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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

Camille ONeill

Camille O'Neill, Sports Director

Camille is a senior at Millard West, and this is her second year on the Catalyst staff. This year, she looks forward to covering all of the sports Millard West has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys baking, horseback riding, playing goalball, singing, hanging out with friends and playing any sort of board game or card game.

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Sophomore Reaghan Pratt constructs a ring. In addition to making bracelets, she also makes rings if customers ask for them. I started my bracelet business because I was bored one day stuck at home during quarantine, Pratt said. Then it wasnt a business it was just a hobby but the beginning of term 3 it became a business.

Fun in beading

April 29, 2022
Senior Sadie Millard makes her first stride after starting a race at the state track meet last year. Millard continues to shine in this event, bringing up the rear for the Wildcats. “In order to become a student-athlete at the next level, I’ve really focused on mental and physical preparation,” Millard said. “It’s important to work with coaches and trainers in order to condition your body to get what you want it to do.”

Running to success

April 28, 2022
Kids climb on an attraction at Urban Air as workers supervise them. One of Buesing’s main jobs is to supervise people and make sure they aren’t misbehaving. ‘I basically ensure that the kids stay safe in the park and follow the rules,” Buesing said. “If a kid is not following the rules, they get one warning and if it continues, they get kicked out of the park.

Jumping around

March 17, 2022
The Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrate their WCC conference title after defeating St. Mary’s 82-69. in the title game. They will face 16 seed Georgia State in the first round on Thursday.

Madness in March

March 16, 2022
Standardized test scores should not be required for admission because they don’t showcase skills needed for college.

Test optional for good

February 1, 2022
Senior Lizzie Ward maneuvers through cones during a western horsemanship competition. She has been competing in equestrian since the age of 6 and has won six ribbons. “I have always had a love for horses, so when I turned 6 my grandma had started me in riding lessons,” Ward said. “That is how my interest in riding really started.”

Riding to victory

January 21, 2022
Junior Jillian Weland follows through after releasing the ball during the duel vs. Papillon-La Vista South. The varsity girls competed hard against a strong Titan team, falling 13-8. “I struggled with the oil on the lanes,” Weland said. “I think it could help our team by practicing on different styles of lanes so we would be exposed to different oil patterns.”

Keep on rolling

January 12, 2022
Seniors Carly Finch, Charlotte Kittle, Bella Delgadillo and Brenna Matthews package food for the Backpack Program. Eight hundred fifty kids were able to have food over the weekend, thanks to the students’ generosity. “I learned how to be fast and efficient and make the best of the time we had there,” Delgadillo said. “I felt good we made over 800 packages of food, so it was good to know we could give so many people food and help them.”

Fighting hunger

December 20, 2021
Pen in hand, athletes sign their letter of intent to compete in athletics at the next level. The athletes were excited to make their decision official. “The signing day experience was really fun,” senior Sam Novotny said. “My favorite part was just being able to sign with a lot of my friends/teammates.”

Pledging for the future

November 18, 2021
Former Education Academy students Carly Pederson and Jessie Reyes present to the current students. They talked about a variety of topics including college, scholarships and student teaching. “I told students to not be afraid to jump in,” Pederson said. “Dont sit back and watch — get up, walk around, ask questions. This is the way that they will learn.”

Return to educate

October 20, 2021
Junior Alanna Bankston and sophomore Lauren Jones complete a block in the match against Papillion-La Vista. Jones and Bankston led the team with one block each. “We are always so upbeat when we get ready to play,” Bankston said. “The atmosphere with both of the student sections was fun to play in, and the fans really helped us keep our energy going throughout the match.”

Wildcats swat the Monarchs

September 23, 2021
Freshman Lily Dotson cuddles with her dog. She underwent two and a half years of intense treatment. We are so thankful she continues to be a warrior even when people don’t see the battle, mother Susie Dotson said. We are proud of all she has overcome.

Fighting for her life

September 15, 2021
Ryan Moseley, Jenson Groff and Kieren Langer ride side-by-side during the race. They finished the race faster than they expected. . My hope is that get to see and experience a large scale mountain bike race, see some awesome trails, and push through to the end, Moseley said. They are both strong racers, and I anticipate they will finish well.

A rocky road

September 10, 2021
With her knees bent and her glove open and facing down, sophomore Kaitlyn Fisher prepares to field the ball. The Wildcats defeated Papillion-La Vista South 13-5 on Aug 19. “Defensively, I think that weve really started to settle into our positions and were playing really solid,” Fisher said. “Weve had big moments of adversity already this season that weve had to overcome and I really think that its pushed us all to become better players out there.”

Off and swinging

September 1, 2021
Students cut into the rat and followed the directions on their lab sheet. We had to follow a guide that was step by step to dissect the rat, junior Gina Olson said. We could also ask the teacher for help if we needed it.

A gutty experience

December 18, 2020
Senior Kaitlyn Dickmeyer rolls the ball down the lane. She thinks that she needs to improve on some of her skills. “The skill that I would like to improve for the next meet is to keep my elbow in,” senior Kaitlyn Dickmeyer said. “I need to make sure that I dont top the ball which is when you twist your wrist too much which will cause it to go more towards the left.”

Rolling into action

December 17, 2020
Junior Campbell Macy stands holding a box of the donuts that she designed. On the top of the box, there is a donut with red hot frosting. “We turned the cinnamon candy into a very thick syrup and emulsified that into our standard white icing,” Bob’s Donuts chef Keri Tull said. “We already had an apple cake donut that we were selling so we used that. The toppings are a syrup that we made and crushed cinnamon candy.”

Donut in the making

December 4, 2020

Your voice, your vote

November 12, 2020
This picture shows what each bracelet says. They are blue bracelets. “This summer, I got diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Fellman said. Because of COVID, the JDRF isn’ doing a walk this year, so I ordered bracelets to support them.”

Fight for a Cure

October 28, 2020
Junior Ava Rongisch and senior Madi Warren look up at each other while wearing a mask. They stood on the softball field getting ready to play. When it is hot out, the gator mask does get pretty sweaty, junior Ava Rongisch said. Also, when we are done running and have to put up our mask it makes it a little hard to breathe. We all know it’s for our safety.

Mask up and play on

September 18, 2020

West implements new CCR QT

September 15, 2020
Students in room 131 learn on their computers while they are in person. Every student is wearing a mask.

Safe schedule changes

August 28, 2020
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