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The Student News Site of Olathe West High School

Owl Post

The Student News Site of Olathe West High School

Owl Post

Junior Max Valdez has found a business in buying, selling, and flipping various items.

Teen Entrepreneur: Hustling to Break the Status Quo

Emily Harter, Writer September 16, 2021

While some teenagers choose to go the traditional route of applying to a fast food joint or maybe a retail store for their first job, junior Max Valdez has chosen a different path in order to make some...

Getting back into the school year, more and more ACT dates are being offered, heres how some students prep.

A Test Takers Guide to ACT Preparation

Riley Cornell, Writer September 10, 2021

ACT testing season is now upon students; testing started Saturday and goes through July 16, 2022. Every college-bound high school student takes this grueling 215 question test to show their readiness for...

Students try to juggle advanced classes, extra curricular activities, and a social life.

Finding the Balance for School and Social Success

Riley Cornell, Writer September 7, 2021

Elementary and middle school students dream of the days they can be in high school, going to football games, finding their best friends, driving, and gaining more freedom to do all the things they want...

Cross Country is getting ready for this season, starting training in summer.

Cross Country: Back and Better Than Ever

Emily Harter, Writer August 27, 2021

During the 2020 fall season, the girl's cross country team won the State Competition despite the setback of COVID. For the 2021 season, the team is looking to accomplish even more than last year. The team...

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...

Every couple of sentences, or every couple lines, I’m just darting my head up for a split second just to see whether or not I’m about to run into somebody. - senior Justin Sumter

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

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...

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