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  • September 8Football @ Manhattan High School

  • September 5Boys Soccer vs St Thomas Aquinas at 6:15

  • August 21First Solar Eclipse in 38 Years

  • May 12Boys tennis competes at State at Olathe Northwest at 11 a.m.

  • May 12Girls swim competes at League at the KSU Natatorium at 3:30 p.m.

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Letter to the Editor: Emler was rightly dress coded

Letter to the Editor: Emler was rightly dress coded

J.T. Smathers

December 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

*This editorial is in response to senior Peyton Emler's letter to the editor in the November issue of The Blue Streak. While it maybe true that the term ‘vagina’ is used to represent a body part, or in the case of this shirt, a group of people, I do not believe that it is appropriate to display ...

Six tips to de-stressing during finals week

Six tips to de-stressing during finals week

Avery Munns, Editor-in-Chief

December 15, 2016


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  Know the final. Ask your teacher what medium the final will be (multiple choice, short answer, essay, project, etc.), what will be on the final, how many questions it will contain and how many points it will be worth. This will help you prepare for what is coming and it will also...

Block scheduling not better for students

Block scheduling not better for students

Brittney Wilson, Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Staying focused for 47 minutes is a difficult task for many Washburn Rural students, but imagine having to stay focused on one subject for an hour and a half. Many high schools in Topeka, such as Hayden, Topeka High and Topeka West have variations of block scheduling instead of the standard...

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