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Maxwell and students leave for a trip of a lifetime

Maxwell and students leave for a trip of a lifetime

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

May 10, 2019

Each year in June, Brandon Maxwell English and AVID teacher accompanied by his wife and students will go on a trip to Tanzania. This year, the trip will include more stops, juniors Rachel Bernath and Faythe Hendry will visit Tanzania along with other countries over the summer. They will visit multiple...

AVID elective prepares students for college

AVID elective prepares students for college

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019

AVID is a program offered in the district that is meant to give middle academic students an extra boost on their path to college. Most students enrolled are the first in their family to go to college, so this experience is completely new to them. Despite the benefits of the class, AVID students ...

Broad Spectrum opens mind to new ideas

Broad Spectrum opens mind to new ideas

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

April 5, 2019

"There are people who are really hateful in the world, who judge people off of their gender, sexual orientation, race and more. We want to be able to use all those as creativity, and as an outlet for kids to feel safe," junior Khadro Mohamed said. Broad Spectrum is a club of students who are particularly...

Peer Helper Group retreat builds student-to-student companionship

Peer Helper Group retreat builds student-to-student companionship

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

January 4, 2019

With the recent creation of the Peer Helper Group, a program designed to prepare a group of students to effectively help their peers, the program advisors decided to organize a retreat. This retreat was held at Camp Icaghowan on an island in Amery, Wis., over the weekend of Nov. 2, where the group parti...

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

Hannah Genosky, Distribution Reporter

December 20, 2018

Forty-nine percent of high school students say that they feel “a great deal of stress” on a daily basis. High school students worry about the ACT a lot because of how important it is. Starting in ninth grade, teachers will talk about the ACT but never go in depth. ACT curriculum should be taught m...

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 2, 2018

Adolescents often turn to their peers rather than adults with their problems. The new peer helper program begins this fall is a support system for the students that are most often relied on by others to help solve dilemmas. Oftentimes those heavily relied on students are either stressed out or...

New year brings new books for media center

New year brings new books for media center

Rose Deziel, Copy Editor

January 8, 2018

From the beginning of this school year, the media paraprofessional, Mary Peters had been searching through an extensive list of books to find ones that would best suit the high school, in her opinion.  In the end, the list was narrowed down to about 60 books. With the list complete, Peters ordered th...

Fatima Menawa defines character with standout essay

Fatima Menawa defines character with standout essay

Jesse Brown, Distribution Reporter

December 22, 2017

Martin Luther King once wrote: “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” This fall BestPrep hosted an essay competition for over 400 students. Students had to write an essay on the quote above and on two questions about character that were given to them by BestPrep. The two que...

English teacher Brandon Maxwell, makes a difference in Tanzania

English teacher Brandon Maxwell, makes a difference in Tanzania

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

October 5, 2017

While only in his 30s, English and AVID teacher Brandon Maxwell has touched hundreds, even thousands of lives. At the start of his career in 2005, Maxwell spent three years teaching secondary English in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He volunteered in Madala, a village just north of Dar Es Salaam. "...

Maxwell makes impact through community service

Maxwell makes impact through community service

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2016

  Brandon Maxwell, English and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher, is the perfect example of a teacher who goes above and beyond to make an impact on students and the world. Not only is the tremendous at connecting with students, but he is involved in a great amount o...

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