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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

Brenna Batchelder

Brenna Batchelder, Arts & Entertainment Editor, Cartoonist

As Brenna enters her senior year, she returns to her third year on the CATalyst and MWHS Wildcat News staff. Journalism provides her the opportunity to create art and share her opinions and the stories of other students at Millard West. Outside of journalism, She is involved in the National Honors Society and the Kent Bellows Mentorship Program. In her freetime, she enjoys creating more art, working and hanging out with her friends.

All content by Brenna Batchelder

One last song

April 20, 2022
On March 25, Wallows released their sophomore album titled Tell Me That Its Over.

A new era for indie

April 1, 2022

Music to the ears

March 17, 2022
In order to create a weekly broadcast, Senior Kaden Roth and Kaitlin Reynolds collaborate together to anchor for the MWHS Wildcat news. The anchors prepare for the weekly broadcast and film. ‘The most rewarding part is knowing that I am creating a broadcast that will be enjoyed by my community,” Reynolds said. “Theres a lot of work that goes into each broadcast: writing a script, performing the segments and repeating if any issues arise.”

Dedicating her all

March 1, 2022
Censoring important issues by banning books limits the perspectives and world view of students nationally.

Erasing our history

February 25, 2022

Calling his future

February 9, 2022

Masking PSA

February 3, 2022

Custodial bondings

December 21, 2021

Passion for plants

December 9, 2021
With the release of “Red (Taylor’s Version,)” fans are welcomed to a new outlook into Swift’s work with the premiere of a short film starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien.

Mastering a new medium

December 2, 2021

Loud Music PSA

November 18, 2021
While battling it out on the ice, senior Brooke Flanigan plays a game for the Lady Jr. Lancers U19 team. Flanigan has to focus on many different aspects of the game as a left-wing. “The most challenging part of hockey is that there is so much going on and how fast it is moving,” Flanigan said. “You have to think about where the puck is, who is open, who you have to cover, where the open person is and what to do when you have the puck and what to do when you dont have the puck.”

Breaking the ice

November 11, 2021
Information regarding shelters are found on their website. They offer animals for adoption and donation and volunteering resources.

Adopt, don’t shop

November 4, 2021

Raising the bar

October 28, 2021
The Iced White Mocha at Green Beans in the largest size is somewhat an overwhelming amount of coffee, but I enjoyed every sip of it.

Coffee for a cause

October 6, 2021

The new Millard mural

September 30, 2021

Heroes of the heart

September 23, 2021

Coffee for a cause

September 10, 2021
On her third album, “Solar Power,” Lorde uses a photograph of herself on the main and alternate album covers.

Stepping into the sun

September 3, 2021

Senior Sign-Off

May 18, 2021
As a way to spread awareness and support of their cause, groups in support of AAPI spread infographics, statistics, and resources. People share these on social media and educate others.

Stop the hate

April 16, 2021

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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