Seniors react to their last quarter of high school canceled due to COVID-19

Senior and student body president Annabelle Nitz speaks during an assembly.

Megan Yates, Jack Nitz, and Kathryn Case

March 30, 2020

After learning about Gov. Laura Kelly’s decision to cancel school for the remainder of the year, senior and student body president Annabelle Nitz said the toughest part of the situation for her was being unable to see all of her and her classmates’ hard work pay off.  “I really struggled with the idea that som...

Travels cut short due to Covid-19

Sophomore Ashley Clark poses in Punta De Mita, Mexico while on vacation with family.

Tessa Regan and Raabia Qureshi

March 23, 2020

When Junior Allison Korte left early for Spain before Spring Break began, Europe had witnessed only a few cases, she said, leading them to believe their vacation would carry out as planned. However, after hearing about President Trump’s Europe travel ban a week into their stay, Korte and her famil...

Always protect your king

Ankith Sheshappa (right) plays a game of chess with sophomore Alex Mojica (left) Jan. 15. “Chess in general has been beneficial to
my mental strength,” Sheshappa said.

Jonny Isaacson, Sports Editor

March 19, 2020

It can take four moves to win or lose a chess game. Four simple moves, or a game could go on for hours. This complexity is what has drawn players in and kept them playing their game. A main reason people are interested in chess is because there’s no way to beat the game, leading to infinite possibiliti...

Hood’s Future

Senior Markell Hood attempts a reverse layup in the boys varsity basketball game against Blue Valley North.

Megan Yates, Writer

March 13, 2020

Committing to Link Year Prep at the beginning of January, senior Markell Hood said he is looking forward to taking a year to mature as a basketball player and young adult.  “[Going to Link Year Prep will help] me mature as a young man and as a young adult and [help] me just get stronger and bet...

Last coach standing

Head coach Tim Serbousek talks with senior wrestler Edward Thomas during a dual on Jan. 15 at BVNW. As the head coach for 27
years, Serbousek holds a 426-182-1 record as head coach. Former athletic director Steve Harms said that Serbousek knows what it
takes to be a successful head coach and has the correct priorities for his team.

Ben Hobbs, Design Editor

March 5, 2020

 Head wrestling coach Tim Serbousek remains as the only coach left from 1993, when the school opened. Starting his coaching career in Iowa with a youth league, Serbousek moved on to utilize his coaching talents at Northwest Missouri State University before moving to Blue Valley High School in 1985. Aft...

What’s Under the Ink

Senior Watchman Whitworth displays his tattoo on his forearm. “I wanted the ‘love you’ sign on my
left tricep because that’s where my sister has it, and my sister and my mom both have that tattoo,” Whitworth said.

Kathryn Case, Writer

February 25, 2020

As an 18th birthday present from his parents, senior Watchman Whitworth said he got two tattoos that allow him to remind himself who he is and feel closer to his family.  Whitworth said he got “I love you” in sign language on his left tricep since his sister and mother both have the same ta...

Royal dad

Troy Stremming attends a Royals game with former Kansas City, Mo. mayor Sylvester James.

Matthew Lemke, Writer

February 24, 2020

Troy Stremming, father of junior Sydney Stremming, is a partner in the Royals Crown Partners, one of the 22 owners of the Kansas City Royals baseball team franchise.  Stremming said playing college baseball at Washburn University was one of the reasons he is now a part owner.  “I played baseba...

Creating ties with the third world

Senior John Chen works on a portrait drawing for the Memory Project.

Natalie Policky, Writer

February 19, 2020

Attempting to make a difference with their advanced art skills, Blue Valley Northwest Students involved with the National Art Honors Society are making a difference between first world and third world countries, called the Memory Project. NAHS students participating in the Memory Project receive pictur...

Northwest Drama teacher retires after over forty-three years of teaching

Drama teacher Steve Landes during practice for the winter musical,

Tessa Regan, Writer

February 10, 2020

After teaching at Northwest for nineteen years, theater teacher Steve Landes plans on retiring at the end of this school year. His final musical director position at Northwest was for the winter musical, “The mystery of Edwin Drood.”  “It is my time,” Landes said. “I am old enough to retire a...

New tardy system causes frustration for several students

Junior Liam Alon takes a tardy tracker slip from the machine on Jan. 22.

Tessa Regan, Writer

January 30, 2020

After going all first semester with no system in place for tracking student tardies and HHT assignments, Blue Valley Northwest introduced Student Conductor to the student body at the start of the second semester. BVNW’s old system, Tardy Tracker, had stopped working at the end of the last school year ...

STICKing to business

Freshman Sabrina San Agustin draws on her iPad during her sticker creating process on Nov. 15.

Natalie Policky, Writer

January 27, 2020

After taking on the concept of business and following in the footsteps of her family, a freshman has kickstarted their own sticker selling business.

Traveling pack

Sophomores Brain Nicholson, Yousif Radhi and Aidan Barnes cheer together at a home JV basketball game.

Megan Yates, Writer

January 21, 2020

Self-proclaimed as “The Hype Squad,” a friend group made up of sophomore boys have attended their class’s basketball games since freshman year, making sure to bring with them the same fan atmosphere and energy found at the varsity level.  Although new members are continuously added, the original group ...

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