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Albrecht uses traumatic injury to her advantage

Albrecht uses traumatic injury to her advantage

Gabi Danielson, Field Reporter

February 14, 2018

It was a normal day at the gym; Emma Albrecht was tumbling and flipping in preparation for nationals. She had a little bit of back pain here and there, but brushed it off and focused on the meet ahead. She flipped, and tumbled to the music landing her last pass with a solid bounce. Cheers erupted fr...

Gap year in Brazil means more than traveling to Nichols

Gap year in Brazil means more than traveling to Nichols

Mira Lanasa, Layout Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2018

During her junior year, senior Sintra Nichols felt she had lost purpose in her education. She wanted to get back on track, but found the only way to get back en route was to go off the trail entirely, and pioneer a new track which lands her in Brazil. Sintra is popularly known for her academics, ...

Wallace travels the world with National Geographic

Wallace travels the world with National Geographic

Abby Begin, Field Reporter

February 8, 2018

Only a junior in high school, Lola Wallace has traveled to many places most people only dream about. She began traveling with National Geographic at age 15. Through these trips, she has been able to expand her knowledge about different cultures and create meaningful relationships. Wallace fir...

Goetzke dances through life

Goetzke dances through life

Hannah Boardman, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2018

Body-aches, tired muscles, swollen feet, extreme exhaustion. All of these sound like symptoms of an illness, or side effects of a medication, but for freshman Isabel Goetzke they're proof that she's done something right. Ballet is a historically difficult type of dance, with dancers trying to obtain...

Miller powers through for those who need it most

Miller powers through for those who need it most

Linnea Phillips, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2018

The kids looked up at the volunteers with confused expressions. Why were they crying? Why did they seem so upset? The kids were only going to school, after all. As the small children waved goodbye to the 20 or so volunteers they had spent the past five days getting to know, they didn’t know they w...

La vie different: Jackie Parr travels abroad

La vie different: Jackie Parr travels abroad

Michael VanLieshout, Online Editor

February 3, 2018

A woman steps out of the small local boulangerie just as she did every day for the past few years. The weather was perfect, the sky was a brilliant cloudless blue, the Jura mountain air was cooling and just as refreshing. The morning dew sparkled and made the flowers dazzle like the most expensive diamonds....

Joanna Eckles pursues love of birds as she battles for their ecological safety

Joanna Eckles pursues love of birds as she battles for their ecological safety

Abby Banks, Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2018

Having specifically asked for her cup of steaming water in a white ceramic mug, Joanna Eckles carefully balances her muffin and beverage in hand. Taking a seat, she dropped her bag of green tea into the water to steep, and began to pick apart her blueberry muffin while starting at the beginning of her...

Simich family finding new happiness after loss

Kenzie Motz, Layout Editor

February 1, 2018

It had been a normal day. Mike and Vicki Simich arrived back to their home after an afternoon of shopping and a pleasant lunch. Nothing was out of place. Mike went down to his office to get things ready for his upcoming business trip and Vicki went to go get ready for their grandson’s hockey game,...

Musical heir to the O’Shea Irish Dance throne

Musical heir to the O’Shea Irish Dance throne

Hannah Sween, Layout Editor

January 30, 2018

The bright, colorful stage lights turn on, focusing toward a young girl standing at the back of the stage. The man behind the piano begins the introduction, stumbles, but continues playing. The girl begins to sing in her lovely mezzo-soprano as the other musicians join in behind her. They continue to...

Shaffer always comes back to family and perseverance

Shaffer always comes back to family and perseverance

Mira LaNasa, Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2018

Under hundreds of spotlights and in front of countless cameras and dozens of directors is where Chris Shaffer wanted to be since he was a middle schooler. He wanted the thrill of being on live television. He wanted his chance to bask in the heat of the lights. He had to persevere through years of reje...

Acosta shares meaningful lyrics with the world

Acosta shares meaningful lyrics with the world

Tess Schoenborn, Online Editor

January 24, 2018

The studio was dark, only lit with colorful Christmas lights. It was hot and muggy from the amount of focus that was happening within his mind. The music produced was playing in the back, not loud but definitely not quiet. He pounded his fist against the desk as he continued to try to read the lyrics corre...

Brice Hafemeyer, long-lasting nickname ‘Saudi’

Brice Hafemeyer, long-lasting nickname ‘Saudi’

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

January 20, 2018

Senior Brice Hafemeyer attempted to mentally prepare himself to move halfway across the globe to Saudi Arabia. He was apprehensive. It was his sophomore year when his parents broke the news. His outlook on the rest of his high school career was splintered, though he never ended up departing. Since then,...

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