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The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Veering from option to option of what you want to do after high school may be consuming your brain, but by informing yourself on what would be the best option it may help ease some tension. Whether it is college, trade school or a gap year to continue your education, there are always people to help you navigate your way through.

Navigating the pathways

Leah Pickhinke, Staff Reporter
February 28, 2024
Homeschooling has been becoming an increasingly more common approach to learning. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of homeschooling; such as a personalized learning experience while also battling three main components to success is something that needs to be acknowledged in order for a good homeschool experience.

The powers of personalized education

Leah Pickhinke, Staff Reporter
December 20, 2023
Students in journalism work weekly to make their stories enjoyable and informative for everyone. Journalism is something that is very important to me, as well as my peers,” senior Quinn Burton said. “I’ve actively been a part of Advanced Journalism and Yearbook everyday for the past two years and it’s been such a rewarding experience getting to use my voice in addition to sharing others voices through my stories. Throughout the years, I’ve consistently seen the amount of effort that my classmates put into their work, and it’s something that unfortunately goes unnoticed. Sometimes tackling a broadcast and news paper article each week can be a grueling task, but for most students in the Journalism program, it’s a weekly routine.”

The voices within the building

Leah Pickhinke, Staff Reporter
October 3, 2023
Internet restrictions range from games to videos and educational websites. I think restricting games on school provided laptops is fair enough, junior Sophia Eljamal said. But when I try to access certain websites for research, a lot of them are restricted, even if the websites are trusted and reliable sources for information.

Locked-down learning

Leah Pickhinke, Staff Reporter
September 14, 2023
Kelderman has spent his last five years working on grad-school, but he was able to get a Master’s Degree and now his doctorate out of this time and effort. “I have been taking classes to complete my program for two years and then 1 year of completing my dissertation, “Kelderman said. “I am very excited to be done and love the atmosphere and increased freedom that I have teaching at the college level that isn’t always there in the high school. Because of this, I started looking into doctoral programs about 5 years ago” Kelderman put in the effort to finish hoping to  learn more about how students work towards what they think is success in his classroom.

Becoming “Dr.” Kelderman

Brooke Sliva, Social Media Manager
December 6, 2021
Some students sit, socially distanced, in a public school classroom while others appear on Zoom. As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refuses to attend discussions about school reopenings, students and teachers are adapting and showing resilience.

The destructive legacy of Betsy DeVos

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
December 10, 2020
For non-eligible voters, finding ways to stay informed on voting can be hard, especially for those who aren’t getting a solid education on politics, government and civics. Theres multiple ways for students to keep up with the elections, campaigns and candidates in order to be prepared for when they can step up to the plate and vote.

Staying Educated on Voting

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
October 13, 2020
: Understanding the importance of public health can help young kids be mentally and physically healthy years to come. If we are not teaching students the importance of mental wellbeing it can lead students to drug abuse, toxic relationships and bad mental health.

Let’s talk about public health

Haden Batchelder, Staff reporter
October 13, 2020
President Donald Trump was right when he referred to America’s history education as a “twisted web of lies,” but it’s not because of a heavy emphasis on slavery, as the Southern Poverty Law Center found in their study.

America needs to confront its history

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
September 30, 2020
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