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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


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...

Mantooth, Lancaster resign from coaching volleyball

Mantooth, Lancaster resign from coaching volleyball

Story by Joseph Lee, Print editor

December 17, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Minutes before the final game of their season, the volleyball players walked onto the court alongside their teammates to start the match, not knowing that it would be their last game with head coach Megan Mantooth and assistant coach Bridgett Lancaster on the sideline. After coaching at Pittsburg...

Hidden Hits

Hidden Hits

Story by Nicole Konopelko and Emma Lawson

December 14, 2018


Filed under Feature, In-Depth, Showcase, Spotlight

NOTE: The students interviewed for this story requested anonymity* due to fears of getting in trouble for JUULing on school property, which is against school rules. While her classmates read Romeo and Juliet out loud, freshman Jessica Adams* sticks her hands under her hoodie to take three hits from a...

Introducing “Asking For A Friend”

Introducing “Asking For A Friend”

November 30, 2018


Filed under Asking For A Friend, Blogs, Showcase

Welcome to my blog:  Everyone needs a little advice sometimes and that’s okay. I have had many different kinds of struggles in life and in school. I want to give you advice from my experiences, and help you with anything you have questions about. You can write to me using your real name or an ano...

Scholarship dedicated to honor Laushman

Scholarship dedicated to honor Laushman

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

November 29, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

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...

A Penny War Against Pediatric Cancer

Story by Vincent Norman, Reporter

November 28, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Uncategorized, Video, Videos

The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter at PHS organized a penny fundraiser to raise money for registrar Maggie Serrano's niece, who's fighting Stage 4 cancer.

Solidifying a passion

Solidifying a passion

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

158 days. Three months. Three articles. In journalism time, that’s how long it’s been since I embraced 50 passionate, talented student journalists in Washington, D.C., one-by-one, as tears welled up in my eyes. Tears for the future of journalism. Tears for how much my life had changed in three...

Surviving the battle

Surviving the battle

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, In-Depth, Showcase, Spotlight

Junior Caden Bressler spends most of his waking hours on the practice field. Starting his second year after moving from Paola, he’s earned varsity positions on the football, soccer, baseball and basketball teams. His name is chanted in the student section on Friday night during football games. ...

Thriving

Thriving

Story by Ximena Ibarra and Matthew Moore

October 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase, Uncategorized

Every morning at 5:00, junior Ethan Weidert climbs out of his bed, makes his pre-workout shake and heads out the door to work out. Ethan starts as an inside linebacker on the varsity football team. He powerlifts. He throws discus and javelin on the track team. Just last year, as a sophomore, he ...

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