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Orchestra preforms The Owl Takes Flight, composed by senior Cameron Gurss.

An Owl Takes Flight: Senior Cameron Gurss’s Original Music Performed at West Orchestra Concert

Evelyn May, Writer May 18, 2021

Olathe West senior Cameron Gurss has been writing and composing his own classical music since the seventh grade. Now, he’s refined his skills to create a piece appropriately entitled The Owl Takes Flight--incorporating...

Female Leadership Speaks on West’s Supportive Environment

Female Leadership Speaks on West’s Supportive Environment

Riley Keiter , Writer May 15, 2021

High school is one the first opportunities to take on serious leadership positions. For decades, many of these positions were held by the male students, especially on sports teams or in clubs like Student...

Senior Israel Berraza accepts his medal from Señora Janzen at the awarding ceremony on Tuesday, 11th of May.

Students Earn the Seal of Biliteracy

Riley Keiter, Writer May 14, 2021

Many students at Olathe West take international language classes, but those who stick with it for longer than two years have the chance to earn the Seal of Biliteracy. This seal proves that a student can...

Freshman Leo Steger faces the world as an openly transgender man.

Transgender Students Shine a Light on Personal Experiences and Hardships

Riley Keiter, Writer May 12, 2021

Freshman Leo Steger changed his name in eighth grade. He had been thinking about it for years, but only then brought up the courage to take that momentous step. After years of being known as a girl, he...

A Chapter in the Story of Justin Sumter

Caché Goracke May 4, 2021

He is among the many students that walk from class to class distracted from what’s happening around them and focused, instead, on what they hold in their hands. His device of distraction, however, is...

Junior Lana Young adds details to her acrylic mural of an octopus.

Making a Mark Through Murals

How LaPorte's AP Drawing IV students are leaving their legacy on the school
Caché Goracke, Editor in Chief April 9, 2021

Art teacher Kelsey LaPorte studied the blank, white walls of the art room. The thought had crossed her mind years before, but everything was still so new then. The walls of the art room were young like...

Girls Wrestling Dominates At State Tournament

Girls Wrestling Dominates At State Tournament

Tyler Burkett April 1, 2021

On Feb. 25, the girls wrestling team drove to Wichita to compete in the state championship, where they won multiple state titles. Sophomore Laney Finazzo, in the 155 pound weight class, and senior Elle...

The COVID College Search

The COVID College Search

Evelyn May March 26, 2021

In a normal year, spring break is a common time for juniors to get a jumpstart on college visits. However, like many things this year, campus visits and tours don’t look like they usually do.  Colleges...

 A Talk With the School Nurse About COVID-19 

 A Talk With the School Nurse About COVID-19 

Caché Goracke March 1, 2021

If you’ve ever had a medical emergency during school hours, or even if you needed something as little as Ibuprofen or a water bottle, you may have met general education school nurse Sara Anderson. Anderson...

I went zero waste for a week; here's how it went.

I Tried Zero Waste Living for a Week: Here’s What I Learned

Emily Harter, Writer February 24, 2021

Every minute, a truckload of plastic is dumped into the ocean. That plastic will sit in the ocean for thousands of years. This was shocking to me, so I have decided to make a change by trying zero waste...

My experience getting the COVID vaccine. Before, during and after.

I Received the COVID-19 Vaccine, Here’s What You Can Expect

Evelyn May, Writer February 18, 2021

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as of February 16, about 10% of the Kansas population has received either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  This leaves many more...

Kendall Starcevich commits to Drake University to play soccer.

Olathe West Early College Commitments

Emily Harter, Writer January 28, 2021

Every year, students all over the nation compete to have the opportunity to play their favorite sports at their dream schools. For a few lucky West students, they have no need to compete for they have...

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