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Things to Try While Quarantined

Things to Try While Quarantined

Caché Goracke, Editor in Chief

May 8, 2020

We’ve been in quarantine for a while now, and still, I have yet to experience total boredom. For the most part, I feel quite overwhelmed with all the projects and activities on my self-made to-do list, but I’ve heard the popular cries of boredom and so I'm here to offer my assistance. Below are ...

How Shutdown has Evolved in Kansas

Rosedale park in Kansas City closes of equipment from the public.

Riley Keiter, Writer

May 5, 2020

A little over a month ago, on March 11, the Sprint Center in Kansas City held thousands of visitors from multiple states. The precautions taken then to weaken the spread of COVID-19 were small: for example, putting hand-sanitizer stalls around the crowded stadium. At that time, many people believed the ...

Cancelled Spring Sports, and their Seniors

Cancelled Spring Sports, and their Seniors

Sydney Brown, Editor N Chief

May 4, 2020

Recently, Kansas students found out that they would not be returning to school for the rest of the year. With this news, spring athletes had to say goodbye to their seasons which had not even started. For seniors, this meant letting go of a season most of them waited to play for years.    ...

Makayla Rivera Lays the Foundation for Future Girl Wrestlers

Makayla Rivera leaves the first of many handprints on the wallf of Olateh West to commemorate her work through the wrestling season.

Riley Keiter, Writer

May 4, 2020

Like other high schools, West has offered wrestling as a boys sport, but this year introduced girls wrestling as well. However, their season was anything but novice, as many girls advanced to place in multiple tournaments. Most notably was freshman Makayla Rivera, who placed second in the girls’ first K...

The Oxford Comma: Is it Relevant?

The Oxford Comma: Is it Relevant?

Tyler Burkett, Writer

May 4, 2020

You’ve most likely seen it or at least heard of it without even realizing it: the Oxford comma. An English teacher’s preferred piece of punctuation pertaining to the pellucid order of items and people.  “[The Oxford comma] is used in the series of commas when you are separating different item...

Olathe Student Selected To Speak at KC Storytellers Exhibition

Olathe Student Selected To Speak at KC Storytellers Exhibition

Tyler Burkett, Writer

March 10, 2020

Junior Ashleigh Strom was recently chosen to be one of 30 teens to tell her story at the KC Storytellers Exhibition on April 4 at the Plaza Library in downtown Kansas City. “KC Storytellers is 30 people around the Kansas City area who are selected to tell their stories,” Strom said. “They ge...

Both Varsity Teams Claim Sunflower League Titles on Senior Night

The student section cheers on boys varsity during their senior night game against Olathe North.

Caché Goracke, Editor in Chief

March 9, 2020

Both our boys and girls varsity basketball teams claimed titles of Sunflower League Champions on their senior night, Friday, Feb. 28, and moved on into substate games. While the boys beat Olathe North in a comeback game 66-62, the girls actually lost their game to North. Their record, however,  was en...

What Is Art?

Tyler Burkett

February 6, 2020

Art can be seen by some as this grandiose feat where only especially talented people can create it. Others see it as a more relaxed and laid back process that isn’t fancy in the slightest. “It’s not something that I’m great at, but I enjoy it,” junior Ruth Pickens said when asked about her d...

Four New Courses Are Being Offered 2020-2021

Four New Courses Are Being Offered 2020-2021

Matt Bice

February 6, 2020

This upcoming school year, Olathe West will add four new courses to its roster. All four courses are social science courses. The new courses include Women’s Studies, Black American History, Human Geography, and Contemporary Issues. Keep reading to learn some more about these new classes.   ...

Top Artists to Watch out for in the 2020s

Brendan Ulmer, Writer

January 22, 2020

Clairo Clairo is an up-and-coming indie-pop artist out of Boston. She first rose to fame for her song and accompanying music video “Pretty Girl,” an earworm about the dangers of adjusting yourself to make your partner more comfortable. The music video featured a young Clairo exuberantly d...

Hispanic Leadership’s Name Change Meets Mixed Feelings

Hispanic Leadership Club Attends the Latinx Leadership Symposium at KU with Students from ONW.

Caché Goracke, Editor N Chief

January 21, 2020

Hispanic Leadership club has officially changed its name to Olathe Leadership club. The goal of the club has long been to make opportunities like scholarships, community service and others, available to the Hispanic community. It’s members often visit Universities, do community service projects...

Dear Olathe West: Letters from Alumni

Brendan Ulmer, staff writer

January 2, 2020

In May of 2019, we saw our first flock of Owls graduate and leave the nest. However, this doesn’t mean they have forgotten about us. Two alumni have graciously offered words of wisdom for the students who occupy the halls they used to roam.   Dear Olathe West, It is my privilege to be wr...

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