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ACP students cheering at a varsity football game

New Unified Cheer program

Maleah Arellano, Staff Reporter
January 13, 2023
The team that placed first in the Programming Competition, “teamScores[me] > teamScores[you]” composed of senior Thomas Cooper, senior Jillian Weland, and senior Noah Wilber. The eventual second place finisher did not have enough points to wager to hold their first place spot, as the final question acts like a Final Jeopardy.  “I think working in a team is best,” first place finisher and senior Jillian Weland said. “We are able to talk and bounce ideas off of each other which makes us more successful.”

Programmers dominate

Jacob Hargens, Staff Reporter
December 19, 2022
Millard West journalism staff poses for a photo with their medals at NSAA State Journalism. The staff took third place overall.  “It was good to have awards in person,” adviser Mark Hilburn said. “I think the students deserve to be recognized in person for their work and not in a video a few days later.”

Wildcats take State Journalism

Morgan Weir, Editor-in-Chief
May 3, 2022
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
Junior Delaney Aikins’s painting titled “Barney” earned a Gold Key. Because of this, the piece will be entered into a competition in New York City. “For the portrait we were supposed to use acrylic paints and then I went to Hobby Lobby and got gold foil,” Aikins said. “I wanted to mess with the foil and that’s where the latter in her shawl came from.”

Expressing visual success

Michelle Zhang, Opinions Editor
March 4, 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
A pamphlet given to Millard West by United Way describes what the money that we raised has gone towards.

Competition for a good cause

Dana Summers, Staff Reporter
November 4, 2019
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