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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

Kaden Roth

Kaden Roth, Catalyst Online Editor-in-Chief

Entering his senior year at Millard West, Kaden is in his third year producing content for The CATalyst and MWHS Wildcat News. His interest in discovering new stories and finding unique ways to share them is what brought him to Journalism. Kaden enjoys sharing his viewpoints through opinion stories and creating broadcasts that showcase the distinctive culture at Millard West. Outside of school, you can find him reading, hanging out with friends or working.

All content by Kaden Roth

The final bow

May 5, 2022

One last song

April 20, 2022

Music to the ears

March 17, 2022
Health science academy is getting its nursing assistant certification following the completion of the class within the academy. As CNAs, some are working with patients in assisted living homes which allows them to apply what they’ve learned in class and gain valuable experience. “Health Science Academy has prepared me for the CNA class as well as my EMT class,” senior Paige Armstong said. “There have been a few situations that EMT better prepared me for like when people go unresponsive.”

Certifying New Abilities

February 28, 2022

Women in leadership

February 9, 2022

Masking PSA

February 3, 2022
West in the Groove performs on Jan. 16 at their premiere event. This was an opportunity for members like senior Ally Dunne to show friends and family what performances they’ll be competing with this coming season. “A lot of people really like our song ‘Juice’ by Lizzo,” Dunne said. “We sang that with some fun mirror choreography and soloist parts which got a good reaction out of the audience.”

Premiering at last

January 25, 2022

New Year’s Resoltions

January 15, 2022

A winter symphony

December 17, 2021

Fairytale theatrics

November 11, 2021
Daniel Craig takes his final bow as the infamous British spy in “No Time to Die”. The film was postponed due to COVID-19 and made its debut with a theater-only screening.

007 out of 10

November 2, 2021

Cycling onto a new path

October 29, 2021

MWHS Wildcat News 09.24.21

September 24, 2021

Heroes of the heart

September 23, 2021

Coffee for a cause

September 10, 2021
AP Capstone is a two-year program that consists of AP Seminar and AP Research. The classes focus on researching current issues and providing a logical solution which students present through a written report and oral defense. “When it comes to applying for colleges, AP Capstone students will signify their participation in the program by clicking a box on their Common App,” AP Capstone coordinator and AP Research teacher Kara Radtke said. “For comparison purposes, it is the same box students in the IB program get to click on their applications.”

Exploring AP Capstone

September 3, 2021

New year, new staff

August 25, 2021

Senior Sign-Off

May 18, 2021

Choir showcase

May 6, 2021
Students continue a Millard West tradition of creating poppy fields in the English hallways during French week. Both members of French club and students enrolled in French class take control of planning and creating activities. “I hope that people look forward to it every year,” French teacher and club sponsor Sarah Karst said. “We see it as an opportunity for the appreciation of the language and simply a celebration of the beauty of the language and the many cultures that accompany it.”

A week in France

March 5, 2021

COVID caroling

December 15, 2020

Building a foundation

December 9, 2020
Logos are a popular way to introduce the aesthetic and values of a company, brand, or business. However, when the design is harmful or insensitive to a culture it can shut out a large population of people. Being smart with the symbolism used is important to create a welcoming and friendly environment.

Respect over intent

December 3, 2020


November 19, 2020

Let’s get clay-zy

October 2, 2020

Students learning remotely

September 10, 2020

Every ballot counts

December 20, 2019
Juniors Cloey Gray and Jack Defreece can be seen passionately talking in Hunter Amos’s play Martha!. The Advanced Theatre class spent time creating student written plays and performed them in front of an audience.

The future of playwriting

December 13, 2019
The student Council brought together the gifts for the families they are helping out.

Toys for a cause

November 26, 2019

Unified in Speech

November 14, 2019
Pulsera means bracelet in Spanish and they come in fun colorful bands. There are many different designs and patterns that you can purchase. Each bracelet comes with a tag including the artist’s picture and bio. The money is sent back to the local artists and students allowing them the chance to put the money to good use.

Bands of Hope

November 8, 2019
On average, each one of us produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day. This adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year. If we cut this down even by half it would make a tremendous difference in the amount of paper waste made by schools. Cutting back on paper starts with smart decision making and taking responsibility for the environment.

Paper problem

October 11, 2019
Doctors working countless hours to save and improve the lives of their patients are getting paid less than someone who hits a ball and runs around bases. Athletes are being paid way to much money based on what they do and nobody seems upset by it. Although doctors are still making a large sum of money they deserve to be making more than an athlete based on what they do for people.

Rich Getting Richer

October 7, 2019

Getting the job done

September 26, 2019
Smiling through the brutal heat sophomore Riley Hurts stops to take a picture with her friends Lilli Rooks and Mali Rose. The three girls spent their summer helping rebuild homes in Guatemala. “It was a really fun way to spend a part of my summer,” Hurts said. “I want to go back or at least do something similar in the future.”

A helping hand

September 9, 2019
Flying past the competitors to take the lead sophomore Emily Gilbert races to the finish line in hopes of placing first. After making it through a 750-meter swim Gilbert hops on her bike and takes the lead in her final race of the summer in Iowa. ”You have to be really careful and pay close attention to where you’re going,” Gilbert said, “If you wipe out it could also affect the people behind you and seriously injure them.”

In it for the long run

September 4, 2019
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