Mill Valley News

The forensics team has three students go to finals at Lawrence Free State tournament

The forensics team has three students go to finals at Lawrence Free State tournament

Anna Ricker, JAG photographer

March 11, 2019


Filed under NEWS

On Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, the Forensics team travelled to Southwest middle school for the Lawrence Free State Forensics tournament. Although the team did not place all together, there were multiple girls that placed in their events.   On Friday, sophomores Grace McLeod and Anna ...

Seven snow days affect students and faculty in the district

Seven snow days affect students and faculty in the district

Grace McLeod, JAG student life editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under NEWS

On Nov. 26, hundreds of students woke up with a sigh of relief to a notification explaining school had been canceled due to inclement weather. Four months and seven snow days later, on Monday, March 4, the Board of Education voted to finalize the schedule changes. The last day of school for seniors ...

Journalism takes home 25 awards from regional contest on Monday, Feb. 25

Journalism takes home 25 awards from regional contest on Monday, Feb. 25

Tatum Elliott, JagWire News Editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under NEWS

The journalism department received 25 awards at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional competition on Monday, Feb. 25. Of those awards, six were first place rankings. The 18 students continuing to state will compete again on Saturday, May 4, at KU. First place participants comprised of senior...

The United States needs to raise its refugee cap

The United States needs to raise its refugee cap

Grace McLeod, JAG student life editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under Current Events, OPINION

From building a wall along our southern border to families separated in detention centers, immigration is a very complex issue. As a proud member of the debate team, I have spent the last seven months studying various parts of the United States’ immigration system. After all of my research, I strongly ...

Students express themselves through the art of dance

Students express themselves through the art of dance

Grace McLeod, JAG student life editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under Special coverage, VOICES

Whether it’s leaping across a gym floor at a pep assembly or spinning on a stage at a club competition, students use dance to express themselves, both on club teams and on the school’s Silver Stars Dance Team. According to freshman Ella Lorfing, dancers use their talents to express themselves...

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...

Peers in Learning students host annual Thanksgiving feast

Peers in Learning students host annual Thanksgiving feast

Grace McLeod, JAG Student Life Editor

November 22, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Enjoying the annual Peers in Learning Thanksgiving feast, students celebrate the upcoming holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 20. According to special services teacher Sara Evans, the feast is a tradition to thank the student volunteers in the program. “It started as a way to say thank you to our peers,”...

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...

Students with an A should not be required to take finals

Students with an A should not be required to take finals

Grace McLeod, JAG student life editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Opinion columns

Every student knows all too well the feeling of intense stress building up. Juggling school, sports, clubs, activities, work and a social life is an enormous task that can leave teens feeling completely and utterly drained. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, studies have prove...

StuCo and NHS collect donated Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat items from community

StuCo and NHS collect donated Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat items from community

Grace McLeod, JAG Student Life Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under NEWS

StuCo and NHS members went door-to-door to collect canned food that was donated to the DeSoto Food Pantry on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The food drive started Friday, Oct. 26, when students left fliers on doors in six neighborhoods advertising the event. StuCo sponsor Erica Crist collaborated with Mill ...

Girls golf team wins school’s first 6A state title

Girls golf team wins school’s first 6A state title

Grace McLeod and Katya Gillig

October 17, 2018


Filed under FALL, GIRLS GOLF, SPORTS, Top stories

The girls golf team placed first in the state competition with a score of 323 strokes on Tuesday, Oct. 16. This win marks the first 6A state title and the first female team to win a state title for the school. Senior Sarah Lawson placed second with a score of 3-over 73 and freshman Libby Green pla...

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