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Sophomores and Juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above are invited to apply for membership in the NHS. Students will be notified whether or not they are accepted.
A ceremonial entry
Jonathan Jimenez, Staff Reporter • September 24, 2020

On Monday, September 14, 48 students were inducted into the National Honor Society months after the originally planned date due to Covid-19 and remote learning this past spring. The new members consist mainly of juniors, but there...

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The Athletic Leadership academy meets once every month to build upon their goal to elevate the culture. During these sessions, various companies including STRIV visit to help work on leadership skills.
Elevating the culture
Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla, Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online • September 23, 2020

The beginning of the school year is still upon us which means new classes, clubs and even the start of a fresh season for the sports teams. However, in the eyes of some athletes, it means new opportunities to make a difference in their...

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AP Exam fees have changed over the course of the academic year. Millard West is now having students pay for part of the test compared to previous years. “The updated fee is a bit unfortunate,” junior Brenna Batchelder said. ”I can see why the school decided to make the change.”
Advanced fees for Advanced Placement
Kaden Roth, Staff Reporter • September 21, 2020

AP students are now being asked to pay part of the AP exam fee compared to having the school pay the fee exclusively. This year students are expected to pay $40 and the school will pay for the rest of the exam. These advanced courses...

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Destination of the board meetings where the talk of adding more “teacher days” are spoken about.
Calendar changes
Mila Dell Apa, Staff Reporter • September 21, 2020

The Millard District has decided to add in more "teacher days" for this year. With COVID-19 taking place, Millard District Superintendent Dr. James Sutfin, the Board of Education, administrative team and the teacher’s association...

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Posters were painted and hung on each player
A senior surprise
Paige Fortney, Staff Reporter • September 18, 2020

On September 10, the night before the annual Battle of Q Street, the varsity cheer team decorated posters and made treat bags for all of the senior football players in honor of the upcoming senior night.  Every year, the varsity...

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With a paintbrush in hand and her craft cart at the ready, senior Elise Nyffeler works on one of her custom banners. After a customer places an order, she tries to get the banner done within one week. “I usually work on four or five banners at a time,” Nyffeler said. “I always cut a batch of mini, regular and large banners before I start. I will paint the background of one, and then work on the next one while that one dries.”
Talent turned to business
Dana Summers, News Director • September 18, 2020

Throughout the week, while many other students are scrambling to finish up their schoolwork, one can find senior Elise Nyffeler with a paintbrush in hand at her dining room table. Although painting in...

Senior Vivien Gaines performs for judges at a local dance competition. “My style of dancing is mostly based around musicality and how I can portray the music with the movement,” Gaines said. “I’m a big fan of using music that isn’t traditionally used and playing around with how I can change the way the music is perceived with dancing.”
From student to instructor
September 18, 2020
This photo shows a piece that took Shelton a lot of time. Using her Prisma colored pencils she did a really good job shading. “The attention to detail took me the longest time Shelton said.” “Making sure the facial features were the correct proportions was the main challenge. I did have a lot of fun planning this out and shading everything.”
New hobbies in quarantine
September 11, 2020
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South takes Q Street
The strong run continues

The strong run continues

September 21, 2020

Mask up and play on

Mask up and play on

September 18, 2020

Bouncing back strong

Bouncing back strong

September 15, 2020

Wildcat cross country takes top spots

Wildcat cross country takes top spots

September 14, 2020

Battle of Q Street

Battle of Q Street

September 11, 2020

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