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Avid teacher returns back from Ecuador to teach in district

Brandon Maxwell, Amanda Maxwell, along with their children Owen and Amani Maxwell. This was taken while the family was horseback riding through the hills of Ecuador the past year.
Jay Lohr, Food Reporter October 1, 2020

“My experience in Ecuador helped me see even more how incredibly blessed we are to have access to the education available here.  I am more grateful than ever to have the opportunity to teach,” AVID...

COVID-19 creates new format for Chevals practices

The Chevals dance team at their competition last year, which was hosted by Kennedy high school. They are still waiting for details surrounding this season to be determined.
Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor October 1, 2020

The Chevals Dance Team will practice this fall despite limitations due to the COVID-19 virus. While the performance dance season has been postponed, dancers have found a way to continue their training....

Bourne learns in nature

Bourne learns school in nature while also gaining important skills and making memories. The Conserve School is located on 1,200 acres of land so there is quite a bit to explore and learn about.
Rachel Duerr, Online Editor April 23, 2020

Everyone learns differently. Some people learn best in the classroom, others learn better physically doing what they are learning. For junior Emma Bourne, she took the route not commonly taken by high...

Planning the future through the essay

Junior Ava Shelton stands with principal Rob Bach, marketing teacher Debbie Drummerhausen and Stephanie Musgrove as she accepts her award from the essay contest.
Haley Nelson, Online Editor-in-Chief April 21, 2020

High school students get the question so many times about what’s next for them and what their future looks like. Money is one big thing that helps determine what the focus of your money is in the future....

Society’s hypocritical and insecure trait: judgement and comparison

The constant usage of phones everyday impacts the mental health of an individual. Social media, a shareable platform, can create a sense of low self esteem and self consciousness when comparing oneself to others.
Aarya Yang, Layout Editor April 2, 2020

Scroll. Like. Scroll. Like. Scroll… An eye-catching post appears. This post was not like the posts before. The elements of the post contain an emotional connection. It makes the conscience feel weaker....

Pete Kelzenberg uplifts community spirit

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter March 15, 2020

It takes a passionate person to make a difference in the world, and community member Pete Kelzenberg is a prime example of exactly the kind of person it takes. Afton resident and father of two, on...

Chelsea Dodds returns after maternity leave

Dodds and Evalee spend quality time together helping one another in quarantine.
Jaynie Diaz, Graphics Editor February 28, 2020

Chelsea Dodds is a freshman English teacher teaching both honors and regular. Dodds taught at the school since the first 9th grade class came to the school and is well known for her passion for teaching. “I...

Chelsea Dodds makes her great return

Dodds and Evalee spend quality time together helping one another in quarantine.
Jaynie Diaz, Graphics Editor February 28, 2020

Chelsea Dodds is a freshman English teacher teaching both honors and regular. Dodds taught at the school since the first 9th grade class came to the school and is well known for her passion for teaching. “I...

Kaul’s influence spread through Black History Month

Juniors Ayuna Lamb-Hickson and Olivia Lind view the diversity poster for BLAST week. The BLAST week presentations are featured during the Black History Month presentation.
Elaina Mankowski, Layout Editor February 19, 2020

As a self proclaimed redneck kid growing up in South Dakota, Michael Kaul, U.S. history and psychology teacher, was always touched by Dr. Martin Luther King’s words. After ending up teaching in a school...

21 may be the new 18

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter February 16, 2020

Turning 18 is a moment in life that many teenagers consider to be pivotal to their future. It is the beginning of adulthood, of new freedoms and possibilities and along with it, new responsibilities....

Manning takes charge of Pathways Program

College and Career Center secretary Amy Carr discusses different topics for the new Career Pathways Program with Bob Manning. Manning has been working to get the high school and community involved to benefit students.
Haley Nelson, Online Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2020

  From the spotlight in the classroom to a desk in its own hall of the College and Career Center room, Bob Manning, the new coordinator for Career Pathways program, now takes charge in implementing...

Puhrmann finds calling through campaign internship

Senior Megan Puhrmann smiles with District 39 senator candidate Josiah Hill during a campaign gathering. Puhrmann began volunteering on the campaign in the fall, and she really enjoys it.
Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter February 14, 2020

Essays. Research papers. Dry facts and statistics. These characteristics typical of most final projects were completely thrown out the window by one student, and in such a way that allowed for a fresh...

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