Mill Valley News

Don’t fear change

Don’t fear change

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

May 17, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Opinion columns

When I was an underclassman, I had rigid expectations of myself. Basically, I wanted to excel at everything while giving nothing up. It was only when I heard back from colleges, which felt like the culmination of my high school career, that I realized none of it mattered as much as I thought. Success f...

Bees play a significant role in our agriculture and environment

Bees play a significant role in our agriculture and environment

Elizabeth Joseph and Anna Owsley

April 29, 2019


Filed under FEATURES

On your fourth grade field trip, you are strolling through the park when a fellow student shrieks. Immediately, everyone turns into statues as the sound of buzzing gets louder and louder. While not usually on our mind until they get too close, bees play an active role in the world around us. From honey to the pollinatio...

JagWire staffers review art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

JagWire staffers review art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Jonathan Atchley, Elizabeth Joseph, and Ben Wieland

March 27, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Reviews

ONCE UPON A TIME We were enthralled by this piece by Ibe Kyoko. This six-fold screen is part of a series of pieces focusing on Japanese culture. The screens are made from “washi” or handmade paper that Kyoko made herself. Additionally, she created the colors using natural materials, like gemstones. Additionally, Kyoko added Japa...

Peers in Learning host fourth annual Special Populations Prom

Peers in Learning host fourth annual Special Populations Prom

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

March 25, 2019


Filed under NEWS

Smiles and laughs echoed throughout the Auxiliary Gym as students from Bonner High School, Lansing High School, Eudora High School and Tonganoxie High School celebrated the 2019 Special Populations Prom on Friday, March 22. Along with the dance, games such as “UNO,” Bowling, “Trashketball,” na...

Building leadership team allows faculty to grow closer

Building leadership team allows faculty to grow closer

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

March 15, 2019


Filed under Special coverage

If, one year ago, teachers from all across the school were thrown into one room, the conversation would most likely have been limited. However, after an executive leadership team was established, teachers and faculty found themselves interacting with each other in new ways and bonding as a unit, creating...

Leadership among teachers is female-dominated

Leadership among teachers is female-dominated

Tanner Smith, Sam Hanson, and Elizabeth Joseph

December 13, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, GENDER, Special coverage

In addition to student leadership initiatives, teachers take part in various committees and teams around the school. Most of these committees are either female-dominated, or have women in higher leadership positions. Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Emily Schmidt feels that, because teaching is...

Media representation of gender impacts students in different ways

Media representation of gender impacts students in different ways

Sophia Armendariz and Elizabeth Joseph

December 13, 2018


Filed under GENDER, Special coverage

When sitting down in the movie theatre, popcorn in hand, you’re filled with anticipation to see a movie unlike any other, the first female-led action movie in more than a decade: “Wonder Woman.” Diana Prince, played by Gal Gadot, rules the battlefield, but has no problem showing empathy. You fi...

Debate team competes at second NSDA national qualifiers

Debate team competes at second NSDA national qualifiers

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

December 10, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The Debate team competed at a national tournament qualifier, hosted by Lawrence Free State, on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. Sophomores Adam White and Tanner Smith received seventh overall with a record of 4:2, juniors Thomas and Travis Babcock received ninth overall with a record of 3:2, sophomore...

Speech coach Annie Goodson increases rigor, competition of speech programs

Speech coach Annie Goodson increases rigor, competition of speech programs

Elizabeth Joseph and Sam Hanson

November 24, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

As a student stands at the podium in the front of the classroom, speech teacher Annie Goodson carefully critiques their performance. Goodson coaches Debate and Forensics, along with teaching drama and communications. While competitive speech students previously had no requirements for participation,...

Food and Drug Administration-issued restrictions on e-cigarette companies elicits mixed reactions

Food and Drug Administration-issued restrictions on e-cigarette companies elicits mixed reactions

Elizabeth Joseph, Hannah Chern, and Tanner Smith

November 15, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

As you walk into the bathroom, you’re suddenly hit with the scent of mango. You draw back before realizing that the smell is coming from a stall, and someone is vaping in the middle of the period. It’s an all-too-familiar situation in schools across the nation, leading the Food and Drug Administratio...

Debate duo places first overall at Shawnee Mission East

Debate duo places first overall at Shawnee Mission East

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

November 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The debate team competed at a varsity tournament held by Shawnee Mission East on Saturday, Nov. 10. While no overall placements were given at the competition, sophomores Grace McLeod and Anna Owsley placed first overall, undefeated in each round, which is new to the school’s debate team. Additionally, soph...

jagPRIDE hosts door decorating contest for Red Ribbon Week

jagPRIDE hosts door decorating contest for Red Ribbon Week

Maddie Schaffer and Elizabeth Joseph

October 31, 2018


Filed under NEWS

  In order to help promote healthy lifestyles and behavior, 33 seminar classrooms decorated their doors to promote a healthy lifestyle as a part of Red Ribbon Week. The activities were sponsored by jagPRIDE. The seminars classes of social studies teacher Chris McAfee and art teacher Jodi...

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