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Social studies teacher Tim Royers has known since the beginning of his teaching career he wanted to make a difference in the education system. He will have a chance to do so as he runs for the state legislature in the 2020 election.

Taking matters into your own hands

Miguel Paredes Reyes, Assistant Sports Director
May 14, 2020
Driving past junior Grace Bedell’s house, junior Phoebe Rackliffe waves a sign from the car to celebrate her friend's birthday. Rackliffe along with others formed a parade past Bedell’s driveway in order to social distance while still making the day special. “It was a fun way to celebrate with Grace while still social distancing,” Rackliffe said. “Grace was excited to see us and she seemed happy that we all decided to do the parade for her.”

Parading through a pandemic

Kaitlin Reynolds, Staff Reporter
May 11, 2020
Millard West math teacher Brooke Hartnett reviews with her students on Zoom before their quiz. She has explored many new digital tools, like a program called Formative, during her time teaching online. Although she acknowledges that it’s great to bring back new things to the classroom, she misses her students. “I miss interacting with my colleagues and students,” Hartnett said. “I really miss the feedback I can get from the facial expressions and body language of my students when I'm teaching. It is very difficult to gauge their level of understanding without that.”

An education enigma

Emma Baker, Staff Reporter
May 8, 2020
The Mike family poses for a timer picture on their Goth/ New Wave themed night. The family has been holding family themed nights every Friday where they dress up and do activities together. “We watched Karate Kid for goth night, mostly because my dad was super into goth/new wave in the 80’s and he loves Karate Kid,” Milina Mike said.

Mikes’ making memories

Jenna Reynolds, Staff Reporter
May 1, 2020
Tomm Bigler and his date, Mae Killeen keep social distancing while taking pictures to recreate their prom night.

A PROM-ising night

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla, Online Editor
April 29, 2020
On her stop in India, Singh was able to learn about other cultures and infrastructures.

An unexpected turn

Natalie Eljamal, Online Editor
April 20, 2020
Sophomore Emmi Gilbert works to repair her gravel bike. She has been working towards becoming a bike mechanic and has been learning to repair while in quarantine. Gilbert hopes to soon turn her passion for cycling into business repairing bikes for people in Omaha.

At home hobbies

Annabelle Harshbarger, Staff Reporter
April 17, 2020
Bella Reilly and her sister Anna Reilly are making a cake for one of her vlogs. They go through the process of what they are doing and featuring her sister while practicing social distancing and staying at home.

Reilly’s recordings

Haden Batchelder, Staff Reporter
April 16, 2020
Freshman Erica Napierala hangs her birdhouse creation in a local park. After painting all day Napierala headed to the park to put up her hand-painted homes for feathered friends to perch on. “Some of the houses have patterns and others have themes,” Napierala said. “We are hoping that our colorful birdhouses can make people’s walks more enjoyable.”

Chirping away at the time

Kaitlin Reynolds, Staff Reporter
April 16, 2020
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