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Senior Wildcat defenseman Eddie Patchen observes as the puck prepares to drop on a faceoff. Although without a point in this game, Patchen and the Cats held strong defensively en route to a 2-1 win over Papio. “It’s mainly to just keep doing what I’m doing because clearly in those situations it was working,” Patchen said. “So long as I’m not overthinking the plays I make then I should be able to keep up the defensive work. I think as long as we focus on playing as a team and not worrying about who our opponent is then I believe we can keep this trend going.”
Photo courtesy of Whittaker Media

Cats keep climbing

Sam Whittaker, Staff Reporter
January 17, 2024
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
Even though Narcan has evolved into a life-saving factor in the world of opioid overdoses, it’s never going to entirely prevent the issue at hand.

A dose of reality

Carley Bailey, Staff Reporter
December 8, 2023
Senior running back Bobby Joseph sticks out his arm to break through for a big run. Joseph would have two touchdowns against Grand Island, helping propel the Cats over Islanders. “Our game plan was definitely to run the ball as much as we could,” Joseph said. “We were more physical than them, and our offense clicked because of that.”

Wildcats strand the Islanders

Logan Moseley, MWHS Wildcat News Editor-in-Chief
November 15, 2023
Juniors Natalie Kersten and Brykin Jones perform “Love is an Open Door.” Both Kersten and Jones performed various songs and dances together throughout the two-and-a-half-hour production. “Both Jones and I had some of the biggest parts of the musical,” Kersten said. “Getting to perform throughout the whole play was very exciting for us.”

New York state of mind

Nathan Buroker, Staff Reporter
November 13, 2023
Sitting in the Capitol Building, senior Brooklyn Lech speaks with Don Bacons representative. Lech traveled to Washington D.C. to speak on behalf of the JDRF. I had to apply to be considered for the position, Lech said. I was the only girl chosen to represent Nebraska and the other two were brothers from Lincoln; Alex and Aiden Ourada.

Fighting for a change

Delaney Lueck, Staff Reporter
November 9, 2023
Students in STEM academy, seniors Luke Lombardo, Landon Chessareck, Nathan Durand and Andrew Johnson, work on an adaptive swing while visiting J.P. Lord. When building, they are taking into account that this swing will be made for sensory purposes. “We have been working on this swing all year,” Johnson said. “It’s the biggest project we have and will be the most impactful for J.P. Lord students.”

STEMing outwards

Nathan Buroker, Staff Reporter
October 9, 2023
Cheering for the first touchdown of the year, senior Jacclyn Smidlien and friends jump and scream in excitement. This was a special moment for the group as they’ve waited four years to get that front row spot. “It was such a fulfilling moment, Smidlien said. “Getting to cheer for our football team, year after year, has been so much fun, and I can’t wait to do it for the rest of the season.”

Ain’t no party like a Wildcat party

Quinn Burton, Editor-in-Chief
September 22, 2023
Seniors Logan Moseley, and Nathan Delaney, work on putting together a weekly update for “The Uproar.” With creative freedom and flexibility, the two seniors put on their own twists  into the weekly recording. “My favorite part was the customization,” Moseley said. “The HSRP was really fun controlling what played on the air and what I talked about on the air.”

On the air

Sam Whittaker, Staff Reporter
August 30, 2023
“I felt that it was great to see the families and future members come out and support the band. It has definitely been an event I look forward to year after year,” said band student Blake Kahler.

Marching for the community

Caden Reynolds, Staff Reporter
August 30, 2023
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