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District hires Heardt as new principal, begins replacement process

District hires Heardt as new principal, begins replacement process

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Starting in July, current assistant principal Kelynn Heardt will take over as the head principal of Pittsburg High School. The USD 250 Board of Education approved Heardt’s hiring in its regularly scheduled board meeting on March 4. Heardt will replace principal Phil Bressler, who resigned in early January to seek a su...

Konopelko named Kansas Student Journalist of the Year

Konopelko named Kansas Student Journalist of the Year

Story by Joy Lee, Reporter

March 8, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Senior Nicole Konopelko received a call on the morning of Feb. 24 from Eric Thomas, the executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, that she was named the Kansas Student Journalist of the Year. “I had been waiting for a few weeks to find out about how my portfolio did and whe...

HOSA members qualify for International Leadership Conference in Orlando

HOSA members qualify for International Leadership Conference in Orlando

Story by Mattie Vacca, Reporter

March 6, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

On Feb. 20, 26 members of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) program attended the Spring Leadership Conference at Pittsburg State University. Out of the 26, 11 qualified for the International Leadership Conference in Orlando. These students are freshmen Joy Lee and Katie Rodriguez, sophomores...

Forensics team hosts largest tournament in school history

Forensics team hosts largest tournament in school history

Story by McKenna Hodges, Online Editor

March 2, 2019


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The debate and forensics team hosted a tournament larger than last year's 5A State Forensics Tournament at Valley Center, with over 300 competitors from 21 different schools. Due to weather cancelations, several of the previous tournaments had been canceled, which left this tournament as one of th...

Administration debates on reimplementing Purple Power Hour

Administration debates on reimplementing Purple Power Hour

Story by Sarah Alcantar, Reporter

February 27, 2019


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Students have been asking what is going to happen with Purple Power Hour, the 50-minute lunch period that was suspended in early September, but according to administration, there isn’t a definite answer. “The new cafeteria is not open yet. If we rewind a little bit, part of our issue was not ...

Board of Education begins search for new principal, extends timeline

Board of Education begins search for new principal, extends timeline

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The USD 250 school district has kicked off its search for a candidate to replace head principal Phil Bressler, who resigned in early January to seek a superintendent position. The hiring process will be led by superintendent Rich Proffitt and assistant superintendent Dr. Brad Hanson. The district...

Jones qualifies for FCCLA State Star Event

Jones qualifies for FCCLA State Star Event

Story by Hannah Gray, Reporter

February 6, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Last Wednesday, at the district Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition at Pittsburg State University, junior Logan Jones presented his project, “Say Yes to FCS,” covering the benefits of family and consumer sciences, to a panel of judges. Jones earned a silver ranki...

BREAKING: District approves Bressler’s letter of resignation, contract effective through June

BREAKING: District approves Bressler’s letter of resignation, contract effective through June

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

January 15, 2019


Filed under Breaking News, News, Showcase

Principal Phil Bressler will not be coming back for the 2019-20 school year. His resignation comes halfway through his second year at PHS. Bressler has applied to renew his district leadership license and is seeking a superintendent job. “There’s a lot of reasons for this decision, but I think it really comes dow...

Scholarship dedicated to honor Laushman

Scholarship dedicated to honor Laushman

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

November 29, 2018


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2019 will be the first year in which the USD 250 Foundation awards a scholarship in vocal music director Susan Laushman’s name. “In my wildest dreams, I never thought something like that would be started in my name,” said Laushman, who has been a music educator for 30 years. “I’m flatter...

Administrating for change

Administrating for change

Story by Joy Lee, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under News

At day, Jeremy Johnson is a Jobs for American Graduates teacher and mentor to his students. At night, he’s a candidate campaigning for the Crawford County Commission. Teaching JAG for the past two years and Pittsburg’s mayor since January, has provided Johnson “first-hand experience” on wha...

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