Category Archives: Student Standouts

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

Beauties, beasts partied until the last rose petal fell

By Caitlin Ham

“It was such an honor to be crowned prom queen, and it’s definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life.” –Senior Maisy Kurucz

Ball gowns, tuxedos, flowers, slow dancing…all of this was in full swing at this year’s prom, themed Beauty and the Beast. Prom was held on April 14th at Crown Center located in downtown Kansas City. Student favorites included the photo booth where students could take pictures with their date or friends featuring frames and costumes and the chocolate fountains with countless dipping options. Continue reading Beauties, beasts partied until the last rose petal fell

Walsh claims area six historian spot

By Michaela Fielding

Sierra had to interview with 21 high school students from the Area 6 FFA association. There are 21 schools in the area and each school can send one voting delegate, which determines who is on the Area 6 Officer slated for the next year.”-Mrs. Morgan Payton

Suits and ties, question after question, a lengthy interview process, and a final knowledge test: these are the challenges junior Sierra Walsh faced when she ran to be a Future Farmers of America (FFA) area official. Continue reading Walsh claims area six historian spot

Expecting success?

By J. Metje

“If we do succeed, then the sky’s the limit.” – senior Katelin Danaher

This summer, seniors Katelin Danaher and Taylor Williams accomplished something few in the world can say they did. Competitors at the National Speech and Debate Association’s national tournament, Danaher and Williams won nineteenth in the nation in Duo Interpretation with a piece titled “Grace and Glory.”

Going into their senior year, the pair found themselves in a position even fewer people experience, in that they have an entire year to try and do it all again. After such phenomenal success, high expectations abound for Danaher, Williams and their many supporters.

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Embarrassing stories: a moment in time that lasts forever

By Abbey Danley

“My face was covered in turf and very pink. Although I was uninjured, I was thoroughly embarrassed. I immediately kept running up the track my face was still bright pink and my eyes teary,” – Kailyn Klotz, sophomore

No matter how hard people try, everyone somehow ends up in an embarrassing situation. Whether it’s tripping over air, not having a matching outfit or failing a test that everyone else seemed to get a good grade on, most people’s embarrassing stories stick with them. Continue reading Embarrassing stories: a moment in time that lasts forever

Malik and Refaat dispel Hijabi misconceptions

By J. Metje

“Hijab is such a big part of me. If I didn’t wear it, I would feel like I was walking around naked. Nothing will make me take it off.” – senior Hadia Malik

Among the 1,800 students of BSHS, there are many races, sexualities, and religious beliefs, and within these categories, there are even more things that make each student different. With a sharp eye, one can pick out two students who, quite literally, wear their difference around their head.

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Students explore the social spectrum

By Abbey Danley

“Extroverted people are more interested in hanging out…compared to introverts they just like to be in their own world,” -sophomore Braxton Hagewood, sophomore

Band kids, choir singers, orchestra musicians, “popular kids,” “nerds,” “geeks,” “jocks,” “fangirls” and members of any other stereotypical group walk the halls of BSHS. Within these groups exists two subgroups: extroverts and introverts. Like the oversimplified images for people in band, there are stereotypes for extroverts and introverts.

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International travel part of KC Youth Symphony experience

by Abbey Danley

“This summer Ashley Ingram and I went to Ireland with Youth Symphony for a week to do an American Celebration of Music tour for them. We performed in spectacular cathedrals,” -senior Rachel Harris

The Kansas City Youth Symphony (KCYS) consists of 108 musicians from all over the Kansas City metro area, and this year includes four BSHS musicians.  Senior Rachel Harris and sophomore Melanie Avery auditioned and were selected to participate in the symphony’s medleys, band marches and full length symphonies. Continue reading International travel part of KC Youth Symphony experience

McClain to lead JROTC as lieutenant colonel

By Katy Hamilton

 “Year after year, Ms. McClain has been consistent in displaying the high quality attributes a cadet requires. She will be a great role model for all of our cadets.” – Colonel Richard Yule on Erica McClain

Junior Erica McClain has navigated her way through the BSHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) system and reached the highest honor granted to students through the program: Lieutenant Colonel.

As the top cadet, the Lieutenant Colonel controls the entire corp. Continue reading McClain to lead JROTC as lieutenant colonel

Signs from above

By Caleb LaMastres

“I like collecting street signs because there is such a variety of signs, and because each sign is cool in its own way.” – Senior Alex Schuering, on sign collecting

Webster defines a hobby as a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation. People usually see hobbies as calm, relaxing, and normal, such as knitting or scrapbooking. Nobody told Alex Schuering that, because his hobby of collecting street signs, is not all that bland. Continue reading Signs from above