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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

Senior Abby Halsey showcases some of her resin letter keychains that is her main seller in her store.

Keychains for creativity

Bowie Zekpa, Staff Reporter
September 28, 2022
After leaving behind the stresses of exams and roleplays, the competitors put on a talent show during the score analysis period. On stage, junior Lillian McCrae and junior David Freiburger perform a karaoke routine in front of their peers. “After all the hard work we’ve done, we really needed a time where we could just have fun,” McCrae said. “We decided to do karaoke because its something that would not only bring our DECA chapter together but also with other schools.

Leading in business

Quinn Burton, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2022
Posing beside one of his original cheesecake flavors, freshman Jahongir Ergashev takes great pride in his cheesecake company run with his mother. Beginning the Home & Joy cheesecake business two years ago, Ergashev has grown with his company through the help of his family. “My plans are pretty ambitious,” Ergashev said. “I know my mom and my brother believe in me, and they tell me I can implement whatever I plan for Home & Joy no matter what. They let me be ambitious, and so I am not afraid of challenges. I want to open a small bakery next year with the help of my brother who is a realtor at Berkshire Hathaways, and he will find a place for us.”

Baking dreams a reality

Samantha Vojslavek, Feature Story Editor
December 10, 2021
This tiered cake is bursting with flavor and pizzaz from it’s lovely vanilla cake to its cream cheese frosting and gold-dusted berries. Friend and customer Valerie Pioppi is proud of Olivia and her baking business. “I show all my friends her cakes, and I think it really displays her work ethic,” Pioppi said. “I would definitely get a cake from her because the way she decorates them is so pretty.”

Baking the world a better place

Emma Baker, Catalyst Editor-in-Chief
January 29, 2021
Donation items were collected in the counseling office to be taken to the Project Wee Care facility to be distributed to local families in need. “This year, NHS donated spaghetti sauce, noodles, and hamburger/chicken helper as part of the overall donation drive,” Kosziek said. “Last year, Millard West as a whole donated over 1000 items to the Project Wee Care facility.”

Caring for the community

Olivia Oeth, News Director
November 26, 2019
Braiding quickly, junior Milina Mike does an intricate braid on junior Dakota Horrocks for homecoming. Mike and Horrocks have run a hair and makeup business since February of 2019. “I am so proud of what I do, and I love when people are happy with the outcome,” Mike said. “I love doing hair and practicing new styles on people, and I plan on doing this for my future career.”

The beauty of business

Jenna Reynolds, Staff Reporter
October 3, 2019
Junior Ryan Kocovsky started his own lawn care business over the summer to earn a little extra cash.

Kocovsky Lawn Care

Noah Walls, Staff Reporter
September 17, 2019
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