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Journalism wins seventh state title in 5A state contest

Journalism wins seventh state title in 5A state contest

Alison Booth, JagWire editor-in-chief

May 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Spotlight, Top stories

The journalism state team took first in the 5A Sweepstakes at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association state contest on Saturday, May 5, winning its seventh state title in 15 years. Competing against nine other 5A Kansas high schools, Mill Valley took first by three points, defeating 2017 state champion ...

Track places second and sixth at Gardner-Edgerton meet

Track places second and sixth at Gardner-Edgerton meet

Alison Booth, JagWire editor-in-chief

May 1, 2018


Filed under SPORTS, SPRING, Top stories, TRACK

The girls track team placed second and boys placed sixth at the meet at Gardner-Edgerton High School on Friday, April 27. Senior Trey Callahan placed first in discus throw and second in shot put, and said that the good weather at the meet helped the team as a whole. “I think the weather went...

Senior Dakota Wilson dedicates time after school to working as caregiver for junior Corinne Brown

Senior Dakota Wilson dedicates time after school to working as caregiver for junior Corinne Brown

Alison Booth, JagWire editor-in-chief

April 25, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

After school on a Monday, senior Dakota Wilson heads into junior Corinne Brown’s house where she’s greeted by Corinne’s family, logs in to work on Corinne’s dad’s phone and starts to help Corinne out of her wheelchair. Wilson picks up Corinne, gives her a hug and settles her on the couch, w...

Third annual Relay For Life event raises $81,248 for the American Cancer Society

Third annual Relay For Life event raises $81,248 for the American Cancer Society

Sammie Volkamer, JAG reporter

March 25, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

A roar of cheers erupts in the main gym as cancer survivors start their lap in the survivor walk, beginning the students’ active night that is Relay for Life. On Friday, March 23, students joined forces to raise money for the American Cancer Society. By the end of the journey, Jaguar Nation raised $81,248, topping the past two years. Open to the public between 6 to 10 p.m., people in the community participated in on-site fundraisers to enjoy good foo...

Girls swim takes second at first meet of season

Girls swim takes second at first meet of season

Alison Booth, JagWire editor-in-chief

March 22, 2018


Filed under GIRLS SWIM, SPORTS, SPRING

The girls swim team placed second out of eight teams in its first meet of the season at Shawnee Mission North on Wednesday, March 21. All three relay teams also qualified for state. According to assistant coach Kirsten Crandall, the meet’s structure was “a completely different format than t...

Defining student rights inside and outside the schoolhouse gate

Defining student rights inside and outside the schoolhouse gate

Alison Booth and Elizabeth Joseph

March 16, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Spotlight, Top stories

With a polarized social and political climate, more and more of us have been challenged to speak up and use their voices. Whether it’s in school or on social media, students have been coming together and rallying for change. However, the responses to these actions from both peers and adults have rang...

Be open-minded when it comes to experiencing new friendships

Be open-minded when it comes to experiencing new friendships

Alison Booth and Victoria Wright

March 13, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Opinion columns

When we first met, we couldn’t have pictured being friends. In our 21st Century Journalism class, the two of us hardly acknowledged each other. I, Alison, was incredibly interested in writing and the technicalities of investigative journalism and politically left-leaning (as seen in the Bernie Sanders ...

Students participate in peaceful walkout to recognize victims of school shooting in Florida

Students participate in peaceful walkout to recognize victims of school shooting in Florida

Ashlyn Windmiller, JAG reporter

March 8, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

A student-led walkout on Thursday, March 8 at the front of the school honored the victims of the Parkland High School shooting. Students left their classrooms at 9:55 a.m. and chosen demonstrators read the names of the victims while dropping roses at 10 a.m.. To end the walkout, organizer senior Clai...

Forensics team begins competition in debate-structured group events

Forensics team begins competition in debate-structured group events

Alison Booth, JagWire editor-in-chief

February 28, 2018


Filed under NEWS

A small group of forensics team members gathered to compete at Shawnee Mission North last Friday, Feb. 23. Instead of memorizing acting pieces or practicing poetry in preparation, though, the team prepared to compete in a whole other side of forensics, a side that more closely mirrors the fall debate...

StuCo to host semi-formal, Saturday night winter homecoming dance

StuCo to host semi-formal, Saturday night winter homecoming dance

Alison Booth and Lexi Flipse

February 5, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Students will flood into the space-decorated, dimly lit commons and gym on Saturday, Feb. 10 with peers dressed in semi-formal dancewear in preparation for this year’s winter homecoming dance. This scene is a huge contrast to the past six winter homecoming dances, all of which were held as informal,...

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