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Peery Named State Forensics Champion

Peery Named State Forensics Champion

Story by Ashlan Brooks, Reporter

May 16, 2019


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  The school made history on May 4 as junior Scout Peery became the first PHS student to win the Kansas State High Schools Activities Association (KASHAA) State Forensics Tournament in foreign extemporaneous speaking. This is Scout’s second year competing in foreign extemporaneous s...

Clocking in

Clocking in

Story by Hannah Gray and Mattie Vacca

May 1, 2019


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It’s a day after school and senior Leyton Marler clocks in at The Mall Deli, grabs his apron and begins preparing his first order. After his shift, he cleans up and heads home, trying to get his homework done for the next school day. This is his life as a working student. According to 83 students su...

Kramer, Jones compete at FCCLA State Leadership Conference

Kramer, Jones compete at FCCLA State Leadership Conference

Story by Lane Phifer, Illustrator and Reporter

April 24, 2019


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Earlier this month, juniors Logan Jones and Felicity Kramer traveled to Wichita to compete at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Kansas State Leadership Conference from April 7-9.   The competition is a statewide seminar held for students who qualified in a Students T...

Book Club to host first school-wide spelling bee

Book Club to host  first school-wide spelling bee

Story by Keith Perkins, Reporter

April 10, 2019


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The Book Club will be putting on a spelling bee at 6:00 p.m. in the PHS auditorium tomorrow, April 11. With over 60 expected participants, the bee has had both high school students and a small group of middle school students sign up. The club is offering prizes for both contestants in the bee and...

Administration hires new head, assistant volleyball coaches

Administration hires new head, assistant volleyball coaches

Story by Joseph Lee, Print Editor

March 27, 2019


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Administration has hired special education teacher Teresa Van Epps for the volleyball head coaching position and business and graphics teacher Morgan Westervelt for an assistant coaching position. Van Epps and Westervelt will be replacing head coach Megan Mantooth and assistant coach Bridgett La...

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


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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


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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


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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 ...

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