The Booster Redux

Creating new experiences

Creating new experiences

Story by McKenna Hodges, Online Editor

October 30, 2018

Every fourth hour, senior Arely Rodriguez heads down to special education teacher Amber Kloster’s classroom to see the kids who are some of her best friends. Rodriguez is a student aide in Kloster’s class and also helps out with the Special Olympics. While in Kloster’s class, she plays...

Surviving the battle

Surviving the battle

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2018

Junior Caden Bressler spends most of his waking hours on the practice field. Starting his second year after moving from Paola, he’s earned varsity positions on the football, soccer, baseball and basketball teams. His name is chanted in the student section on Friday night during football games. ...

Thriving

Thriving

Story by Ximena Ibarra and Matthew Moore

October 29, 2018

Every morning at 5:00, junior Ethan Weidert climbs out of his bed, makes his pre-workout shake and heads out the door to work out. Ethan starts as an inside linebacker on the varsity football team. He powerlifts. He throws discus and javelin on the track team. Just last year, as a sophomore, he ...

Breaking gender roles

Breaking gender roles

Story by McKenna Hodges and Nicole Konopelko

September 21, 2018

The sound of the fight song filled the air at Hutchison Field minutes before the start of last Friday night’s football game against Blue Valley North. The football players laced their cleats and tossed the ball to warm up. The band members played through their songs in the Pittsburg Community Mid...

SPECIAL COVERAGE: LGBTQ+ youth in PHS

SPECIAL COVERAGE: LGBTQ+ youth in PHS

Story by Nicole Konopelko and Ximena Ibarra

July 7, 2018

It’s hard to live in a body that you feel you were never born to live in. It’s hard to feel accepted when others say you are unnatural because of who you love. It’s also hard to put yourself in the shoes of a person who has dealt with all of these difficulties firsthand. But it’s easy to ...

Bonding for success

Bonding for success

Story by Matthew Moore, Reporter

May 23, 2018

As senior Coltin Oehme lays his first layer of brick at the SkillsUSA National Masonry Competition, he thinks back to the times he spent learning masonry with his coach and uncle, Nakoma Oehme. “[My favorite part of masonry is] just knowing that I can continue the family tradition: just trying to honor their legacy,...

Freshman finds her passion for speaking without words

Freshman finds her passion for speaking without words

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Managing Editor

May 22, 2018

Every time she takes a science test, freshman Emily Wachter grips her pencil and tries to block out every thought running through her head. A potential F on her transcript. A wrong answer. The closet door she had left open in her room. She knows the material, yet self-doubt still infiltrates...

Four student publications staffers place in KSPA’s state digital contest

Four student publications staffers place in KSPA’s state digital contest

Story by Susana Canales, Reporter

May 22, 2018

Sophomore Dain Reiling-Gutierrez attended the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) State Contest in Editorial Cartoon(ing). “Qualifying for state, I was shocked mostly,” Reiling-Gutierrez said. “I've never really competed in any visual art aspect at all, I was thrilled to even hear that I f...

Painting with a passion

Painting with a passion

Story by Maddy Robison, Reporter

May 21, 2018

While other students prepare with paper and pens for their club meeting, Art club president Alesha Lawson, junior, grabs a brush and paint. Art club works on a variety of projects and community service throughout the year. “We have meetings every month to organize activities. We also do a ...

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