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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


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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


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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...

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...

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