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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...

Research has shown that certain ethnical groups habitually score lower on the ACT.

Unequal ACT Scores Among Various Demographics Raise Questions About Bias

Sydney Brown and Brendan Ulmer December 18, 2020

ACT scores have always played a prominent role in post-secondary education, but is the test unfair for some students? Looking into the demographics of the ACT, it has been found that students of different...

While all students have faced many changes and challenges this year, the special education department has had to make even more adaptations to accommodate their students.

Special Education Students and Staff Adapt to Pandemic Challenges

Evelyn May, Meredith McCalmon, and Emily Harter December 18, 2020

It’s been a difficult year for everyone. That pretty much goes without saying. But, it’s been particularly hard on a department that is often overlooked: the Special Education department, or SPED.  The...

Julie Fishburn's advisory collected donations for the Bow Project last year for their Give a Hoot project.

Students and Staff Change Lives Through ‘Give a Hoot’

Meredith McCalmon, Writer December 16, 2020

Olathe West’s award-winning Give a Hoot project is now in its fourth year of operation. To some, this annual community service project is just that: a service-learning lesson that is only relevant one...

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