Government shutdown impacts federal workers across the country

Paige Harrington, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2019

According to Time Magazine, around 800,000 federal workers were forced to work without pay during the longest government shutdown in history. The shutdown began Dec. 22 when President Donald Trump and Congress did not come to an agreement on $5.7 billion for the border wall. “Democrats and Republicans are becoming more divided,” current events teacher Rick Hess said. “The president of the United States is trying to change too much too fast,” Hess said. The shutdown affected national parks, science labs, l...

Take 2 purchases new costumes

Sydnee Kuhn, Reporter

January 25, 2019

Members of the  Take 2 show choir have recently gone through the process of measuring and ordering new outfits, which should arrive before their big competition in Cameron Missouri Feb 15-16. The current customers are more than 15 years old, and are showing their age. Also, he costumes have been altered so many times they don’t fit well. “We just need some more costumes that will be more conducive to fit different girls for different years,” vocal music teacher Jerrod McNutt said. Problems with the curren...

The USS Wichita (LCS-13) is a littoral combat ship. LCS's are used in littoral (shallow) waters and are mainly used for targeting smaller surface vessels.

Newly commissioned LCS named after Wichita

January 18, 2019

The U.S. Navy welcomed a new surface vessel to their arsenal. The USS Wichita was officially commissioned on Jan. 5th. This new ship is a Freedom-Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and as such, it is referred to as the USS Wichita (LCS-13). The USS Wichita is a source of local pride, being the third...

The mural stands on the east side of the elevator in Wichita. The use of the obsolete grain elevator shows how useless, dilapidated buildings can be turned into beautiful works of art.

Wichita welcomes record-breaking mural

December 20, 2018

Wichita welcomes a new mural coming to the North end area. The new mural covers the Beachner Grain Elevator, which can be seen from I-135. It depicts the cultural backgrounds of the surrounding neighborhoods. The mural is part of a larger project directed by Armando Minjarez, called Horizontes. T...

Formal homecoming may increase attendance

Formal homecoming may increase attendance

December 20, 2018

Formal dances have been around a long time. The first known waltz dates back to 1559 AD. In the modern days, a formal dance has changed substantially. For many high school students, it would be known as the Jingle Bell Ball or Prom. For very few, it is the homecoming dance, that takes plac...

Students manage time while taking Butler classes

Students manage time while taking Butler classes

December 20, 2018

College classes for many high school students are a good way to earn credit hours for college. Depending on how many classes a student takes during high school they could already have a good amount of college credits done with. “I’m currently enrolled in two college classes this year,” Justin Ashenfe...

Fine Arts Night is a success

Jonathan Doss, Reporter

December 6, 2018

  The vocal music program teamed up with several art classes to host Fine Arts Night (FAN), Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the commons. The event had a great outcome with more than 60 people attending. Along with students, many grandparents and parents attended to view the gallery filled with paintings, drawings and photography from classes taught by art teachers Ryan Swayne and Audra Shelite. Artwork from many artists’ had their craft on display, including Savannah Nichols (10), worked hard to make sure her dis...

Market Day teaches business management skills

Jake Tucker (12) and Cade Zerr (12) served Fried rice on Market Day. Their booth was called Emps & Pimps.

December 4, 2018

Student booths gathered in the Commons Oct. 7 to sell food items to their classmates. The Youth Entrepreneurship class puts on Market Day every year. This class is taught by business teacher Kellee Roberts. In this class, students learn the fundamentals of market-based management and business development. Stu...

English teacher Ashley Deaver gives an example with Korigan Hoyt (12). Photo by Bailey Pennycuff

Students welcome new English teacher to the school

November 15, 2018

A new teacher has filled the position for the English department after the former senior literature, composition and junior literature teacher, Laura Caponegro, resigned. Before arriving at the high school Thursday, Nov. 2, English teacher Ashley Deaver taught 6th grade math at the Augusta Middle Scho...

The cages on this ride freely spin with the help of the fast speed and the students.

Brick Street Festival runs through Augusta

October 18, 2018

Children and adults attended the Brick Street Festival event Oct. 5 and 6 in the downtown area. The festival featured food and drinks stands, a playground for children and carnival games. The major rides consisted of the infamous Freakout, the Squirrel Cages, the Rockstar, and more. The Rockstar ...

Entertainment enters the scholars bowl scene

Paige Harrington and Daniel Doell

October 9, 2018

A new topic rounded its way into the scholars bowl season. Entertainment now states its claim as one of the subject matter categories of the competition. Questions will be based on several different areas of the industry. Scholars bowl coach Jonathan Morgan said the entertainment category included television, animation, board games, where is Stan Lee?, music pre-1990s, music post-1990s, classic movies, and more. This new category, which will not be part of the regular season competitions, debuted at the preseason m...

School adds CATIA engineering course

Sydnee Kuhn, Reporter

October 3, 2018

In 2018-19, the school started a computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application (CATIA) program for students interested in learning engineering skills. Wichita State University instructor Michelle McAdam teaches the class, which is a multi-program software suited for computer-aid design. “This year, I am taking the class along with the students, then next year I’ll take over the as the actual teacher,”Jonathan Morgan said. Boeing, Spirit and other companies use CATIA for engineering functional 3D parts. S...

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