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Moms Demand Action fight to stop gun violence, start responsible gun ownership laws

Moms Demand Action fight to stop gun violence, start responsible gun ownership laws

Alexis Brainard, Online Editor

December 7, 2019

  Moms Demand Action is an organization that focuses on preventing and stopping gun violence in the United States. They fight for public safety and push for responsible gun ownership. The groups have meetings and activities to spread awareness in different communities. “I like owning a ...

Karlstad twins share strong passion for the arts

Karlstad twins share strong passion for the arts

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

December 3, 2019

It’s a frigid December morning when the 6 a.m. alarm goes off to welcome you to another day of high school. For most teenagers, hitting the snooze button to spend an extra 10 minutes in between warm sheets seem like a necessity. Not for the Karlstad twins. They gladly jump out of bed and get prepare...

Acharya strives for excellence throughout academic journey

Acharya strives for excellence throughout academic journey

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter

November 30, 2019

Half a serotonin molecule, an eye set in a sun and a one-line sketch of a face. All of these designs are set in ink on her skin. The tattoo that holds the most significance for senior Meghana Acharya, however, runs sturdy and unfaltering along her left forearm: a pencil. “I’ve written my whole life. Short stori...

English teacher Kim Thompson announces retirement

English teacher Kim Thompson announces retirement

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

November 26, 2019

“I like how much I grew because I was constantly being challenged, my thinking and my maturity was always being tested and I was always growing. And it was really fun to master different ways of teaching and different books to teach,” English teacher Kim Thompson said. Thompson has been teachin...

Andrew Smith, from businessman to beloved teacher

Andrew Smith, from businessman to beloved teacher

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

November 22, 2019

“As teachers, we are what they have to grow beyond,” English teacher Andrew Smith said. Smith is incredibly fond of that quote from Star Wars. His individual approach to education follows the same principle. Smith has only been at the high school since 2017 but has amassed a large amount of po...

Ava Roots uses colors to tell stories

Ava Roots uses colors to tell stories

Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor

November 9, 2019

  “Using colors to tell a story,” is what freshman Ava Roots does with the costumes for the fall theatre production Almost Maine.  Roots is the student costumer for the fall production Almost Maine. A costumer is responsible for designing costumes for all of the actors. The costume d...

Joe Kalka hopes to propel speech to new heights

Joe Kalka hopes to propel speech to new heights

Ally Benning, Podcast Reporter

November 7, 2019

The speech team had success last year under former head coach (now assistant coach) English teacher Laura Hammond. Last year, the team placed fourth in sections and had six people qualify for the state tournament, the most in the program's history. Joe Kalka, 2018 MSHSL Class 8A North Coach of the Year, is...

Reid Ballantyne’s record breaks wrestling success

Reid Ballantyne’s record breaks wrestling success

Alexis Brainard, Online editor

November 1, 2019

Junior Reid Ballantyne is a three time-state wrestling champion. Apart from being a champion, he also holds many records and is striving to earn more. "I hate losing, so I am willing to do pretty much anything to win. Then I am just like you, I am a little crazy, I like to fight, so that always he...

Keegan Kogl wins award of excellence from Congress of Future Medical leaders

Keegan Kogl wins award of excellence from Congress of Future Medical leaders

John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2019

Last summer, junior Keegan Kogl went to Boston for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.  Kogl got called down to the main office to receive his award of excellence to certify he attended on Sept. 27. While at the Congress, Kogl heard from numerous speakers.  He heard from Shree Bose,  the G...

Students adapt to new cultures

Students adapt to new cultures

Ella Gag, Social Media Editor

October 27, 2019

Students born and raised in other countries adapt to the culture when they move to the United States. A significant amount of work goes into changing the way a person lives. At school, there are students who have to adapt. They have to learn American ways and traditions differentiating with their home...

Andrea Kaiser sells paintings at local and online businesses

Andrea Kaiser sells paintings at local and online businesses

Ciara Kessel, Camera Editor

October 25, 2019

16 year old junior Andrea Kaiser started a revolution in her own future. Kaiser started her own online business and in-store business. Selling her paintings in-store at Smith and Trade Mercantile and online has created a booming success. Kaiser has sold her paintings in-store and online since early May. Kais...

Physics teacher embraces new experiences

Physics teacher embraces new experiences

Julie Xiong, Cartoonist

October 23, 2019

Physics consists of the study of matter, any physical substance occupying space, and its relation to motion, energy and force. Conceptual physics suggests physics but without the complex mathematical elements.  Recently hired conceptual physics teacher, Christopher Yauch, faces his first year teaching. ...

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