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19 seniors honored at annual signing ceremony

19 seniors honored at annual signing ceremony

Lauren Ocker, JAG Editor-in-Chief

May 5, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

During the annual signing ceremony, 19 seniors signed to continue their academic and athletic careers at various colleges across the country on Wednesday, May 2. The signing ceremony had a unique difference this year; seniors signed one-by-one at a table in the center of the main gym, rather than ...

New Smallcakes store creates an after school attraction and job opportunities for students

New Smallcakes store creates an after school attraction and job opportunities for students

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

April 11, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

The Western Shawnee community gained a new dessert hotspot with the addition of a Smallcakes Cupcakery in the Monticello Village Shops strip mall. The store moved from their previous location on Shawnee Mission Parkway to their new address at 6638 Monticello Rd. The company sells cupcakes, cookies, bro...

Girls basketball falls to Maize 37-44 in state quarterfinals

Girls basketball falls to Maize 37-44 in state quarterfinals

Lauren Ocker, JAG Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2018


Filed under GIRLS BASKETBALL, SPORTS, Top stories, Winter

The girls basketball team fell to Maize 37-44 in their state quarterfinals game on Thursday, March 8 at the Expocentre in Topeka. The girls scored the first points of the game with a two pointer from senior Evan Zars. The first half went back and forth between the Jaguars and the Eagles for the le...

Girls basketball beats Turner in first sub-state game

Girls basketball beats Turner in first sub-state game

Lauren Ocker, JAG Editor-in-Chief

March 3, 2018


Filed under GIRLS BASKETBALL, SPORTS, Winter

The girls basketball team reigned victorious over Turner with a final score of 57-39 in their first sub-state game on Wednesday, Feb. 28. For junior Claire Kaifes, the team struggled to keep up with the other team's pace during the first half, but eventually came out on top after halftime. “We starte...

Girls basketball falls to Aquinas

Girls basketball falls to Aquinas

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

February 11, 2018


Filed under GIRLS BASKETBALL, SPORTS, Winter

The girls basketball team fell to Aquinas with a score of 47-36 at home on Friday, Feb. 9. The two teams ended the first half with an encouraging tie of 23-23. The team eventually trailed behind, ending the third quarter with a score of 35-26 Saints. Despite the team’s fall, senior Adde Hi...

Junior Aniston Cumbie participates in competitive dog showing

Junior Aniston Cumbie participates in competitive dog showing

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

January 27, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

With a brush gripped in her hand, junior Aniston Cumbie smiles down at her pet Shih Tzu, Hadie, while combing her hair into place to prepare for an annual dog show. Aniston began showing Hadie shortly after they adopted her in 2013. She heard about dog training and showing through a youth leaders...

Debate breaks school record at state competition

Debate breaks school record at state competition

Lauren Ocker, JAG Editor-In-Chief

January 16, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

  The debate partnership of senior Allison Winker and junior Lauren Rothgeb broke school records by placing ninth at the state competition on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Emporia High School. The duo was the first team in school history to ever make it past preliminary rounds with a record of 5-...

Pegah’s Family Restaurant benefits Shawnee for over 30 years

Pegah’s Family Restaurant benefits Shawnee for over 30 years

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

December 7, 2017


Filed under SHAWNEE: KEEP IT LOCAL, Special coverage

Whether they come to enjoy a homestyle meal or to waitress as their after school job, members of the Shawnee community know Pegah’s Family Restaurant as a family-oriented restaurant  many call home. Pegah’s began over 30 years ago when owner Mo Sharifi and his business partner set out to cr...

Shawnee: Keep it Local

Shawnee: Keep it Local

Mill Valley News staff

December 7, 2017


Filed under SHAWNEE: KEEP IT LOCAL, Special coverage, Top stories

From the scent of pizza wafting through the kitchen of Old Shawnee Pizza to sipping hot chocolate with your friends at the Kansas City Ice Center to laughing at the bruises from playing human foosball at Kick it Foos, come explore the ins and outs of Western Shawnee. In this special project, you'll see...

StuCo hosts first annual Clubsgiving event

StuCo hosts first annual Clubsgiving event

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

November 16, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Students gathered in the commons on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to participate in StuCo’s first annual Clubsgiving. Students representing numerous clubs enjoyed a catered pasta dinner, group discussions and a pie eating contest to celebrate the holiday season. Junior student body secretary Hannah Barnes ...

Students help community with ‘Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat’ event

Students help community with ‘Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat’ event

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

October 31, 2017


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

StuCo and NHS came together on Monday, Oct. 30 to collect food donations for the DeSoto Multicultural Center in the annual ‘Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat’ event.  Students first passed out flyers to the community on Thursday, Oct. 26 to raise awareness for the drive. Following the food bag c...

Physics students participate in fourth annual marshmallow launcher competition

Physics students participate in fourth annual marshmallow launcher competition

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

October 11, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Students in physics teacher Chad Brown’s class put their knowledge to the test in a project building marshmallow launchers. The launchers were eventually showcased in class-wide competitions taking place Monday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Oct. 10. The project was divided up into three class period...

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