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The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Alexis Bahensky

Alexis Bahensky, Opinions Editor

Alexis is a senior ending her high school experience by starting up her third year on the CATalyst staff. She enjoys getting her opinion out in the world. She enjoys making the world a better place by giving her time to volunteering at a variety of organizations including the Food Bank and more. Hopefully by the time she graduates she will be able to pursue her dream career in psychology.

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“Multiverse of Madness” was not all that it was hyped up to be and could have done so much more.

Movie Madness

May 24, 2022
One of the stops on the trip was the Beth El Synagogue. Here, they learned about the architecture within and what it means to the Jews who worship there. “The colorful curtains are meant to represent the seven days it took G-d to create the world, and, while it isnt very apparent in the picture, the front half of the seats are in the shape of semi-circles,” senior Deepasri Bylore said. “The seats are a recent change from the original design inspired from the linear seat layout of churches and gives what the rabbi describes as a more personal atmosphere between a congregation and speaker.”

Exploring faiths

May 11, 2022
The MetroNEXT program will allow for more opportunities to arise in lower-income parts of the city, while also benefiting all classes.

A needed development

April 27, 2022
Students are feeling the effects of burnout leading to a mental health crisis among them.

Burnt out

April 27, 2022
“Moon Knight” is new to Marvel and struggles with mental illness as he attempts to grasp his new realized life as a hero.

A new kind of hero

April 14, 2022
Motor vehicle related accidents have been on the rise in recent years and something needs to be done about it.

Wrecking the future

April 11, 2022
Standardized test are starting to become irrelevant in the college application process. The test only create unneeded stress among high school students.


March 23, 2022
Sitting in his office, senior Micheal Boehm checks up on the status of the First National Bank of Omaha’s network. Boehm checks for any signs of disruption that may cause the employees some technical problems. “It is pretty demanding physically and mentally surprisingly,” Boehm said. “Carrying 100-pound servers is definitely something that will come with an IT operations role, and problem-solving and advanced troubleshooting is super mentally intensive, especially with systems that sprawl across the network.”

Student to IT specialist

February 21, 2022
Incarceration rates have skyrocketed in the United States. We have the highest population of prisoners in the world, while only holding less than 5% of the worlds population.

Unjust imprisonment

February 7, 2022

Senior stress

January 25, 2022
The Millard West bad posture account (“badposturemwhs”) shows students slouching showing how improper their posture is. Most of these students don’t even know their photos are being placed on the account which is a larger controversy in itself.

Social shaming

January 18, 2022

Student to instructor

December 20, 2021

Exploring hypnosis

December 17, 2021

Theater Etiquette PSA

December 2, 2021
Girls with disabilities show off their talents and dreams at the 2021 Miss Amazing Amplify event. They are given a chance to show the world that they are no different than any other girl and are on the path to do great things. “The Amplify Event is an annual event that gathers girls and women from across the state of Nebraska (and even a gal from Wyoming this year) of all different abilities,” volunteer director Sydney Ferrara said. “Its purpose is to encourage confidence, leadership and friendship.”

Amplifying chances

November 22, 2021
This new Marvel film hit theaters on Nov. 5 with a surprising $170 million in the box office in less than a week. If this doesn’t show the potential and success of this new Marvel series, nothing will.

An eternal movie

November 10, 2021

Procrastination PSA

November 4, 2021

Spooky service

October 29, 2021
Many American lives are put on halt because of government shutdowns. In the image above, federal employees are protesting outside the capital of the U.S. because of the furloughing.

Putting lives on hold

October 8, 2021
“Shang-Chi: Legend of the 10 Rings was an instant hit when it was introduced in theaters. It takes place outside the MCU universe following the journey of Shang-Chi as he attempts to stop his father from destroying the mystic city of Ta Lo and gain the rings for himself.

A legend of its own

September 29, 2021
Many items in the Millard West high school bathrooms are going missing. In the image above, a soap dispenser has been ripped off the wall leaving students no soap to clean their hands with.

A devious trend

September 27, 2021

Patriots claim Q Street

September 16, 2021
As more and more controversial topics begin to surface within our school districts, school board meetings around Nebraska, and nation wide, are becoming less of a civilized debate and more like a warzone.

A new warzone

September 10, 2021

Marching on

August 31, 2021
Mike Spinharney, a Vietnam War veteran, visits Honors English 10 students, via zoom, to share his experiences during his time serving. “My favorite story he told was when he said there were hippy-like people not letting him through the gate when he returned home from Vietnam,” sophomore Kyle Lorimer said. “So he swung his duffle-bag around like a baseball bat and knocked them over.”

A remembrance of war

December 22, 2020


November 18, 2020
Released on October 9, the new horror series became an instant hit amongst viewers of all ages.

Another haunting arises

October 27, 2020
Suicide rates have been on the rise in the past years and because of this, more awareness must be brought to the issue.

Every life holds value

September 11, 2020
Jumanji: the Next Level, is a squeal to the remake of the 1995 version. The team gets sucked back into the world of Jumanji. However, this time they must face new challenges and quests in order to escape the world once more.

The Next Level

January 14, 2020
Animal testing has become the bases for animal cruelty. Animals are tested on against their will in inhumane ways such as being strapped down to a table. Laws have been put in place to put an end to animal suffrage, however, they have been proven ineffective over the years they’ve been put in place.

Suffering upon no other

December 13, 2019
Standardized testing has been around since the early 600’s. Though today’s testing is much different from back then, testing today causes more stress within students and they are becoming more and more of an inaccurate source to measure a student’s ability to learn.

Testing the system

December 5, 2019
Jojo Rabbit follows the journey of Jojo through World War Two. After finding a Jewish girl living in his home, he goes on to debate if being a Nazi is what he really wants.

One Fearless Rabbit

November 15, 2019

Choir concert premiere

October 30, 2019
Tablets are starting to play a large role in the education of students by getting rid of the use of textbooks. Though tablets can be beneficial, shoving textbooks aside to be left on a dusty shelf will only hurt students.

Tablets vs Textbooks

October 11, 2019

And the verdict is

September 19, 2019

XC Walnut Grove

September 19, 2019
The Chernobyl mini series is rated as the highest fan-scored TV show on IMDB and is shown world wide to millions of viewers.

HBO’s New Hit Series

September 9, 2019
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