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

Logo of new band Radar State, formed in 2017.

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

 Senior Elaine Yeh and her brother,  junior Randy Yeh sitting with their awards they won after playing at the Kansas Music Teacher Association.

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

Senior Aissata Haidara poses in a shirt that says

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...

Worldwide weightlifter

2007 BVNW graduate Kelly Lynch during weightlifting competition, March 2007.

Maddie Oliver, Writer

January 31, 2019

Only weightlifting for five years, Kelly Lynch broke 13 national weightlifting records and was considered the 23rd best weightlifter in the country at the age of 15, according to her parents Kevin and Theresa. Lynch received a gold medal from Arnold Schwarzenegger at one of her competitions in C...

Breaking the boundaries

Freshman STUGO representative Jaclynn Pickens.

Kathryn Case, Writer

December 13, 2018

Freshman Jaclynn Pickens is the first StuGo member representing students with special education needs. According to IR teacher Robin Hodges, Pickens is very thoughtful and careful with her work and wants to do a good job with everything she works on. “She has good leadership skills, and we...

Don’t lose focus

Junior Lauren Jindrich's photo of junior Avery Anderson was featured on Vogue's website.

Katie Rodriguez, Writer

October 9, 2018

Junior Lauren Jindrich got more than she bargained for when a last-second photo, snapped on a cold day last fall, was featured on Vogue Italia’s website this summer. Jindrich said a penchant for photography runs through her veins. Taking after her father and grandfather, she began taking pictures whe...

Aiming for new heights

Weinstein puts the plane back after a flight.

Aidan Knauth and Erin Reece

August 28, 2018

The plane zipping through the air at 150 horsepower is flown by senior private pilot Brock Weinstein, who flies a Cessna 172 at the Kansas City Aviation Center in Overland Park, Kan. According to Weinstein, his interest in aviation started at a young age on family vacations when they traveled on plane...

Senior Morgan Beemer rode 428 miles across Iowa

Beemer rides with her parents during the 2017 edition of the Ragbrai.

Emma Gau and Grace Miller

August 17, 2018

In her second year of participating in the Ragbrai ride, senior Morgan Beemer rode across 428 miles of Iowa countryside with her family. Beemer said her family was originally introduced to the Ragbrai ride by family friend Jim Caffrey and has continued to do it for seven years. For the ride, Be...

2018 Graduate Kadisyn Kircher competes in KC Superstar Semifinals

Kadisyn Kircher talks with the host before she performs

Olivia Dowell

June 5, 2018

2018 BVNW graduate Kadisyn Kircher participated in the semifinals for the KC Superstar Competition, an annual singing competition held at the Jewish Community Center. The competition is structured similarly to American Idol, and the winner of the competition will win $10,000, according to JCC’s website. ...

Defying the decades

Information from the Dungeons and Dragons official site.

Ethan Knauth, Staff Writer

May 1, 2018

After finding the time to enjoy a timeless tabletop game, some students indulge in Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D for short. Created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, the first edition of D&D was released in 1974, and the game is now on its fifth edition. Four decades later, people continue to play ...

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