The Booster Redux

Club 209A, Leadership Class collaborate to host donation drives

Club 209A, Leadership Class collaborate to host donation drives

Story by Lane Phifer, Multimedia Editor

December 4, 2019

As the holidays begin to approach us, faculty members are taking charge to aid students that don’t have their basic needs met at home. In order to do so, Club 209A, a counseling and admin-led initiative, is running several donation drives to help those in need.  “With Club 209A, we hope to r...

A inside look at district transportation

A inside look at district transportation

Story by Sarah Alcantar, Mattie Vacca, and Hannah Gray

December 4, 2019

Around the country, there are parked school buses with a sign that reads: "Bus drivers wanted."  According to Forbes, there is currently a bus driver shortage across the nation. However, in District 250, that is not the case. Though there is not a shortage now, with the continued growth of sp...

AP test scores increased in 2019

AP test scores increased in 2019

Story by Jacob Mathew, Reporter

December 3, 2019

According to CollegeBoard exam results, Advanced Placement (AP) PHS students increased AP exam scores in 2018. Scores spiked to a 67% average passing rate in 2019, from just 47% the year before. Scores have increased every year since 2015. Marjorie Giffin has taught AP U.S. History for 12 years...

STUCO, HOSA collaborate to host talent show

STUCO, HOSA collaborate to host talent show

Story by Lane Phifer, Multimedia Editor

November 22, 2019

For the first time in three years, PHS will be hosting a talent show. However, the only difference is that it’ll be student-run by Student Council and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) members.  Junior Emily Brooks came up with the idea to let HOSA incorporate a fundraiser with...

HOSA celebrates national HOSA week by hosting events

HOSA celebrates national HOSA week by hosting events

Story by Braden Benson, Business Manager

November 19, 2019

Nov. 18-22 is HOSA Week, designed to celebrate health professions and to bring more awareness of the health field to the student body. “The point is to bring more awareness to health and to promote health careers to high school students that are interested,” vice president Mikayla Kitchen said. ...

NHS inducts new members

NHS inducts new members

Story by Abby Painter, Social Media Editor

November 19, 2019

On Nov. 11, the PHS chapter of National Honors Society (NHS) hosted a banquet to induct 25 new members.  Prior to the ceremony, senior inductee Alec Kangas was surprised to receive a letter congratulating him on his acceptance.  “I got excited because I didn’t think I would get accepted,” Kangas said. “...

Fighting the flu: Hunziker stresses importance of flu shots

Fighting the flu: Hunziker stresses importance of flu shots

Story by Ian Sullivan, Reporter

November 15, 2019

As the 2019 flu-season approaches, nursing staff prepares for the annual sickness.  Advanced practice registered nurse Amber Hunziker, who is in her first year of practice at the high school, has witnessed firsthand the signs of flu-season. “I feel like we've had more confirmed cases sooner...

Instagram updates app, removes ability to count likes

Instagram updates app, removes ability to count likes

Story by Lane Phifer, Multimedia Editor

November 15, 2019

Last week, Instagram announced it will run an experiment where like count will be removed in order to bring a more positive atmosphere to the app.  Although users will be able to see their own likes on a post if they want, they won’t be able to see the number of likes on other accounts.&nbs...

The nurse is in: full-time nurse practitioner now available in clinic

The nurse is in:  full-time nurse practitioner now available in clinic

Story by Mattie Vacca, Reporter

November 15, 2019

As of Oct. 1, PHS now has a full-time nurse practitioner through a partnership with the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.  Amber Hunziker transferred to Community Health from Mercy Hospital-Fort Scott in February.  “I have always been really interested in adolescent health and wellness and just ...

2016 social issues play published

2016 social issues play published

Story by Abby Painter, Social Media Editor

November 14, 2019

The 2016 social issues play “Drowning in Quicksand” was published and is now available for other schools to perform. The Repertory Theatre class at that time was the premiere cast to perform the show, which was written by Debbie Lamedman.  Senior McKenna Shaw was an original cast member as a freshman. ...

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