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Gracie Ross to cheer at KU

Gracie Ross to cheer at KU

Walker Johnson, Writer
May 5, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

After three days of tryouts, four rounds of cuts and seventy other girls being eliminated, senior Gracie Ross was one of sixteen girls selected to be a part of the 2017-2018 University of Kansas cheer team. Ross said she was only a part of the Blue Valley Northwest cheer team her freshman and senior ye...

Expression through poetry

Expression through poetry

Xiqing Wang, Chief Writer
May 2, 2017
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The Academy of American Poets introduced April as National Poetry Month in 1996 as a way to increase the reach of poetry within the United States. In April, high schools in the Blue Valley School District participated in a poetry contest hosted by the Optimist Club of Kansas City. Three winners from...

Before they were subs

Before they were subs

Walker Johnson, Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, Teachers, Top Stories

Back to (base)ics From fighting forest fires in the West to teaching at an Air Force base in Puerto Rico, substitute teacher John Condra has worked multiple jobs in between and during subbing stents. Condra said he went to college to become a medical technologist, but after meeting teachers who h...

Building bridges

Building bridges

Anna Cowden, Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

        In her room, sophomore Rachel Pang sits at her desk sanding her partially finished ukulele for an hour. This was only one of 50 hours spent over two months working and designing her own ukulele with little help from others and no building kit. Pang said she originally wanted to build a ...

What’s your story?: Dalal Essa

What’s your story?: Dalal Essa

Xiqing Wang, Chief Writer
April 21, 2017
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Senior Dalal Essa was born in the Wichita, Kansas, and lived in the United States for four years. Afterward, she moved to her parent’s home country, Kuwait, and lived there for nine and half years. She said although she was not born in Kuwait, the majority of her childhood memories are deeply rooted ther...

A trifecta of events

A trifecta of events

Ryan Jones, Writer
April 8, 2017
Filed under Activities, FEATURES, Top Stories

The ACT, Solo and Ensemble Festival and BVNW prom are all set to occur on Apr. 8 causing some students to attend more than one event that day. Some students have chosen to participate in multiple or all three events. Junior Chloe Ching said she will be participating in all three. “I’m a little...

Funny business

Funny business

March 23, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, Teachers, Top Stories

Band and choir travel to Los Angeles over Spring Break

Band and choir travel to Los Angeles over Spring Break

Anna Cowden, Writer
March 21, 2017
Filed under Activities, FEATURES, Top Stories

A total of 86 members of Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Chambers were scheduled to depart for Los Angeles on March 16. They competed in competitions and attended workshops until their return on March 19. Choir director Beth Richey-Sullivan said the band and choir group performed Thursday with Hoover High Scho...

Sculpting from the heart

Sculpting from the heart

Anna Levine, Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

In the BVNW gallery, a pearly white figure of a female body, constructed of alabaster, sits on display. When the natural light hits it perfectly, this small piece becomes the focal point of the entire room. This piece is senior Kailey Jamison’s sculpture, for which she won third place in the state ar...

Teachers and administrators shadow students’ schedules

Teachers and administrators shadow students’ schedules

Brandon Fagen, Writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under Activities, FEATURES, NEWS, Top Stories

For the next week, BVNW students may notice teachers and administrators sitting in on their classes, and maybe even turning in homework. Principal Amy Murphy said these staff members are trying to get an inside look into the everyday lives of students by following students schedules for a full day. M...

Diversity Assembly: Just Be.

Diversity Assembly: Just Be.

Emma Bruce, Editor-in-Chief
March 1, 2017
Filed under Activities, FEATURES, NEWS, Top Stories

Following an annual BVNW tradition, the Diversity Assembly will take place Mar. 3. This year’s theme is Just Be. Diversity Club president Gavin Mullin said the theme was inspired by a Calvin Klein advertisement. “We thought it would be cool because it’s very simple, but it’s very effective...

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