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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

A volunteer at the Celebration of Nations Japanese booth paints a guests name in black ink. Free of charge, every booth had something to offer just like this one, ranging from snacks to artwork. “We wanted children to learn about other cultures and countries not of their own origin,” Black Elk Spanish Teacher Sarah Valasek said. “We wanted families to feel valued and we want all of our students to be represented at this event. Moving forward, our hope and our goal is to make sure every single background and country of origin is represented from a booth, a dance or a food throughout the event.”

The world will live as one

Sam Whittaker, Staff Reporter
April 18, 2022
Two members got to run under the parachute near the end of the session. There is music playing and volunteers direct the members on how to move the parachute. “I’ve loved Special Musicians because it provides another opportunity for expression for people with intellectual disabilities,” volunteer Sophia Hill said.

Making moving music

Olivia Ray, Staff Reporter
December 6, 2021
The musical’s cast members gather around the auditorium’s center stage to begin their performance. After spending weeks preparing they were reading now more than ever for their moment of showtime. “This was a really exciting experience getting to be in front of a crowd again,” sophomore Mars Zekpa said. “Having past experience performing in front of large crowds made it not really scary or nerve-racking. I was really just focused on getting to show everyone what we worked so hard on.”

A memorable performance

Quinn Burton, Staff Reporter
November 11, 2021
At the beginning of the event, volunteers lined up at the front of the school to be guided to their job. Helping them find guidance was Rohwers own staff members. Thanks to them the event couldn’t have run more perfectly. “Throughout the entirety of the event, I helped out at the volunteer table, guided families to games, and made sure that everybody was having a great time,” Rohwer Elementary principal Nicole Burton said. “Although, most of all I enjoyed seeing some of my former students come back to help out with our event.”

Lend a helping hand

Quinn Burton, Staff Reporter
October 11, 2021
The Heart run continues their annual tradition of the kid’s dash across the field. Towards the end of the event the kids line up across Werner Park to begin their run across the field. The dash is something that we have always done at our events Burton said. Its a moment celebrated by the kids to show how far they have come through their CHD journey.

For the 1 in 100

Quinn Burton, Staff Reporter
September 27, 2021
Sophomore Logan Mosley Puts away his phone before class starts so he isnt distracted during class  “I don’t really think that the cell phone policy really does anything or helps anything. Students still have items like apple watches that they can use. ,” sophomore Logan Mosley said, Some students could just keep their phones with them and the teachers wouldnt know because they could use an excuse like they are grounded or they dont have one.

Phone policy

Braden Stueve, Staff Reporter
September 10, 2021
Eliza Donley’s Creative Design class presented original product prototypes to a panel of judges. The competition was largely based on the popular TV show, “Shark Tank.” “I really wanted to promote my department and give the class some spark, so other students would want to take it,” Donley said. “In the past, students would just present to the teacher. I thought it would be more fun to have it be like the TV show and get some other people in the school involved.”

Competing in dangerous waters

Kaden Roth, Staff Reporter
April 2, 2021
Students continue a Millard West tradition of creating poppy fields in the English hallways during French week. Both members of French club and students enrolled in French class take control of planning and creating activities. “I hope that people look forward to it every year,” French teacher and club sponsor Sarah Karst said. “We see it as an opportunity for the appreciation of the language and simply a celebration of the beauty of the language and the many cultures that accompany it.”

A week in France

Kaden Roth, Staff Reporter
March 5, 2021
Senior Owen Hamill receives his COVID-19 test in the lecture hall on Friday, January 29. Medical professionals from Test Nebraska set up shop in the lecture hall and administered tests to students and staff.

Helping reduce case numbers in schools

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
February 5, 2021
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

Paige Fortney, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2020
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