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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
Senior linebacker Easton Behrens celebrates after a big hit on Prep junior quarterback Tony Coniglio. Behrens and the Wildcat defense hit the Jays behind the line of scrimmage over ten times, and had a sack himself. “Coming into the game I wanted to blitz more,” Behrens said. “With the way the game went, I was happy I got the nod to rush after the quarterback more and more, and hope I can do it some more in future weeks.”

Wildcats soar past Jr. Jays

Logan Moseley, MWHS Wildcat News 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
In Home Maintenance, STS teacher Anothony Anderson teaches senior Bobby Joseph how to hook up the wires for an outlet. Anderson had a great experience taking shop class in high school, such a great experience he decided he wanted to do it as a career. “My high school shop teacher was really influential,” Anderson said. “I had a really good connection with him starting my freshman year. I had such a great experience with him, the more I thought about things in high school I was really good at working with my hands and helping other students in class.”

Fresh faces

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
August 30, 2023
After senior Jackson Williams pitched, senior Tyson Lewis runs off the field and holds up a signal to show Williams struck an opposing player out. The boys were both invited to play for Area Codes in California. Its an invite only event, Lewis said. The games are played between some of the best high school players in the country in front of professional scouts.

Going to the big leagues

Delaney Lueck, Staff Reporter
August 30, 2023
Millard West and German Exchange Students played a game called the xylophone challenge where they had to balance across a wobbly bridge. One of the many trips these students went on was to the Camp Carol Joy Holling where they used teamwork to complete many different challenges. “We got on a swing and had to work together to make it across to the other side,” junior Katie Rinell said. “We had to use teamwork to get across the ropes course.”

Empfang bis Amerika

Jackson Diebold, Staff Reporter
May 4, 2023
Photo by Luke Lombardo

Battle of the undefeateds

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
April 28, 2023
Head coach Steve Frey holds up the Metro Conference plaque for his team to see. “It’s pretty cool to win that,” junior infielder and Creighton pledge Nick Ventiecher said. “But it’s just another step to get to the bigger stage. We are a lot younger team this year, but we can still win it all.” Millard West won 10-6 over Q-Street and district rival Millard South in the championship round of the tournament. Photo courtesy of Anna Burton.

Wildcats win big at Metros

Logan Moseley, Broadcast Editor in Chief, Striv Executive Producer
April 24, 2023
Stacking dirty lunch trays, junior Carson Chesterman keeps the conveyor belt to the dish washing center running smoothly during second lunch. Although a simple task, it provides some major help and a much needed break for the custodial staff to focus on other areas of the cafeteria. “I enjoy seeing my fellow peers also taking on the responsibility of cleaning and helping out around the school as well,” Chesterman said. “I firmly believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to help others out, one way or another.” Photo by Kelsey Nunnenkamp

Lunch room leader

Kelsey Nunnenkamp, Managing Editor
April 24, 2023
The wheel tax is a $50 dollar tax imposed on your car when registering every year. With an estimated $860 million dollars in revenue, and no significant improvements to our roads, its time for the wheel tax to go.

A waste of $50

Logan Moseley, Broadcast Editor In Chief, Striv Executive Producer
March 28, 2023
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