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The Student News Site of Olathe West High School

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The Student News Site of Olathe West High School

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Mask mandate returns to Olathe West the day after returning from winter break.

Masks Return to Olathe West

Nola Miller, Writer January 14, 2022

Masks returned to West Friday, Jan. 7 due to high absentee rates with the new strain of COVID-19. This strain, Omicron,  is spreading much quicker than other variants, but many medical experts say that...

Taxidermy Badger Missing From Student Naturalists Class

Taxidermy Badger Missing From Student Naturalists Class

Riley Cornell, Writer December 10, 2021

Over Thanksgiving break, a taxidermy badger was stolen from Darcie Badger’s student naturalists class. The administration is unaware if a student or adult is the culprit, but regardless, they want it...

Drum Major Zoe McBee leads the marching band at the game against Shawnee Mission Northwest.

Olathe West Marching Band Drums Up a Reputation at Competitions

Addison Smith, Writer November 19, 2021

Band has been competing in several competitions in the past few months, showing the community what they’ve got in addition to playing at school sporting events and concerts. Starting their first competitions...

Varsity wins the game in overtime, Elyes Ellouz scoring the winning goal making the final score 1-0.

Boys Soccer Wins Second State Title in Three Years

Nola Miller, Writer November 11, 2021

Last weekend, the boys soccer team became 6A State Champions. They won in the fifth minute of overtime. Senior Elyes Ellouz scored the winning goal, sending the whole stands wild. The boys soccer team...

Varsity soccer beats Shawnee Mission West 1-0 , winning the Regional Championship.

Boys Varisty Soccer Moves Closer to State Finals

Diamonique Naert-Jimenez, Writer November 5, 2021

The boys varsity soccer team won the state quarter final game against Shawnee Mission West. Final score was 1-0, the first goal being scored by senior Elyes Ellouz in the first 2 minutes of the game. They...

As of Nov. 29, masks will be optional for all high school level students in Olathe.

Olathe Public Schools Votes to Lift Mask Mandate for High School Students

Emily Harter, Writer November 5, 2021

On Thursday, Olathe Public Schools announced they will lift the mask mandate in all Olathe high schools starting Nov. 29 after a decision made by the Olathe school board at their monthly meeting.  “The...

The annual haunted library is back with more interactive stations than ever.

Haunted Library Gets Students Involved

Nola Miller, Writer November 5, 2021

For the Halloween season, the library hosted their annual haunted library. The librarians created this exhibit to show off the library as an interactive space for students.  “The haunted library...

October 30- The girls cross country team wins the KSHSAA 6A State Championships  in Agusta.

Olathe West XC Wins State Two Years Running

Riley Cornell, Writer November 4, 2021

The girls cross country team won the 6A championship at the state competition on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Augusta, KS. The team won state last year as well making them state champs two years in a row. Junior...

The second tournament of this years season at Lawrence Free State High School.

Debate goes to Wichita East

Diamonique Naert-Jimenez, Writer November 4, 2021

Debate’s Novice team has a 4-1 record so far, and are hoping to continue their successful season. All advanced and novice students who signed up, headed out to Wichita East this weekend for their first...

Stuco members sophomores Kolby Brown and Megan Ulrich paint city skylines for the homecoming dance decorations.

Student Council Works Behind the Scenes to Plan Homecoming

Addison Smith, Writer October 18, 2021

A night in the big city homecoming dance took place on Oct. 2, courtesy of the Student Council. Homecoming festivities and spirit week had taken place prior to the dance, and StuCo was busy with preparations. Many...

 Olathe West girls basketball beats Shawnee Mission East 72-16 in their second fall league matchup.

Basketball is Back: Girls Basketball Begins Fall League

Emily Harter, Writer October 1, 2021

On Sept. 19, Olathe West girls basketball began their fall league games, marking the beginning of their training for the 2021-2022 season following their third place tie finish in the 6A state tournament...

“Yesterday, we had two doors taken off bathroom stalls and two soap dispensers ripped off the wall,” Principal Jay Novacek wrote in an email to parents. “Today a mirror was taken down and the faucet broken. I encourage you to have a conversation with your student about not committing any criminal acts of vandalism to their school.”

TikTok’s ‘Devious Licks’ Trend Travels Through West 

Addison Smith, Writer September 23, 2021

Many know the trend called “devious licks” circulating around TikTok. The popular trend that’s made its way through schools involves stealing things from schools--soap dispensers to toilets--and...

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