The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


In honor of childhood cancer month, Team Up for St. Jude members decorated the school with gold bows.

Gold Out KC for St. Jude

Rishitha Bonthu and Addie Aadland September 14, 2023

15 years ago, Kristy Myers-Trysla was notified that her seven-month-old son, Clayton Trysla, was diagnosed with a rare, stage four brain cancer.  “Clayton was given a five percent chance of survival....

Harper and his wife, Vickie Harper. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Maxon.

A name to remember

Saraphina Wambi, Writer September 11, 2023

For former building substitute Bruno Harper, Blue Valley Northwest wasn’t just his place of work but was also somewhere he enjoyed being every day, principal’s assistant Dianne Waldo said. Harper passed...

An example of increased representation and diversity in social media.

Challenging stereotypes

Saraphina Wambi and Rishitha Bonthu August 23, 2023

Growing up, Chinese and Taiwanese sophomore Caroline Lee said it was hard to find role models who looked like her due to the lack of people of color (POC) in mainstream media. Lee emphasized how the...

Some students chose to participate in research-based internships over the summer

Stepping into the professional world

Nafsiya Hafiz and Sri Trikona August 22, 2023

From carrying out experiments and going over test results to showcasing a presentation, interns at the University of Kansas Medical Center had varying responsibilities, Senior Siri Gowda said. As students...

Photo courtesy of Caroline Lubbe.

Rose’s resilience

Nafsiya Hafiz, Writer May 18, 2023

Senior Rose Lubbe was diagnosed with a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in second grade. For many, it can present as sore joints, nausea, joint hypermobility and chronic...

There are 244 million kids without access to a proper education worldwide (UNESCO).

Sharing space

Jeny Jithesh, Writer May 18, 2023

After the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, juniors Prateek Singh and Kevin Li were struck with an innovative idea that later began the non-profit, Sharing Space. Inspired by the lack of connectedness...

Many students choose to buy their lunch due to ease, but long lines and unappealing options cause some to forgo eating anything while school.

Lunchin’ and crunchin’

Hannah Rakolta and Sydney Barnett April 17, 2023

Starting at 10:13 A.M., just after their last sip of coffee, students begin to line up for lunch. Twenty-five minutes later, at 10:38 A.M., those same students are on their way to their second class period...

Senior Brett Oplotnik was cast in the leading role in BVNWs latest musical production. He played Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can.

Shooting for the stars

Nafsiya Hafiz, Writer March 21, 2023

Earlier this year, seniors in the Performing and Visual Arts departments were nominated for Shooting Stars awards; this program aims to recognize students who have put hours of work into perfecting their...

Brick Laying Ballers coach Mark Allen directs the team on plays during their game against the Reboundz, Feb. 12.

Hoop dreams

Harper Latta, Writer March 1, 2023

High school basketball has become a thing of the past for the less talented. While in the past, individuals looking to play basketball simply for fun might have opted to join Northwest’s  C-Team, nowadays...

STEM is an umbrella term, grouping together four distinct but related fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Women in STEM

Jeny Jithesh, Writer February 24, 2023

Historically, women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries are underrepresented and unrecognized, despite their many advances in these respective fields. In fact, International...

Freshman dancer Dylan Barnes said The Pack Dance Team participates in an affirmations circle prior to their performances.

A superstitious mindset

Lexi Jones, Writer February 9, 2023

Wearing a lucky t-shirt before a sports game, never opening an umbrella inside and crossing your fingers are all examples of common superstitions. According to NBC News, superstitions are ideas our brains...

Digital illustration depicting Earth melting as a result of climate change and global warming.

Fighting for climate justice

Nafsiya Hafiz, Writer January 13, 2023

The climate crisis is an ever-growing issue created by a system that consistently prioritizes profit over sustainability, and it is affecting all parts of the planet. Whether its effects are noticed or...

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