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Paige Fortney

Paige Fortney, Staff Reporter

Paige is a senior at Millard West and this is her second year on the CATalyst staff. She loves sharing her opinions and being able to tell stories throughout her writing. This year she hopes to share her best work with others and broaden her skills within journalism. In her free time, she loves traveling and exploring new places and spending time with her friends and family. 

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“Gen Zers” make up a very large portion of the population in the U.S today, and while born in an era of technology, 80% have stated that they aspire to work with cutting-edge technology at some point, according to a study done by Dell. This generation is also expected to account for 30% of the labor force by 2030.

To be Gen Z

December 18, 2020
This Ohio man was among the large number of people who received and was involved in Moderna’s COVID-19 clinical trial that showed a 94.1% effectiveness rate.

A chance for a change

December 2, 2020
The city of Omaha took a different approach to the mask regulations this past week. Instead of extending month-to-month, council members took it into their own hands and placed a three month mandate until further notice.

Regulated once again

November 19, 2020
Im thankful to be able to vote in this election specifically because I neither agree or respect our current government situation. We need something new and neither are perfect choices, but there is a lesser of the two evils in this election.

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November 5, 2020
Im voting because I dont think the current government is doing a good job. I care strongly about climate change.

[PHOTO] Tanner Klahn

February 22, 2021
Because Im 18, I can now do something to have my voice heard. Thats why I want to take the action to vote.

[PHOTO] Grace Schiemann

February 22, 2021
Im voting because there are a lot of problems in America. I think there should be free healthcare, more gun restriction and more focus on the BLM movement.

[PHOTO] Aiden Berggren

February 22, 2021
Its my citizen right to vote. I also feel like its my obligation to fulfill as an American.

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February 22, 2021
Im thankful to be able to vote in this election specifically because I neither agree or respect our government situation. We need something new and neither are perfect choices, but there is a lesser of two evils in this election.

[PHOTO] Mae Killeen

February 22, 2021
Im voting because its my first year that I can. I feel like its our right as a citizen to vote.

[PHOTO] Erica Michel

February 22, 2021
Im voting because I think that everyones vote matters. One extra vote might have the power to make a difference.

[PHOTO] Ben Vanrooyan

February 22, 2021
“mama’s boy” took a different approach from their last two albums, “Malibu Nights” and “LANY.” The release of this album gave off a nostalgic and southern feeling unlike their usual contemporary heartbreak songs.

LANY’s latest

October 13, 2020
According to the Mayo Clinic “This year’s flu shot will offer protection against three or four of the influenza viruses expected to be in circulation this flu season.” The available options of delivery this year for the vaccination are through injection or a nasal spray.  Although the flu shot does not provide 100% protection, it is still worth getting.

Fighting the flu

October 6, 2020
Posters were painted and hung on each players front door. The team wanted to surprise the seniors with an assortment of items and snacks as well. “We painted the football stripe and design on the brown paper bags”, senior Phoebe Rackliffe said. It’s always a fun time with the team when we make different things like this.

A senior surprise

September 18, 2020
Work It is just like any other Netflix original movie. Once released, it was somehow the top-watched film in its debut weekend, before falling to fifth place in its second weekend.

It’s not working for me

September 10, 2020
Millard West’s student section always shows up ready to support. As shown above, the stands are always filled completely from top to bottom with students all decked out in the game’s theme. Without the energy of the student section and cheerleaders together, the games are not the same.  The whole experience of football games comes from the atmosphere and the liveliness of the crowd.

Seniors on the sidelines

September 3, 2020
These kinds of masks are seen being worn daily by billions of people, and that number can quickly add up. Disposable masks are meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs. However, they dont filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs and sneezes. As you can see from this photo, the edges of the mask are not designed to form a tight seal around the nose and mouth.

Unmasking the damage

August 27, 2020
The mall’s employee’s returned on the 24th only as a “soft-opening.” Some stores will potentially begin reopening for customers on the 1st of May.

COVID Crossing

April 28, 2020
Lauv’s album cover, as mentioned before, portrays six miniature versions of himself. Each color stands for it’s own personality and emotion that Lauv believes he is like.

How is Lauv feeling?

March 12, 2020
This image is an example of a four by four block schedule. A schedule like this is much more organized and efficient for students.

Blocking out success

January 30, 2020
Mac Miller’s posthumous album Circles was recently released and is said to make a big appearance on the Billboard 200 this coming week. His leading single “Good News” has already made its debut placing at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Swimming in circles

January 24, 2020
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