A trend on Tik Tok encourages users to steal Trump signs to paint them. Common phrases painted on the signs include Dump Trump, ACAB, BLM and a pride flag.

Vandalism increases as political tension rises

October 29, 2020

In early August, a MAGA sign was vandalized in Cowley county. President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again”, was covered by the words “resist” and “BLM” in spray paint. Since then, vandalism has spread to other cities around Kansas with big and small cities reporting the dest...

Junior Kassidy Miller prepares for Halloween by placing the candy in a bowl for trick or treaters. Miller plans on having hand sanitizer available after every child has grabbed a piece of candy.

Halloween safety during COVID-19

October 29, 2020

This time of year, temperatures drop, leaves change colors and children's joy grows as Halloween is around the corner. Thoughts of children walking through neighborhoods in costumes and going up to different houses to receive candy race through the minds of the community. Although Halloween is a joyful ...

School lunches have taken a wild change this year. They are being delivered in to-go boxes and students are only given one hot lunch option and one cold lunch option.

Lunches leaving students hungry throughout the day

October 28, 2020

Students started receiving free school lunches Sept. 17 this will end June 21, 2021; the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) distributed money to each school district within the state for free breakfasts and lunches, there was also left over COVID funds that gave the school money for the f...

(Top row, from left to right) John Rolph, Mark Hutton, Helen Van Etten, Shellaine Kiblinger, Cheryl Harrison-Lee, and Allen Schmidt. (Bottom row, from left to right) In the bottom left we have Ann Brandau-Murguia, Shane Bangerter, Bill Feuerborn, and Blake Flanders. Photo Credit Kansas Board of Regents Facebook Page.

College application requirements changing

October 23, 2020

Kansas Board of Regents universities changed their Qualified Admissions (QA) requirements for 2021 high school graduates. The purpose for these changes are to enhance success at the university level and ensure students are prepared for college.  The six Board of Regents universities use QA admissions to selec...

The ACT has been mandatory for students wanting to go to a four year college and was started in 1959. For the class of 2021, the ACT will not be mandatory due to the pandemic.

ACT not mandatory for class of 2021

October 23, 2020

The ACT (American College Testing) is a test that most students dread taking, but it was mandatory if they wanted to attend a four-year college. With COVID-19, most colleges have decided that the ACT is not mandatory for the upcoming class of 2021. “More than two dozen institutions — including highly selecti...

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Neuschafer end of the month activity is to put four posters around the school and have students take selfies with them then post the picture to counselor twitter: @AHS_Counselors. Neuschafer will then choose a student who posted a picture to win a prize.

Counselors plan for Bullying Awareness Month

October 19, 2020

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month, which the high school is participating in. Unlike Suicide Awareness month, they will not give out bracelets or ribbons; instead.  Friends of Freshman (FOF) joined the counselors in planning this month for students who want to be involved.  “T...

New video game club launches at AHS

Sydnee Kuhn, Reporter

October 16, 2020

The school started a new club for students who are interested in video games, E-Sports gives students the chance to practice in groups who play the same game and compete against others. Sponsor Kellie Roberts is trying to set everything up for the sport to go into play and get students playing video games.  “First we have to get it approved by the Board of Education, and once they approve it, we can start actually really getting into it and trying to compete against other teams,” Roberts said.  Students who sig...

Current President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden went head to head in the first presidential debate of 2020. Each party has previously been involved with the presidency.

First presidential debate of 2020

October 9, 2020

Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump participated in their first presidential debate Sept. 29. The purpose of the presidential debate is to  show what both candidates are for, against, and how they would respond to certain events and situations. Moderator Chris Wallace, Fox News Anchor, wa...

Choir director Jerrod McNutt dancing in Bella Canto to the Whip and Nae Nae, a popular dance from 2015. McNutt has been a teacher at the high school since 2017.

Music programs make changes as COVID-19 progresses

October 5, 2020

Bell covers, puppy potty pads, 30 minute breaks and more have all been incorporated into the daily routine of these musicians. The school has three music directors, one choir and two band. Jerrod McNutt, choir director, Todd Hollis, band director and James Hollingsworth band director. One of the saf...

Homecoming candidates (right to left) Zack Timberlake, Morgan Pennycuff, Taylor Braungardt, Josh Manahan, Ryan Andrews, Jadyn Jackson, Payton Haskell and Duke Lichlyter stand together for a picture. King and queen will be announced Friday Oct. 2 at 6:40 p.m. before the home game against Buhler.

Homecoming changes due to COVID-19

September 26, 2020

A cool fall breeze, the sight of girls dressed up in beautiful dresses, candy falling on the ground and hearing the crowd clap and cheer are just some of the memories that homecoming comes with. Due to COVID-19, homecoming 2020 will be changed quite a bit. “There will be no homecoming parade this y...

Junior Sawyer Schmit, junior Zach Engelbrecht, and junior jake Williams sit at the lunch table. As they and the rest of their class mates enjoy a free lunch.

Free Meals for Students K-12

September 21, 2020

Students enrolled at Augusta receive breakfast and lunch free if they sign up for the free meals that started September 17. Parents have to fill out an application for free or reduced lunch and breakfast, this is effective through December 2020 or until COVID-19 relief funds are not available. Studen...

NHS member greet returning sponsor

Sydnee Kuhn, Reporter

September 11, 2020

As the new school year begins and both students and teachers get settled into the difficult learning situation, National Honors Society (NHS) welcomes science teacher Erika Richardson as the new sponsor.  Most students and teachers are trying to figure out how school will be right now but that has not stopped Richardson; She has gotten NHS up and going. “I see this year going really well, so far I have had board meetings and scheduled service events,” Richardson said.  Richardson ran NHS from 2008-2016.  ...

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