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Lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand

Jenna Weyforth, Chief Writer

May 23, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

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...

Sturdivant to leave BVNW for Texas

Sturdivant to leave BVNW for Texas

Ethan Knauth, Online Copy Editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under Fall Sports, SPORTS, Students, Top Stories

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...

Broader perspectives

Broader perspectives

Grace Miller, Writer

February 26, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, Students

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...

Dynamic duo

Dynamic duo

Jenna Weyforth, Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, Students

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...

Breaking the boundaries

Breaking the boundaries

Kathryn Case, Writer

December 13, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

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...

Aiming for new heights

Aiming for new heights

Aidan Knauth and Erin Reece

August 28, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

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

Senior Morgan Beemer rode 428 miles across Iowa

Emma Gau and Grace Miller

August 17, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

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...

Defying the decades

Defying the decades

Ethan Knauth, Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Students

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 ...

A passion for programming

A passion for programming

Feature Friday, Anna Levine

December 22, 2017


Filed under Blogs, FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

As just a sophomore at BVNW, Brett Weiland is completely self-taught when it comes to programming and hosting his own website. He said he has always had this passion for software and programming but draws inspiration from his birth dad. “As a kid I always thought what he did was so cool,” Weiland...

A national talent

A national talent

Olivia Dowell, Writer

December 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

Junior Hannah Thurlby was admitted into the NAFME All-National Orchestral on the oboe. Thurlby was the only BVNW band student to audition and be selected for this ensemble. While also being the only BVNW oboe player in the school’s history, she is one of the 11 selected in the nation. Due to her sp...

Drawing her future

Drawing her future

Olivia Dowell, Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, FROM THE EXPRESS, Students, Top Stories

After receiving an early acceptance into the Savannah College of Art and Design, senior Gabby Gillespie is beginning her college experience. “I first heard about this school when I was researching colleges that have good animation programs,” Gillespie said. “I visited it my sophomore year. I j...

The importance of remembrance

The importance of remembrance

Ethan Knauth, Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Students, Top Stories

As one of nine participants from the Kansas City area selected for an educational trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, sophomore Brayden Cardozo was able to get a personal educational experience that he said gave him a deeper understanding of his heritage. Each year, the Together We Remember program ...

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