The Catalyst

Annabelle Harshbarger

Annabelle Harshbarger, Online Editor

Annabelle is a senior and is returning for her third year on the CATalyst staff. She enjoys writing opinion and news stories as well as filming and editing broadcasts. This year Annabelle is looking forward to finding new stories to share with Millard West students. Outside of journalism she enjoys reading, hanging out with her friends and anything outside.

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Sophomore Logan Moseley works to create a graphic for the STRIV TV live stream.  The graphics are important to the live stream as they provide stats and information about the players.

STRIVing for success

October 12, 2021
The Oktoberfest display in the hallway set up by German club members shows off a unique holiday celebrated in Germany. The display not only gave a visual representation of the holiday but also stated facts to give more information. “We want to spark interest in our German programs and expand students’ knowledge of the world outside our country,” German teacher Andrea Turner said. “And we want to share some fun and create community with the rest of the school. Many students at West have family connections to Germany.”

A week in Germany

October 12, 2021

The new Millard mural

September 30, 2021
As STEM Academy students start off the year junior Grace Tsogbevi works to learn the basics of design. The academy utilizes many different software programs to give students a hands-on experience.  “We have been working with the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to start to learn the basics of design,” Tsogbevi said. “I am most excited to learn more about the program and be able to shape things and work off the program a little bit.”

New opportunities in STEM

September 10, 2021

New year, new staff

August 25, 2021

sNEAKY sNAKE

May 19, 2021
Raising the bar

Raising the bar

March 29, 2021
The fight for 15

The fight for 15

March 10, 2021

Clowning around

March 4, 2021
Senior Luke Skrabal filmed his video for All-State, with the changes this year, he had no do-overs.

All state all star

January 6, 2021

Building a foundation

December 9, 2020

3Cs PSA

November 19, 2020
The Millard West Forensics team gets hyped up for their first meet of the 2020-21 competition season. Although the team did not get to attend the meets in person they still worked hard to prepare for their first virtual meet. “Preparing for the first competition of the season was definitely different than any other year,” Cavalier said. “Instead of practicing looking at an audience I had to get used to looking at one focal point.”

Competing in a pandemic

November 12, 2020

Among Us takes over

November 5, 2020

Sanitary solutions

October 9, 2020
Junior Zachary Neesen and volunteers work to paint the room numbers used during fire drills on the sidewalks outside of Millard West high school. “On the day of the project, I assigned areas for the volunteers and gave them the needed supplies,” Neesen said. “Then during the project, I checked in with my volunteers repeatedly and offered any help I could.”

Painting the path

October 7, 2020
This infographic talks about ways to safely throw a party during a pandemic.

Pandemic Parties

October 5, 2020
Cars lined up and distanced from each other at the new outdoor venue in Denmark show another way people can safely enjoy live music. People at the concert are able to connect to a private FM radio station so that they can hear the performer in their car.

The future of live music

September 14, 2020

Students learning remotely

September 10, 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

April 17, 2020
Junior Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla poses in front of a background at the Arnold Clark studio. Hermosillo-Padilla has been modeling for Arnold Clark since she was little and hopes to continue her career with them. “I have taken pictures with them since I was little for cheer,” Hermosillo-Padilla said. “I plan on doing more modeling with them in the future.

Strike a pose

March 9, 2020
This graphic shows the countries with an abundant amount of reported cases of the virus.

COVID-19 in Omaha

March 6, 2020

H+ performance

February 27, 2020
Spanish teacher and soccer coach, Juan Agurrie poses in an indoor soccer complex for his club team in the United States. He played indoor professional soccer for the Witchita Wings, in Witchita Kansas. “When I first moved to the United States in 1991 the soccer league was much less developed than it is now,” Aguirre said. “Back then soccer was just starting the develop”

From field to classroom

February 12, 2020

Sophomore Eva Gould performs their exhibition show. Uptowns theme of this years show is the goddess of vegetation and the wild. “My favorite part of the day was our exhibition performance,” Gould said. “ It can be stressful performing in front of so many people but is still enjoy it.”

Show choir showdown

January 31, 2020

PSA Hallway Etiquette

January 24, 2020
This infographic talks about the measures taken to ensure vaccine safety. Before vaccines can be released to the public extensive clinical trials take place. All vaccinations are tested and approved by the FDA and vaccine manufacturers.

Truth about vaccines

January 16, 2020
This info-graphic shows three popular forms of renewable energy and how they are harnessed.

Energy of the future

December 20, 2019
Freshman Ellie Gorman rehearses with American Midwest Ballet for their production of The Nutcracker. Gorman has been dancing for a majority of her life but began dancing with AMB one year ago. Throughout that year she has improved greatly and learned new skills. “Dancing with AMB has taught me so much,” Gorman said. “The most important thing is patience. AMB helped me understand that I am not the only one performing so I have to wait patiently”

Nuts about ballet

December 13, 2019
During the Kindness Retreat, Reagan Elementary fourth graders learned about the importance of kindness through a day of singing, dancing and fun. “The fourth graders are able to easily learn about such an important topic through activities, games, and group discussions,” Vontz said. At the end of the day I am positive each fourth graders left with more kindness in there heart and eager to help others.”

Teaching kindness

December 10, 2019

Unified in Speech

November 14, 2019
When scrolling through Brandy Melvilles website the thing that stands out most is that lack of diversity. All the models look the same, they range from a 22’ to 24’ waist and 5’7- 5’9.

One Size Fits Small

November 8, 2019
Junior Trey Frazier donated blood on Friday. This is Frazier’s third time donating for the HOSA blood drive. “I donate blood because I want to help people who need it,” Frazire said. “I also really enjoy it.”

The Gift of Life

October 11, 2019

Getting the job done

September 26, 2019
At her second meet of the season Sophomore Peyton Busteed benches 110 pounds. At the Central High School meet she placed fifth and lifted a total of 568 pounds. “Bench press is the lift I need to improve on the most,” Busteed said. “I have been working really hard and I am starting to improve more and more each week”

Heavy Lifting

September 5, 2019
Sophomore Addison Smith, her younger sister and Cassy Milward pose in front of the Arc de Triomphe, on of the most famous monuments in Paris.

A Trip to Remember

August 27, 2019
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