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Madeline Unger Dances to the Millard West Fight Song at a football game performed by the school's band.

What dreams are made of

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla , Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online
May 12, 2021
Standing in front of the Killian Court building on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus, senior Thomas Bigler readies for his upcoming college experience. Back in mid-March, Bigler received an acceptance letter from one of the most exclusive engineering programs in the world.

Shooting for the stars

Edison Geiler, MWHS Wildcat News Editor-in-Chief
May 11, 2021
Senior Delaney Cutler cheers on the Wildcats from the sideline. However next year, she will be cheering on the Huskers. Cutler made the University of Nebraska Lincoln pep squad - a difficult feat. “I was constantly refreshing instagram trying to see the post as soon as it came out,” Cutler said. “When it finally did I screamed so loud and ran downstairs to tell my parents. When I was hugging my mom I had to look at my phone again to make sure it was still my name on the list. It’s insane, I cannot believe my name is on that list.”

Switching sidelines: Class A to Division One

Jenna Reynolds, Features Editor and Co-anchor
May 10, 2021
Some seniors are jumping at the opportunity to get a head before going to college by enrolling in general education classes at Metro Community College. Senior Golden Kelly is enrolled in psychology and has been able to apply what she's learned to some of her high school classes. “I started taking classes at Metro because I really wanted to get some of my general credits that I would take as a freshman in college out of the way,” said Kelly. “Taking classes at Metro is just so much cheaper so I saw it as an opportunity to get ahead and save money at the same time.”

Kickstarting their futures

Kaden Roth, Staff Reporter
May 6, 2021
Junior Connor Thelen poses for a photo in a yellow jumpsuit. Wearing bold outfits to school has become a form of expression for Thelen in the last year. “Anyone can do it,” Thelen said. “More people are gonna support you than are gonna hate you. It’s just that the haters speak louder.”

Showing style at school

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
May 5, 2021
Senior Milina Mike styles hair for a prom event. “I grew up with cosmetology surrounding me constantly,” Mike said. “My parents have prepared me my whole life. I’ve learned a lot of technique and I have shadowed multiple students at the school to get an idea of what life will be like while I’m there.”

A cut above the rest

Anna Blumenthal, Entertainment Editor
May 3, 2021
Taking on the hardwood, senior Kaitlyn Dickmeyer throws the ball at the NSAA Bowling Championship. With COVID-19 restrictions, this was one of the only times her mother Heidi Dickmeyer could watch her play. “I don’t think she quite grasps how cool it is that she will forever be in the books, in Nebraska’s high school bowling history, as being one of the firsts,” Heidi said. “We couldn’t be more proud of her.”

A striking young athlete

Emma Baker, Catalyst Editor-in-Chief
April 28, 2021
Standing in front of an American flag, senior Aiden Schollmeyer poses for a photo. He hopes to attend the Naval Academy and enter the Navy after high school before he enters the medical field, but for now, he is taking steps to prepare. “I'm still working out and working long days, as well as learning different leadership styles and traits from several resources available to me,” Schollmeyer said. “The Naval Academy will give me a Bachelors in science and hopefully the Navy will allow me to pursue a medical career later in life.”

Soon to be in service

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
April 19, 2021
Spanish teacher Ryan Sutter looks back on his time at Millard West with one of his most memorable classes.

Goodbye, good luck & thank you

Brooke Sliva , Staff Reporter
April 16, 2021
Senior Sam Falter walks down the red runway showing off his camo outfit. Falter has participated in five fashion weeks in the past three years.

Strutting into spring style

Jenna Reynolds, Features Editor and Co-anchor
April 5, 2021
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