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Singing in the spotlight

Singing in the spotlight

Story by Violet Norman & Kali Poenitske

December 5, 2017


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Growing up, senior Cassie Hurt-McLarty knew she wanted to major in music. “When I was five years old, I was doing a public performance downtown on Broadway [Street], and I told my mom, ‘This is not the Broadway I meant,’” Hurt-McLarty said. “At 12 years old, I decided I wanted to be a voca...

Taking center stage

Taking center stage

Story by Vincent Norman, Reporter

December 5, 2017


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One day before opening night of “Urinetown,” sophomore McKenna Shaw boarded a plane to New York City. On Nov. 15, McKenna performed with her vocal teacher and mentor, Janine DiVita at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a cabaret and restaurant in N.Y. “To get to be in this place I've heard so much...

Women in healthcare

Women in healthcare

Story by Matthew Moore, Reporter

December 5, 2017


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On Nov. 1st through 3rd, juniors Maddi Davis and Madison Nagel, as well as senior Luciana Hernandez traveled to Kansas City to attend an event hosted by the University Of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center. The event was designed to take upperclassman females who have shown a strong interes...

Original piece commissioned for vespers

Original piece commissioned for vespers

Story by Susana Canales, Reporter

December 4, 2017


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As the Holiday Vespers concert gets closer, all choir members are learning a new song. The song, called Vespers Movement 3, has been in the works since summer started. New lyricist and poetry writer Ms. Johnson, has worked for two months over summer to perfect the lyrics. “The whole piece i...

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

Story by Ximena Ibarra, Reporter

November 14, 2017


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From China to Pittsburg Kansas, Lijun Zhu has taught in different parts of the world. Zhu began teaching in the English as a Second Language (ESOL) program for Pittsburg High School this year, but is not entirely new to the school. Zhu was studying at a university in China when the Kansas State Department...

Magic behind the curtain

Magic behind the curtain

Story by Matthew Moore, Reporter

November 9, 2017


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With four more theatre productions coming up this year, the tech crew has been working to make things flow behind the scenes. Some students do not realize the actors are not the only ones making the play possible. The tech crew has been working behind the curtain to create the shows such as lighti...

Ensemble evolution

Ensemble evolution

Story by Journey Jaramillo, Managing Editor

November 8, 2017


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As approximately 12 percent of the student population gathers in one room, vocal music instructor Susan Laushman reflects on the growth of her program throughout the years. Over 15 years, the vocal music program, Encore, has grown dramatically. The number of students increased from 13 to 72. “We...

Auditioning with Glee

Auditioning with Glee

Story by Haleigh Mynatt, Reporter

November 8, 2017


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This year 14 girls from Girls Glee have the opportunity to audition for District choir for the first time. Districts is a competition where you sing individually for an all-districts choir performance made up of other qualifiers from Southeast Kansas area. “My Girls Glee group has improved over the...

Ruiz elected state president, attends conference in D.C.

Ruiz elected state president, attends conference in D.C.

Story by Vincent Norman, Reporter

November 7, 2017


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From Sept. 16-19, representatives of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) met at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Washington D.C for the 11th Annual Washington Leadership Academy.   Junior and Kansas HOSA president Rachel Ruiz attended the conference as a part of Kansas’s officer te...

Laying the foundation for success

Laying the foundation for success

Story by Katie Painter, Reporter

November 7, 2017


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For senior Coltin Oehme, competing at the World of Concrete and Masonry Tradeshow in Las Vegas will become a reality in January. “I’m really nervous and excited about this competition. I don’t know how to put into words how I feel,” Coltin said. “I have never been to a competition this lar...

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