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There are many benefits of AP classes such as getting a feel of college classes, developing good time management and structure, learning critical skills and real-world applications, and challenging students.

Navigating AP classes

Sophia Eljamal, Staff Reporter
February 22, 2024
Students congregate around the reopened Cat’s Den. The Cat’s Den had been closed since August of 2021, and reopened in January of 2024. Students are excited to see its return. “It’s great to see the Cat’s Den back,” senior Aiden Brigen said. “People are definitely making good use of it.”

Cat’s Den returns

Blake Kahler, Staff Reporter
February 20, 2024
The first-ever book swap was a success, with many students rushing into the library early in the morning to trade out their books. “This is all new,” librarian Amanda Gehrke said. “And its not just kids participating, its teachers too, which is great. Theyre bringing home books for their kids, and so its really promoting literacy for everyone.”

Page-turning exchange

Ariana Griffin, Staff Reporter
February 7, 2024
 The FAFSA can be started online through the Department of Education’s website. To complete the form, it is highly recommended to have a parent or guardian with you while completing the form. After submitting the form, it will take a few days to process your application.

Navigating the FAFSA

Eddie Shi, Staff Reporter
January 29, 2024
 Most people give up on New Year’s resolutions before the end of January. Counselor Amy Reoh gives some insight on how to keep your New Year’s Resolution going. “Allow yourself some grace,” Reoh said. “Just know that you don’t have to stop or get rid of the notion if you make a mistake. Just continue.”

Starting with a clean slate

Ariana Griffin, Staff Reporter
January 24, 2024
Students stop by the band hallway to donate gifts for children in need. There were 30-40 gift donations and an envelope full of gift cards.

Season of giving

Ariana Griffin, Staff Reporter
December 20, 2023
Sophomores Heithier and Jordan Hosier talking to each other while having some energy drinks with them. This was Heithier’s second drink of the day since it was closer to the end of the day. “Energy drinks taste good and it helps me survive throughout the school day,” Heithier said. “They give me way more energy to a point where sometimes its too much but theyre not my favorite and coffee is healthier to drink.”


Mohammad Khan, Staff Reporter
December 20, 2023
Scott posing in front of the many colleges she had visited. Scott wanted to pick the right college for her. She had many factors that she kept in mind. She eventually decided to go to Umass Amherst, UVA, or Penn State. “ I looked at colleges with the intent to discover if I liked them and was able to narrow down my list,” Scott said. “I like a school with a sensical set-up, my major, a dance program, on the east coast, not too cold, and really when I visit I just kind of found out if it felt right.”

Campus tour

Mohammad Khan, Staff Reporter
December 20, 2023
Senior Holden Clausen goes to one of the three vending machines at the Green Mile hallway. My go to snack are definitely the hot fries, Clausen said. I go to the vending machines during first block every single day.

Satisfied cravings

Nathan Buroker, News Director
December 18, 2023
Toddler Day

Toddler Day

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
December 13, 2023
Standing in line, students apart of the EL program wait to be served traditional Thanksgiving dishes brought by administrators and faculty.

Culmination of culture

Quinn Burton, Editor-in-Chief
December 11, 2023
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