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Playing his story

Playing his story

Matthew Lemke, Writer

October 17, 2019

Whether playing the piano or strumming his guitar, aspiring musician senior Watchman Whitworth can normally be found doing something music related. Toni Whitworth, Whitworth’s mother, echoed how Whitworth needs to be occupied to satisfy his musical craving. “Like just watching TV, he’s got a guita...

Ten seconds of fame

Ten seconds of fame

Kathryn Case, Writer

October 14, 2019

With 1.2 billion downloads, TikTok is the fastest growing social media platform right now according to 60 Second Marketer and has taken Blue Valley Northwest by storm, with multiple students getting over one million views across their posts.  TikTok is a free app used for creating, sharing and discov...

Chamber Symphony plays its way into orchestra lineup

Chamber Symphony plays its way into orchestra lineup

Megan Yates, Writer

September 19, 2019

The BVNW Orchestra added a Chamber Symphony to their program. This audition-only class is composed of 39 students; 20 play the violin, nine play the cello, seven play the viola and three play the bass.  There are three different levels of orchestra currently offered: Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Or...

Reaching out and rebuilding

Reaching out and rebuilding

Olivia Dowell, Print Editor

July 19, 2019

During her second visit to San Lucas Tolíman, Guatemala for a mission trip, junior CJ Lyon saw the work of a kitchen she built the summer before. While revisiting the site, CJ said it was rewarding to see her work in full effect.  “I remember last year, my first time we built a kitchen for someone because...

Lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand

Jenna Weyforth, Chief Writer

May 23, 2019

As an ESOL tutor for students whose second language is English, junior Emily Lanning helps two students, Leisha Williams and Chenrui Li in history class each day. ESOL teacher Alyssa Schlumpf said the ESOL program helps students who aren’t completely proficient in reading, speaking, writing, list...

Lifting spirits through social media

Lifting spirits through social media

Jenna Weyforth, Writer

April 9, 2019

A room full of heavy weights can seem intimidating to even the strongest person, but Clint Rider attempts to relieve the pressure of weights by supporting students through social media. Rider uses multiple social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook frequently to highlight student...

Sturdivant to leave BVNW for Texas

Sturdivant to leave BVNW for Texas

Ethan Knauth, Online Copy Editor

March 7, 2019

The ability to start on the varsity football team as a freshman is a rare trait for a BVNW football player according to head coach Clint Rider. Yet, one and a half years ago, sophomore J. Michael Sturdivant did just that, starting at wide receiver. “The ability to start as a freshman is somet...

2018 graduate Ben Holloway self-publishes book of poetry

2018 graduate Ben Holloway self-publishes book of poetry

Maddie Oliver, Writer

March 2, 2019

2018 graduate Ben Holloway said he suffered with depression and anxiety on and off since his sophomore year of high school due to his academic struggles. Holloway said he believes this started due to him not applying study habits and productivity to his academic lifestyle. In his senior year, Hollowa...

Broader perspectives

Broader perspectives

Grace Miller, Writer

February 26, 2019

After spending over two years living in Düsseldorf, Germany, Aakanksha Hiremath has returned to the Blue Valley School District for her junior year. She was previously a student at Harmony Middle School, but relocated for her father’s pharmaceutical job. Attending the International School of Düsse...

Return to the spotlight

Return to the spotlight

Bella Rinne, Writer

February 17, 2019

After graduating in 1996, musician Josh Berwanger has performed across the world with three different bands. He attributes his passion for music to his exposure of playing the guitar at Blue Valley Northwest. Berwanger’s love for music started at a young age and developed during his time at Northw...

Dynamic duo

Dynamic duo

Jenna Weyforth, Writer

February 5, 2019

After playing piano together for fun as children, junior Randy Yeh and his older sister, senior Elaine Yeh, began playing piano together competitively in 2014, and won the annual Kansas Music Teachers Association State Competition for the third time in Oct. 2018. Combined, the duo has eight state piano titl...

Listen and learn

Listen and learn

Naomi James and Danya Radhi

February 5, 2019

Former Dazzler and 2018 graduate Camille Sturdivant is suing the Blue Valley School District, principal Amy Pressly, former Dazzler coach Carley Fine and district elementary teacher and Dazzler mother Katie Porter, stating her civil rights were violated during her time on the BVNW dance team. BVNW ad...

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