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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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Why I believe one of our class’ most hated books is actually one of the best.

“Catcher in the Rye”: To Read or Not to Read?

Meredith McCalmon May 14, 2022

JD Salinger’s 1951 novel “Catcher in the Rye” is one of the most widely read books of all time, and has been a staple in English classrooms for decades. The novel is famous for its plotlessness,...

The pressure for women to soften their digital correspondence with exclamation points needs to end.

Opinion: We Don’t Need to Use Exclamation Points Anymore!

Emily Harter, Writer April 22, 2022

You’re writing an email to your boss explaining how you won't be able to make it to your shift this week. “I won’t be able to work on Sunday! So sorry!” you enthusiastically explain. Now, why did...

OW Library puts up their monthly sign saying The Library is the heart of the school.

Opinion: Olathe’s Budget Cuts Impact School Learning Environment

Ellie Pogorek, Writer April 19, 2022

Effective next school year, the Olathe public schools have decided to cut staff throughout the district, such as library clerks at all levels, kindergarten aids, and not replace teachers who are leaving...

Before podcasting, Joe Rogan was a Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator, comedian and television presenter.

Joe Rogan Opinion: Should Joe Rogan Stay on Spotify?

Emily Harter and Addison Smith March 2, 2022

In May of 2020, popular podcast host Joe Rogan signed a deal with Spotify, securing his spot on the popular streaming service. Recently he has made headlines with his controversial comments on COVID-19...

Senior Diamonique Naert-Jimenez shows her playlist on apple music. She listens to it while she does her school work.

Sad Music is for more than just Sad Times

Nola Miller, Writer February 10, 2022

When listening to sad music, your mood does not have to be sad. Say you're in the car, and you’re in a good mood. “Traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo comes on the radio. Your first reaction is sad, but then...

When siblings are together in the same school, some love it, and some dont.

Sibling or schoolmate: What is it like to share a school with your sibling?

Addison Smith, Writer February 8, 2022

While walking through the halls of your school, you may see familiar faces of friends and classmates. But what is it like to see a familiar face you don’t only see at school, someone you also see at...

Has the district been blocking too many websites? Why are they blocking so many?

Why is the School District Blocking Websites?

Logan Rogers-Brysky, Writer December 15, 2021

We have all tried going on a website and saw the “Web Page Blocked” screen. This happens because the Olathe Public Schools Technology has the ability to restrict our browsers and all settings for that...

It’s Time to Abolish The OW Hand Gesture

It’s Time to Abolish The OW Hand Gesture

Emily Harter, Writer December 3, 2021

As winter sports approach and students begin to attend events and join in on cheers and chants, it is time to discuss the OW symbol that is popular amongst the Olathe West student body. Whether they know...

The Signs of Suicide Program, implemented at Olathe West, is considered by some students to be outdated. OW counselors, however, disagree.

S.O.S. Program Sparks Controversy at Olathe West

Meredith McCalmon, Writer December 3, 2021

Since Olathe West opened its doors in 2017, our counseling faculty has worked hard to ensure that each student has the means to get mental help if they’re struggling. On one day of each school year,...

How the stigma of perfection effects students minds.

Chasing Perfection to Achieve Excellence

Riley Cornell, Writer November 16, 2021

In the United States, there is an ideology of perfection many students are expected to conform to because of outside stressors such as parents and teachers. Mounting stress can be gradual, but if students...

ADHD is well known among students, heres what its like to have it.

What it’s like to have ADHD

Logan Rogers-Brysky, Writer November 2, 2021

Do you ever have random thoughts when you’re in the shower? When you just think about everything in the universe? I think like that all day, causing distractions from what I should be mainly focusing...

Sophomore Aubrey May waits for the elevator to take her to lunch

Misuse of School Elevators: How It Impacts Those Who Need It

Addison Smith, Writer October 20, 2021

Schools with more than one floor tend to have elevators for those who need transport to classes. They are typically used for those with crutches, wheelchairs, or students with injuries or disabilities....

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