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West Welcomes Kansas Decision to Make Girls Wrestling an Official Sport

West Welcomes Kansas Decision to Make Girls Wrestling an Official Sport

Caché Goracke

September 18, 2019

Kansas joined the club.  On April 26, Kansas voted girls wrestling to be the 23rd official high school sport in Kansas, joining only a about 15 other states. High school girls have wrestled boys across the country for quite some time now, but the difference this year lies in the official state tour...

Roid Rage

Roid Rage

Brendan Ulmer

September 11, 2019

For any given high school sport, practices are daily and are expected to go two or more hours after school. This might seem like enough of an opportunity to improve strength and performance, but there are high school athletes who find that just practicing isn’t enough and go about strengthening them...

Trafficking Right Under our Noses

Trafficking Right Under our Noses

Sydney Brown

September 11, 2019

Human trafficking: a term that is heard more often recently. An industry that is quite a mystery to most people. There is so much more beneath the surface than meets the eye.  As recent as March, 2019, Fox 4 KC inteviewed a woman sharing her surviving story from human trafficking. Loni Kuriakose had...

Lifeguards Reflect on Summer Experiences at Olathe Lake

Lifeguards Reflect on Summer Experiences at Olathe Lake

Tyler Burkett

September 10, 2019

On June 29, a new opportunity for summer fun was presented to everyone all around Olathe.  Lake Olathe underwent renovations over the summer that completely changed the east side of the lake. Along with a new beach and marina for locals to enjoy, an inflatable aqua park was added on top of the l...

Hurricane Dorian Strikes the South East Coast

Hurricane Dorian Strikes the South East Coast

Riley Keiter, Writer

September 10, 2019

Hurricane Dorian has already hit the Bahamas and sections of Florida with force, as well as just recently North and South Carolina, but now it continues to wreak havoc. Dorian, once a Category 5 storm, has now lowered down to a Category 1 storm, says CNN. It now "is expected to move up through New...

Staff React to New Computers

Staff React to New Computers

Matt Bice, Co-Editor in Chief

September 4, 2019

New PC’s have been distributed as of August the current school year, with many mixed reactions from students and staff. The students received Dell Latitudes while a majority of teachers have received Microsoft Surface Pros. The Surface Pros were were given to teachers in the spring so they were...

Students Reflect on The New Works Festival

Students Reflect on The New Works Festival

Caché Goracke

May 9, 2019

A series of student written and directed plays that made up The New Works Festival  was performed Friday and Saturday in the Flex Theatre. The New Works festival was designed by Alisha Morris, a Performing Arts teacher at West, and gave the students a chance to be leaders as well as the opportunity to n...

The Bee Hive

The Bee Hive

Alyson Schrepel

April 16, 2019

The Public Safety freshman are preparing to become real firefighters by going through extensive training preparing for a intense maze at the Fire Department known as the Bee Hive. On May 1 the Public Safety freshman classes will be going to the Olathe Fire Department to run a three-level confidence...

The 270 is Finally Ready to Go

The 270 is Finally Ready to Go

Peyton Carley

December 21, 2018

In a world where almost everything is controlled and operated on phones and computers, it’s good to have things that keep us away from that. With the leadership of teacher Peter Mishler, Olathe West released a Literary Magazine, known as The 270, that will feature all kinds of student-made art and w...

Advisory Service Projects Celebrated with Give a Hoot Assembly

Advisory Service Projects Celebrated with Give a Hoot Assembly

Matt Bice

December 17, 2018

The Give a Hoot Assembly was held on Thursday, Dec. 13 during seminar at Olathe West to celebrate the service projects that the students created in their advisory classes. “We’re the only school that does a building-wide campaign called Give a Hoot,” Advisory Coordinator Julie Fishburn said. “Ou...

Governor Elect Laura Kelly to Increase Education Budget

Governor Elect Laura Kelly to Increase Education Budget

Matt Bice

December 13, 2018

Governor Elect Laura Kelly will be sworn into office on Jan. 14. A new Kansas governor brings a new political agenda to the capital and Kelly is no exception. “[Education] is the best investment we can make,” Kelly said in an interview with KSHB. “I have a clear record of funding educati...

West Welcomes Heritage Fourth Graders for English Project

West Welcomes Heritage Fourth Graders for English Project

Matt Bice

November 21, 2018

On Friday Nov. 17 some of Olathe West’s English 1 classes welcomed Heritage Elementary fourth graders for the student’s project on children's books. The kids arrived at 1:15 pm and were welcomed by Mrs. Crane’s and Mr. Showalter's English classes. The freshman students had been building a fo...

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