The Booster Redux

Riachi reaches semifinal round of National Merit Scholarship competition

Riachi reaches semifinal round of National Merit Scholarship competition

Story by Cassidy Bayliss, Reporter

September 24, 2018


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On Sept. 12, principal Phil Bressler announced senior Andrew Riachi as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Riachi is one of four students in the last ten years to qualify for this scholarship. “Having the opportunity to do that is pretty cool,” Riachi said.“I am very happy with t...

Power hour suspended after successful pilot launch

Power hour suspended after successful pilot launch

Story by Cassidy Bayliss, Reporter

September 6, 2018


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Purple Power Hour (PPH) has been discontinued until further notice due to student misbehavior, according to principal Phil Bressler. The building staff was notified by an email sent out by admin at the end of the school day yesterday. “We’ve had conversations of ‘do we need to put something i...

Theater department receives state recognition at Jester Awards

Theater department receives state recognition at Jester Awards

Story by Darius Tinsley, Reporter

May 23, 2018


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PHS was one of the 41 musical theatre productions from 41 Kansas High School theatre programs to have participated at the Jester awards on May 6. PHS left with five awards and two scholarships. Not only were the actors celebrated but also the stage crew, production, design, vocal direction, orchestr...

Board of Education approves alternative school

Board of Education approves alternative school

Story by Joseph Lee, Reporter

May 21, 2018


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USD 250 will open a new alternative learning center in August. The plan was approved by the Board of Education (BOE) on May 14. Alternative learning provides a different learning setting for students who are not able to learn in the traditional school setting. Marlene Willis, president of the BOE, said t...

Results: Vocal and Instrumental Music Competitions

Results: Vocal and Instrumental Music Competitions

Story by Amanda Bourbina, Designer

May 15, 2018


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This year, band and choir students competed at district and state contests. They were ranked on a scale of I, II and III (best to worst). Here are their results:  ...

14 students qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament

14 students qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament

Story by Journey Jaramillo, Managing Editor

May 14, 2018


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After competing in a range of events, the Forensics and Debate team will take 14 students to Fort Lauderdale for the National Speech and Debate Tournament. The tournament will take place June 17-22. The team has competed in several national qualifier tournaments this year, the earliest taking place on...

Powering through the changes

Powering through the changes

Story by Joseph Lee, Reporter

May 5, 2018


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As the lunch bell rings, freshman Blake Harrison walks past the lunch line and makes his way to a classroom. There, he completes his schoolwork while waiting for the lunch line to die down. Harrison has changed his lunch routine to adapt to a new, recently implemented lunch system. On April 16, t...

Math dept. to revise course offerings

Math dept. to revise course offerings

Story by Maddie Baden, Editor in Chief

May 5, 2018


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For the past seven years, eighth graders have had the opportunity to test out of algebra I and take honors geometry their freshman year. For the 2018-2019 school year, all freshmen will take algebra I, and honors geometry will no longer be offered to students. In the past years, eighth graders were taugh...

District considers prospective assistant superintendent

District considers prospective assistant superintendent

Story by Journey Jaramillo, Managing Editor

May 5, 2018


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After serving six years as the superintendent of the Monett School District, 1981 PHS graduate Brad Hanson will become assistant superintendent for USD 250. “Having grown up in Pittsburg and having family living in the area, I have continued to keep up with Pittsburg Schools,” Hanson said. ...

Final thoughts

Final thoughts

Story by Kali Poenitske, Editor in Chief

May 4, 2018


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After the Building Leadership Team (BLT) discussed the consistent number of tardies and absences, the solution of finals exemption was brought up. “We started talking about tardies being an issue. There were 40 to 50 kids in the hall when the bell rang,” principal Phil Bressler said. As a ...

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