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Stressing the point: Teachers share encounters with everday stress

Story by Sarah Alcantar and Mattie Vacca

March 11, 2020

It is almost inevitable for a student to be stressed while in high school, but what is not considered it the stress some teachers undergo as well. Teachers can experience the same stress that comes to students every day. In an article by the American Institute of Stress, and analysis by the National Foundation for Educational Research found that one in five teachers feels tense about t...

PHS and standards of disciplinary action

Story by Alexyia Lunday, reporter

February 10, 2020

PHS uses a set of consequences to discipline students who break rules. The student handbook lists detention, Friday Night School (FNS), In School Suspension (ISS), Out of School Suspension (OSS) and expulsion. What a student has done will define what form of discipline they receive. For example,...

Bringing history alive: students gain hands-on experience from teacher’s personal collection

Junior Quentin Cole examines several artifacts brought in by Patrick Moss for his 7th hour American History class. Moss brought in primary sources to allow students a deeper immersion into their World War II lesson.

Story by Ashlan Brooks, Assistant Online Co-Editor

February 7, 2020

On Feb. 6, students in Patrick Moss’s 7th hour American History class experienced their lesson in a unique way. Students were able to get up close and personal with some artifacts from the time period they were studying. “We're studying World War II,” Patrick Moss. “We're ending the war with t...

Coming out: an inside look at what it’s like to be in/out of the closet

In the article “The Experience of Coming Out for LBGT+ Individuals,” 47 percent of the people surveyed claim to remain in the closet due to familial tension, 37 percent fear how society will treat them, and 23 percent feel unsafe due to the violent crimes committed each year against queer people.

Story by Lane Phifer, Multimedia Editor

February 6, 2020

The struggles of being in the closet As sophomore Meagan Wood comes home from school, she quickly runs up to her room, plugs in her headphones, and writes “I’m gay” repeatedly in her journal. While she’s built up the courage to say this sentence a million times to her friends, she’s never been...

Student utilizes online learning

Sarah Stebbins works in the library while taking her online class.

Story by Alexyia Lunday, Reporter

February 6, 2020

After first hour, instead of going to her next class, junior Sarah Stebbins goes to the library and opens her computer.  Stebbins is one out of the approximatly 80 students who is taking an online class. “I just like online classes better because it allows more free time,” says Stebbins, “I’m takin...

When anxiety attacks: how students cope

Students replied to an Instagram poll to describe how anxiety affects them.

Story by Braden Benson

February 4, 2020

According to nurse practitioner Amber Hunziker, the most common mental health concern in Pittsburg High school is anxiety. “I would say depression is high, anxiety is way worse,” Hunziker said. “I think today's teens have so much more on them than anybody else ever did. Anxiety symptoms v...

Breaking bonds

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Story by McKenna Hodges and Joseph Lee

February 3, 2020

The signs of a toxic relationship are often overlooked or even ignored. Relationships between friends, family and significant others are sometimes difficult to identify as toxic or harmful. According to research conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU), with American teenagers ages 13 to 18, only 3...

Senior Kamryn Bennett’s last cheer

Senior Kamryn Bennett's last cheer

Story by Lane Phifer, Multimedia Editor

February 2, 2020

By day, senior Kamryn Bennett is a student at Pittsburg High School (PHS). By night, she’s a competitive cheerleader at The Cheer Pitt from 7-9:30 PM on Wednesdays.  When Bennett was nine years old, she started taking classes at The Cheer Pitt. Several months later she became an official member ...

Self-taught dancer lands a spot on dance team

Junior I'sis Thomas dances on the halftime field during the halftime show on Oct. 19

Story by Lane Phifer, Multimedia Editor

December 20, 2019

At the age of five years old, I'sis Thomas developed a love for dance. As a child, she often spent her time prancing around her bedroom to Michael Jackson’s music videos and creating her own choreography.  Because of her passion for dance, Thomas decided to audition for dance team her sopho...

Senior Ainsley Balthazor performs with local band

Members of Out of Context are Lynn Kratz, Ainsley Balthazor and Vincent Norman.

Story by Lane Phifer, Multimedia Editor

December 20, 2019

As senior Ainsley Balthazor approaches the stage at Julie Fest, a women’s and arts festival in Joplin, she feels a rush of adrenaline runs through her as she picks up her instrument and sings into the microphone.  In July, Balthazor became the lead singer, keyboardist and bass player for the ...

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