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Jordan Bakar

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter

Jordan Bakar is a senior at Millard West, and in his second year of being part of the Catalyst team. At Millard West, Jordan is actively participating in various clubs and organizations, such as the National Honor Society. Jordan does a lot of video making, digital design, editing, and photography on the side, as his hobbies. Jordan also enjoys producing YouTube videos on his YouTube channel, “CrewElite” as he loves to connect with fans. This is a great way to share the same interests with similar people, and share ideas. Being able to use and understand how to use complex software and applications gives me new ideas and interests to create something original.

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Clamping all the wood pieces together, senior Thomas Detlefsen wanted to get an idea for how his guitar would look semi-completed, without using glue. He just finished sanding the body of the guitar and had few more things to add to it. “Here I finished sanding on my body and decided to dry clamp all my wood pieces together without any glue along with a few pieces of hardware to get a rough idea of what the guitar would look like when it’s finally complete,” Detlefsen said. “After the whole process, it was satisfying to finally see it come together and start to look like a finished project, especially one that so closely resembles the original guitar it’s based on.”

Stringing innovation

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter
March 11, 2021
Posing with their team name, seniors Michael Nigrila, Mark Schaffer, and college freshman Luke Hartman participate at the VEX “Change Up” Robotics Championship at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. Their competition was for the most part a victory for the Millard Wests robotic teams. “It was a very enjoyable experience interacting and partaking in this event,” senior Michael Nigrila said, “We also got the opportunity to socialize with teams from other schools and we had some downtime with a former team member (Luke Hartman) at the end of the competition.”

Picking up the speed for Nationals

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter
February 17, 2021

Burning through the canvas

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter
January 13, 2021
“Don’t be afraid to be you.” Sophomore Trenton Daubendiek, can be found on the stage—singing, dancing and letting his passion for performing inspire the audience. As a member of the West in the Groove show choir, he competes in many competitions but always with one thing in mind: Try to make the world a better place, both on and off the risers. A big source of his motivation is his grandmother Nancy, who, although she never got to see him perform, continues to live on through Daubendiek’s upbeat and caring personality. “I try to put on the greatest show every time just for her,” Daubendiek said. “The passion I use when I perform is my passion to make others happy and bring joy.”

[Photo] Stories to inspire

Emma Baker, Staff Reporter
March 12, 2020
Controlling and stacking up blocks with their robot, juniors Mike Nigrila, Mark Schaffer and senior Luke Hartman participate at VEX State Robotics Championship at Omaha North High School. Their competition was an overall success for Millard Wests robotic teams. “Friday night was stressful, not knowing how the skills competition would pan out for us,” junior Mark Schaffer said, “We had no idea how many points we would make out with, and were a bit anxious.”

Stacking up for Nationals

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter
March 5, 2020
Stacking up blocks with their robot, juniors Dominic Zohlen, Andrew Heftie and senior Tyler McCoid participate at their 3rd CREATE competition in Hampton, Neb. During their competition, the team had a few struggles at the start, but they still managed to push through and win a few awards. “We have prepared long and hard for this competition and being able to spend a great time with teammates to present what we are capable of was really rewarding,” McCoid said. “I even got on the news with Channel 4 Hastings to voice out and explain how we performed on this CREATE Competition.”

Gearing up for competitions

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Discussing trending topics, junior Brock Evans and Skutt junior Ben Hawk produce their latest podcast episode. During this episode, the two talked about their opinions on who they think are the all time best NBA players. “This was a very interesting podcast to shoot,” Evans said. “We had a great time debating who we thought were the greatest NBA players and also tested each other on various NBA player’s stats.”

The Pick & Roll Podcast

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter
September 17, 2019
Doing a clear in a lacrosse game, junior Alexander Rodenbiker (in black) plays lacrosse against the Waukee Warriors. This game was a long and adventurous one, lasting almost three hours. “Playing in the intense summer heat made this game hard,” Rodenbiker said. “I play on the offensive side of my team, which means I have to do a lot of running around the field.”

Interlaced Talent

Jordan Bakar, Staff Reporter
September 4, 2019
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