The Booster Redux

Surviving the battle

Sitting on the soccer bleachers, junior Caden Bressler embraces his mom, Trasie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring. Caden plays varsity soccer and Trasie is a member of the soccer booster club.

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. ...


Junior Ethan Weidert sits in the weight room, his tattoo, which covers a port scar, exposed. Weidert was tattooed over the summer and selected a violet ribbon to represent Hodgkin lymphoma. Photo by Aubrey Bolinger

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

ABOVE: Junior Dominic Hyatt (front) and sophomore Lane Phifer (back) smile in front of the crowd before their halftime show at the Dragons' football game last week against Blue Valley North. Hyatt and Phifer are the first males to join color guard since it was reintroduced in 2014.

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...


Senior Tayten Kelsey (left) and 2018 graduate Ky Barnhisel (right) drape up the LGBTQ+ Pride flag.

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 Emily Wachter teaches a word from American Sign Language (ASL) to the ASL Club during heir meeting last Wednesday after school.

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

This photo by senior Maddy Emerson received first place in KSPA's state academics photography 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 ...

Konopelko wins awards at Regionals, qualifies for State journalism

Nicole Konopelko won first place in Copy Editing and Editorial Writing at KSPA's Regional Contest.

Story by Susana Canales, Reporter

May 18, 2018

On May 4, junior Nicole Konopelko traveled to Lawrence. She attended the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) state conference. Konopelko qualified for editorial writing and copy editing. “Editorial writing is just opinion and copy editing is literally just editing,” Konopelko said. “They g...

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