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Senior Dominic Zohlen practices the piano. He taught himself to play by ear and also sings along with it. “Several months ago, I decided I wanted to pursue music even further by writing, producing, and uploading my own music for everyone to enjoy,” Zohlen said. “I use a Digital Audio Workstation called Reaper to record and produce my music.”

Musical marvel

Jenna Reynolds, Features Editor
January 21, 2021
All state all star

All state all star

Annabelle Harshbarger, Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Senior Delaney Cutler scans a UPC label with her handheld as she picks orders for Fat Brain Toys. Cutler works as seasonal help at the local toy company based in Elkhorn, Nebraska. “Working here feels really good,” Cutler said. “You get done and know you just helped the company to send gifts to families all over the country for their loved ones to open on Christmas.

The real elves of Santa’s workshop

Jenna Reynolds, Features Editor and Co-anchor
December 14, 2020
A young Friedland lights her hanukkiah. “I was raised Jewish so I have celebrated it [Hanukkah] since I was a baby,” junior Abby Friedland said. “Hanukkah, to me, is just family time, like many who celebrate Christmas. It’s a good way to feel connected to those around you.”

Eight days of love and light

Emma Baker, Catalyst Editor-in-Chief
December 7, 2020
Senior Paige Stobbe adds to her current creation with another row of chunky yarn. She has been hand-knitting these trendy blankets to sell during the holidays. “There has been quite a shortage in yarn lately,” Stobbe said. “That is one challenge that I have run into, but I hope to keep it going.”

Warm for the holidays

Dana Summers, News Director
December 7, 2020
Junior Campbell Macy stands holding a box of the donuts that she designed. On the top of the box, there is a donut with red hot frosting. “We turned the cinnamon candy into a very thick syrup and emulsified that into our standard white icing,” Bob’s Donuts chef Keri Tull said. “We already had an apple cake donut that we were selling so we used that. The toppings are a syrup that we made and crushed cinnamon candy.”

Donut in the making

Camille O'Neill, Staff Reporter
December 4, 2020
Shreeya is pictured wearing her new Indian clothes with the rangoli her mom and her made. She celebrated Diwali “festival of lights” on November 14th. “This day celebrates the return on Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and his wife Sita, an avatar of Goddess Lakshmi, to Ayodhya,” senior Shreeya Mishra said. “ After his 14 years in exile, Rama returns after defeating the evil Ravana, which is why this day celebrates good over evil. Because of their return the residents of Ayodhya had a celebration and lit clay lamps.”

Fancy festival

Jenna Reynolds, Features Editor
December 3, 2020
On November 5, Senior Evan Meyersick signed his letter of intent, officially committing to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a walk-on to play football. Meyersick joined the football team during the end of his sophomore year and  has since been putting in countless hours of work to develop his skills as a wide receiver. During his time as a member of the Wildcat football team, Meyersick has racked up a total of 13 catches, 244 yards and one touchdown.

Walking on to the future

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
December 2, 2020
Senior Ceibhionn Stevens sketches out the designs for her mural. “The planning process was less difficult than I imagined,” Stevens said. “I looked up art of theater through history to gather ideas and inspiration. Then I made several drafts and had a few ideas that I eventually dropped in order to make the mural open and bright and true to our theater troupe.”

Painting her passion

Anna Blumenthal, Entertainment Editor
November 20, 2020
Miller has made several patterns for her masks. Pictured below are several different mask patterns.

Giving back through business

Camille O'Neill, Staff Reporter
November 13, 2020
Located just across from Millard West on the corner of Renfro Street and 176th Avenue, the cemetery draws in families from all across the neighborhood who come to watch in awe as Smith’s house is illuminated with multi-colored lights and dancing skeletons.

Family guilds “spooktacular” graveyard

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
November 6, 2020
Senior Olivia Peterson poses in a sweatshirt that she designed and made herself. This picture also appears on her Instagram account, where she advertises her custom designs to others. “Nebraska related shirts are probably my most popular request,” Peterson said. “I think those shirts have been successful just because they are much cheaper than what you would find in a Husker store, but they are still high quality. I can print just about anything as long as it's not a school affiliated logo that has copyright.”

Custom made

Dana Summers, News Director
November 5, 2020
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