Butterfly trinkets meaningful, symbolic; Fielding looks to future impact of collection

By Arianna Koch

“I was in eighth grade when I heard about The Butterfly Project, which encourages those who are considering self-harm to find help, saying that getting help is the best way to be strong.”

-Brooke Fielding, junior

People collect all sorts of things, from stamps to spoons to sports cards. Junior Brooke Fielding collects something that might be considered unique: she collects butterflies.

Fielding’s butterfly collection is something that has been a part of her life for many years.“I started collecting butterflies after my cousin passed away, in honor of her. But over the years, it started becoming a habit to get (a butterfly) every time something special happened in my life,” said Fielding. “Something that just started out having symbolic meaning to me is now my favorite thing in the world.” Continue reading Butterfly trinkets meaningful, symbolic; Fielding looks to future impact of collection

Question: What are you wearing? Answer: Flannels, Converse, scarves

By Margaret Stansell

Not only does the winter season bring holiday spirit and dreams of snow days, it also changes the way people dress as they try to stay warm and stylish at the same time.  Walking through BSHS, one may encounter hundreds of different styles and clothing fashions. And although everyone’s personal style is different, there are a few items that seasonally pop up all over campus. Continue reading Question: What are you wearing? Answer: Flannels, Converse, scarves

Class participation responsibility of students, teachers

By Annie Crawford

It is not uncommon for students to dread being called on in class. Whether they are not familiar with the material or they are just nervous about speaking up, being expected to have a well-thought-out response ready for a teacher to assess can be pretty daunting. Even when a person has areally good idea, it can sometimes be difficult to voice it. However, when it comes to class participation, the opinions and perspectives shared by students in class have the potential to improve learning and offer valuable viewpoints.participation Continue reading Class participation responsibility of students, teachers

Clubs tap into intellectual interests; offer opportunities for discussion, competition

By Katy Hamilton

Are you smart enough to be in Math Club? Answer the following question to find out:   For how many positive integer n is n/30-n also a positive integer?      A)4       B) 5     C) 6     D) 7    E) 8

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Math Club and Book Club, two of the scholarly activities available at BSHS, are run by Sharon Erikson, math teacher, and Sadie Birdsell, library media specialist.

As a librarian, Birdsell is a natural to sponsor Book Club. She decided it would be fun to take on the task.

“Book Club is for students who love to read and enjoy discussing the books they read and comparing reactions. The club meets on the first Wednesday of every month in the counselor’s office during A shift of Wildcat Hour. I would love to see more people join,” said Birdsell. Continue reading Clubs tap into intellectual interests; offer opportunities for discussion, competition

Q: Where were you when the Royals last won the World Series?

Below: Principal Bob Jerome had high hopes for a pro baseball career, riding in the Fall Fun Fest parade as boy sporting his “Dreamin’ Baseball” sign.  Lucky for students and staff, he landed at BSHS instead.

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Heather Knudsen, assistant principal: I was in the fifth grade at John Nowlin. During the playoff run, I got to be on the field and play catch with George Brett. (The Campus Crier staff thinks George Brett should have gotten her autograph; little could he have known that she would go on to have an illustrious career as an educator at BSHS).

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Renee Herman, FACS: I was living in Neosho but had come up to see the Chiefs game. I listened to the Royals game on the radio on the way home.

Matthew Cox, ISD: I was at a buddy’s house; we pulled a TV out back with an extension cord to watch the game. Continue reading Q: Where were you when the Royals last won the World Series?

Seniors serve as both students and teachers in peer assistants course; class offers preparation, experience

By Margaret Stansell

     Every morning, senior Shannon Dycus looks forward to seeing her good friend Joe Cobb, a special education student with Down Syndrome. Dycus and Cobb meet in the small gym during first hour every day for a class most have never heard of: peer assistants. During this hour, 12 regular education students get together to help, work, and have fun with 15 special education students. The class is all about teaching students how to instruct. Continue reading Seniors serve as both students and teachers in peer assistants course; class offers preparation, experience

FFA promotes leadership, networking, knowledge

By Annie Crawford

   “I joined FFA because I like agriculture and leadership. We are leadership based—we go to conferences that promote our leadership skills.” -Alex Sirna, President of the Blue Springs FFA chapter

The gavel strikes the table, and the FFA meeting begins. Dedicated officers and members of the Blue Springs FFA chapter are building strong relationships with their peers, developing leadership skills and helping the community.

Even though students join FFA for a variety of reasons, they all share one attribute: an interest in agriculture. Through this common interest, FFA members participate in activities that further their knowledge of agriculture, like contests where they pick a focus area. “You get to choose what you want to study, and you get better at it,” said Shane Vest, Parliamentarian of the Blue Springs FFA chapter. “We get to focus on a specialty.” Continue reading FFA promotes leadership, networking, knowledge

Feminist club sparks controversy, discussion

By Savannah Walsh

“Anyone can say they support a cause, but that doesn’t really mean anything unless you take action. I wanted to give others the opportunity to get involved…Gender discrimination is something everyone has been or will be affected by, whether they realize it or not.” -Senior Jordan Terry, feminist club founder

College fair or handmade spirit week posters in school hallways don’t often illicit very dramatic responses. One poster that has, however, inspired divisive conversation amongst BSHS students is for the newly rebooted feminist club.

The buzz about this club is led by senior Jordan Terry. Terry has supported feminism her entire life but began voicing her passion for the concept her freshmen year in debate class. The club’s monthly meetings consist of a varied agenda that includes “discuss(ing) different concepts about feminism and current events involving gender.”

When starting the club, Terry hoped to locate the vocal feminists attending BSHS. Instead, she was greeted with a copious amount of negativity. “We have actually seen a surprising amount of backlash and very little support. After I put up posters around school to spread the word about the club, I noticed that a lot of them had been drawn on or torn down. I also hear a lot of people in the hallways and classrooms making comments about the club and making fun of it,” revealed Terry. Continue reading Feminist club sparks controversy, discussion

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