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Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

Danielle Pancoast, Co-Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

The popular book by Nicola Yoon, Everything Everything, was first published on Sept. 1, 2015 but was recently brought to the attention of many young adults when made into a movie on June 15, 2017. The fiction book portrays a love story between two teens who are recently made neighbors when Olly Bright...

Haunted Trail Review

Haunted Trail Review

Danielle Pancoast, Co-Editor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

On Thursday Oct. 5, two members of the newspaper staff were given a neat opportunity. Brittney Wilson and I got to experience the new haunted trail, zombie laser tag, and an escape room at Topeka Haunted Woods the night before they opened at Forest Park. . The haunted hike travels through the 40 acres...

Are teenagers allowed to drive too young?

Are teenagers allowed to drive too young?

Major Copeland, Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Driving. The usual morning routine for most students is to get ready in a haste of food and toothpaste, walk out the door and hop in their car. Most do not even give this luxury a second thought. More than half of the student body at Washburn Rural High School drive themselves to school every single...

Chiefs trade up to draft quarterback of the future

Chiefs trade up to draft quarterback of the future

Drew Galloway, Online Editor

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The Kansas City Chiefs pulled off a stunner in the NFL draft. They traded their first round pick from this year, one of their third round picks this year and their first round pick next year to the Buffalo Bills for their right to pick 10th. The Chiefs used that pick to draft Patrick Mahomes II from Texas...

Look inside to discover true beauty

Look inside to discover true beauty

Kelli Burton, Print Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

A few months back as I was flipping through channels on my television looking for something good to watch, I fell upon the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. After watching for a few minutes, I began to feel discomfort, not because of what I was watching, but because of the message being portrayed to me. In t...

Upset Watch: Teams with Cinderella potential in NCAA tournament

Upset Watch: Teams with Cinderella potential in NCAA tournament

Drew Galloway, Online Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Sports are made interesting by the unexpected, the unforeseen and the unknown. Similarly, what makes the NCAA tournament so much fun is that it is anybody's game. The emotion the teams play with is what makes people love March. With that being said, here are some teams that are under the radar that c...

11 things I learned by senior year

11 things I learned by senior year

Kelli Burton, Print Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

You do not need to impress anyone. High school is a hard time for self-esteem, especially for girls. It is important to remember that you are beautiful regardless of what others say. Do not work so hard to “dress to impress” the cute football player or the popular girls. Do things for your...

Common Core should be changed or replaced

Common Core should be changed or replaced

Brittney Wilson, Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Contradictory to its original purpose, Common Core ultimately hinders the critical thinking skills of students. Common Core was originally created to guide schools away from teaching styles that encourage the memorization of information. Though test scores have improved with the adoption of Common C...

Common Core is beneficial to students

Common Core is beneficial to students

Nathan Selvedge, Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Common Core should continue to be implemented because it would be very complicated to change the system at this point in time. High school students working towards graduation would have all their requirements for graduating, colleges, and scholarships changed around to meet different standards that will be s...

Common Core creates controversy among students

Common Core creates controversy among students

February 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Common Core includes a set of academic standards in math and English that students must meet by the end of each grade. 42 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards. Kansas adopted the standards in 2010.

Students debate merits of Common Core

Students debate merits of Common Core

Brittney Wilson, Writer

January 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Common Core is designed to force students to think critically instead of memorizing information. The standards, based off of international models, were created by the Council of the Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. According to the Common Core State Standards Initiat...

Community mourns death of beloved Royals pitcher

Community mourns death of beloved Royals pitcher

Drew Galloway, Online Editor

January 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car accident on Jan. 22 in his home country of the Dominican Republic. He was only 25 years old. His death came one day before the 17-year anniversary of NFL Hall of Fame Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Derrick Thomas, who also died in a car accident. He was a player that...

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