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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

Cheering for the first touchdown of the year, senior Jacclyn Smidlien and friends jump and scream in excitement. This was a special moment for the group as they’ve waited four years to get that front row spot. “It was such a fulfilling moment, Smidlien said. “Getting to cheer for our football team, year after year, has been so much fun, and I can’t wait to do it for the rest of the season.”

Ain’t no party like a Wildcat party

Quinn Burton, Editor-in-Chief
September 22, 2023
Due to COVID the student section had been gone for some time. In its return they’ve made national headlines, being featured on many verified sports accounts like ESPN, Overtime, the Checkdown and USA Football. “It is nothing but school spirit in the student section,” senior Brooke Sliva said. “Sometimes it gets a little crazy, you bump into the person next to you and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by the end of the game your voice is completely gone.”

Back and better than ever

Miguel Paredes Reyes, Co-Broadcast Editor-in-Chief, Co-STRIV Executive Producer
October 12, 2021
Pep band performing in the bleachers for a basketball game. Many of these students being seniors, they are enjoying their last year playing for the school. 
“Even when we werent sure if we were ever going to perform our show or have any concerts, though, we still supported our classmates,” senior Natalie Jaworski said. “I think thats the big takeaway of what weve been doing this year: even though things arent the same, theyre still really special, because at every level, from students to parents to staff, we want them to be special.”

Pep band’s anticipated return

Michelle Zhang, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2021
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

Paige Fortney, Staff Reporter
September 3, 2020
This is the Millard West student section at the first game of the season. Every year the stadium gets packed during the first game of the year where the students and staff wear all white.

Unequal student sections

Peyton Busteed, Staff Reporter
February 3, 2020
Lets (not) Get Rowdy

Lets (not) Get Rowdy

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla, Staff Writer
December 11, 2018
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