Willmott’s family raises personal zoo

Willmott holds a California King snake named Cal. He is one of 23 different species of animals Willmott has at her house.

Aubrey Stueven, Managing Editor

April 1, 2019

The squawk of a blue and gold macaw, the whiny of a quarter horse and many more sounds are just part of Grace Willmott’s (10) everyday life. Willmott spends her days at home helping take care of the different animals found on her family’s property. Throughout the years, Willmott has collected animals as smal...

Students celebrate Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday

Emily LaPlant, Opinions Editor

March 5, 2019

For many Catholics, the first full week of March is a busy time full of food and trying their best to be virtuous. Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday are back to back celebrations, but they could not be more different from one another. Fat Tuesday is a day full of feasting and sinning and Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and penance. “I sit, watch movies, and eat; I just eat,” Catie Doell (11) said. In order to get into the Fat Tuesday, festivities Doell likes to watch movies and relax, but above all other festivities, ...

Registrar Barb Smart helps students arrange meetings with the counselors. They must sign up on the purple or yellow sheet depending on which counselor the student would like to meet.
Photo by Paige Harrington

Counselors help students speak out about sensitive topics

February 28, 2019

When it comes to teenagers confessing depression, anxiety and stress to a school counselor, most students do not bother because they feel it is not important. Some students might prefer to talk to a friend instead of a trained adult. Counselors try to spend around ten years at college for their jo...

High school Girl Scouts show dedication

Girl Scout Troop 40326 takes a picture at their weekly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12. All of the girls in the troop were freshmen in high school.

Savannah Athy-Sedbrook, News Editor

February 13, 2019

When people think of Girl Scouts, the first thing that comes to mind is cookies, crafts and uniforms. The difference between this thought and the reality is the age of the scouts. Even though the troop numbers decrease as girls get older, plenty of high school girls still work toward the awards an...

Groundhog Day reaches 132nd anniversary

Jonathan Doss, Reporter

January 31, 2019

  Punxsutawney Phil will arise from his burrow Feb. 2 to mark the 132nd annual Groundhog Day. When German settlers arrived in America in the 1700s, they brought a tradition known as Candlemas Day, the original version of Groundhog Day, where superstition held that if the weather was fair, the second half of winter would be cold and stormy. The modern day celebration of the holiday began back in 1886, replacing a badger with a groundhog because it wakes from its mid-winter hibernation at around ...

Student teacher Leora Seiler walks students through taking the cores out of a potato. Seiler has been here since the start of second semester.

Student teacher joins science department

January 23, 2019

“Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach,” Aristotle said this in order to demonstrate his philosophy on teaching and learning. Student teacher Leora Seiler, a senior from Emporia State University, is working with the science department as a requirement to graduate and help attain he...

Keeylnn Barnett (9) with Spanish teacher Frank Espinoza. Espinoza is Barnett's favorite teacher.

Students enjoy classes with favorite teachers

January 18, 2019

Some teachers are funny, others are nice. Maybe a teacher is good at explaining class materials. Despite the different reasons most students have a favorite teacher. Hallie Johnson’s (10) favorite teacher is Brian Hallmark who taught her physical science. “My favorite teacher is Brian Hallma...

Ally Davis (11) paints Alexis Wilson's (11) nails. Davis volunteered to help with Operation Cinderella, which started with hair and makeup at 9 a.m. Saturday Dec. 15.

Junior hosts Operation Cinderella

December 20, 2018

Operation Cinderella was an opportunity to assist those who want help getting ready for Jingle Bell Ball (JBB). It helped those who can not afford to purchase a dress, shoes, jewelry and helping with hair and makeup for the dance. “I decided to put on Operation Cinderella because, at summer cam...

Late Jason Befort honored on anniversary

Ivory Rightnar, Sports Editor

December 20, 2018

Jason Befort, a former Augusta science teacher and Oriole basketball coach, was murdered Dec. 14, 2000. Befort was at his house with a group of friends. On this night, the group was heading to bed when they heard loud yelling. Two brothers by the names of Reginald Carr and Jonathan Carr had broken into their house. That night, one of the brothers sat all the friends in the living room and watched them while the other brother robbed the house. That brother found a ring inside an old coffee can and asked the group abou...

Social studies teacher Jeff Regier stand on the official's stand making calls during the state volleyball championship.

Regier officiates for 40 years

November 28, 2018

Calling traveling, fouls, double dribbles, net violation and side outs have been a constant part of Social Studies teacher Jeff Regier's life. Regier began refereeing (KSHAA) volleyball and basketball games 40 years ago. He chose to start reffing because he really liked sports, and felt it was...

The centenary of the end of WWI arrives

A newspaper clipping of the Daily Mirror showing images of people celebrating the end of World War I.

Daniel Doell, Reporter

November 19, 2018

World War I changed much of how we view conflicts and war. “It was one of the most important events in history,” Conner Casteel (10) said. When the news came in that Germany signed the proposed armistice, the world erupted with joy. Citizens marched through their neighborhoods, welcomi...

Croft trilogy finale leaves fans wanting more

Croft trilogy finale leaves fans wanting more

November 8, 2018

-Editors Note: This story contains plot details that can be considered as spoilers. Fighting jaguars, escaping tsunamis, solving puzzles and raiding tombs. The third installment in the reboot of the Lara Croft franchise is action-packed and keeps players on their toes. “Shadow of the Tomb Raider...

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