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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

Morgan Weir

Morgan Weir, Catalyst Editor-in-Chief

Morgan is a senior returning for her third year on the CATalyst staff. She enjoys writing opinion and news stories. As a member of Millard West’s Justice and Diversity League, she strives to bring her commitment to equity and inclusion into her writing. Outside of class, she enjoys practicing calligraphy, reading the news and binge watching HGTV.

All content by Morgan Weir
In their final quarter of high school, many seniors are struggling to stay focused and motivated academically.

Senioritis is real

April 25, 2022
Coach Jacque Tevis-Butler gives a presentation on Title IX at the Women in Sports and Leadership summit. Tevis-Butler spoke about the importance of female representation in athletics. “Representation matters because if you can see it, you can be it,” Tevis-Butler said. “When women are not equally represented in leadership positions, it sends a subtle, but extremely powerful and negative message about women.  It sends the message that men hold all power. We need more perspectives.”

Commemorating Title IX

February 15, 2022

Sub shortage

February 4, 2022
With record COVID-19 cases across Omaha, masking is a critical safety measure in schools.

Follow the mask mandate

January 24, 2022

A blooming artist

December 21, 2021
Millard West’s newspaper, the Catalyst, was submitted at the end of the 2020-2021 school year for Pacemakers. The Catalyst, along with the MWHS Wildcat News, won a Pacemaker under the hard work and leadership of editors. “In my two years, I moved from staff reporter to editor in chief,” former Millard West Catalyst editor-in-chief Emma Baker said. “I had zero design experience at the beginning of that second year and had to learn as I went. Being in that leadership position, I learned how important it is to be adaptive and communicative.”

Setting the pace

December 10, 2021

Loud Music PSA

November 18, 2021

Amplifying inclusion

November 11, 2021

Interning in tech

November 4, 2021

Marching on

August 31, 2021
The main hall of the Durham Museum, usually filled with visitors, is empty over a year into the pandemic.

Museums matter

April 16, 2021
A Google search for “giving away money to homeless people” provides over nine million results. The top results are YouTube videos with hundreds of thousands or even millions of views, all of which use charity as clickbait to get views and money.

Charity for clout

March 25, 2021
A study from the National Association for Gifted Children found that around half of gifted children will “level out” and perform at grade level by the time they reach high school. As students get older and school becomes more difficult, it’s natural to stop progressing at high rates. For students who have been labeled gifted at an early age, however, this leveling out can make them feel like they are an academic fraud.

Growing up gifted

March 10, 2021
Gender norms are imposed on every gender in all aspects of society, from arts to sports to politics to fashion.

Breaking barriers

December 9, 2020
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris wears suffragette white onstage to give her victory speech, a nod to the official colors of the National Woman’s Party. During her speech, Harris paid homage to the women who came before her: “Tonight, I reflect on their struggle, their determination, and the strength of their vision—to see what can be unburdened by what has been—I stand on their shoulders.”

Madam Vice President

November 19, 2020
Diversity Council members eat lunch and discuss at an October meeting. They focused on the topic of racial identity.   I am looking forward to hopefully making school a safer place for every student, junior Emery Golliday said. I hope that the Diversity Council will be able to make visible changes in the community.

Discussing diversity

October 12, 2020
The current wave of conspiracy theories has quickly spread to mainstream audiences. Many factors influence who is most likely to believe them, including political affiliation and education level.

Coronavirus conspiracies

September 21, 2020
Students are overwhelmed with work and pressured to push even harder each day. Rest, in any form, is often their last priority.

Students deserve a break

September 14, 2020
A century after the ratification of the 19th amendment, women are getting more involved in politics and voting in higher proportions than men.

The Pink Wave

March 12, 2020

Shining through the night

February 19, 2020

Jam the gym

February 6, 2020

Flying up in the music

January 30, 2020
Most New Years resolutions are given up on within the first month.

New year, nothing new

January 27, 2020
A map of Omaha created by Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia using 2010 census information. It is the most comprehensive map of racial distribution in America that exists, as reported by Wired, since it maps individuals. Each dot represents a person: blue shows white people, green shows African-American,  orange shows Latino and red shows Asian.

Black and white

January 24, 2020
The alumni display hangs next to room 203. Social Studies teacher Tim Royers intends to cover the entire wall by the end of the year. “I’ll keep expanding as much as I can,” Royers said. “I figure the more examples the better.”

Wall of fame

December 20, 2019
Members of National Honors Society pack bags with fruit and juice at Food Bank for the Heartland to be donated to families. “Whenever I have time I always try to do things like this because I really enjoy helping people,” junior Jordan Bakar said. “It was fun engaging with people and working with others to help out the community.”

Feeding the community

December 13, 2019
The 2019 Promoting Empowerment workshop was held at Temple Israel, the oldest Jewish reform synagogue in Omaha.

Promoting empowerment

November 11, 2019
A student browses for e-books on the Sora by Overdrive app.
The school started working with the Overdrive company last year and has been trying to let people know about it. “We have it on the announcements, we have signs around, we’re tweeting about it and just trying to do what we can to get the word out,” said librarian Mindy Longe.

Going Digital

November 1, 2019
Extremists, neo-nazis and members of the alt-right hold a demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participators had used Facebook to organize the event and spread racist messages. According to a survey by the Anti-Defamation League, one-third of social media users have been the targets of online hate speech.

Social media regulation

October 14, 2019

And the verdict is

September 19, 2019
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