the championship. This year, the squad has only seen defeat once. Continue reading Boys 4×400 team dominant despite changing lineups

FFA grows strong roots in Blue Springs

By Jayla Sample

“We’re like many other groups on campus in that we have to qualify level by level, each one being more intense than the next. But with every level, you learn or see something new. That’s why investing in the experience is worth it.” –Senior Morgan Laughlin on state competition

The BSHS chapter of the National FFA Organization is an activity that allows students to be involved with multiple interesting events. FFA does not focus purely on students with agriculture in their future; rather, they welcome members whose career plans include being teachers, doctors, scientist, business owners and more. Continue reading FFA grows strong roots in Blue Springs

PLTW and TSA students showcase solutions, projects

By Abigail Starr

“I got first in software development. I made a simple program to help elementary students with their multiplication. It took me several weeks to create.” –junior Ryan Storm 

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) seniors attended a senior showcase at Union Station to present their Engineering and Biomed capstone projects. Advisor Angelia Schnakenberg noted that these projects highlight  issues in the engineering field that students must find a way to creatively solve. Continue reading PLTW and TSA students showcase solutions, projects

Future marketing moguls win big at international competition

By Abigail Starr

“If you can excel in marketing and DECA, you will have no problem moving into college, the career field, and relationships. You will be ahead of the game. Period.” –marketing teacher and DECA advisor Kelly Fowler

On April 20, 17 DECA competitors set out to international competition in Atlanta with the hope of challenging judges with fresh ideas and methodically planned presentations on independent business marketing strategies. This group has been working on their displays since September. Continue reading Future marketing moguls win big at international competition

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