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The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Senior Peyton Overman stands at attention during the military fitness training. He has spent the past year preparing for enlistment both physically and mentally. “I’ve been working at General Store Company to help with my supplement knowledge and sales experience,” Overman said. “Hearing that Marine Corps boot camp is the hardest has really motivated me to go to the gym and make healthier lifestyle choices. I have been studying Marine Corps history and basic knowledge to help me at boot camp.”

Future serviceman

Annabelle Harshbarger, Online Editor
May 24, 2022
Juniors like Alexander Kuhn and Mikayla Gdanov are choosing to graduate early to pursue their academic careers. Kuhn and Gdanov both have a desire to help others and plan on doing so after graduating from high school. “I chose to graduate early because I wanted to get a jump start on college and my career pathway,” Gdanov said. “I also knew I could with my AP and honors classes that I have taken.”

Jump starting service

Kaden Roth, Catalyst Online Editor-in-Chief
May 17, 2022
Junior Sidney Bahensky sits behind the projector as she helps students with a worksheet. Bahensky goes in every Thursday morning to get experience in the field of work she wishes to join in the future. “As an intern, I am supposed to set a good example for the kids.” Bahensky said. “I am there to show them what it is like to be a good listener and role model. I am also there to help remind them to stay on task, keep their hands to themselves, ad focus. I hope that by participating in the academy, I am a little more ahead and advanced in some subjects than others. I also hope to one day make an impact in the lives of thousands of students and occasionally parents.”

The future of education

Alexis Bahensky, Opinions Editor
May 13, 2022
Senior Sam Rieke works on her AP German final project, which involves narrating a short film  of their choice. AP German has prepared her for her experience in Germany. I think AP German has been applicable in terms of communication and speaking, Rieke said. The other German classes Ive taken have focused more on writing and vocabulary, but AP has really helped me apply it.

Immersed in culture

Camille O'Neill, Sports Director
May 6, 2022
Sophomore Reaghan Pratt constructs a ring. In addition to making bracelets, she also makes rings if customers ask for them. I started my bracelet business because I was bored one day stuck at home during quarantine, Pratt said. Then it wasnt a business it was just a hobby but the beginning of term 3 it became a business.

Fun in beading

Camille O'Neill, Sports Director
April 29, 2022
Kids climb on an attraction at Urban Air as workers supervise them. One of Buesing’s main jobs is to supervise people and make sure they aren’t misbehaving. ‘I basically ensure that the kids stay safe in the park and follow the rules,” Buesing said. “If a kid is not following the rules, they get one warning and if it continues, they get kicked out of the park.

Jumping around

Camille O'Neill, Sports Director
March 17, 2022
On the set of the Hulu Original series, “Endlings” freshman Cale Ferrin plays the role of Finn alongside his co-actress Michela Luci. Ferrin spent 10 months in Guelph, Ontario filming the show that premiered in January of 2020. “I have a good understanding of how sets and crews work and how much goes into the production of a show,” Ferrin said. “It’s fascinating to me and I hope to eventually learn to write and produce my own work.”

Casting Cale

Kaitlin Reynolds, News Director
March 15, 2022
Alley sits next to her handler, fire investigator David Sobotka, after receiving training at the Omaha Fire Department. They have spent every day together over the past few years at the department working and training to prepare for real fire scenarios. “Alley lives to work,” Sobotka said. “Sometimes even when I’m not ready or don’t feel like going to work, Alley will be by my side ready to start the day.”

The ultimutt firefighter

Quinn Burton, Staff Reporter
March 4, 2022
In order to create a weekly broadcast, Senior Kaden Roth and Kaitlin Reynolds collaborate together to anchor for the MWHS Wildcat news. The anchors prepare for the weekly broadcast and film. ‘The most rewarding part is knowing that I am creating a broadcast that will be enjoyed by my community,” Reynolds said. “Theres a lot of work that goes into each broadcast: writing a script, performing the segments and repeating if any issues arise.”

Dedicating her all

Brenna Batchelder, Arts & Entertainment Editor, Cartoonist
March 1, 2022
As she stands in the auditorium head girls soccer coach Jaqueline Tevis-Butler speaks to several Millard West athletes about women in leadership. On Thursday, Feb. 3, Tevis-Butler discussed the anniversary of Title IX. “I think one of the things we can also do is continue to advertise and celebrate the possibilities, teamwork, sense of belonging and support you get being a part of an athletic team in high school,” Tevis-Butler said. “One thing weve been doing the last 2-3 years is visiting the middle schools more often to talk to the younger girls who are thinking of quitting their sport in general.”

The world of women in athletics

Riley Kramolisch, Staff Reporter
February 28, 2022
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