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Brenna Batchelder

Brenna Batchelder, Staff Reporter

Brenna is a junior returning for her second year on the CATalyst as a staff reporter. She loves sharing and writing stories for the paper and hopes to bring quality stories to The CATalyst. Outside of journalism, you can find her within the Millard West drama department, making art at the Kent Bellows program, or hanging out with friends.

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COVID caroling

December 15, 2020


November 19, 2020
Students within Millard West follow the mask mandate, but there is a lot of room for students to ignore it. Enforcing this rule will ensure that students and teachers stay safe and protected from COVID-19.

The major mandate

November 4, 2020
The Neighborhood releases its fourth studio album. The album cover features lead singer Jesse Rutherford dressed as his alter ego, “Chip Chrome.”

A new look

October 13, 2020
Starbucks workers receive tips from their customers throughout their workday.  A customer’s generosity benefits the workers by providing them more wage and appreciation for their hard work.

To tip or not to tip

October 9, 2020

Hand Washing PSA

September 11, 2020
On July 24, 2020 musician Taylor Swift released her 8th studio album. She gives many perspectives about relationships and life in general.

A new era of Taylor Swift

September 2, 2020
Studies done by the University of California have all proved that studying abroad positively impacts students’ futures. It should be something all students consider looking to the future.

A new way to learn

March 12, 2020
With 12 new songs for fans, Tame Impala gives his audience a new perspective of his ideas on time and life.

The Slow Rush

February 28, 2020

Sewing to success

February 20, 2020
Showing off her latest project, Junior Carlie Kottich models a red overall dress she made in a textiles and clothing design class. “I was able to have as many pattern pieces and fabric as I wanted as I made this dress,” Kottich said. “It was a really easy project, I just needed to make it very neat. I ended up getting a good grade.”

Needles and thread

February 7, 2020
Local Goodwill located near Millard west winding down for the night. Trends on social media are responsible for the rise in the popularity of shopping at thrift stores. The cheap prices and wide inventory attract teens to the stores, but there are more unseen benefits of shopping at thrift stores.

Truth about thrifting

January 31, 2020
Holding the result of her hard work, Senior Brianna Nelson showcases her scholarship. Having auditioned a few days prior, the accomplishment was huge in Nelson’s dreams of performing. “The experience of auditioning has taught me that anything and everything is possible if you put your mind to it,” Said Nelson. “Now the experience of the Broadway Intensive? That’s to be determined. But I’m sure it’s going to be everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more.”

Audition of a lifetime

January 24, 2020
Battling the fires, the firefighters use any means necessary to control and contain the fires. A helicopter tackles a fire in East Gippsland, Victoria state, Australia.

A raging issue

January 16, 2020
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